Meditation Focus #139

Being All The Joy That We Can Be


What follows is the 139th Meditation Focus suggested for the next 2 weeks beginning Sunday, October 23, 2005.


1. Summary
2. Meditation times
3. More information related to this Meditation Focus
4. Status of Hurricane WIlma
5. Request for prayers on behalf of earthquake victims in Pakistan



After being offered previously with four gifts — love, compassion, harmony and Light — a fifth sage is stepping forward to also bring forward his invaluable contribution to humanity's global awakening.

As all humans progress on the path to spiritual enlightenment and as an ever greater number of souls remember who they are, a sense of permanent joy is gradually seeping through their consciousness from the realm of eternal bliss where they originally came from. It is important for each one of you to become ever more acutely aware that allowing this heavenly feeling to blossom freely is a key to further accelerating your progress. You have to literally make a conscious choice, each and every waking moment of your life to enable the healing power of Life to act through you and in you by accepting joy as your natural state of mind, no matter how difficult the circumstances you may be in at any given moment, no matter how great the challenges you may face.

Anchoring your basic feeling about life in deep, unrelenting joy will catalyze in a much more direct and efficient way than any other means your spiritual awakening and, in so doing, you will be able to tap within you, from the Source of your very existence, the tremendously potent Forces of Light and Love that have remained dormant for most of the times when your consciousness was embroiled into the travails and tribulations of physical incarnation, over numerous lifetimes. This growing and yet innate sense of blissful joy can express itself through laughter or simply as a subtle smile, but it is much more than such superficial expressions. Joy as an enduring attitude towards all experiences in life will unlock the unexpressed potential for spiritual clarity, relaxed contemplation and hyper focused attention that are necessary to ascend into the higher dimensions of existence which is the true Promised Land towards which all are striving.

As you join in synchronous meditation with all other participants, worldwide, simply Be All The Joy That You Can Be, for the Highest Good of All.

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To review the previous three Meditation Focus of this 20 week series, please go at


"In expression, love is treating others with kindness, fairness, honesty, compassion, helpfulness, caring. If love can be said to have "ingredients," then those are some of the ingredients of godly expression in action. Realizing that no one can know others at soul level and therefore does not judge them but rather does not condone an action seen as injurious, is love. Listening to one's Godself is love. Knowing that you are a part of God is love, and loving self is an expression of His love for you. Knowing that Earth is a sentient, conscious life herself and respecting all of her life forms is love. Feeling joy yourself when you see it in others is love. Doing something that brings joy to another is love. Forgiveness of self and others is love. Doing "good deeds" without attaching expectations is love. Sharing your resources with full heart is love. Feeling peace of heart and mind is love. The quiet thrill of seeing a sunset or hearing a songbird is love, and a smile is one of the simplest and most radiating expressions of love. In any or all of these instances and many others that you may encounter that instinctively you know are love in action, you are manifesting your love for and of God."

- Taken from a message from Matthew dated September 22, 2002 and archived at

"With Earth’s quickened pace into higher vibrations and your space family’s resounding YES! to your request for their help, considerable drama will be unfolding. Light beings throughout the universe—some physically, most in spirit— are with you on this exhilarating, unprecedented journey. Go in joy knowing that you consciously are co-creating the world of love and peace just as your souls chose to do in this lifetime."

- Taken from a message from Matthew dated December 13, 2004 and archived at

"I want to add something else that's VERY important: SMILE. Think of something heartwarming, anything from a puppy's or kitty's antics to a scene of glorious pristine beauty, and rejoice that you have those images to uplift your spirits even for that moment. Then smile more. SMILE AND BREATHE! Those two simple acts NEVER can be ineffective in releasing tension and in sending forth a LIGHTer consciousness into the atmosphere, where it is drawn to others who also are seeking that uplifting aura. Energy LIGHT-ening in this way is desperately needed right where you are, Everyone, and you can consider this the reality it absolutely IS."

