THE ABUNDANCETREK BLOG for 2003
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2003 + Sunny & Mild
+ COLD MOUNTAIN is a fresh tomato. And so is PETER PAN.
+ from alternet > MAD COW USA: THE NIGHTMARE BEGINS John Stauber, AlterNet The warnings have been there for years. Will government
regulators, consumers and the meat industry now finally wake up that what worked in Europe must be employed here?
+ from alternet > WILL WE FOLLOW BUSH TO WAL-MART AMERICA? David J. Sirota, AlterNet Much-ballyhooed signs of economic recovery
ignore the alarming fact that the middle class continues to rapidly erode. http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=17467
MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2003 + Cloudy & Cold
+ Sojourners offers a lot of information about what the Bush Administration is up to: The Project for a New American Empire.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11 + rainy
+ SojoMail 12/10/03 supports this idea: 60 seconds for peace - Get a billion people to pause for 60 seconds of silence to think, reflect, pray, or meditate for
peace. Find out how and when and why at: http://www.billionforpeace.org.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10 + cloudy
+ Church World Service has important information on HIV/AIDS including an action alert appeal to fund the fight against AIDS.
+ Jim Wallis of SOJOURNERS says HIV/AIDS is "a crisis of biblical proportions.
+ "Christ's example is being demeaned by the church if they ignore the new leprosy, which is AIDS. The church is the sleeping giant here. If it wakes up to
what's really going on in the rest of the world, it has a real role to play. If it doesn't, it will be irrelevant." - Bono, quoted in The Chicago Sun-Times
+ The Presbyterian Church Spiritual Formation website offers lots of great resources and inspiration.
+ I just discovered aclu-nra.org, a website for people who support the goals of both the NRA and the ACLU!
+ A cyber buddy on an INFP list likes this quote: "If the only prayer you say in your whole life is 'Thank You,' that would suffice." - Meister Eckhart
+ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INFP/message/83883 > an intersting post on what constitutes a good life.
+ AMELIA RAE was born yesterday in New Mexico. She is my cousin Lamar's first grandchild.
+ Alice Gerard writes: My (Fort Benning) story is now posted on the web! You can find it at http://www.allpowertothepeople.com/events/SOA2003.shtml
or at http://buffalo.indymedia.org/
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2003 + Cloudy & Cold
+ A really great blog is the Spirituality&Health blog. If you are not familiar with Spirituality&Health, you are missing an amazing website.
+ MSNBC & Newsweek are pointing out that scholars are coming up with a new interpretation of Mary Magdalene.
+ A friend says that Costco sells generic drugs at only a little above their cost. This can mean hundreds of dollars of savings for some of us. Check it out!
+ This is from > http://www.dailyzen.com/default.asp
The field of boundless emptiness
Is what exists from the very beginning.
You must purify, cure, grind down,
Or brush away all the tendencies
You have fabricated into apparent habits.
Then you can reside in the
Clear circle of brightness.
- Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091-1157)
Some see Eastern spiritual wisdom and Western spiritual wisdom as incompatible, exclusive, even contradictory. I don't! As if you didn't know that!
This one seems close to the first pathway of Ken Keyes which I recite to myself frequently:
I am freeing myself from security, sensation, and power addictions that make me try to forcefully control situations in my life, and thus destroy my serenity and keep me from loving myself and others.
This is similar to the third pathway:
I welcome the opportunity (even if painful) that my minute to minute experience offers me to become aware of the addictions I must reprogram to be liberated from my robot-like emotional patterns.
For the others, go to > http://mindprod.com/pathways.html#PATHWAYS
Keyes wrote THE HANDBOOK TO HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS in the 70s. He made the 7 chakras of Eastern Spiritual Tradition come alive for me because
he could explain it in ways that make sense to my western mind.
He also wrote THE HUNDREDTH MONKEY.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2003 + Sunny & Cold
+ Witherspoonsociety.org offers links to several reports on the repression of the demonstrators in Miami last week.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2003 + Sunny & Cold
+ Here's another article from Witherspoonsociety > "Retired minister arrested for trespassing; Beisswenger is among 40 jailed during protest at Fort Benning" - by Evan Silverstein, Presbyterian News Service. It gives some important background information.
+ Witherspoonsociety has posted "Hogtied and Abused at Fort Benning." It really makes me mad to see a human being treated this way and I know that there are so many other victims in this world and all too many have been victimized by Americans or those taught how to hate and hurt by Americans. We can do better than this.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2 + cold & partly sunny after a dusting of snow last night
+ At times it gets cloudy and flurries fall and then the sun shines brightly again.
+ Lebanon's DAILY STAR reports that Palestinians are stepping up protests against alternative peace plan. Most Israelis also appear to be opposing the plan.
+ BELIEFNET offers an interactive Advent Calendar: The Spiritual Countdown.
+ Wayne Muller started BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY, a great organization which is spreading across the country. Here's some information about it from the
"Bread for the Journey International is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing the natural generosity of ordinary people. Through regional chapters of
Bread for the Journey, we teach a simple practice of neighborhood philanthropy that can be embraced by people in a wide variety of communities. / Founded
by Reverend Wayne Muller, there are chapters in seventeen cities in the United States and one in Canada. Each chapter offers a unique blend of practical
assistance, funding and encouragement to help people start valuable new projects quickly and easily - without complicated grant proposals and lengthy waiting
periods. As a result, countless dynamic programs are being born that heal and nourish our communities in ways that are naturally creative and responsive to
+ PERSONALTRANSFORMATION.COM provides us with "A Time of Sacred Rest" / An Interview with Wayne Muller / By Mary NurrieStearns. I
discovered this when searching for links to Wayne Muller resources at Yahoo! I'm reading a wonderful book by Wayne called LEARNING TO PRAY: HOW WE FIND HEAVEN ON EARTH. It is based on the Lord's Prayer. It is very well written, challenging, gentle, encouraging.
