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Find out about Global Oneness Day 2014 right here!

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We Are All One – interrelated, interconnected and interdependent - but we
don’t live this way. Global Oneness Day aims to change all that.

This year, about 50 leaders from around the world including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Marianne Williamson, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Neale Donald Walsch, Ken Wilber, Barbara Marx Hubbard and many others are adding their voice to Global Oneness Day.

Tens of thousands of others, perhaps 100,000, will join together
around the world to call on humanity to live in alignment with our true
nature, our Oneness.

Learn about Global Oneness Day: https://vg165.isrefer.com/go/G1D2014Reg/humanteam/

In Oneness and with so much love,


P.S. If your organization would like to sponsor Global Oneness Day and help promote this day contact Julene Cole at julene.cole [at] humanitysteam [dot] org for more information.

P.P.S. To invite a friend to Global Oneness Day go to: http://www.globaloneness2014.org/invite/

Leading Change for Sustainable Innovation

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Leading Change for Sustainable Innovation [1]
by Dr. Ichak Adizes

Each word in the title above is very popular today. It has become a fad at management retreats to discuss the concepts of leadership, sustainability, change, and innovation. But is this what is really important?

Let us discuss.

In a company that produces oral-hygiene products, a young business school graduate is hired. Eager to prove his worth, he comes up with a recommendation for management on how to increase profitability. His recommendation is to enlarge the hole in the toothpaste tube, so that with the same squeeze, consumers will get more toothpaste out of the tube. It is expected this would increase the consumption of toothpaste by 100%.

Since the marginal increase in costs of making a bigger hole in the tube is close to nothing, the increase in revenues will correspond to an almost 100% increase in profits. What a great idea. What a genius. The kid gets a promotion and a bonus.

Now, is this truly an innovation? I think so.

Is it sustainable? Why not? It produces profits, and most consumers probably do not notice that their toothpaste gets used up faster than usual. Even if they do notice, they probably blame themselves for squeezing the tube too hard.

Does the young man’s innovation qualify as leadership? It will probably be considered as such. The kid stood out in the crowd and produced profitable change in the company.

It was sustainable. It was leadership. It was innovation. It was profitable.
Is this what we should do as managers, as business leaders?

I ask you.

Now, let us take another example. There is a health center in California that promotes a vegan diet. (This, like the previous anecdote, is a true story.) At this health center, the doctors try to change our habit of eating animal products, oil, salt, sugar, and processed food, to instead eat what our ancestors in the Stone Age ate: vegetables, fruits, legumes, rice and beans…..plant based diet.

Would this be considered an innovation? I do not think so. Not for taking us back 2,000 years.

Is it sustainable? Probably not. One of the goals of this vegan diet is to lose weight.

Nor does the center make a large profit. How many people do you think will pay a large amount of money to go there and eat vegetables and fruit all day long? There is no money in this business. If there were, hundreds of centers like it would open up all over the place, like mushrooms after the rain. But look at how quickly a chain of outlets selling cupcakes expands, or a chain that sells fried food. That is how you make money: You sell what people want to buy. You innovate something the market approves of.

But is this the right thing to do?

The toothpaste company is making more money, all right, but it is also wasting resources. Is that good for society? The vegetarian center is making very marginal profits while struggling to heal people of obesity and the diseases that accompany it, such as diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, lupus, and other inflammations. Is that good for society, even though the center is not making good money?

Making money should not be the goal. Innovation should not be the goal. Sustainability should not be the goal. Even leadership should not be the goal. They are all means to achieve the real goal.

What should be the goal?

Sociologists tell us that the purpose of both humans and organizations is survival. But look at how we eat. Look at how we treat our air, water, and earth. Look at the crime rate. Look at how many children murder their parents—something unheard-of in primitive society. And what about the nuclear devices we developed, which can destroy society and the world as we know it?

Are we doing what it takes to survive, or are we slowly but surely moving toward the destruction of civilization? The goal of survivability is a “should” goal, but it does not appear to be the goal we actually aim for in our behavior as a society.