- Taken from a message from Matthew dated August 30, 2001 and archived at

"Most likely everyone who is reading these words understands what is happening on Earth and therefore is not caught in helplessness, hopelessness and despair. It is understandable that you may indeed in moments feel disheartened and discouraged, or wish for more detailed explanations of certain situations or a forecast of events, a timetable for their completion, a road map so that you may travel in full knowledge to the lighter density where you are being led. Please know that it is a high honor to me that you seek my comments about your personal directions and the direction of the world and that you trust my responses. Please trust what I am telling you in this moment: You already are among the most aware, the best informed, the most light-receptive -- you are the light-working souls on Earth! If you feel you need more reassurance, go to your MOST trusted source: your Godself. Look within for the steadfastness of the love and light of God to prevail. Look within for the certainty that the powers of the darkness are being vanquished by the light. Look within for the confirmation that feeling calm and optimistic is invaluable light service in itself, for your highest good and the highest good of others, of Earth herself. Look within and you will know YES! the light is stronger than ever and is increasing with every smile! YES! the lightworkers must stay the course in the dark hours ahead! YES! Earth is on the fast track to the promised era of peace, love and harmony! KNOW this and exalt in your willing participation in this journey to the wondrous era soon to bless Earth and all of her light-filled lives!"

- Taken from a message from Matthew dated 24 Nov 2002 and archived at

"How often have I mentioned that a smile sends incalculable ripples of light? A kind word has the same effect. Watering a thirsty plant, an extra pat to your pet, a loving thought of a friend, the enjoyment of hearing a bird chirp—all of these simple expressions are LOVE-LIGHT flowing and healing your world!"

- Taken from a message from Matthew dated June 18, 2004 and archived at

"(...) Rejoicing and celebrating the emerging grace of a global, spiritual conscious field of loving harmony is the only sensible option for a soul dedicated to serving the Higher purpose of his/her incarnation. Dark deeds and those who accomplish them thrive best in the penumbra of unexposed concealment and by exposing as much of them as possible, we can enable the healing process of these suffering - and yes beloved! - souls to be catalyzed to a higher order of purification and spiritual upliftment. However, this quick healing process can be achieved only if those of the Light among us consent in holding those deeds and the initiators/makers of those deeds in the purifying light of Love and compassion within the secret alcove of their heart where the alchemical transformation of dirt into gold through the sacred omniversal vibration of God/Oneness in All That Is - the symbolic holy philosopher stone - is being done at this very moment, now. Just as when the illusion of separation is dispelled during the awakening process, so we can behold the unfathomable Reality that We Are All One with the Almighty Universal One, those who have turned away from the Light and are hold spellbound into a fear-filled miserable existence of their own mayic making, are also part of us, our spiritual brethren, one with the Universe. They just don't remember it yet. And it is as much our common responsibility to help them achieve, in loving service and dedicated compassion, the quantum shift into higher consciousness so many of us are experiencing these days, as it is their responsibility to listen within themselves to the growing chorus of heavenly voices calling them up from within towards the lightning liberation from fear and darkness. So yes let us all rejoice and celebrate our emerging reunification and, in so doing, radiate the healing/appealing/enabling Force of Love we are meant to express from the very moment we are born into earthly existence until the last breath of our transition back into nirvanic bliss and activity. May we all give thanks for the grace of living in such a momentous time of the Life continuum. Now and forever...

- Taken from Light Series #7: It Is The Time To Be In Joy



i) Global Meditation Day: Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or at noon local time. Suggested duration: 30 minutes. Please dedicate the last few minutes of your Sunday meditation BOTH to the healing of the Earth as a whole and to reiterate our willingness and desire - if we so choose - to receive assistance from our space family in order to help set things on a path towards a new era of global peace, love and harmony for all. See the Earth as healthy and vibrant with life, and experience the healing of all relations as we awaken globally to the sacredness of all Life and to our underlying unity with All That Is.

ii) Golden Moment of At-Onement: Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever it better suits you.