+ The Gail Evans website is another great contribution to the wisdom of the perennial philosophy. Gail is a writer from South Africa.
+ MYSTICISM IN WORLD RELIGIONS has a page offering a lot of good links on Christian prayer.
+ I just discovered that you can see front pages from around the world every day.
+ I just found another blogger with similar concerns and interests > http://jason.similarselection.org/
MONDAY, DECEMBER 1 + Partly Coudy and a little chilly
So be it!
So breathe it!
The beat goes on
The heavenly beat
The healing beat
The only beat
+ http://bliss.gingerblue.com/ is another great blog.
+ http://www.bookcrossing.com/home is an interesting book site.
+ Here's a new beginning for a book I am writing on the Journey, my Journey and Our Journey:
Your journey is really important. My journey is really important. OUR JOURNEY is really important. I need you and you need me. I need everyone and
everyone needs me. You need everyone and everyone needs you. I believe that this is God's will. I believe that we ultimately must embrace everyone and be
embraced by everyone. It's kind of a game. It's definitely an adventure. There is still so much to discover, to explore, to enjoy. I offer this book because of this belief. I offer it for several reasons including:
1. You need to embrace my journey so here it is! It is required reading! Sooner or later, everyone must know me and my journey. Sooner or later I must know you and your journey. A lot of people write about the kind of things I am writing about. Perhaps my contribution is minor but I don't think so because I basically believe that each and every one of us has something major to contribute.
2. I feel called to write this book now as a call to embrace not just me and my journey but the holy journey of humanity. We are becoming something
different, something better, right now. This is a cause for celebration. I believe we are not just human beings but we are heavenly beings right now, right
here. Our heavenly identity is at least just as important and probably far more important than our human identity.
So, let's go! Let's see what we can discover and explore and enjoy together as you embrace me and my journey and I embrace you and your journey. Some of
you will find yourselves in this book either literally or figuratively or both. I certainly am not the only one offering a book about our human and heavenly journey these days.
I believe that the source, the guide, and the goal of our heavenly reality is Love. God is love. I am love. You are love. We are love. The essential nature of our universe is love. There seems to be a division of the universe into the one who creates and the ones who are created. This is an illusion but it seems to be a powerful illusion for most of us. It takes a lot of effort to overcome the influence of this illusion. There isn't even adequate language for me to bring home this point. But let me try anyway since the point is so important.
Ultimately there is only God. God loves God. Creation is God's playground, God enjoying her self, God expressing him self. God loves to play. We are
created as our individual identities to be God's temporary playmates. This temporary reality has been going on for billions of years and may go on for billions more, maybe even forever. I don't know. But I do know, or rather strongly believe, that this temporary reality is an illusion. Ultimately, God has no playmates because there is only God. Ultimately, there is no division in the universe between God the creator and God the created. Creator and creation are one.
But, again, it doesn't seem that way. The great Western religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam insist that we must not identify ourselves as God the Creator. The great Eastern religions insist that we do. Can both be right? I think so. I think the difference is purely one of emphasis.
Each religious tradition only has inadequate language as its basic teaching tool. How do you describe a mystery? How do you describe the reality that is far beyond knowledge? We simply can't but we try anyway because it seems so important to get to the truth, the meaning of life.
It is and it isn't! Western religions emphasize knowing while Eastern religions emphasize not-knowing. That's a vast simplification, of course, but it might be useful. Maybe. Maybe not. I don't know. Do you? Are you sure? Learned Hand, a great American judge of the early twentieth century, said that "the spirit of liberty is the spirit of not being too sure you are right." I believe that he is right about that but I'm not sure! I believe that the great spiritual teachers, whether they are from the East or the West or the North or the South, teach humility as an essential trait of the holy journey.
Am I humble? Are you humble? I know I have a long way to go and perhaps you do too! Maybe humanity could learn how to get along much better if we
could all learn how to be truly humble. I believe holiness is practically synonymous with humility. Heavenly beings are humble beings. Human beings are
meant to be humble beings, holy beings, heavenly beings.
So, let's get as humble as we can get before we continue this journey. OK? How? I don't know! It is so important that webegin there, begin with saying, "I don't know." Because I don't! I know so little about heaven, about God, about humanity, about me, about you. I am ignorant. I am a beginner at this thing called wisdom and always will be.
+ I just discovered a blog called JOHN'S DHARMA PATH which he describes as "a place to share my experiences in trying to live the dharma."
+ Matthew Rees photos at Pbase are really great!
+ Wayne has added quite a few new and interesting links to "The Four Precepts Web-Portal and Spiritual Search Page" which has included a link to
abundancetrek for some time.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29 + Flurries at times; Windy
+ Clayton Easterson's Wyoming (Yellowstone & Grand Teton) Photos just uploaded to pbase.com are quite impressive.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28 + Drizzle
+ A turkey and a tofurky and lots of trimmings were served and enjoyed yesterday.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2003 + Sunny & Chilly in morning; Mild by afternoon
+ C-SPAN broadcast an informative and alternative panel discussion on Middle East policy presented by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy.
