~ John Lennon
"The establishment irritates you - they pull your beard, they flick your face - to make you fight, because once they've got you violent they know how to handle you. The only thing they don't know how to handle is non-violence and humour."
~ John Lennon
You’re likely familiar with the works of Steve Cutts, a London-based illustrator who aptly depicts our daily grievances and society’s many shocking truths that we absurdly accept as normal. In his most recent animation short titled “Happiness”, Steve uses rats to symbolize the rat race we’re all so familiar with.
You’ll soon see other startling similarities — a clearly depressed, overcrowded society surrounded by ads guaranteeing happiness via cologne, clothes, film and drugs. You may watch this and recognize these behaviours in others, but consider whether you have fallen victim to them as well.
“Feeling down? Nothing a glass of red wine won’t fix.” When we search for happiness in external things, we soon have a real problem that nothing material or external can fix. See, all that is ever offered to us are ‘quick fixes’ to problems that have been festering for years. Steve accurately portrays our need for feeling happy and shows we will do and buy practically anything to ensure we can feel that emotion all the time — a futile struggle that leaves us depleted and miserable.
From Kryon Book Ten: A New Dispensation
The Lemurian Connection
There is a core of humanity that has always been here… that’s never left. Lifetime after lifetime after lifetime, it has incarnated into expressions of humanity that emanated from the continents and many societies you called Lemuria. It was one of the greatest civilizations on the planet. Although it was small compared to today’s standards, it was enlightened, almost to the end. It had great leaders and scientists, almost to the end. The first group of you who emerged could be found in the Indus Valley in yet another great civilization—almost all composed of Lemurians. However, it was not in your best interest to “clump” into another advanced society, so you were scattered yet again, this time all over Earth.
~ KRYON, through Lee Carroll, the Original Kryon Channel
WHEN IS THE LIVE EVENT?
The event will start May 1st and continue for 40 days. We will move through four themes:
If we are to become beings who can go into distorted realities and transform them back to pure Light, we must experience Mastery of that function here. When all is veiled, and clarity and guidance are stripped away, we discover our True Self. Mastery dispels doubt from our core to reveal our faith in ourselves, the unconditional power of Love, and the omniscient Presence of Source. This is a unique experiment in consciousness, and all will be tried and tested on behalf of other systems and realities.
…. The Primary timelines do not feel time-based, it opens us to the pure experience of absolute Presence. It is an unexplored phenomenon to do this on a global scale during a dimensional shift.
The choice-point clearing is a reflection of the Solar-system-wide reorganization into Divine Order. Embrace this perspective of Unity consciousness; we are not separate from any of these unfoldments. We are having a vivid experience of the journey from Creator, to Creation, and back to Creator.
Sandra Walter, Wayshower, Ascension Guide and Gatekeeper in Service to the New Light
Published on Sep 11, 2014
Soundtrack of the 1986 West End play 'Time - The Musical'.
Music: Jeff Daniels
Lyrics: Dave Clark and David Soames
These are your ideals.
There is not one person on the entire planet Earth who, in his right mind, doesn't want these in his life.
So where do you go wrong?
To find the solution, we must first identify the problem.
Perhaps you wonder how much free will you actually have when you see yourself, for example, saying and doing hurtful things that you don't really mean.
Why can't you seem to stop?
You want to, you try to, your intentions are good. Is it habit or is it lack of understanding that keeps you bound to the pull of destruction?
The mineral sources of energy upon your planet are almost depleted and yet the two greatest sources of energy remain almost untapped -- the sea and the sun.
Furthermore, you seem content to allow the aggression of the weak by the strong.
You seem content to allow a great part of your world to starve whilst for economics' sake food is left to rot or be destroyed.
You seem content to allow the obscenity of the maimed and crippled who have to cope with broken lives after each confrontation of force.
Your East and West have never even made the effort to conquer the basics necessary for people of different cultures to exist in harmony; that is, to respect your opposite's culture and -- what is more important -- their way of thinking.
Even in your own life your thinking is not in order.
These facts do not inspire confidence, do they?
