This beautiful prayer written by Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, is chanted by brother Phap Niem.
May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos
Even in the darkest spots
Living beings are able to hear it clearly
So that all suffering in them cease
Understanding comes to their heart
And they transcend the path of sorrow and death.
The universal dharma door is already open
The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly
The miracle happens
A beautiful child appears in the heart of a lotus flower
One single drop of this compassionate water
Is enough to bring back the refreshing spring to our mountains and rivers.
Listening to the bell
I feel the afflictions in me begin to dissolve
My mind calm
My body relax
A smile is born on my lips
Following the sound of the bell
My breathe brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness
In the garden of my heart
The flowers of peace bloom beautifully.
Be transported to a place of serenity and hope with this exquisite prayer.
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This spoken word and music montage that drives these gathered images was composed and created by Gary Malkin for a work entitled Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying. This work was produced by Gary Malkin and Michael Stillwater for WisdomoftheWorld.com and New World Library. For more information about other settings of the world’s wisdom keepers to customized musical tracks, contact Gary at www.GaryMalkinLive.com.
Artwork by: Luca Oleastri Found at: http://innovari.wix.com/innovari
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
― Mary Oliver
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total
obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it
to pass over me and through me. When it has gone
past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Dune, by Frank Herbert
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I (We) lived in, or the kind of car I (We) drove….but the world may be different because I (We) was important in the life of a child.”
I have two son’s and I can honestly say that the effort, love and caring that their mother and I gave our children is returned as the greatest gift and most rewarding experience of our lives. We are proud of the two great men that they grew into.
Image by: David Tartakover
I have used the word “Taliban” as an expression not as fact. The word “Taliban” conjures up an idea, a picture of hard-line, intolerant, dogmatic extremism and these extremists are filling the ranks of Trumps new fascist government.
Recently, Trump appointed billionaire Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. But does anyone really know who this person is and her connections to extremist Christian Fundamentalist or what I call the “Christian Taliban”. She and her husband, Richard DeVos Jr., derive their wealth from Michigan-based Amway. This company was cofounded by Richard’s father that specializes in direct sales of home, health, and beauty products. But the truly scary thing is their association with Zealots and hate-mongers along with Erik Prince, Betsy’s brother, the founder of the notorious mercenary army Blackwater.
Today’s Christian Taliban is comparable to the Crusaders of Medieval times except for one thing. They are not just Catholics but include Protestants, with some being from the more stringent cults such as Baptists. Many share the long-term goal of the “End of Times” scenario and second coming of Christ, all part of the “Order out of Chaos” fraud.
They are fixated on ridding the world of heathen scum and not in a loving and caring way. Let us call it a desire to return to the hay-day of the Spanish Inquisition, full of torture and mass burnings lighting up the skies; nothing like the sight and sound of a crackling body on a cold winter’s night. If this sounds like an exaggeration then be aware of Trumps association to the Christian private army known as Blackwater (renamed “Xe Services” in 2009, and “Academi” in 2011).
Erik Dean Prince (a Catholic Knight of Malta) is/was the owner of Xe Services, LLC formerly known as “Blackwater Worldwide” (most likely changed due to negative press because of their barbaric behavior and mass murders). He combines two of the basic characteristics of a psychopath, great intelligence and a feverish dogmatic fundamentalism, a trait useful when conducting a “Jihad”. Born a Calvinist he stepped it up a notch and converted to Catholicism giving him better credentials for persecution and hatred.
Blackwater/Xe/Academi is a “private army” consisting of mercenaries who fight for profit and whose salaries are paid by American citizens through their tax dollars to the government who then passes it on to the State Department and so on. The salary of a Blackwater mercenary is between $600 and $1000 per day. There has been little to no oversight of this company or any other private “security” company. Blackwater has been used to murder and intimidate Iraqi civilians in a drive to secure profits for American corporations and rob these countries of there wealth and at the same time reaping obscene amounts of money for themselves. Needless to say, bringing their form of “Christianity” to the heathens is always a bonus.