Adib Farha spoke. He also gave a comprehensive speech in April which is still pertinent. He is quite knowledgeable and offers strong criticism of US policy.
+ SOJOURNERS urges us to Take Action! Close the School of the Americas. "The School of the Americas (SOA) - in 2001 renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation - is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers located at Fort Benning, Georgia. During its 56 years of existence, the SOA has used U.S. tax dollars to train more than 60,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics. These graduates have consistently used their skills to wage war against their own country's civilians." "Global justice and the SOA: With growth comes challenge" by Jesse Holcomb is in the latest SojoMail.
+ Here's an excerpt from an interview with Frithjof Schuon, an advocate of the perennial philosophy:
Q. : On the spiritual level, what does every human being need?
F.S.: Three things: truth, spiritual practice, morals. Pure and unveiled truth coincides with metaphysics; the religious dogmas are symbols of metaphysical
truths; the deep understanding of religious symbolism is esoterism. Pure metaphysics is hidden in every religion.
+ From ROTTENTOMATOES: MAN ON THE TRAIN is a highly acclaimed movie now released on video. It's about an experience where a person feels
what it is like to live inside some one else's skin.
+ A comprehensive website on the New Age is WEBSPIRIT. It is suggested by Philip Goddard who has some very practical and fascinating ideas to share at
+ Urantia is the name of our reality according to THE URANTIA BOOK which was first published in 1955 and is totally available on the internet. It is a very
comprehensive guide to the spiritual universe. It is Christ-centered and trinitarian but it is certainly not embraced by the "orthodox" churches of the planet!
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2003 + It rained last night but now it is sunny and chilly.
+ WINGED MIGRATION is out in DVD/VHS. It's a fresh tomato according to 98 per cent of the critics.
+ I wish I didn't have to read this kind of news: World Hunger Increasing, New U.N. Report Finds.
+ Alice Gerard posts regularly in a Yahoo! egroup. She was arrested and jailed after a planned act of civil disobedience at the annual SOA protest at Fort Benning GA. Here's what she wrote about it:
Why I chose to cross the line at Fort Benning
Last November, when I first came to the vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia, to write about it for the Buffalo Alternative Press, I was more moved by the
experience than I had anticipated. I felt that something deep inside of me had changed.
I thought long and hard about coming back to Fort Benning to cross the line. I wondered if I was ready to take such a big step. Just the thought of it was frightening to me. I filled my diary with both my doubts and my feelings. I continued the research that I had written for Alt Press. I read the report that Amnesty International had written about SOA/WHINSEC and about similar schools, both in the United States and abroad. I read about human rights abuses by U.S.-trained military. I read about the struggle of the U'Wa Indians of Colombia to protect the cloud forest that they considered sacred against the incursions of Occidental Petroleum and other oil companies. I read about the fragility of the cloud forests. Once they are gone, they can never be replaced. I remembered the words of the U'Wa chief, who said that the oil deep in the ground is the lifeblood of mother earth.
To drill the oil from a place where its people believe that, to do so, you are draining the earth of its blood seems so cruel to me. Yet the Bush administration has requested more than one hundred million dollars in military aid to protect the pipeline in a conflicted part of Colombia. The pipeline gets attacked regularly, and spills are all-too-common. The result is the destruction of precious vegetation, birds, and animals, some of which are on the verge of extinction. Do we really need Colombia's oil that desperately? And, in Iraq, the United States made sure that the oil ministry was well protected. At the same time, the museums were being looted of priceless antiquities, and the hospitals were being robbed of need medicines. I wondered: what is our foreign policy about? Democracy? Human rights? Or is it about oil acquisition?
So far, we've failed to get the oil out of the ground in Iraq. We seem to be bogged down in a never-ending guerrilla war there. We would love to get the oil from Colombia, a nation that does not belong to OPEC and is unbounded by that organization's production quotas.
Is all of that oil really waiting beneath foreign soil for us to drill it up for our own use? Do we have the right to get it, by any means possible?
SOA/WHINSEC claims to be a new and improved school, with an agenda that focuses on training Latin American troops in the principles of human rights
and democracy, not in protecting oil wells and pipelines to ensure our access to the good stuff. I want so much to be able to believe the government's claims.
But, no matter how hard I try, I just cannot believe. If human rights are not a priority of the current administration, how could it be a priority of the military,
which claims to be subservient to the civil authorities? Making these claims even more difficult to believe is the fact that the U.S. government has never
investigated the training offered at the school or the behavior of its graduates, some of whom are notorious, such as Leopoldo Galtieri of Argentina, Augusto
Pinochet of Chile, Manuel Noriega of Panama, and many others. I would like to see the recommendations of Amnesty International implemented. I would like
to see WHINSEC's operations suspended, pending a thorough investigation by an independent commission. I would like to see redress made to the victims of
crimes perpetrated by SOA graduates. I want to hear U.S. government officials apologize to the people who are haunted by memories of torture and other
forms of violence at the hands of SOA graduates. And I don't believe that U.S. Army can operate a human rights school at Fort Benning. If such a school is to
exist, it ought to be located in another country and it ought to be administered by the Organization of American States.