Stand before me on the sign of infinity... all you of the Earth.
With the granting of the Law of Probenation comes the application of change.
I will give you the key.
And with this knowledge, please realise, comes the responsibility of sharing it.
I will show you the way.
It's very simple.
Throughout the Universe there is order.
In the movement of the planets, in nature and in the functioning of the human mind.
A mind that is in its natural state of order is in harmony with the Universe... and such a mind... is Time-less.
Your life is an expression of your mind.
You are the creator of your own Universe -- for as a human being, you are free to will whatever state of being you desire through the use of your thoughts and words.
There is great power there.
It can be a blessing or a curse -- it's entirely up to you.
For the quality of your life is brought about by the quality of your thinking
-- think about that.
Thoughts produce actions -- look at what you're thinking.
See the pettiness and the envy and the greed and the fear and all the other attitudes that cause you pain and discomfort.
Realize that the one thing you have absolute control over is your attitude.
See the effect that it has on those around you, for each life is linked to all life and your words carry with them chain reactions like a stone that is thrown into a pond.
If your thinking is in order, your words will flow directly from the heart, creating ripples of love.
If you truly want to change your world, my friends, you must change your thinking.
Reason is your greatest tool, it creates an atmosphere of understanding, which leads to caring, which is... love.
Choose your words with care.
Enlighten the people generally,
and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind
will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
~ Thomas Jefferson
"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon
to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts."
~ Abraham Lincoln
From Kryon Book 6: Partnering with God (Practical Information for the New Millennium)
"Work on a system where your planet’s countries may all exist within their own cultural systems, but where there is a commonality of value and trade. Work on a system that will allow you to agree on what your assets are worth to each other…You never have to have a central world government to be a planet of uniform consensus."
~ KRYON, through Lee Carroll, the Original Kryon Channel
RT : 15 Jul 2016
Image © Mauricio Lima / AFP
A new study could have enormous implications for conditions such as autism and schizophrenia. It claims that the immune system affects and even controls social behavior.
Blocking a single type of immune molecule in the brain of a mouse caused abnormal behavior that would go away once the molecule was restored.
It may not sound like a monumental discovery at first glance, but researchers from the University of Virginia School of Medicine believe that this means that our immune system controls such fundamentals as our desire to interact with others.
The implications go so far as to suggest that immune system problems contribute to an inability to have normal social interactions.
"The brain and the adaptive immune system were thought to be isolated from each other, and any immune activity in the brain was perceived as sign of a pathology. And now, not only are we showing that they are closely interacting, but some of our behavior traits might have evolved because of our immune response to pathogens," explained Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, chairman of UVA's Department of Neuroscience. "It's crazy, but maybe we are just multicellular battlefields for two ancient forces: pathogens and the immune system. Part of our personality may actually be dictated by the immune system."
What the researchers are suggesting is that in the course of evolution, we engage in the social interactions necessary for the survival of the species, while developing ways for our immune systems to protect us from the diseases that accompany those interactions.
Social behavior is beneficial for pathogens, as it allows them to spread.
This story in its entirety can be read here.
Frances D'Emilio : The Big Story : 29 Apr 2016
© AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino : Volunteers clean the banks of the Tiber river, Rome, as part of the Retake Rome gathering, Sunday April 17, 2016. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees and do other work, Romans are starting to take back their city.
Armed with shovels and sacks of cold asphalt, Rome's residents fill potholes. Defying rats, they yank weeds and bag trash along the Tiber's banks and in urban parks. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees, neighbors dig into their own pockets to pay for new ones for their block.
Romans are starting to take back their city, which for years was plundered and neglected by City Hall officials and cronies so conniving that some of them are on trial as alleged mobsters. In doing the work, Romans are experimenting with what for many Italians is a novel and alien concept: a sense of civic duty.
One windy recent Sunday morning, Manuela Di Santo slathered paint over graffiti defacing a wall on Via Ludovico di Monreale, a residential block in Rome's middle-class Monteverde neighborhood. Men, perched on ladders, used mechanical sanders to erase graffiti on another palazzo. Women and children swept up litter, filling black plastic trash bags provided by the city's sanitation service, which is only too glad to have someone do the job for free.