The medical profession says the goal of the human organism is to reproduce itself; we are reproductive machines. That sounds to me like another way of saying survival of the species, a goal that is slightly wider than the one sociology offers us. But are we doing what it takes to prolong the life of our species? Are we leaving a better world than the world our parents gave us?

Technology-wise, yes. We definitely have it better than our ancestors. Medicine has advanced beyond what our grandparents could even dream about. But is it a better world?

I suggest that it is not.

Overall, we are destroying the world we live in: polluting the air, the water, and the earth. Our children will have to go to a zoo to see animals we see all around us today. Our grandchildren will never see some of the flowers whose scents we appreciate today, because they are becoming extinct right now—this moment, as we speak. They will never see certain species of fish and birds. Because of air pollution, they will never be awed by the magnificent spectacle of a clear sunset.

What are we doing? What should be the goal?

Tikun olam. That should be the goal. Tikun olam is the ancient Hebrew explanation for why we are here on this planet. The literal translation is “to repair the world,” in other words, to leave it a better world when we die than how we found it when we were born.

Why “to repair?” Because of entropy. Because of change. The world is constantly changing, but not for the better—unless we take the initiative and proactively make change for the better. Our garden will become a messy jungle of weeds unless we garden it. Our car will fall apart unless it is maintained. Our marriage will lose its creative intimacy if we ignore its demands.

We have to work the garden. Repair the car. Invest time in our marriage. Work on our community. Work for our country. Help heal the earth. Yes, tikun olam means to heal the world, to leave it a better place than the place we inherited.

Innovation, sustainability, and leadership are needed, but they must be viewed through the following prism: Does our innovation heal the world, or does it damage the world?

All our actions should have a spiritual criterion. Profits should not be the goal. They should be the constraint: Of course we do not want to go bankrupt, but the goal should be to make a better world. The benefit must be higher than the cost—and I’m talking about the cost not just to the company but also to the world, to society, to our children.

I read somewhere that it is not true we are passing on the world to our children. In fact, we are borrowing the world from our children. We are leaving them with a deficit they might not be able to pay; leaving them a dirty, messy world that they will have to clean up in order to survive.

And all this is coming from a single erroneous, misguided concept of profit as a goal.

Innovation, yes—but for what?

Sustainability, yes—but for what?

Leadership, sure—but for what?

Profit, yes—but at what cost?

Let us not forget what we are really in this world for. Let us not forget that as children of God, we are here to serve love and not hate, to serve the good of the world, because our days are numbered and we cannot take anything with us.

What counts is not what we take, but what we leave behind.

[1] Adizes Insights, September 2011.

Peace Run heads north from Hub City

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SEMINARY, MS (WDAM) -

By Ryan Moore

The Oneness World Peace Run team made its way north from the Hub City on Saturday after visiting the area Friday.

The team is made up of ten runners from six countries who are taking part in a four-month-ten-thousand mile torch run across the country and parts of Mexico and Canada. The torch run started in 1987 as the world harmony run and is the largest and longest grassroots effort for peace. It was inspired by visionary Sri Chinmoy as a way to give people an outlet to express their hopes and dreams.

“We are all the same and we are spreading the message of peace that's with each one of us and people really really respond to it and they are so happy to hold the torch and make their wish for peace and it actually makes them happy and some people say that we made their day and it gives them hope as well and a feeling of goodness,” said team runner Vera Sevastiyanova.

The team is continuing their journey up Highway 49 toward Jackson looking for people to add their hopes and dreams in a global wave of friendship and goodwill.

Thank you, Angela Duck for finding this article!

What does it mean to be one in marriage?

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Thursday, 03 April 2014 12:34 Timothy Houston

Marriage is an honorable estate.

My niece Shanna, and her husband, Jarod, enter into that beautiful union on Saturday, April 5. It was my honor and privilege to lead them through the marriage vows. On that day, two souls became one. As I prepared for this grand and auspicious occasion, my mind could not help but reflect on what does it mean for two to be one. Where does this oneness come from?