Knowing all of this, I had to do something. So I chose to cross the line, as the strongest way that I know to express my displeasure with a foreign policy that
is both misguided and dangerous.
Alice E. Gerard
Buffalo, New York
+ I posted this response:
This is very persuasive writing. It makes me so angry that my country will not own up to its human rights abuses over the years even while we condemn others so self-righteously. Whenever Bush says "freedom," I substitute "oil." Unfortunately, that's what freedom has come to mean for far too many Americans and other rich and privileged people around the globe.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2003 + Sunny, Clear, Mild (as were Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
+ Yesterday, we went to First Congregational Church, Amherst for the second time. They have already turned the slogan I shared in worship 2 weeks ago into a bumper sticker: THE FORCE OF LOVE IS GREATER THAN THE LOVE OF FORCE.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2003 + Sunny, Clear, Mild
+ The Covenant Network of Presbyterians recently held its annual conference in Washington DC with 600 participants. The network's aim is to make the
church "as generous and just as God's grace." Here's more on its purpose: "The Covenant Network of Presbyterians is a broad-based, national group of clergy
and lay leaders working for a church that is simultaneously faithful, just, and whole. We seek to support the mission and unity of the Presbyterian Church
(USA) in a time of potentially divisive controversy. We intend to articulate and act on the church's historic, progressive vision and to work for a fully inclusive church. We are committed to finding a way both to live out the graciously hospitable gospel we have received and to live together with all our fellow members in the PC(USA)."
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2003 + Chilly / Partly Sunny / Breezy
+ The Al-Jazeera English Edition certainly offers a different perspective on the news!
+ Unlike some blogs, this blogger has no intention of telling you how my relations with my wife and family and friends are going on a day to day or even
month to month basis!
+ Also, speculation about Michael Jackson's guilt or innocence will be left to others!
+ I do get vulnerable in cyberspace, however. I "published" a chapter of a book on my website which reveals a lot about how I think and feel related to my
son's death nearly 10 years ago. He was 16.
+ I believe that each and every one of us is intimately connected to Heaven in very mysterious and wonderful ways.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 + Cloudy morning, but then the sun came out at noon. Yesterday was cloudy with some showers.
+ "Norms and Paradoxes in Spiritual Alchemy" is an article by Perennial Philosopher Frithjof Schuon found in SOPHIA: The Journal of Traditional Studies.
+ Mysticism in World Religions includes some insights of A.W. Tozer, a twentieth century Christian and Missionary Alliance pastor.
+ OurWorldHarmony.com offers wisdom based on their belief that: The World Is Changing Into A New Global Knowledge Civilization.
+ WorldWisdom.com has led me to SOPHIA-PERENNIS.COM which is devoted to the perennial philosophy and particularly to the work of French
philosopher, Frithjof Schuon.
+ WorldWisdom.com is a site devoted to the Perennial philosophy. I got to it through The Four Precepts Web-Portal & Spiritual
Search Page offered by Wayne Ferguson for Searchers and Researchers of the Spirit.
+ I'm using the Yahoo! search engine to find web pages dealing with the "force of love" (FOL for short). Here are several noteworthy ones:
http://www.project-hope.co.nz/lifeskills/forceoflove.htm is a testimony about the FOL.
http://store.awwwsome.com/awwwsome/savplanworof.html includes some powerful thoughts including several interesting quotes about intimacy with God by
Shaw, Merton, Luther, Eckhart and others.
http://www.miketodd.ca/web/archives/000031.html quotes Bono of U2 fame.
http://www.earth-medicine.com/forcef.htm quotes Teilhard de Chardin on the FOL.
http://www.avatarmeherbaba.org/erics/realform.html relates the FOL to Meher Baba.
http://www.inner.org/powlove/plove01.htm shows how the FOL is a major theme of the Kabbalah.
http://sculpturesenligne.com/A55A04/SEL.nsf/Opra/DRHH-5R8H6S is a picture of a sculpture called "la force de l'amour" by Karen Marre.
http://www.geocities.com/attunement.geo/fire.htm associates the FOL with fire.
http://www.ifcl.com/ezine.shtml is a "spiritual oasis" offering free inspirational resources related to the FOL.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0761978712/002-5237521-9950415?v=glance offers information on a book called LEADERSHIP AND THE
FORCE OF LOVE by John R. Boyle.
http://www.alhazan.com/force-of-love.html is a song with the title "Force of Love" which was a hit in the bay area in 1962.
http://www.christdesert.org/giftshop/music/force_of_love.petersham.html offers a cassette of Gregorian Chant and Meditations for the Feast of St. Scholastica
of Nursia by the Monastic Choir of St. Scholastica's Priory and St. Mary's Monastery: Benedictines of Petersham.
+ I haven't even gotten beyond the first page at Yahoo! on the FOL! I really like the links I have found so far.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 + still windy, sunny and cold
+ Beliefnet has an article by Pythia Peay urging us to imagine God as a Woman. She writes that "For those more familiar with a heavenly father, imagining
God as a woman can be a profound spiritual exercise."
+ Beliefnet has an interview with Marcus Borg with this lead: Revisionist Jesus scholar Marcus Borg explains why "Christianity makes persuasive and compelling sense." He promotes his latest book, THE HEART OF CHRISTIANITY, which gives aid and comfort to Christians who reject the literal and
absolutist and exclusivist old paradigm in favor of a new paradigm.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 + foggy and much warmer in the Pioneer Valley this morning
+ WorkingForChange offers this Joe Conason column today > Saudi rulers might allow democracy if Bush shows them how undemocratic it can be because
"Bush's democracy is fit for kings."