"Either I help the city, or we're all brought to our knees," said Di Santo.
Splotches of paint stained a blue bib identifying her as a volunteer for Retake Roma, a pioneer in an expanding array of citizen-created organizations in the past few years aimed at encouraging Romans to take the initiative in cleaning and repairing their city.
© AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia : Volunteers clean a sidewalk as part of the Retake Rome gathering in Rome,
Sunday, April 10, 2016. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees and do other work,
Romans are starting to take back their city
Local politicians had been in cahoots with gangsters, shady go-betweens and corrupt city hall bureaucrats, prosecutors allege in investigations that have led to dozens of arrests since 2014. Some defendants are accused of using Mafia-like methods of intimidation to get their hands on lucrative public-works contracts.
Rome's last mayor, who failed in the Herculean task of cleaning up Rome literally and morally, was virtually forced to quit halfway through his term in 2015. Until mayoral elections this June, the Italian capital is being administered by a government-appointed commissioner, under a formula similar to what happens when Italian City Halls are under the grip of organized-crime syndicates.
Retake Roma, which does cleanup projects all over the city, has been enjoying a surge of citizen support, especially since the explosion of the scandal in 2014 led Romans to realize that much-maligned city services like transport and sanitation had been used for patronage jobs for years.
With prosecutors still combing through hundreds of municipal contracts to expose even more alleged kickbacks, payoffs and other corruption, and processes to award contracts are scrutinized under tightened City Hall anti-corruption measures, services for the public have been deteriorating further. Trash piles up. Potholes sprout like weeds, tripping up pedestrians and sending motor-scooter drivers into nasty spins.
Gaetano Capone, who serves on a local district council, joined some 30 neighbors one spring Saturday to rake up broken beer bottles, soda cans and cigarette butts from outside a commuter train station. Volunteers at the local Monteverde Vecchio 4Venti Neighborhood Committee paid a gardener to cut down waist-high weeds.
Romans "understand that the city machinery doesn't work anymore," said Capone.
Calls and text messages pour into Cristiano Davoli's cellphone from citizens alerting him to ominously widening potholes on their block or routes to work. On weekends, Davoli and four helpers — an off-duty doorman, a graphic artist, a government worker and a retiree — who call themselves "Tappami" (Fill Me Up) load their car trunks with donated bags of cold asphalt and fan out. "Sometimes it's the municipal traffic police who call me," said Davoli, a shopkeeper.
After the first anti-corruption arrests, Sicilian anti-Mafia magistrate Alfonso Sabella was summoned to Rome for the hastily created post of city legality commissioner to get a handle on just how badly corruption, favoritism and ineptitude infected City Hall. "It was worse than I thought," said Sabella, who was frustrated that his office wasn't assigned more personnel.
Starting with the run-up to the 2000 Holy Year, when government funds flooded the Italian capital to prepare for millions of extra pilgrims, "big projects became popular" with politicians, recalled Sabella. "If you do maintenance on city buses, nobody notices; if you make a new metro station, yes."
Rome's mass transit system is roundly scorned. Not infrequently, passengers have to yank shut doors after drivers pull away from bus stops as malfunctioning doors fail to close, with riders perilously close to falling out of the bus.
American architect Tom Rankin organizes river bank cleanups by Tevereterno, a volunteer group dedicated to making the Tiber, which winds through the heart of Rome, more pleasant for strollers and cyclists. He noted that Retake Roma was inspired by an American who cleaned up the Rome building where she lived, exposing Romans to a deeply rooted American tradition of working together for one's community.
Sweeping sidewalks on Via Ludovico di Monreale, Brunella Fraleoni, who is married to an American and previously lived in the United States, pondered a moment when asked why pitching in with neighbors to clean streets is only just catching on in Rome. "The idea of fixing up something is very poorly rooted in Italy. Maybe it's because we're used to ruins," she said with a wry laugh. Then she turned serious. She and her neighbors were out there, she said, to "inspire public opinion. Not just cleaning to clean."