The oneness between man and woman is sanctioned by God. It is spiritual. If both are not ready for the mental and emotional commitment required, spiritual oneness cannot be achieved. This limits the relationship to the physical realm, which is a temporal environment because physical appearance changes. People in this type of relationship will fall in and out of love based on circumstances and feelings. This is very unhealthy. A healthy relationship requires a spiritual connection that supersedes feelings and circumstances. True oneness is achieved when heart reaches heart.

Spiritual oneness is a term used to describe the invisible connection that takes place between man and woman that binds them together spiritually and emotionally. Although they are not joined at the hip physically, the woman spiritually becomes "bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh." They are no long two, but one spirit. Their thoughts, desires and passions are connected in such a way that no other person, place, or thing can come between them. Spiritual oneness should be the goal of all relationships.

To have a healthy relationship, both the man and the woman must be willing to give a part of themselves. This is more than just lip service. A person's inability to share the things that come from the heart speaks volumes about how they view the relationship. Both the man and woman must be willing to give their hands, heart, back and brain – forsaking all others for the good of the union. Each principle in the relationship must be willing to share cars and care, flowers and hugs, words of affection and things that show affection. It is the right balance of internal and external giving that brings harmony to the bond.

Spiritual oneness can be achieved. The harmony between internal and external giving is the basis for any healthy union. When both the man and women give of themselves, a lasting bond is formed that has unlimited potential. Their time, energy, resources, passions, affections and commitment multiply. They are able to achieve more together than they could have ever done apart.

Man and woman are more than what meets the eye. They are body and soul whose spirit represents the total essence of their being. Their physical, mental and emotional characteristics will always be secondary to their spirit. Spiritual oneness takes place in the heart. It is in the heart that the love they have for each other become the bridge that brings them together eternally. Therefore, spiritual oneness is essential for the internal peace needed to sustain a healthy long-term relationship. Shana and Jarod have this love and oneness, and I wish them nothing but peace and happiness as they spend the rest of their lives together.

http://www.insightnews.com/lifestyle/12031-what-does-it-mean-to-be-one-in-marriage

Timothy Houston is an author, minister, and motivational speaker who is committed to guiding positive life changes in families and communities. To get copies of his books, for questions, comments or more information, go to www.tlhouston.com.

On the relevance of mysticism

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By Herb Long

For the Tidings

In broadest terms, a mystic is one who yearns for that which gives sense and meaning to life as we live it. From this perspective it might be argued that we're all mystics. More specifically, from the ages-old tradition of mysticism, as found for example in the Jewish Kabbalah, Jesus, Lao Tzu, the ecstatic poets of Sufism (e.g., Hafiz and Rumi), St. Francis of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, and today in Ken Wilber and the Franciscan, Richard Rohr, the mystic is one seeking to unite or realize oneness with the Divine, the One, the Tao, or the Ground of Being — names that are, at best, pointers to that which cannot be named.

Many of us have already, to some extent, experienced this sense of oneness with the beyond, with someone or something outside of ourselves, even if only briefly. For me, it was a summer afternoon years ago in Pennsylvania while flying solo in a small Piper Cub J-3. I was one with the aircraft, sky, clouds, hills, a wide array of colors, the Susquehanna River, with everything that was. All sense of a separate existence ceased and I was one with the whole. Indeed, I had become the whole. Many of my friends have shared similar accounts from their experiences in nature; with a newborn baby; a new and blossoming love relationship or just sitting in the sun of a summer afternoon.

These momentary experiences leave many of us with a deep yearning to experience that sense of oneness again. For some it may take the form of a spiritual quest — searching for a guru, meditation, a faith community. Others may seek it in their relationships, creative expressions, work, substances, food, belongings and exercising political and economic power. The yearning feels intensified in our times given the tremendous upheavals happening relative to climate change, economic disparities, power games and the ever-increasing rate of change.