+ Meinrad Craighead's Crow Mother and The Dog God: A Retrospective is reviewed by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat. S&H offers a wonderful gallery
related to this artist's book.
+ WorkingForChange is a very comprehensive website AND it includes the Tom Tomorrow comic strip!
+ There are a lot of blogs associated with peacemaking. Peaceblogs has a list of 1485 blogs from 56 countries.
+ Aron's Israel Peace Weblog is informative. He is advocating a one-state solution. An example is his link to an article in today's HAARETZ saying that
Israel is bad for the Jews.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 + Our first dusting of snow in the northern Pioneer Valley!
+ Sojourners urges us to take action to close the School of the Americas.
+ Common Dreams reports that Another Former Intelligence Official Blows the Whistle on Iraq/9-11 Connection.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2003 + Sunny. Chilly morning (around 20 F.) but turning warmer.
+ Wendell Berry gave a speech at Witherspoon's annual meeting. Here's what he said about television: "If you would welcome a seducer, a known swindler, a
liar, and a person convicted of violent crimes into your living room, then you'll be completely comfortable having a television."
+ The Witherspoon Society's Doug King reviews Body and Soul: Rethinking Sexuality as Justice-Love; Edited by Marvin M. Ellison and Sylvia Thorson-Smith; Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2003.
+ Witherspoon's President, Kent Winters-Hazelton, offers reflections on a recent gathering of representatives from widely divergent Presbyterian groups.
+ Friends of the Earth is dealing with world trade issues and the environment among other things environmental.
+ Here's what it says on one of our coffee mugs: LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME AND MAKE IT A MASTERPIECE.
+ It's a bright, sunshiny day.
+ As of Saturday, all the boxes in my study have been unpacked. Now there are about 50 piles! We bought a new bookcase yesterday which I need to put
+ Surfing through an unofficial Ram Dass website I found a great passage from the TAO TE CHING. My reflection on this passage: ALL IS WELL NO
MATTER WHAT! Or, as my brother-in-law says: IT DOESN'T MATTER BECAUSE IT DOERSN'T MATTER! Reflect on that!
+ Today's DAILY WORD from Unity > Divine Appointment > Open to God's good, I accept the blessings that divine appointments bring me. / I am
cooperating with God. / There is no limit to how much or how often God will bless me. / see John 4:23-24.
+ I read the passages in the DAILY LECTIONARY > Morning: Psalm 135:1-21 / Nehemiah 9:1-15 (16-25) or 2:1-20 / Revelation 18:1-8 / Matthew 15:1-20 /
Evening: Psalm 97:1-12
+ The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society led me to another website on Centering Prayer or Contemplative Prayer.
+ Searching in the Western Mass Webguide just led me to discover another Pioneer Valley spiritual formation center: The Center for Contemplative Mind in
Society in Northampton.
+ In the late 60s and early 70s Mary and I were nurtured in the faith as young adults at Old West Church in Boston
+ More Western Massachusetts links to congregations and denominations >
United Methodist New England Conference
Greenfield - First United Methodist
+ Thanks to my cousin Lamar, I became aware of the HARMONIC CONCORDANCE which is an unusual configuration of the stars coupled with the lunar
eclipse of the moon on this past Saturday night/Sunday morning.
+ Thanks also to Lamar for making me aware of ISHAYA, a North Carolina based organization which has developed a self-discovery program leading both to
peace and to the highest levels of human consciousness.
+ Lamar also pointed me to the spirit and science resources of VESICA which is integrating elements of the western spiritual tradition. According to their
website, "the Rosicrucian and Holy Grail tradition holds the inner teachings of many great Western Mystery schools in an easily understandable modern form.
This includes profound insights from the Egyptian, Greek, Hebrew, and other schools of initiation, including the hidden 'Sophia' stream of the Divine
+ GREAT MYSTERY is a spiritual formation website which advocates conscious evolution.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2003 + Sunny & Chilly; less breezy than yesterday so it feels warmer
+ The UTNE READER PEACE FORUM is a place to discuss strategies for the peace movement.
+ Click HERE for more information about the "Making Another World Possible" Film Festival co-sponsored by AFSC and BPF / Dec 1, 3, 4, 5 / Times: 6:30 -
8:30 pm each night / Wright Auditorium, Smith College.
+ Searching for links to peace and justice activities in Western Massachusetts led me to the Trap Rock Peace Center in Deerfield.
+ Thanks to my cousin Evelyn, I am again aware of the peacemaking efforts of Saving Grace 2003 which invites us to savor a feast of harmony this thanksgiving: "Across every table in America we share a diversity of delights, dependencies, denials and desires. We offer suggestions for saving grace at the tables where you sit."