These times below will correspond, this Sunday October 23, to 16:00 Universal Time/GMT:

Honolulu 6:00 AM -- Anchorage * 8:00 AM -- Los Angeles * 9:00 AM -- Mexico City, San Salvador & Denver * 10:00 AM -- Houston * & Chicago * 11:00 AM -- Santo Domingo, La Paz, Caracas, New York *, Toronto *. Montreal *, Asuncion & Santiago 12:00 AM -- Halifax *, Rio de Janeiro & Montevideo 1:00 PM -- Reykjavik & Casablanca 4 PM -- Lagos, Algiers, London *, Dublin * & Lisbon * 5:00 PM -- Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Geneva *, Rome *, Berlin *, Paris * & Madrid * 6:00 PM -- Ankara *, Athens *, Helsinki * & Istanbul * & Nairobi 7:00 PM -- Baghdad *, Moscow * 8:00 PM -- Tehran * 8:30 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 PM -- Seoul & Tokyo +1:00 AM -- Brisbane, Canberra & Melbourne +2:00 AM -- Wellington +4:00 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 to find your corresponding local time for tomorrow if a nearby city is not listed above.


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.

PLEASE NOTE that the important developments mentioned below are harbingers of very positive changes in the United States with far reaching repercussions around the world, They are cause for rejoicing at the deepest level as they are further signs that profound changes for the better — and for the highest good of all — are indeed becoming manifested, as anticipated by many and as indicated in several recent messages received from the heavenly realm.

"These grand juries are about to liberate the American people from two political parties who are prepared to literally blow us up in order to keep their power."

- Thomas Heneghan, national security and U.S. intelligence expert - Taken from


1. BushCheney CIA/Plame case indictments released this morning
2. Death Watch at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
3. Ominous? Fitzgerald Sets Up Web Site
4. Subject: Historic Bush trial beginning Friday



BushCheney CIA/Plame case indictments released this morning

Date: Friday, October 21

Bush orders Fitzgerald fired and espionage indictments quashed

by Tom Flocco

Washington, DC

October 21, 2005

Today Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald handed over 22 indictments to Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, accusing President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney and others of espionage, obstruction of justice, perjury and a variety of other charges in the matter of the CIA/Valerie Plame leak-gate case.

According to intelligence sources who spoke with federal whistleblowers Thomas Heneghan and Stewart Webb, Bush then ordered Gonzalez to fire Fitzgerald and have the indictments quashed and sealed.

Gonzalez refused to release the indictments which have been handed down by the grand jury and ordered served by a judge, subjecting the Attorney General to additional charges of obstruction of justice, the sources said.

The indictments confirm our original Bush-Cheney indicted report on August 2, 2005.

Gonzalez was Bush's former personal White House counsel before receiving a presidential appointment as U.S. Attorney General.

The move is reminiscent of the Saturday night massacre when President Nixon fired Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox in an attempt to save his presidency and obstruct justice.

Intelligence sources added that Bush tried to delay publicity about his attempt to fire Fitzgerald and quash the indictments this afternoon by ordering a diversion regarding a Capitol Hill police attempt to disrupt a suspicious package in a car near the U.S. Capitol.

The move to distract attention from the indictments occurred not long after the receipt of process by Gonzalez, according to intelligence sources with knowledge of the events.

While Gonzalez received the service of indictments, Bush was in California this morning and was scheduled to speak at the dedication of the new Air Force One pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.

It can be assumed that Bush's orders for Gonzalez to refuse receipt of process and fire the prosecutor in the CIA leak case were discussed over the telephone since Bush was to speak at the Reagan Library just a few hours after the indictments were served.

Bush should have finished his speech at approximately 2:30 pm Eastern time, and it is probable that presidential strategy sessions regarding how to prevent the indictments and their criminal contents from becoming public have already commenced.

It is open to conjecture whether Bush could be arrested in California before even returning to Washington, given the criminal nature of the indictments.

An attempt to quash indictments and to fire Fitzgerald may also cause a constitutional crisis if Bush and Gonzalez continue to obstruct justice and defy U.S. law and constitutional legal process.