So what, if anything, does revisiting the mystical tradition offer us in the face of life's growing perplexities? First, it reminds us that everything is connected, that we really are one. Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddhist monk, once held up a piece of paper pointing out that the piece of paper was connected with the ocean that gave rise to rain clouds, with the rain that nurtured the trees from which it was made, with the workers in the woods harvesting the trees, the saw mills and factories manufacturing paper, the transportation system, etc. In a word, there's nothing in the world, or indeed the cosmos, with which that piece of paper isn't connected. It's the same with us. Indeed, the next time we notice a piece of paper or plastic bag along the street, they can serve as reminders of the whole of which we're a part. Revisiting the mystical tradition is a way of exploring our sense of oneness, our interconnectedness or inter-being with all that is.

Taken to still another level, visiting the mystical tradition reminds us of our interdependence with other human beings. And here it takes something of a leap out of our private self-sense to realize that I am also the other. This isn't always easy when I notice my antipathy toward those whose chief purpose in life is to amass unimaginable fortunes. Still, when I take that leap beyond myself I recognize my own greed in those I criticize, my own desire to control and exercise power. And when I'm able to go still deeper, I notice a profound need for love, acknowledgement and a desire to be understood.

In short, revisiting the mystical tradition reminds me of my oneness and also that the essence of that oneness itself is love, not the greeting card kind, but the kind that learns from adversity, that forgives and acknowledges the depth of our yearning for the ground of being from which we emerged and to which we're in the process of returning.

The Ashland Daily Tidings hosts the Community Inner Peace blog on its website. Go to www.dailytidings.com when you need an inner peace lift.

Thank you, Angela Duck, Humanity's Team Volunteer, for finding this piece for Voices of Oneness.

9 Things You Need To Know About Yourself

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Levi J. LaMothe1-You are Divine. There is no separation between You and God. He is in You and You in He.

2-What You think, You experience. Quantum physicists are just now catching up with what Christ, Buddha, Sages, Masters, etcetera, have been teaching for millennia.

3-You can do neither right nor wrong. What ever You "do" is directly correlated to Your truth at the moment of "doing."

4-Further, neither You nor Your behavior is either good or bad. It is simply what Your truth led you to believe was appropriate at that time.

5-What You seek, is seeking You. What You were placed here to do, is find it. Where You will find it is inside, not outside. Knock, and the door will be opened for You.

6-You can teach an old dog new tricks. The science of neuroplasticity has proven that novel neuronal connections are being made constantly, that the brain adapts, responds, and rebuilds in response to both external and internal stimuli well into old age.

7-Further, You can evolve in this lifetime. Geneticists have proven that changing Your thought changes Your DNA. So, always be positive and think yourself into whatever you wish to be.

8-What ever lesson, trial, or season You are going through right now, will continue to manifest itself over and over in your life, taking various forms, until You learn and employ the lesson it has brought to You.

9-You are a being of love and You live amongst pure, unadulterated, attachment to everything else, material and immaterial, seen and unseen. There is no other ultimate function of this Universe apart from awakening to these two interminable facts.

Aside from the select few, You and Your ancestors since the dawn of man, via collective conscious, believe each of the nine above truths to be inaccurate, fallacies, the prose of a madman. Those who were awake and spoke of these nine truths were placed on a cross, chastised, ridiculed, put to death. However, such occurrences were necessary and will continue to be necessary until We awaken from Our collective slumber.

In the absence of that which You are not, that which You are, is not. Conversely, in the presence of that which You are, that which You are not, is not. Once You realize, live, and teach this every moment for the rest of Your life here, that which You are not transmutes into one infinitesimal, inevitable, preordained, unified moment of that which You are. This moment You will come to speak of as the Collective Enlightenment.

IT ALL STARTS WITH YOU.

-Levi LaMothe

What are you doing each day for YOUR health and happiness?

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It MATTERS!

Sharings from the Reverence for Life University (RFLU). The RFLU is an organizationcommitted to improving the well-being of every person. We provide tools, skill-sets, literature, information and assistance to people who want to experience happiness, good health and abundance. We have numerous Websites where we share information for individuals, groups and organizations. The materials are available for free, because like the sun, earth, love and the breath, we believe truly, the best things in life really are free.