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2003 + Lots of sunshine today but cold here in the Pioneer Valley
+ Here are some links to congregations in the Pioneer Valley >
AMHERST - FIRST CONGREGATIONAL
AMHERST - GRACE EPISCOPAL
AMHERST - NORTH CONGREGATIONAL
AMHERST - SOUTH CONGREGATIONAL
AMHERST - UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY
AMHERST - WESLEY UNITED METHODIST
GREENFIELD - ALL SOULS UU
GREENFIELD - FIRST CONGREGATIONAL
GREENFIELD-ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL
GREENFIELD - SECOND CONGREGATIONAL
NORTHAMPTON - FIRST CHURCHES
NORTHAMPTON - FRIENDS MEETING
NORTHAMPTON - UNITARIAN SOCIETY
SPRINGFIELD - CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL (EPISCOPAL)
SPRINGFIELD - SOUTH CONGREGATIONAL
WHATELY - FIRST CONGREGATIONAL
Denominational Websites >
EPISCOPAL DIOCESE - WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST - MASSACHUSETTS CONFERENCE
+ Here are 2 Pioneer Valley links >
WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS AFSC CALENDAR
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2003 + still no sunshine here in the Pioneer Valley
+ The Witherspoon Society's webweaver calls our attention to this Bill Moyers interview with Union Seminary President Joseph Hough. He urges religions to work together against growing economic inequality.
+ CURSOR.ORG included this today > Billy Bragg's 'Tell Us the Truth' tour links trade issues with media reform.
+ CURSOR.ORG included this on 11/4 > Israelis mark eighth anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, with 100,000 calling for peace.
+ Here's an email message I just sent to my tnc4tna egroup >
"Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. All systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute
This is the first precept of Thich Nhat Hanh. For the next 13, go to http://seaox.com/thich.html and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
So, how is everybody??
+ http://www.beliefnet.com/story/111/story_11159_3.html is an article by Caroline Myss on the nature of faith.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2003 + another dreary day here
+ http://www.witherspoonsociety.org/03-may/government_lies.htm is a review of books highly critical of the Bush administration.
+ http://www.pcusa.org/washington/issuenet/hh-031010.htm is a report on the upsurge in poverty here in the USA for the past 2 years.
+ http://www.cpt.org/archives/2003/oct03/0012.html is a recent report from Hebron by the Christian Peacemakers Team which monitors events there and tries
to help the victims of injustice and violence.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2003 + much cooler in the Pioneer Valley; cloudy; showers
+ I am turning this page into a BLOG (a WEB LOG) today. You can still use the tab button to move from one website to another. Finding new web sites will
still be important. There are 8 new links in my first 2 posts below:
+ CHECKING OUT OUR AREA: On Saturday, M&I drove around the countryside between here and Vermont. Northfield has a distinct old New England
feeling with a prep school, the Northfield Mount Hermon School. I drove up to Brattleboro, Vermont last week when a lot of colorful leaves still were hanging
on the trees.
+ SPIRITUAL RESOURCES: http://my.execpc.com/~ferguson/ < I got an email from this guy today and then visited his website including >
http://my.execpc.com/~ferguson/thefourprecepts.html < My website is at the top of the links listed here. The list contains several other links to websites which
I have on my spiritual resources list. I think he may have gotten several from me and I am flattered of course. But if he didn't, well then we obviously think a lot alike! Here are a few > http://www.newthought.net/ < this must be the work of Alan Anderson! |
http://www.newthought.net/self-dominion.htm#Mindful%20Self-Dominion: < fascinating! |
http://www.newthought.net/principles.htm#Principles%20of%20Connectedness < also fascinating!
Montague MA - government > http://www.montague.net/
Peacemaking - UCC statement > http://www.ucc.org/board02.htm
Whately MA - UCC > http://users.crocker.com/~uccwhately/
UCC - Franklin Association > http://users.crocker.com/%7Efamcucc/
UCC - Massachusetts Conference > http://www.macucc.org/
Greenfield MA - Second Congregational Church > http://users.crocker.com/~sccucc/
Oxfordshire > http://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/
Shropshire > http://www.secretshropshire.org.uk/
English Canals > http://www.stroudwater-cruisers.co.uk/index.htm
Shropshire Union Canal > http://www.stroudwater-cruisers.co.uk/pics/450SHROPUNI.gif
Shropshire Union Canal > http://www.stroudwater-cruisers.co.uk/Area%20Guide.htm#SUC
English Canals > http://www.robandmarlane.com/travelogue/england/y2002/june02.htm
English Canals > http://www.chashardern.co.uk/canal_boat.htm
Pultney Bridge > http://www.worldisround.com/articles/2785/photo3.html
Visit http://abundancetrek.com/uk2003.html for many links related to our trip to England.