Intelligence sources told that the military or U.S. marshals should arrest Bush, Gonzalez, Cheney and others immediately for their criminal acts in keeping explosive espionage, obstruction and perjury indictments hidden from the American people, all of which affects U.S. national security.


See also:

U.S. Nervous Breakdown! (10/21/5) by SHERMAN SKOLNICK
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales visited Special Prosecutor yesterday, was shocked while examining 22 indictments from Federal Grand Juries apparently including Bush himself. Gonzales swiftly disqualified himself refusing Bush's order to on the spot firing Patrick Fitzgerald. Justice Department second in command already gone. No one left to carry out Bush's order. Today Bush ordered FBI to make fake Capitol "terrorist" scare to force evacuation. Democrats, however, refused to leave. Member of Joint Chiefs of Staff says he wants to go to arrest Commander-in-Chief Bush for treason. But Bush loyalists in top Military brass threaten to arrest brave senior General who is supported by an Admiral. Some in military, nevertheless, ordering monopoly press to quickly "tell the truth now" or suffer dire consequences. Also today, Federal Reserve Czar Greenspan ordered secret market clamps to avoid panic including for Monday. Threatened with job loss, media whores ordered to stay silent as long as possible. Bush claims we are "at war". If so, and if he is found guilty of treason "during war-time", then his punishment is by hanging or firing squad. More coming. Stay tuned to Cloak and Dagger for more breaking news.

White House Defense Crumbling in Leak Case
Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald now knows that Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, met three times with a New York Times reporter before the leak of Valerie Plame's identity; that Libby initiated a call to NBC newsman Tim Russert; and that Libby was a confirming source for a Time magazine reporter regarding the wife of Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson.

Fitzgerald Is No Ken Starr
With the mounting anticipation that Bush administration officials will be indicted in the CIA leak investigation, Joe Conason writes that we have arrived at the stage that was always inevitable: a wave of preemptive attacks on special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald and his expected prosecutions.

Schumer: "When was the President Told?"
Democrats asked the White House on Wednesday for details of President George W. Bush's private conversations in 2003 with top political adviser Karl Rove after conflicting reports about whether Bush was aware of any role by Rove in the outing of a covert CIA operative.

Chickens Come Home to Roost on Cheney
Indictments are expected to come down shortly as special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald completes the investigation originally precipitated by the outing of a CIA officer under deep cover. According to Ray McGovern, in 21-plus months of digging and interviewing, Fitzpatrick and his able staff have been able to negotiate the intelligence/policy/politics labyrinth with considerable sophistication. In the process, they seem to have learned considerably more than they had bargained for.

Libby Targeted Joe Wilson
Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff was so angry about the public statements of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, a Bush administration critic married to an undercover CIA officer, that he monitored all of Wilson's television appearances and urged the White House to mount an aggressive public campaign against him, former aides say.

Post-Rove Thinking Underway
Out of the hushed hallway encounters and one-on-one conversations, several scenarios have begun to emerge if Rove or vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis Libby is indicted and forced out.

Bush Again Resorts to Fear-Mongering to Justify Iraq Policy
President George W. Bush's October 6 address at the National Endowment for Democracy illustrated his administration's increasingly desperate effort to justify the increasingly unpopular U.S. war in Iraq. Much of his speech contained the same misleading rhetoric regarding U.S. policy toward Iraq and the nature of the radical Islamists that has led the United States into its disastrous confrontation in Iraq and has served to weaken America's defenses against the real threat al-Qaida poses. CLIP

Cover-Up Seen as Focus in Leak Inquiry
As he weighs whether to bring criminal charges in the CIA leak case, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special counsel, is focusing on whether Karl Rove, the senior White House adviser, and I. Lewis Libby Jr., chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, sought to conceal their actions and mislead prosecutors, lawyers involved in the case said Thursday.



Death Watch at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue


Oct 21, 2005

For all practical purposes, governing the nation has stopped at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as aides deal with an increasingly despondent President, mounting scandals and defecting dissidents from the Ship of State.

