Filed under: Spirit
This talk and another by Rupert Sheldrake were banned by the TED staff because its anonymous “scientific” committee made some spurious accusations about their being “unscientific.” Obviously, we need a revolution in consciousness for our practical and spiritual survival. While I do not see Ayuhuasca as the likely solution to this problem, we should not underestimate the delusional state of the prevailing consensus mentality. Sufis, fortunately, have a methodology of ecstatic consciousness that can open the heart and guide us toward sanity.
See Graham’s and Rupert’s response here.
Filed under: Spirit
P.M.F. Atwater has done some interesting research into the younger generation. Could we be seeing a significant jump in spiritual evolution? Our tradition, though seven centuries old, is ready for these kids.
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More than 20 Months have passed since I wrote the last article on Time, and the Mayan Calendar. We are now, according to Johann Calleman, well into the “Ninth Wave,” the final 10 month phase of the 14 billion year mapping of time. Significant events marked the beginning of this final phase, March 9th: the Japanese Tsunami and Fukushima; the fall of the Egyptian regime; and dramatic events continue to unfold as we approach what Calleman believes is the conclusion of the final cycle, October 28th, 2011 (not December 21, 2012).
We can only prepare ourselves spiritually, act with generosity, kindness, and fearlessness, and witness time unfolding, then we might experience the truth of:
And so, God will preserve them from the woes of that Day, and will bestow on them brightness and joy, and will reward them for all their patience in adversity with a garden and the softness of silk. 76: 11-12
Recently at the Baraka retreat in Santa Barbara we also focused on these lines from the Qur’an:
- The Garden is brought near for the God-conscious, not far.
- This is what you are promised, for everyone who reconnects (with God) and protects (their own essence).
- Who is in awe of the Compassionate in the Unseen and comes with a heart constantly seeking nearness.
- Enter it in peace–this is the time of abiding.
- In it is what they will and We have more…
- Indeed in this is remembrance for one who has a heart, one who listens while witnessing.
You can listen to some of the recent talks at Barakainstitute.org
Filed under: Daily Life & Health
I’d like everyone I know to listen to this. It may be a matter of life and death. The first ten minutes of the recording below include George Noory (coasttocoastam.com) reporting on the news of the day–Jeffrey Smith then comes in for 30 minutes that may forever change how you look at your food.
Author and filmmaker Jeffrey Smith discussed the dangers of eating genetically modified (GM) foods, and how the biotech industry has tried to cover up negative reports. The stakes are high right now, with a Supreme Court battle over approval of genetically modified alfalfa, and the Dept. of Justice combined with the Dept. of Agriculture investigating if Monsanto is a monopoly, he reported. Some countries are taking the threat of GM foods seriously, with India recently banning GM eggplant.
Genetically modified foods are created to either tolerate herbicides or become insect killers themselves. Right now, the main GM crops are soy (91%), corn (85%), canola (85%), cottonseed, and sugar beets, he detailed. A recent study of hamsters fed GM soy beans, showed that by the third generation most of them had become infertile or sterile, died at 5x the rate of the control group, and were slower to reach sexual maturity, Smith said. In testing of farm animals, they demonstrated a marked preference for non-GM feed, and would avoid eating the GM feed, he added.
Monsanto is “amazing in their ability to completely spin the truth,” and they rigged research when it came to their genetically modified bovine growth hormone, Smith asserted. Their ultimate goal is to “genetically engineer 100% of the commercial seeds in the world and patent them– to replace nature!” he continued. The Non-GMO Shopping Guide offers a listing of various food categories and specifies which brands are not genetically modified. The Tipping Point in the GM Crisis – Hour 1
Filed under: Daily Life & Health
Johan Galtung – 14 Dec 2009
President Obama’s Nobel Prize acceptance lecture in Oslo 10 December 2009–the Human Rights Day!–added tragedy to the comedy. It was vintage Orwell, war is peace, serving outdated thoughts by nations trying to legitimize their warfare, with the eloquence and charm that came through to many of that persuasion. A reactionary speech, more becoming to war college graduation in a militaristic country like the USA; and a total travesty of the purpose of the Nobel Peace Prize, intended to go beyond that kind of mentality. To read more: http://www.transcend.org/tms/article_detail.php?article_id=2272
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Erika and Lisa did two performances at the Parliament in Melbourne, Australia. The day after Thanksgiving we had composed a new song, “You and I,”(based on a ghazel many of you will no doubt recognize) which we thought would be appropriate to premiere there. Someone filmed the song and presented it as kind of an anthem for the whole event, including various scenes from the Parliament itself. Paste this into your browser. If you don’t see a link for the Ruby performance, be patient–we’re working on it. Turkey has prevented downloads from YouTube, which may be why I don’t see it here.