Montague, Massachusettts > http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=3044
Montague, Massachusetts > http://www.montaguema.net/
Pray & Consider Donating > http://www.dansheart.net/story/index.php
Follow our trip to England > http://www.abundancetrek.com/uk2003.html
Peacemaking > http://www.crosscurrents.org/McElweesummer2003.htm
Wolfman309 reviews recent Peter Gabriel concert > http://www.epinions.com/content_3428294788
Wolfman309 reviews new Warren Zevon CD: WIND > http://www.epinions.com/content_109710184068
Kevin Costner Movies > http://www.rottentomatoes.com/p/KevinCostner-1003390/
Poems > http://www.julie-hill-alger.com/
Britain > http://www.virtual-shropshire.co.uk/
Sustainability > http://essp.hampshire.edu/
Spiritual Journey > http://www.spiritualityhealth.com/newsh/items/bookreview/item_885.html
Hampshire College > http://www.hampshire.edu/flash/index.php
Amherst College > http://www.amherst.edu/
Greenfield Community College > http://www.gcc.mass.edu/
Danger of America the Divine > http://www.monbiot.com/dsp_article.cfm?article_id=596
Brussats' Reviews of Movies > http://www.rottentomatoes.com/source-686/
SHIP OF FOOLS
WEAPON OF MASS DECEPTION
University of Massachusetts (U Mass) > http://www.umass.edu
U Mass School of Nursing > http://www.umass.edu/nursing/index.html
Greenfield > http://users.crocker.com/greenfield/
Western Mass. Web Guide > http://www.wmwebguide.com/
Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau > http://www.valleyvisitor.com/
Springfield Mortgage Rates > http://biz.yahoo.com/b/r/mm069.html
Amherst > http://www.town.amherst.ma.us/
Amherst > http://www.amherstcommon.com/
Springfield Newspapers Website > http://www.masslive.com/
Model RR Club > http://www.amherstrail.org
Esoteric Christianity Lesson > http://daskalos.org/CircleLessons/7.4.03_Parnallel_Universes.html
London Underground > http://www.thetube.com/guru/index.asp
Iraq > http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/
William Bennett's Selective Morality > http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15847
Occupation of Palestine > http://www.endtheoccupation.org/
Lebanon DAILY STAR > http://www.dailystar.com.lb/
Peacemaking > http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/
New Photos from Italy > http://www.pbase.com/smittysoup/the_cinque_terra
Blogger: Casus Belli > http://www.columbia.edu/~pm337/weblog/blog.html
Blogger > http://www.cursor.org/
Blogger > http://www.talkleft.com
Bloggers > http://www.warblogs.cc/
Letter to America from Concerned Canadian > http://www.tompaine.com/feature.cfm/ID/7543
Perspectives on the War > http://www.witherspoonsociety.org/02-12/on_balance.htm
Protestant Justice Action > http://www.witherspoonsociety.org/02-12/pja_main_points.htm
Robert Fisk in Baghdad > http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0325-09.htm
Peter Arnett after being fired > http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/page.cfm?objectid=12795678&method=full&siteid=50143
Norway Photos > http://www.pbase.com/bauer/lofoten
Yoga > http://www.lvyoga.com/davidwilliam_letter2.htm
Yoga > http://www.scn.org/anon/dossiers/namaskar/namaskar.htm
School of the Americas Watch > http://www.soaw.org/new/article.php?id=625
More Alaska Photos (fantastic!) > http://www.pbase.com/athiker95/alaska__inland_passage
My Photos > http://www.pbase.com/abundancetrek
Alaska Photos (fantastic!) > http://www.pbase.com/ronhrl/alaska
Oregon Coast Photos > http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_181.php?md=pic
Model Railroader Ed Dougherty > http://www.trainweb.org/cpd13/profiles/dougherty.html
UCS member website > http://www.geocities.com/athens/parthenon/4239/
Runes > http://altreligion.about.com/library/weekly/aa082702a.htm
Noel Bailey's Church > http://www.stgeorgeslee.org/
Namaste! > http://www.flex.com/~jai/articles/namaste1.html
Peacemaking > http://www.rapprochement.org/
Earthkeeping & Spirituality > http://resurgence.gn.apc.org/home.htm
http://www.reimagining.org/links.htmInterfaith Encounter (Jerusalem) > http://www.interfaith-encounter.org
Norway > http://odin.dep.no/odin/engelsk/norway/history/index-b-n-a.html
KORAN > http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/99jan/koran.htm
Photo of Red Rocks near Sedona AZ > http://www.pbase.com/image/8012339
Photo of Kabul, Afghanistan > http://www.pbase.com/image/10797913
Anglo-Orthodox Church > http://www.way.to/angloorthodox
Esoteric Wisdom > http://www.the-tree-of-life.com/
Jesus Seminar Books > http://religion.rutgers.edu/jseminar/publish.html
Eckankar > http://www.eckankar.org/index.html
Impeach Bush & Cheney > http://www.votetoimpeach.org/
Global Activism > http://www.soapbox.nu/develop1.shtml
Human Rights Watch > http://staging.hrw.org/
Palestinian Right of Return > http://al-awda.org/ror_tikkun_debate.htm
Peace & Justice > http://www.americas.org/
Peacemaking / Spiritual Activism > http://www.renaissancealliance.org/ourvis/princ.htm
Humor > http://teamhouse.tni.net/scrapbook/Epp/dontsee/dont_see.htm
Income Inequity > http://www.pbs.org/now/commentary/moyers7.html
NOW with Bill Moyers > http://www.pbs.org/now/
Interfaith > http://www.spiritual-paths.com/
Sustainability > http://gen.ecovillage.org/
Zen Buddhism > http://www.thezenway.homestead.com/index.html
Buddhism > http://www.dharmathecat.com/mainpage.htm
Interfaith > http://www.dharmathecat.com/interfai.htm
Peacemaking / Prayer > http://renaissancealliance.org/
Self > http://www.saltspring.com/art/CYbodymindspirit.htm
Synchronicity > http://www.caroladrienne.com/english/books.html