White House insiders say George W. Bush’s mood swings have increased to the point where meetings with the President must be cancelled, schedules shifted and plans changed to keep a bitter, distracted leader from the public eye.

“He’s like a zombie some days, walking around in a trance,” says one aide who, for obvious reasons, asks not to be identified. “Other times he launches into angry outbursts, cussing out anybody who gets near him.”

Aides say gallows humor has descended on the White House, where the West Wing is now referred to as “death row” and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, along with Vice Presidential Chief of Staff Scooter Libby, are known as “dead men walking,” a reference to the last walk death row inmates take to the execution chamber.

With indictments expected against Libby or Rove or both any day now from the Valerie Plame scandal, the White House mood has a “Final Days” aura (“Final Days” was the title of Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward’s book about the last days of the Nixon administration). Although no one expects President Bush to be impeached or resign, Internet blogs buzzed this week with talk of a possible resignation by Vice President Dick Cheney.

“That’s bullshit,” says one longtime Republican consultant. “They’ll have to carry Dick Cheney out of here on a stretcher.” But Rove and Libby will be gone if they are indicted and some wonder if the President, whose ability to govern is already limited by despair and detraction, can function without Rove, often referred to as “Bush’s brain.”

“Rove’s role is diminished already,” says one White House aide. “He still meets with The President daily but all this has taken its toll. He looks terrible.”

So does White House Chief of Staff Andy Card, who has served longer in the job than anyone in modern times. Card works 16 and 17-hour days and, in the words of one Republican member of Congress, looks “completely burned out.”

But holding the White House together behind what has been one of the better Presidential propaganda machines is proving next to impossible as the American public and even members of Bush’s own party desert him over the war in Iraq, the nomination of White House counsel Harriett Miers to the Supreme Court, the Hurricane Katrina debacle, rising gas prices and the Valerie Plame scandal.

“The façade is gone and we are now seeing the Bush White House in all its incompetent glory,” says retired political science professor George Harleigh. “They’ve ignored reality for too long.”

With Congress distracted by growing scandals swirling around former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Washington has become a daily killing field for anyone involved in the GOP leadership.

This week, Former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s right-hand man unloaded on the Bush Administration during a speech to the New American Foundation, saying American foreign policy had been hijacked by “a Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal” that has destroyed this country’s credibility with its allies.

“I’m not sure the State Department even exists anymore,” Col. Larry Wilkerson, Powell’s chief of staff, told the audience of journalists and scholars. “It, like so many others things, have been destroyed by George W. Bush’s ‘cowboyism.’”

Wilkerson dismisses the Administration’s attempts to improve America’s image abroad.

“You can’t sell shit,” he said.

Wilkerson isn’t the only high-profile Republican operative bailing on Bush. Bruce Bartlett, who served as a Senior Policy Advisor in Bush’s father’s administration, is about to release a book: Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Destroyed the Reagan Legacy. Bartlett lost his job at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a conservative Texas think tank, when word of his book project leaked out.

Republicans, the last to finally acknowledge the lies and duplicity of the Bush White House, no longer trust the Administration. When current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testified before Congress this week and claimed “significant progress” in Iraq, Republican Senator Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island fired back: “Well, we all wish that were true, but we can't kid ourselves, either.”

But Wilkerson, a veteran with 31 years in the Marines and a former director of the Marine War College, sums up what, sadly, will be the legacy of George W. Bush:

“If there is a nuclear terrorist attack or a major pandemic you are going to see the ineptitude of this government in a way that'll take you back to the Declaration of Independence.”


Forwarded by Ed Elkin>

Ominous? Fitzgerald Sets Up Web Site


In the clearest indication to date that criminal charges against top White House officials may be in the offing, the special prosecutor investigating the CIA leak case has unveiled his own Web site -- one week before his probe was scheduled to wrap up.

Although aides to Patrick Fitzgerald urged reporters not to read too much into the move, its timing Friday gave new fodder to speculation that White House political strategist Karl Rove and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff for Vice President Richard Cheney, could be in legal trouble.

