NOTE: This compilation below was preceded by 3 compilations of feedbacks that can be reviewed by beginning here First feedbacks to the Peace Meditation Focus Group proposal. And you will find a link to a final compilation at the bottom of this webpage.

April 4, 2000

Subject: Yet more feedbacks to the Peace Meditation Focus Group proposal


Hello my dear friends

I had been hoping to work on preparing a proper follow up to the proposal, but I could not find enough time for that yet - and some people interested to be part of the focus have still not sent their résumé to introduce themselves to the other group members (once I have them all I'll send them all at once to everyone in the Focus group). But I received a couple more such introductory presentations and thank those who sent it.

In the meantime, I'll share with you some additional feedbacks I received - thanks a lot for those beautiful and supportive comments!! - the first one below from Ani Dolma is especially in line with how I view the best way to align ourselves to channel positive vibrations as she describes in 'the View' below. Also Boudewijn confirmed his participation to the work of the Focus group :-)) and Melody-Rose Parker shares a very inspiring vision of what we will do.

Finally I gave some thoughts to perhaps one issue I would like to include in the first weekly list. It concerns the hunger in Ethiopia - a repeat of what occured in the mid 80's (remember the Live Aid of Bob Geldof?). 16 million people are at riks of dying. And again their is a simmering war involved and not enough international attention to avert this impending human catastrophe.

I searched for some news article to provide youi with the needed background on this and wqill await your comment and suggestion..

And this also opens the discussion on the fact that we cannot only focus on Peace issues and so we will have to define broad enough criterias to be able to include all situations where large numbers of human lives are at risk - that would also include environmental catastrophies, for instance, to me...

More on this shortly

Love and blessings

Jean




From: Ani Dolma <anidolma@millennium.totalserve.co.uk>
Subject: Peace Meditation Focus Group
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2000

Dear Jean

I am delighted to hear you have had so much positive response. I've been
away and somehow seem to have missed the email. If this could bring about
truly massive focus at a particular moment by linking loving hearts and
minds, that's what I've been working to bring about.

Could I suggest that the synchronised worldwide time of 5-5.30pmUK,
12-12.30pm EST, 9-9.30pmPST, 4-4.30amNZ, 10-10.30pmIndia on Sundays be
adopted globally by all groups? It's already being used extensively. I
see Sunday noon is suggested: this is great and has been the time for the
peace prayer for many years. It creates a wave of energy around the
planet, which I feel combines so well with a synchronised one moment of
focus everywhere around the world. Is there another regular synchronised
time that you know of that is more well known?

I really like what Soleira wrote on global unity link-up and that's a term
I really resonate with, because that is essentially what we're doing.
'peace' doesn't cover a natural disasters like Mozambique for instance.
We do so many different kinds of meditation. I think Soleira really put
her finger on it with her description of the personal effect of the
different kinds of energy being sent or being 'pulled'.
I've thought on this a lot, and in group meditations have led experiments
in different kinds of meditation:
focussed prayer, creative visualisation, healing, sending love energy,etc
but I really believe that by setting intention at the beginning of the
meditation time,and then moving into a state of pure, conscious awareness
(ie not 'doing' anything) that that is the most powerful and effective
meditation of all. In dzogchen it is called 'the View'. Pure, conscious
awareness is beyond duality, of what we feel is required in a situation,
and we are as closely as possibly aligning ourselves with universal mind,
God,creation, however we phrase it, and BRINGS INTO BALANCE personally and
collectively.

I remember a sufi story about a holy person visiting a village. They
requested his presence for they were so desperate for rain. He arrived,
spoke to no-one and disappeared into a hut. Four days later he was still
there. Why isn't he talking to anyone, grumbled the people, and why isn't
he doing anything?
Five days on, it rained. The holy man came out, prepared to leave. Thank
you, thank you! said the people. How did you create this miracle? they
wanted to know.
I did nothing, said the holy man, I felt so out of balance being here in
this village, I have sat and slowly brought myself into balance....that is
all.

By doing no thing, we can accomplish everything!
love, love, love
ani




From: "Boudewijn Wegerif" <bw@jak.se>
Subject: SV: Final feedbacks to the Peace Meditation Focus Group proposal
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000

Dear Jean,

I am willing to be in the focus group, so long as I am able -- there is some
uncertainty regarding what I will be doing after the end of this academic
year in June.