Soulful Links > http://www.soulfulliving.com/soulfullinks.htm
Synchronicity > http://www.soulfulliving.com/rolecoincidences.htm
Abundance > http://www.soulfulliving.com/tao_of_abundance.htm
Wisdom > http://www.lightmatrix.org/Elders/Elders.shtml
Wisdom > http://www.questforlife.com/words.html
Art > The Creatrix > http://evenaia.com/images/paintings/meika.html
Refuge > http://www.saltspring.com/art/CYbodymindspirit.htm
Loving- kindness > http://www.saltspring.com/art/LoveKind.htm
Here & Now: The Perfect Teacher > http://www.saltspring.com/art/PemaChodronBook.htm
Abundance > http://www.saltspring.com/art/Abundance.html
Peacemaking > http://www.geocities.com/peace1st_org/documents/no_Iraq_war_talking_points.htm
Peacemaking > http://www.unitedforpeace.org/index.php
Foreign Policy in Focus (cyber think tank) > http://www.fpif.org/
American Jewish Peace Group > http://www.tikkun.org/
Alternative Media > http://www.swans.com/main.shtml
Peace Movement as Media Sees It > http://www.swans.com/library/art9/lpaul001.html
Personal website > http://geocities.com/merryangelca/City.html
Peacemaking > http://www.ncpeacehub.org
Alternative Media > http://chapelhill.indymedia.org/
Peacemaking > http://www.OneMinuteOfPeace.org
Article about MoveOn > http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15163
Writing to Congress & President and VP > http://www.congressmerge.com/
Progressive Media > http://www.seattleweekly.com/
Impeach Bush > http://www.seattleweekly.com/features/0307/berger.php
Peacemaking > http://www.peacepledge.org/
Progressive Media > http://www.democraticunderground.com/
Progressive Media >http://smirkingchimp.com
Peacemaking > http://www.thepeaceshop.ontheweb.com/
UCS member > http://www.geocities.com/unity1_nz/ancientwisdom.html
Peacemaking > http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=378724
Peacemaking > http://www.oriononline.org/pages/om/03-2om/berry.html
Peacemaking > http://www.shalomctr.org/index.html
Peacemaking > http://www.afsc.org/resource/litbook.htm
Peacemaking > http://www.afsc.org/
Peacemaking > http://www.forusa.org/
Peacemaking > http://www.notinourname.net/
Peacemaking > http://www.nonviolence.org/
Peacemaking > http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/
Peacemaking > http://hillconnections.org/ja/peacemaking9my.htm
United Nations > http://www.un.org
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) > http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html
Peacemaking > http://www.ecapc.org/mainframe.asp
Peacemaking > http://peace.mennolink.org/index.html
Peacemaking > http://www.commondreams.org/
Peacemaking > http://www.paxchristiusa.org/
Peacemaking > http://www.pcusa.org/peacemaking/
Peacemaking > http://www.unitedforpeace.org/
Peacemaking > http://cartercenter.org/
Peacemaking > http://www.plowsharesinstitute.com/
Peacemaking > http://www.usip.org
Peacemaking > http://www.usip.org/library/topics/rp.html
Peacemaking > http://www.holycrossjustice.org/Peacemaking.htm
A Moving Message about 9/11 > http://sunews.syr.edu/911/hoke-910.html
Patriot Act - Part 2? > http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15138
Contacting Legislators >http://congress.nw.dc.us/zpg/home/
Genocide against Iraq & Palestine > http://www.swans.com/library/art9/herman07.html
American Historical Documents > http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/
Kalachakra > http://www.tibet.com/Buddhism/kala.html
Kalachakra > http://www.magee.dhemon.co.uk/kalchak.htm
Sanskrit Glossary > http://www.selfdiscoveryportal.com/cmSanskrit.htm
A Daily Practice based on Chakras > http://myss.com/dailypractice.asp
70 Archetypes > http://myss.com/Archs.asp
7 Chakras >http://myss.com/chakras.asp
rationale for war against Iraq (satire) > http://www.markfiore.com/animation/corrections.swf
Ramsey Clark letter to UN summer 2002 > http://www.iacenter.org/rc_letter802.htm
Personality Test > http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/reports/features/psychometric.shtml
Story & Drawings > http://www.geocities.com/vwillendorf/TheTerribleRobber.html
http://www.llangley.com/yoga/wisdom/rightnow.htm (Music involved!)
Peace Rally Report > http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/19/national/19PROT.html
Peace Rally Report > http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6918-2003Jan17.html
IS > http://home.earthlink.net/~den_is/
A Course on Abundance > http://abundancetrek.com/acoa.html
Michael > ww3.sympatico.ca/haamiah/Intro.html
Lakavatara Sutra |http://www.abu.nb.ca/courses/GrPhil/EPhil/Lanka.htm
Play | http://archetypalpsychtalk.bravepages.com/bricoleur_in_the_tennis_court.htm
Living in the Here and Now / Letting Go | http://www.peterussell.com/now.html
Church of I AM | http://www.peterussell.com/CIA/CIA6.html
BEING CONNECTED | http://www.spiritualityhealth.com/newsh/items/blank/item_182.html
Ryan & Death Penalty | http://forums.delphiforums.com/Lionheart16/messages/?msg=242.1
Isle of Man photos | http://www.dankarran.com/photography/isleofman/
Class in America | http://www.tompaine.com/feature.cfm/ID/7088
9/11 Victim Families | http://www.peacefultomorrows.org/
Julegrot | Swansonfamily.hocmestead.com/recipes.html
Quotes on War | http://www.witherspoonsociety.org/words_to_ponder.htm
True Grace Ministries | http://www.auburn.edu/~allenkc/ministry.html
Palestine | http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/go.asp?MFAH0k1l0
Interfaith | http://origin.org/ucs/home.cfm
Daily Rumi | http://www.khamush.com/quotes.htm
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