THE PRACTICE DAILY TEMPLATE ~ by Desmond D. Green
this and much more available in the book The Practice (http://goo.gl/Uu9w3k)

Conscious Deep Breathing (CDB)
10 minutes morning and evening
Breathe through a wide open mouth. Fill the lungs to capacity. Hold for the count of ten then slowly a
nd easily let thebreath out. During this practice let your mind restin a peaceful place alone with nature.
Results- There will be less stress build-up and things around you will seem to move easier.

Self Talk
Use five minutes each morning and evening after CDB exercise for your self talk. Think of and list all your positive qualities.
Begin to describe ourself in self-affirming tones. Fake it till you feel it.
Results- You will begin to build a positive ID, replacing all non-productive core beliefs.

Healthy Nutrition
Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and their juices. Proper combination is important and uses less energy for the digestive process. 1. Combine fruit or vegetable with starches 2. Combine protein (fish, seafood, chicken, turkey etc.) with vegetables. Consume less sodas, greasy foods, salt, sweets, junk foods. Drink plenty of water (8 glasses a day is recommended).
Results- You will feel an immediate increase in your energy and performance levels. Eliminates hyperactivity.

Exercise
Develop a regular exercise pattern, morning or evening. This routine should be at least 30 minutes. Walking, running, jogging, weight training, dancing, aerobics, push-ups are all great.
Results - An immediate sense of emotional well-being, mental clarity, an increase in energy and performance levels. For those who want to lose weight - exercise is a great fat burner.

Unconditional Self Acceptance
Ties in with all the above.
Results- You will begin to make better life choices and reap their productive benefits.

Vision
Use 15 minutes per day to dream and affirm your grandest potential. Do not permit anydoubts to encroach on these sessions.
Results- Life will begin to bring opportunities your way. Inner peace and prosperity.

A Spirit of Generosity
Make giving a habit. You always have something to g
ive or to share - time, goodwill, love etc.
Results- Immediate increases in prosperity and well-being.

Trust
Trust is a vital element of our daily practice. It is by accepting ourselves and the rest of our universe as our only reality and support. Learning to trust yourself completely gives you the foundation to stand and interact with the rest of life from a position of strength.

By trusting ourselves implicitly we establish the basis from which all of our needs are met.

Practice With A Purpose. Many practitioners worry about whether their practices - such as Deep Conscious Breathing, Self Talk, or Nutrition – can really make a difference in their lives. What we encourage is to fake it until it manifests. Life is allabout pre-tending–tending things before they happen. Your first step is to identify a valid purposefor creating a newmodel of increased self-awareness. If you cannot identify why and for whom you are creating this new model then why are you bothering to work on it AT all? With increased respect for your life, you develop increased respect for all lives. Your project stakeholder is SELF and you are investing time and energy in self to meet the desires of self. You deserve to have optimum results and you will if you give it your best shot. The amount of time you spend on The Practice will be the exact equivalent of the benefits you reap as you go along.

The Practice must become a life-long companion tool kit. Whenever you drop it, you will also forfeit its benefits of prosperity and goodwill. Everything you create, and see its benefits, will need to be maintained over time through The Practice. You will need to consider the impact of these changes on your life and then act accordingly. If you decide to keep these new models then you clearly have less work to perform to support the same changes, making you more agile because you are a happier traveler.

Communication within your team (group of friends orsupporters) will be important especially in the early days of building the new awareness. Writing down your thoughts, yourgoals and your successes will give you something to look back on indifficult times.

Rapid Feedback. The time between an action and thefeedback on that action varies according to the individual and the strength of his or her convictions, beliefs and practices. Spend time to analyze results, or to tweak your unique practice to meet your own needs. Identify even small changes in the process.

Assume Simplicity. As you develop you should assume that the simplest solution is the best solution. Don't over intellectualize, don’t criticize yourself. Keep your mind on your goals.

Embrace Change. Requirements evolve over time. Changes that may take place as you develop your new self-awareness might not always feel comfortable but trust that they will always be for the best in the long run.