You have my resume (what I called my 'slant') in the first response to your
outreach on this one. I add it again, below, for convenience -- with the
last short paragraph excluded, by preferance.

I was glad to read Deborah Tompkin's approval of "For the highest good of
all" (I assume she made a small typing error in leaving out the word "of")

With good wishes - for the highest good of all,

Boudewijn Wegerif
Monetary Studies Programme
Vardingeby Folkhogskola
150 21 Molnbo, Sweden

+46.158.23315
- - - - -
Here is my own lightbearer slant

My hope as a lightbearer, and my work to realize that hope, is to spread
understanding about the nature of money today and from the beginning ˆ my
awareness being that money is at base a symptom of an apparently incurable,
homo economicus disease, of each going his/her own way ˆ a disease which the
jubilee and sabbath laws passed down through Moses were designed to keep in
check and which Jesus confronted and overcame.

In my talks on Love and Money I bring light to bear on the prevailing debt
money system. I show why it has no future. For the system requires
money-needful and money-generating 'growth' of an order that we know is
destroying the Earth and our humanity. There is a general call, therefore,
for sustainable economies, but this will not happen without

¤ taking away the monopoly right of the private banking system to control
money supply at interest, for profit,
¤ cancelling all debts and redistributing real (not financial) wealth in the
spirit of Jubilee, and
¤ replacing the prevailing debt money system with an interest-free, public
service money supply, mainly directed to restructuring the cities and
reorganising agriculture for small-scale organic farming through farm
trusts.

However, these reforms will more than likely give rise to a new tyranny, of
bureaucratic control over all economic activity, unless the reform movement
is accompanied by a new schooling. There has to be a paradigm change from a
mindset that is primarily geared to quantitative gains for 'the good life',
to a mindset that is primarily geared to non-quantifiable giving and
receiving, contact and response, outreach and yielding in 'the better than
good life' of unconditional love.

For the highest good of all,

Boudewijn.
31 March 2000




From: "Katharina Bless" <soma@loxinfo.co.th>
Subject: Re: Peace Meditation Focus Group proposal
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000

Dear Jean,
Yes, I agree with you that's very important that we all focus together now,
I am very happy to see you helping to make the world Love - Peace work (also
through PAN-network) more efficient with this Peace Meditation Focus Group.
I hope one day you also will join a PAN Light Link gathering like we had it
in Chiang Mai, and I have a chance to meet you in person!

Love and Peace

Katharina




From: "Melody-Rose Parker" <stormwalkersmate@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: Feedback on World Peace Meditation
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000

Jean,

Have you ever thought that you were not just creating a 7 person focus
group, but a tree of people who would work together. When a network is
formed, there are "pods" of people who work together on one branch of the
network. So, maybe you are creating the "root of the tree," the other "pods
of people" will be the branches, and they will carry the energy out into the
world (leaves).

Since I understand that you do not know me personally, and you are trying to
narrow down to a 7 person decision-making group who can work together I will
gladly put my credentials together for you. It may take a couple of days to
organize this, because in the way that I have been taught by my Elders, we
do not write our credentials on paper. The results of our work speak for
themselves. However, I do have credentials and must consult with my Elders
to see how it would be appropriate to put these on paper.

In the meantime, know that I send you my blessings on your journey.

Melody-Rose




From: Jmuhn@aol.com
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2000
Subject: Re: Peace Meditation Focus Group proposal

I am VERY interested in the Focus Group proposal.....and I'd love to hear
more as this is developed, so please include me in future e-mails, ok??

Love and peace to all,
Judy




From: http://www.reliefweb.int/IRIN/cea/weekly/19990625.htm

(in part only)

HORN OF AFRICA: UN warns of millions threatened with hunger

WFP on Tuesday warned that "an unusual shortage of rains across a wide area of the Horn of Africa could drastically affect the upcoming harvests and threaten millions of people with hunger in 1999." A statement said an extended dry spell with only scattered rains during May and June was likely to slash crop and livestock production, worsening an "already precarious food situation."

"All the signs point to a potential crisis ... and we are trying to preempt that", WFP Information Officer Lindsey Davies told IRIN on Wednesday. WFP has already approved a US$ 40.5 million emergency operation to feed nearly 1.2 million people in eight drought-affected areas of Ethiopia and was "acting now to prevent a potentially major humanitarian crisis," WFP Country Representative Judith Lewis said.