Alaa Basatneh : Fusion : 27 Mar 2016
If you saw someone on the street sitting next to a sign that read "Ask A Muslim," what would you ask?
Sebastian Robins has probably heard it before. He and his wife Mona Haydar have gained local fame in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for setting up a booth on the street and fielding questions from strangers about all things Islam. "We were really afraid the first time, up to the point where we considered notifying the police," Robins told Fusion about the couple's unconventional idea.
"I never really realized how people stared at you," he would tell his wife.
Robins, a white American, converted to Islam in 2012 after meeting his wife, a Syrian American Muslim from Flint, Michigan, on a trip to New Mexico. A few months ago, in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the two of them started putting up their booth around town "to conquer fear through conversation," as Haydar put it. The couple's idea has been successful beyond their imagination, helping them spread love and awareness and even inspiring others around the country to do the same. "We love it if you can just break bread with us," said Haydar, who offers free coffee, donuts, and flowers along with her conversation. "Take a moment out of your day and hang out with us."
The couple said they felt the need to reach out to their community for open dialogue amid heightened security fears and Islamophobic comments from Republican politicians. "Post Paris and San Bernadino, I had never only felt the fear of going out, but kind of this incredible impotence and depression," said Robins. "It was the first time I was afraid in my own country."
His own education about Islamophobia had come from his wife. "It's been a huge reckoning for me," said Robins about his marriage. "Re-examining my place in society, and what it means to be a white, straight, educated, upper middle-class male in society. I knew these things through studies, but to experience them through Mona's eyes...it's pretty amazing." "I never really realized how people stared at you," he would tell his wife when they started spending time in public together.
The booth idea, the couple said, was inspired by an episode of This American Life in which an Iraqi refugee traveled the U.S. with a "Talk to an Iraqi" sign to encourage dialogue about the Iraq War. Haydar and Robins, 27 and 43, first set up in front of a high school and a library in Cambridge, a relatively diverse college town. They thought it would be the safest place—and close to a bathroom, too. Little did they know who had attended that school. "The booth was in front of the school where the Boston Marathon bombers went to school. We had no idea," said Haydar. But the coincidence spurred thoughtful conversations.
Most of all, the couple wanted people to see that they are typical Americans. "We are normal humans living our silly and mundane lives as parents to a two-year-old, who change diapers and cook eggs in the mornings," said Haydar."We certainly do not want to convert anybody," added Robins.
Not that everyone who stopped at the booth had a positive comment. Some people confronted Haydar about wearing "an oppressive thing" on her head, referring to the hijab. Robins was surprised by that, he said. "Here we were in Cambridge, home of Harvard, MIT and all the prestigious universities, with very smart people and I was amazed how the media effectively creeped up into people's minds," he said. Haydar said that it's a matter of perspective. "My perspective is that hijab is liberating, whether you see that as me being brainwashed or not," she said.
Haydar was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. She met Robins in 2013 on a trip to New Mexico for a summer course. They fell in love after meeting on a mountaintop. "It was my birthday. I ventured up the mountain and Sebastian was sitting on a bench. He was the first one I saw there," said Haydar.
Haydar recalled the time she told her parents that she was marrying a white man. Arab expatriates tend to marry each other; the idea of marrying an American isn't very popular within the community due to cultural and religious differences. "It was definitely not an easy conversation with my parents. But when they met him, everybody knew and felt that it was right," she said. The couple now lives in Massachusetts with their two-year-old son.
To date, over 100 conversations have taken place at the booth over donuts and coffee, said Haydar. People were happy to see a Muslim couple on the streets extending a hand and willing to talk, she said. "Suddenly we had all these people thanking us for what we were doing," said Robins. People came up to the couple to talk about everyday things, like "making breakfast and the weather," said Haydar. "We stepped out of our comfort zone and it paid off. We went and did something that took a lot of guts for us," said Haydar. "We didn't feel safe and we did it anyways because we believe in love. We believe that the world is a generous and beautiful place. Period."
People nationwide have reached out to her for advice about setting up booths in their own cities.
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