“Blackwater is more than just a “private army”, much more than just another capitalist war-profiteering business operation. It is an army operating outside all laws, outside and above the US Constitution and yet is controlled by people within and outside our government whose allegiance is primarily to the foreign Vatican state. In other words, Blackwater is a religious army serving the Pope in Rome through the Order of Malta, which is itself considered under international law, as a sovereign entity with special diplomatic powers and privileges. Like Blackwater, the Order of Malta is “untouchable” because it is at the heart of the elite aristocracy.” –Found at: www.aftermathnews.wordpress.com
Of course, in actuality, Blackwater is the modern equivalent of the Catholic Crusader armies, the army of the Pope, that swept across the lands of Europe and the Middle-East killing all heretics in its path to the Holy-land. It has deep ties with the Catholic CIA, different Christian front-groups and a host of interested parties.
“Meet Blackwater USA, the powerful private army that the U.S. government has quietly hired to operate in international war zones and on American soil. With its own military base, a fleet of twenty aircraft, and twenty-thousand troops at the ready, Blackwater is the elite Praetorian Guard for the “global war on terror.”
“Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army” by Jeremy Scahill, is the unauthorized story of the epic rise of one of the most powerful and secretive forces to emerge from the U.S. military-industrial complex, hailed by the Bush administration as a revolution in military affairs, but considered by others as a dire threat to American democracy.” -Found at: The Investigative Fund, March 2007
Erik Prince’s father, Edgar D. Prince, created the Family Research Council (however, you will not find his name on their website) along with Gary Lee Bauer, James Dobson, George Alan Rekers and Armand Nicholi, Jr. It was founded in the United States in 1981 and incorporated in 1983.
“Prince serves as vice president of the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation. Salon reports that “between July 2003 and July 2006, the foundation gave at least $670,000 to the Family Research Council, which his family founded, and $531,000 to Focus on the Family” headed by James Dobson.” –Wikipedia
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“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” ― Kahlil Gibran
Artwork by Polish illustrator, artist, Igor Morski
Although the expression “I am burned out” is relatively current era, we all know what it means. Another one we are very familiar with is, “Burning the Candle at both Ends”, which probably comes from the poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950).
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!
And like the poem, we are in great danger of not lasting “the night” if we continue on the pathway of destruction that we have followed for decades. This is not meant as fearmongering on my part, but a stark reality. And it is a reality that we experience all around us daily.
I don’t need to go through a litany of abuse that we perpetrate upon the planet, each other and ourselves. We know it already. We don’t need another investigation into corruption of our leaders, outrageous greed by the Banksters, or the utter insanity as we rape the planet that we live on. To be crude, we are shitting on our own frontier steps, and that is exactly what we are doing. And just like the story that Nero played the fiddle as Rome burned (myth or fact), we do whatever we can to ignore, deny or change the subject. But the only truth is that humanity is almost at the point of no return. It’s now or never. And the antidote is within our grasp. The antidote starts with disconnecting from the “Saviours”, “Gurus” and “Experts” and believing in ourselves that “We have the Power”, that “We are the Power”. So, what will it be? -The Warrior
….and so, the 45th President has just been sworn in and the world is aghast. Already there are demonstrations, marches and arrests and social media is on fire. If the antics of Trump so far are an indication of what is to follow, then it will be one crazy ride for at least the next four years.
The difference between Trump and Obama is similar to comparing a fillet steak to a over-cooked hamburger. Class verses Crass. Philosophy verses Psychopathy. Substance verses Subnormal. And we will be hearing this for a long, long time. But, of course, this is all part and parcel of the fake charade that we live in today. A beautiful slight of hand carried out by our controllers where a reality show is past off as fact.
However offensive the new President appears it is short sighted to claim that he is the problem. He is not. He is the symptom of a sick society. A society that has failed to separate fact from fiction and truth from deception. The real bitter pill to swallow is that we have also been conned into believing that President “Change” was our saviour and that he was better than Trump or the host of conmen that came before. Under the reign of President “Change”, here are a few things that certainly did.