"Worrying period ahead" for Somalia

In Somalia, 80 percent of the country’s harvest was dependent on the ‘Gu’ rains, which were short, light and scattered this year, said Owen Calvert, a consultant with the WFP-affiliated Food Security Assessment Unit (FSAU). "We’re in for a worrying period ahead", he added.

UN deplores fighting while famine looms

The UN Security Council on Wednesday expressed its dismay at the ongoing conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, especially given that millions of people are facing serious drought and possible food shortages, and repeated its call for "an immediate and unconditional ceasefire". It also called on the two countries to cooperate with the high-level delegation currently working on trying to have implemented a framework agreement, nominally accepted by both sides, and reiterated its call for all countries to immediately halt the sale of arms and ammunition to both countries.

Italy has "a glimmer of hope" for peace initiative

The Italian deputy foreign minister, Rino Serri, has said he will exert further efforts for the successful implementation of "an innovative approach within the context of the OAU framework agreement", after holding talks with the leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia, the Eritrean News Agency reported on Tuesday. "I entertain a glimmer of hope that the new Italian initiative ... would be accepted by both Ethiopia and Eritrea", Reuters news agency quoted Serri as saying.




From: http://www.cnn.com/2000/WORLD/africa/03/30/un.horn.of.africa.ap/

U.N. says 16 million at risk from northeast African drought

March 30, 2000 Web posted at: 11:22 p.m. EST (0422 GMT)

In this story:

Ethiopia affected worst

Pre-emptive measures urgent

Prospects for rain uncertain

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations is warning that as many as 16 million people are at risk from the drought in northeastern Africa, where a devastating famine 15 years ago left nearly 1 million people dead.

As in the mid-1980s, Ethiopia again is most in danger, facing a severe food crisis because of poor and infrequent rains and continued fighting with neighboring Eritrea, said Carolyn McAskie, deputy U.N. emergency relief coordinator.

But six other countries in the greater Horn of Africa region have also lost food stocks to the drought, fighting and continued instability from refugee flows, including Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti, she told a press conference on Thursday.

In a bid to draw public attention to the crisis and mobilize the necessary relief operation, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has asked the head of the World Food Program, Catherine Bertini, to be his special envoy and to travel to the region in mid-April, McAskie announced.

"We are facing the real prospect in two months from now of another catastrophe which can be averted with the right kind of donor assistance," McAskie said.

Ethiopia affected worst

The United Nations estimates that it will cost $205 million to bring the needed 371,000 metric tons of food and other assistance to the 12.4 million people at risk of famine in the seven most-affected countries.

But U.N. officials estimate that the crisis may eventually affect a total of 16 million people, including people in Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, requiring 940,000 metric tons of food aid.

Ethiopia by far is the worst affected and will account for 80 percent of the aid requirement, McAskie said.

During a drought in 1984-85, nearly 1 million people were estimated to have died of starvation or related illness in Ethiopia. The images of emaciated Ethiopians in the West prompted an enormous relief effort.

Pre-emptive measures urgent

"Without increased donor support for immediate food relief assistance, the international community may be confronted with the sort of food crisis the region tragically had to deal with 15 years ago," a U.N. statement said.

"It is urgent that pre-emptive measures are now taken to avert such a catastrophe."

The United Nations has issued a special appeal for food aid alone for Ethiopia of dlrs 190 million, half of which has been met. But there has been no response to the U.N. appeal for Eritrea, McAskie said.

"It's pretty obvious that the response that will be needed will be prolonged food aid relief over next few months," McAskie said, adding that the United Nations wouldn't know until the autumn whether the next planting season would succeed.

Prospects for rain uncertain

The magnitude of the problem may well increase, since prospects for the rains expected in May and June are uncertain.

Bertini plans to travel to the region beginning April 11, visiting Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Kenya to try to raise awareness about the situation and press governments to give aid workers secure access to the needy.

Aid workers have often been prevented from reaching at-risk groups in countries such as Sudan due to fighting. In southern Somalia on Thursday, the United Nations stopped its air and ground operations after unidentified gunmen shot at one of its aircraft. No one was injured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.




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