The prosecutor has already spent nearly two years trying to determine who in President George W. Bush immediate entourage illegally disclosed the name of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame -- without seeking to publicize his work on the Internet.

That is why his decision to establish a presence in cyberspace so late in the game is seen as an indication that Fitzgerald believes his work will continue far beyond October 28, when the term of his grand jury expires.

Only a grand jury can indict a person in the United States. Fitzgerald is expected to meet with its members on Tuesday or Wednesday.

So far, the no-frills site, which can be viewed at , does not contain any new information.

It houses an archive of government court filings related to eventually successful attempt by the prosecutor to force reporters Judith Miller of The New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time magazine to testify in the case.

The latest document dated August 12 and signed by Deputy Attorney General James Comey delegates to Fitzgerald "all of the authority of the attorney general" in investigating the case.

But Washington insiders find it hard to believe the site has been set up just for history buffs. They expect new legal documents -- most likely indictments -- to find there way there soon.

Plame's name was first disclosed in July 2003 by conservative columnist Robert Novak, following her husband Joseph Wilson's mission to Niger the previous year, during which the former US ambassador to the African nation tried to verify reports that Iraq was trying to purchase uranium ore there.

With hard evidence of that lacking, Wilson wrote a newspaper article, in which he accused the Bush administration of "exaggerating the Iraqi threat" in order to justify the war.

The outing of Plame, which has effectively invalidated her undercover career, is largely seen as an act of retribution against Wilson.

The investigation is now focused on Rove and Libby, both of whom have admitted telling reporters that Wilson's wife was instrumental in organizing his trip, but denied disclosing her name.

Under US law, it is a crime to knowingly identify a covert intelligence operative by name, but not necessarily describe his or her family ties.

However, an entry on Wilson in "Who's Who in America" contains information that he is married to Valerie Elise Plame.

Given these legal nuances, if any charges are brought, legal experts argue, they are more likely to stem from Rove's and Libby's testimony before the grand jury rather than their conversations with journalists -- and center on possible perjury or obstruction of justice.

Although Fitzgerald has not tipped his hand in any way, some in the administration already have an ominous foreboding.

"I'm very concerned it could go very, very badly," said a senior administration official, who asked not to be identified.


Subject: Historic Bush trial beginning Friday

Beginning Friday at 6:00 pm, President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and a number of other administration officials will be put on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The first Session will be October 21 and 22 (for details see

This extraordinary event, harkening back to the famous Bertrand Russell War Crimes Tribunal of 1967, is one that you will not want to miss. By being present you will be a part of making history. Every person attending makes the statement that in these times none of us can stand aside from moral responsibility for what is being done in our name.

For the first time, the 2005 International Commission of Inquiry is pulling together the full scope of what the Bush administration is doing to the people of the world. The issues to be investigated include: 1) Wars of Aggression, particularly Iraq and Afghanistan. 2) Torture and Indefinite Detention; 3) Destruction of the Global Environment, in particular systematic policies contributing to the catastrophic effects of global warming. 4) Attacks on Global Public Health and Reproductive Rights, in particular the genocidal effects of forcing international agencies to promote "abstinence only" in the midst of a global AIDS epidemic.

In addition, there will be a special Saturday afternoon session on Bush's response to hurricane Katrina, featuring both experts and survivors telling their own vivid stories.

Even the most avid readers of the news will come away from these sessions "shocked and awed" at what they have learned. Never before has the whole story been pulled together in one place by the experts and eye-witnesses who can tell the story. For example, in the Friday evening opening session you will hear the shocking details of how the military is currently force-feeding detainees on hunger strike in the U.S. concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay.


Please also keep in mind all the people directly affected by this new catastrophic storm, praying for proper assistance to be expeditiously provided to all those in need right now and in the coming days.