National Debt: According to the Treasury Department on January 19, 2017 the US total public debt was $19,961,467,137,973.64. When Obama took office (January 20, 2009) it was, $10,626,877,048,913.08. Therefore, the national debt under Obama grew by about $9 trillion, or an increase of 86 percent.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps): When Obama came to office in 2009, – 33,490,000 were on Food Stamps. At the end of his Presidency in 2016 it was 44,219,000, a growth of around 10 million Americas equal to 13% of the population.
Conflict: Under Obama the US launched airstrikes or military raids in at least seven countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.
Bombs dropped: In 2016 – 26,171 (The Independent). Approximately 3000 more than in 2015. Estimates run as high as a total of 100,000 bombs dropped by Obama during his 8 year tenure. Not bad for a Nobel Prize winner.
The core issue here is to try and understand the reality of what is actually happening. It’s easy to dismiss Trump as a bloated egotistical buffoon because he is. And it is equally correct to hold Obama in high esteem (even if some of his policies were unpopular), because he is a man of great integrity, poise and intelligence, or at least that is the way he appears to be.
But appearances are misleading and the psychological stress that we are experiencing has to be examined. Thus, there really is only two logical theories that are applicable.
Theory#1: The President of the United States is an all-powerful, omnipotent leader responsible for the actions and policies of America. Is he not referred to as the “Supreme Commander”? This means that Obama is a criminal, a reckless war-mongering psychopath with no regard for human suffering and a fraud to be given the Nobel Peace Prize. He should thus be arrested and charged with treason. Of course, if this was a reality nearly all former Presidents would have to be treated the same, certainly Bush One and Two.
Theory #2: The President of the United States is simply a puppet, a figurehead that has little to no power and is simply carrying out the orders of the real “Power behind the Throne”, a secret cabal that in fact controls America, sets policies and conducts business in their own self interest. This also would mean that voting for any President is a fraud and meaningless.
So, which one is it? We need to stop being mesmerized by the hype and surface nonsense. We have to hold those that serve us responsible for their actions. We must stop falling for the symptom and start examining the root cause. And this is not just in the US, but everywhere. -The Warrior
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi
The financial crisis of 2007 – 2008 was the biggest theft ever and most likely, if it had been any bigger, would have ended our civilization as we know it. The only thing that eclipses this crime in shear gob-smacking amazement, is the utter lack of outrage by the general public and American’s in particular. Staggering! The complacency that followed this is just beyond belief.
The crime was simple. Take a financial vehicle, a bond, that smelled like dog shit, that was as reliable as pond ice in July, that was wrapped in more toxic excrement and then class as Triple A, prime beef. An investors dream.
Then, when the shit literally hit the fan, when this noxious putrid hologram was exposed for its counterfeit vacuum, the governments (mainly the United States) did the only thing it could to cover up the crime. It took the publics money, the very people that had been screwed by the Banks in the first place and gave it to the criminals who knew exactly what they were doing.
The sad part is that if you don’t understand that you have had anal penetration like never before, that the whole system is a fraud and that your corrupt government colluded with the Banksters… well to be honest, you will never understand anything in the world we call reality. A great movie that explains this crime is “The Big Short” found on NetFlix. -The Warrior
“What is at first glance merely a scarred landscape becomes poetic evidence of resources spent, nature transformed as well as realized―or failed―hopes and dreams. The aerial images of the Silver Lake Operations at Lake Lefroy and of the pits and tailings at Kalgoorlie, along with the Dampier Salt Ponds are among the most handsome that Burtynsky has ever made. They combine a kind of mapping with a keenly felt experience of all the hard rock grit, dust and labour transforming these arid lands.”
Based on what the daily news is broadcasting, breaking point in the United States of America and elsewhere is imminent. If mainstream is telling the truth, it appears to be self evident. Violence is now happening daily. Murder, police brutality (and against the police), rage, rape, theft….the list goes on. But for some mysterious reason, no one knows why. Oh, sure, the pundits and politicians have answers, as do the mainstream media and talk show hosts. The buffoons that call themselves leaders, or at least, potential leaders, always have some glib and meaningless explanation, usually consisting of three of four words. “We need a wall”… “Kick out the Muslims”…. “Less government involvement”…”…a Carbon Tax…” and on and on. Sound-bites that are as empty and meaningless as the vacuums found inside the “Experts” head.