Example: You might lose a job that was causing you a lot of stress. However, if you stay true to The Practice and your goals, you will find that other more suitable opportunities open to you, reflecting changes in response to your new selfawareness.

Incremental Change. An important concept to understand with respect to modeling the true YOU, is that you don't need to get it right the first time. Dig in the ground, practice, practice, practice and evolve it over time in an incremental manner.

Quality Practices. You reap what you sow.

Prosperity through self awareness is Your Primary Goal. Any activity that does not directly contribute to this goal should be questioned and avoided if it cannot be justified in this light. Factors that you need to consider include your selection of friends, the places you frequent, and the nature of your effort itself.

The Practice cannot fail. In short, when you are working on your new model you need to keep an eye on inner goals. Some negative beliefs, behaviors, attitudes and practices have been adopted over time through extreme programming and life experiences, which in turn must be supplanted by positive daily practices. These practices will in time set new beliefs resulting in positive behavior patterns.

Open and honest communication enables people to make better decisions because the quality of the information that they are basing them on is experiential and more accurate.

Earth or Nature Time – “Grounding”
In Addition to The Practice, Connecting to the Earth (grounding) is crucial to good health. There are many benefits to spending time in nature and connecting physically to the earth. There are numerous videos on Youtube that describe the benefits of “grounding”. Here is one: http://goo.gl/ejzR88

Additionally, in the area of nature experiences and working for nature we have written a number of items longer than we can fit on one page. The Earth is Our Mother, whether we believe it or not.

The information that is coming through many sourcesshows us that we are connected and affected by light much morethan most people have previously known. Many resistor might be un-interested, but if we want to experience health and happiness it is necessary to do something. Learn about your body. Learn about your connection to Earth. Connect and spend time in nature, it will pay handsomely towards improved quality of life.

Here is a short excerpt from a blog we have shared previously.
Our Star Power–Balancing the light energies in our body Blog: http://goo.gl/3UVr4v

I used the process of Chakra opening described by Charles and Cora Fillmore (founders of the Unity Church) in The Twelve Powers. I found the detailed instructions by Cora at the end of the book to be particularly useful. (http://goo.gl/F4ud0c).

For a nice picture and simple description of the Chakras - Celestial Lights: (http://goo.gl/KTiWw1)

Now days when I meditate, whenever possible, I place my bare feet, sit or lay on the ground (Earth) and imagine the light – from the Planet and from my heart Chakra, joining, as I pay attention to my breath.

Peace Making
Is a blog that provides reference to The Practice and 84 ideas of how to connect with nature. Being in nature, and doing things to be of Service to Mother Earth is very helpful, especially for you and everyone else. (http://goo.gl/Nt0zCU)

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For more information: www.reverenceforlifeuniversity.com
Or, contact Dr. Andrew Skadberg at anskadberg [at] gmail [dot] com

Awakening From Duality

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candle for gusThere is something that your inner intuition is telling you that you can’t explain.  Suddenly, you find yourself filled with light, which disappears from time to time, until you are without it.  Then you have to learn to be you, to accept yourself by observing your errors.  It’s not pleasant.  It hurts, until you decide enough is enough.  You see the path before you that you do not want to follow, and once more you fall by your own mind.  They are tests of fire, obstacles, lessons, to discover your true self. Observe the incredible beauty within you.  Become close to your true divine nature, love, transcend, and move beyond duality.  Your light will never fade, attracting more light and shared experiences on many different levels.  Focus on your mission to keep ascending, even if we have been feeling stuck for a long “time.”  In exchange, we become abundant in valuable experiences, different forms of living, dis-carnate.  Feel, love, perceive, fall, hug, seek, find, appreciate, heal, rule, experiment, evolve continuously…

Your light is forever, but, if you believe in the lies, you will be tempted to take on a role and fight for a “theatrical” cause, where you will find yourself lost inside the minds labyrinth, believing yourself to be the bearer of justice or the victim, vibrating in lower frequencies, promoting hate, suffering, and despair, until you realize that the cycle created by ego never ends.  It will end only when you stop fighting, surrender, and accept what comes by facing your fears without corrupting yourself.