Alpha sets all-time record - and all the latest on Wilma

Posted By: JeffMasters on October 22, 2005

Ever since the formation of two major hurricanes in July made it clear that the Hurricane Season of 2005 was going to challenge 1933 as the busiest season ever, I've been expecting to see the words "Tropical Storm Alpha" emblazoned on a hurricane tracking chart. Well, we've got the record now. The formation of Tropical Storm Alpha, the 22nd storm of the season, now makes 2005 the busiest hurricane season of all time. Still, it looks really strange to see the words "Tropical Storm Alpha" on the hurricane tracking charts, and gives a surreal cast to Hurricane Season of 2005 as we approach the Halloween season.

In keeping with the season, we have two very scary storms to talk about. The eye of very dangerous Category 2 Hurricane Wilma is moving offshore the Yucatan mainland this evening, a little earlier than I expected. This makes it more likely Wilma will be a but stronger at landfall in Florida Monday--perhaps a strong Category 2 with 105 mph winds. We are not good a making intensity forecasts, and Wilma could easily be a Category stronger--or weaker. The argument for a weaker hurricane goes like this: Wilma's inner eyewall has collapsed, leaving an outer eyewall with diameter 80 miles in place. When an inner eyewall collapses like that, it usually takes at least a day for the eyewall to reform, and by a day from now, Wilma will start experiencing increased wind shear which will weaken her down to a Category 1.

The argument for a stronger hurricane goes like this: Wilma still has a large, intact circulation, and is still a Category 2 hurricane. She will not follow the usual normals (since this is the Hurricane Season of 2005, after all), and will re-intensify quickly over the warm waters that nurtured her rise to Category 5 status this week. By late Sunday, she will be a Category 3 hurricane again, and large enough and fast moving enough that the shear affecting her will be unable to significantly weaken her. Wilma will make landfall as a major hurricane on Florida's west coast.

So, both scenarios are plausible, and Florida must be prepared for the arrival of a major hurricane on Monday. Landfall anywhere between Sarasota and the Keys is possible.

The remainder of my 1 pm post appears below, mostly unchanged.

The most extreme winds of the eyewall have now been battering Cozumel and the mainland Yucatan Peninsula for over 30 hours. Sustained winds of 100 - 140 mph affecting a built-up resort area like Cozumel/Cancun for so long must have done extreme damage. Wilma has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds. Still, the damage to Mexico will increase today as structures already weakened by 30 hours of relentless winds continue to receive another 12 hours of stress.

Conditions in Cancun

Wunderblogger LizinCancun reported yesterday on conditions in Cancun:

"We evacuated our home in Cancun yesterday and came 200 miles west to Merida. Our home sits about 100 feet away from the beach. The waves were crashing over our 6 foot tall sea wall yesterday before we left and destroyed the palapa that sits about 10 feet out in the water. We fully expect our home and all our belongings to be gone. We lost contact with all of our friends that stayed, cell and land lines are down of course as is power. We just talked with a friend that says the power is out, phones only working when the generators are running to pump out all the water. He said the hotel is blowing apart (not in the hotel zone) and all you can see when looking outside is a wall of water blowing sideways and pieces of things being shredded by the high winds, some huge."

A deluge of rain

Rainfall amounts in Mexico from Wilma have been extreme. Isla Mujeres, just offshore from Cancun, has reported almost 35" of rain over the past 1 1/2 days, and at one point reported 4" of rain in one hour between 2 and 3 am EDT today. Rainfall amounts in Cuba have not been nearly so extreme--at least in the areas of western Cuba that are still reporting data. San Juan y Martinez measured 10.7 cm (4.2 inches) of rain the past 24 hours, and storm total rainfall amounts of up to 18 cm (7 inches) have been measured in Cuba's westernmost province. Grand Cayman received five inches, Jamaica's Kingston airport eight inches, and Belize four inches. The north coast of Honduras has had numerous locations receive ten inches of rain, with one unofficial report of 20 inches. Rainfall in Haiti reached 8 - 10 inches, and, triggered flash floods that killed 11 people.

How will Wilma affect Florida?