But is this really what is going on? Recently, Fox News was exposed for hiring a fake intelligence expert (Wayne Simmons), who, according to the Washington Post: “…claimed to be something of an American James Bond… In his public speaking engagements and frequent appearances on Fox News, the purported former CIA operative spoke authoritatively about terrorism and clandestine intelligence operations, which he claimed he helped run for nearly three decades.” – Matt Zapotosky, October 15, 2015
Fakery and disinformation is apparently not a recent problem. In the words of John Swinton, former managing editor, The New York Times (and New York Sun)… “There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print.” This, by-the-way, was over 100 years ago. What do you think the situation is now?
We know that some of the stories on mainstream media are fake and the “alternative” and social outlets are often no better. Why? Well, if you clear way all the dazzle and political clap-trap, it is actually quite simple. It is called “social engineering”. We are being “engineered” using disinformation and a fake controlled reality that is designed by the highest members of society and expedited by their wholly-owned subsidiary known as “government”, then distributed through the controlled media and the fake “alternatives”. They are the enforcers and jackals who sell their souls for financial gain and implement the machinations of the ruling elite. This is also self evident.
However, there are no lack of real social issues to be concerned about. We have people rioting in the streets regarding politicians (Korea), we have protests over clean water (Standing Rock) or the banking system, welfare, healthcare and much more. Our problem though is a lack of coordination or working together for a common goal to solve these issues. We have gun battles taking place in the US similar to an OK coral shoot-out. Daily, Black youth is killing each other due to drug problems, a lack of role models and because they are still marginalized and leaderless. We have some indigenous peoples drinking themselves to death for similar reasons all based on hopelessness. We have homeless and drug addicts living in squalor and disabled hidden away and paid a pittance. Young warriors who went to fight for their country (a bogus patriotic lie, as the real reason is to steal the wealth of another nation), return home only to be disenfranchised, forgotten and left to rot. “Gun control” is a joke. There will never be gun control in America as it is too lucrative and serves the purpose of population control. Police have killed more citizens since 9/11 (estimated to be higher than 5000) than soldiers killed in war over the same period. And, of course, this dire situation is not exclusive to the United States. Several European countries are examples of our “progress” and it is happening elsewhere.
There really is only one problem and that is knowing where the heart of the issue lies. Is there a root cause and if so, what is it? It is not with the outrageous slaughter taking place or the gross injustice that pervades society, every pore saturated with corruption like pigs at a trough. It is with us, the ordinary, peaceful and law-abiding citizen. Why? Because we have allowed this holocaust to happen. When we should or could have done something…when we might have spoken out, we did not. It was left to handful of heroes who had the guts to say “Stop! This is not acceptable”, and look what happened to them. The tragic mistake is always looking for a leader, a guru, a messiah to lead us out of hell and to the promised land. This has never happened and it never will.
But there is hope. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has demonstrated that we have the power. We always had the power, but unfortunately we often give it away. The way forward is conversation and discussion. Not the debates and discussion found on TV, on the news shows, the fake neoliberal pundits that claim they are for society and humanity, but in fact are greedy hipsters espousing expanded kleptocracy. Real grassroots debate, where quantity is replaced with quality. The quality of life, health, happiness, etc. Forming multiple cells as forums for change. We must break our addiction to corporate power, to corporate greed. We must hold the elected politicians responsible and in fact stop electing these shills. Whatever we do, we must do it now, because it is already late. Personal power and personal responsibility is our only hope. -The Warrior
“When I, the People, learn to remember, when I, the People, use the lessons of yesterday and no longer forget who robbed me last year, who played me for a fool–then there will be no speaker in all the world say the name: ‘The People,’ with any fleck of a sneer in his voice or any far-off smile of derision. The mob–the crowd–the mass–will arrive then.” -Carl Sandburg