Do you want to continue in the matrix, or vibrate differently?  Then you must clean from your past beliefs, your fears and limitations, to allow your inner light to replace the old and shine within.  Let us step forward and change our orientation.  Take a look at your Book of Life and begin to write with golden letters.  Let’s abandon duality and begin to look in a different light, a light that is authentic treasure.  Then, not only will we receive our daily bread, we will all live in abundance.  Observe how the light fills you, enough to just BE in the here and now.  You do not have to do anything extraordinary to be what you already are.  You don’t have to choose any side to want to be what you always have been, a miraculous eternal being from the flow, living extraordinary experiences in a human body.  Only, we forget that we are much more and we all form part of a greater while.  We are all connected.  Don’t fall asleep.  WAKE UP!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OTXsAy9bBY&feature=youtu.be

----Original video by Fernando.  Translated from Spanish to English

Break Free

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The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation.  Things you think are separate and different are actually one and the same.  We are all one people, but we live as if divided.

Guru Pathik

Forks Across a Table

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Global Oneness Day 2013

What if we were to take a look at our planet from on high? Would we see borders and boundaries that separate us?  Would we have a sense of tenderness as we gaze upon this living, breathing being that we take for granted and often treat with carelessness, rather than the devotion that a Beloved who has nurtured us deserves? How would we interact with (as is expressed in Lakota) Mitakuye Oyasinwhich translates to “all my relations”? They are not just speaking of the ‘two leggeds’, but also the tree people and rock people, the four leggeds and the winged and finned ones.  What if we knew that we were all one, all united, all in this together.

According to the website for Global Oneness Day: ” Since the late 1960?s, when pioneering astronauts captured the first photographs of Earth from space, there has been a growing realization that everything and everyone on our beautiful blue planet are deeply connected. A realization that we are One.

And yet, the popular perspectives and dominant institutions in our society are still primarily based on a mentality of separation. The focus on “us” separate from “them”, or “me” separate from “other”, while appropriate in context, is the root cause of so many of the escalating challenges we now face. Thus, if we want to bring about a sustainable global society, nothing is more important than changing this outdated way of thinking.

Global Oneness Day was created to recognize and celebrate the fundamental interconnection of all people and all of life. It is an opportunity to join thousands of participants in the exploration not only of the idea of Oneness, but ways in which this thinking can and is being applied “on the ground” so that our global society and culture increasingly reflect it.”

Humanity’s Team has brought together a pantheon of transformational teachers including Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch, Panache Desai, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Barnet Bain, Jean Houston, Rickie Byars Beckwith, Ken Wilber, Joan Borysenko, Peter Kater, Steve Farrell and Claire Zammit. Events are taking place on line and in person and they invite us all to join them at the table. One of my favorite stories touches on that concept.

A woman dies and is greeted by St. Peter. She asks him to show her heaven and hell. He guides her to a room that has a long table laden with all kinds of scrumptious food. The aromas are mouthwatering and yet, the people around the table are starving; wailing and moaning. She asks how this can be when there is this bounty before them. St. Peter points out that the people have long forks attached to their arms and that each time they reach for a morsel of food, they drop it before they can eat it. “This is hell,” he tells her. “Oh this is horrible, please take me out of here. Show me heaven.”  He then directs her to another room where she beholds the same scenario and yet the people are laughing and smiling, well nourished and happy. Puzzled, she asks St. Peter about what she is witnessing since these people have the long forks on their arms as well. “Can you not see the difference?  They have learned to feed each other across the table.”

How would our world be if we knew that there was really enough for all of us and what was needed was a bit of ingenuity and out of the box thinking so that we could indeed ‘feed each other across the table’? Would war continue to exist?  Would abuse devastate families? Would addiction grab hold of our souls? Would violence snatch away precious lives?  Would our eco-system crumble before us? OR would we live as if this place was Heaven on Earth?

I’m on board with this. Are you?