The latest 8 am EDT (12Z) model runs are in, and continue to agree on the basic scenario that Wilma will move offshore the Yucatan tonight as a weak Category 2 hurricane. On Sunday, the storm will move slowly north and then northeast as westerly winds from a strong trough of low pressure start affecting the storm. There is about an 18-hour window of opportunity for Wilma to re-intensify to a Category 3 hurricane on Sunday. By Sunday night, the Wilma will begin to accelerate, and wind shear will begin to weaken the storm. By Monday morning, Wilma will cross the west coast of Florida between Fort Myers and the Keys as a Category 1, 2, or 3 hurricane. My best guess is that Wilma will be a 110-mph Category 2 hurricane hitting near Marco. Storm surges tend to be worse with large and faster moving hurricanes, so I would expect a storm surge characteristic of a Category 3 hurricane, 10 to 16 feet, in and south of Marco, causing very heavy damage in that city. Fortunately, the area south of Marco is primarily uninhabited--the Everglades swamp. However, if Wilma comes ashore north of Naples--or further south near the Keys--storm surge flood damage in those areas could easily reach billions of dollars. Storm surge flooding should be only 2 - 4 feet on the east coast of Florida, where wind damage is the primary threat.

Wilma's winds and rain

Wilma will be moving too fast to dump more than 5 - 10 inches of rain. The rain will be concentrated on the north side of the hurricane, since there will be a cold front there that will trigger more condensation. Areas to the north of the eye's passage will see winds a full Category--25 to 30 mph--lower than those on the south. This is because the storm's high rate of forward motion, near 25 - 30 mph, will add to the windspeeds seen on the south side of the Wilma's counterclockwise rotation, and subtract on the north side. Since the storm will be moving so fast, the duration of hurricane force winds will be just a few hours.

After Florida, then what?

After crossing Florida, Wilma should bring tropical storm force winds to the northern Bahama Islands, but not hurricane force winds. Wilma should pass close enough to North Carolina's Outer Banks to bring 40 mph winds there. Wilma is not expected to bring high winds to New England, but could bring 50 mph winds to Nova Scotia five days from now.


Alpha has formed 200 miles southeast of Hispanolia. Long range radar from San Juan, Puerto Rico shows some increasing spiral banding and echo intensity, and satellite imagery shows a good outflow channel developing to the southeast. Wind shear of about 10 knots is eroding the northwest portion of the storm.

Given the storm's expected track over Haiti, the 8 - 12 inches of rain expected may cause heavy loss of life in that country due to the inability of the deforested hillsides to handle flood waters. The Dominican Republic, which still has 70% of its forest cover, should fare relatively well.

I'll be back in the morning with the latest.

Jeff Masters

5. Request for prayers on behalf of earthquake victims in Pakistan

From: "Maggie Erotokritou">
Date: 22 Oct 2005
Subject: [Pan] Planetary alert for Pakistan

Please pass this message on to your networks.

This is a planetary alert, for prayers and to send light in meditation for relief to help the situation in Pakistan, which is tragic. The earthquake which jolted Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Azad & Kashmir on Saturday, Oct 8th. with a magnitude of 7.6, has left in its wake not only devastation and the death of at least 50,000 people but also the awareness that thousands more may die of starvation within the following days if adequate help and food provisions does not reach them in time.

Pakistan-administered Kashmir was the region hardest hit, with much of the capital, Muzaffarabad, destroyed. The head of United Nations relief operations, Jan Egeland, said he had never seen such devastation.

Pakistan says three million people are left homeless in the quake zone and lack adequate shelter and that the aid pledged for reconstruction is "totally inadequate". A massive airlift is needed to bring people out of remote areas.

The World Food Programme says some 500,000 people in remote areas have received no aid at all. One of the biggest problems is meeting the demand for tents that can provide shelter as the cold weather worsens. Fears are mounting of a second wave of deaths from untreated injuries and exposure.

Please let us hold the light for this area and for them to receive the help that they so desperately need. Please pass this email onto as many people as possible.

The Planetary Awakening Network
Co-ordinator Maggie Erotokritou -

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