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be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one.
It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last
moment of our lives.
Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody
is born an average man.
We make ourselves into one or the other."
~ Carlos Castaneda...
December 25, 2006
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beings seldom step outside of themselves to really grasp the needs
and fears of others. We often project our own thoughts and beliefs
upon strangers, and make judgments based upon how we think they
'should' be living their lives. If only we could experience a few
moments inside the feelings of another person, the world would be
a much more compassionate and benevolent place and crises
like Darfur would receive the healing they so desperately need.
... where it takes
just a little to make a BIG difference in the world!
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor
From the Inside Out
THE LITTLE GIRL
WHO DARED TO WISH
Amy Hagadorn rounded the corner across the hall from her classroom,
she collided with a tall boy from the fifth grade running in the
it, Squirt," the boy yelled, as he dodged around the little
third grader. Then, with a smirk on his face, the boy took hold
of his right leg and mimicked the way Amy limped when she walked.
closed her eyes for a moment.
him, she told herself as she headed for her classroom.
at the end of the day, Amy was still thinking about the tall boy's
mean teasing. It wasn't as if he were the only one. It seemed that
ever since Amy started the third grade, someone teased her every
single day. Kids teased her about her speech or her limping. Amy
was tired of it. Sometimes, even in a classroom full of other students,
the teasing made her feel all alone.
home at the dinner table that evening Amy was quiet. Her mother
knew that things were not going well at school. That's why Patti
Hagadorn was happy to have some exciting news to share with her
a Christmas Wish Contest on the radio station," Amy's mom
announced. "Write a letter to Santa and you might win a
prize. I think someone at this table with blond curly hair should
giggled. The contest sounded like fun. She started thinking about
what she wanted most for Christmas.
smile took hold of Amy when the idea first came to her. Out came
pencil and paper and Amy went to work on her letter. "Dear
Santa Claus," she began.
Amy worked away at her best printing, the rest of the family tried
to guess what she might ask from Santa. Amy's sister, Jamie, and
Amy's mom both thought a 3-foot Barbie Doll would top Amy's wish
list. Amy's dad guessed a picture book. But Amy wasn't ready to
reveal her secret Christmas wish just then. Here is Amy's letter
to Santa, just as she wrote it that night:
name is Amy. I am 9 years old. I have a problem at school.
Can you help me, Santa? Kids laugh at me because of the
way I walk and run and talk. I have cerebral palsy. I just want
one day where no one laughs at me or makes fun of me.
radio station WJLT in Fort Wayne, Indiana, letters poured in for
the Christmas Wish Contest. The workers had fun reading about all
the different presents that boys and girls from across the city
wanted for Christmas.
Amy's letter arrived at the radio station, manager Lee Tobin read
it carefully. He knew cerebral palsy was a muscle disorder that
might confuse the schoolmates of Amy who didn't understand her disability.
He thought it would be good for the people in Fort Wayne to hear
about this special third grader and her unusual wish. Mr. Tobin
called up the local newspaper.
next day, a picture of Amy and her letter to Santa made the front
page of The News Sentinel. The story spread quickly. All across
the country, newspapers and radio and television stations reported
the story of the little girl in Fort Wayne, Indiana, who asked for
such a simple, yet remarkable, Christmas gift-- just one day without
the postman was a regular at the Hagadorn house. Envelopes of all
sizes addressed to Amy arrived daily from children and adults all
across the nation. They came filled with holiday greetings and words
that unforgettable Christmas season, over two thousand people from
all over the world sent Amy letters of friendship and support. Amy
and her family read every single one. Some of the writers had disabilities;
some had been teased as children. Each writer had a special message
for Amy. Through the cards and letters from strangers, Amy glimpsed
a world full of people who truly cared about each other. She realized
that no amount or form of teasing could ever make her feel lonely
people thanked Amy for being brave enough to speak up. Others encouraged
her to ignore teasing and to carry her head high. Lynn, a sixth
grader from Texas, sent this message:
would like to be your friend," she wrote, "and
if you want to visit me, we could have fun. No one would make fun
of us, cause, if they do, we will not even hear them."
did get her wish of a special day without teasing at South Wayne
Elementary School. Additionally, everyone at school got an added
bonus. Teachers and students talked together about how bad teasing
can make others feel.
year, the Fort Wayne mayor officially proclaimed December 21st as
Amy Jo Hagadorn Day throughout the city. The mayor explained
that by daring to make such a simple wish, Amy taught a universal
said the mayor, "wants and deserves to be treated with respect,
dignity and warmth."
Alan D. Shultz, from Chicken
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BY BECOMING PEACE
are no elaborate sets, no dramatic overture, just three people sitting
at a table with a single candle in its center and talking about
the most powerful force in the universe prayer. Each character
speaks from the level of his or her own expertise, drawing from
their experience examples and insights to support their convictions.
In the end one thing will be clear that though they approach
the subject from different angles, every path does merge in the
end, and every stream leads into the ocean of life. Each scene begins
with the narrator establishing the parameters for the evening's
discussion. The entire play contains 7 parts (7 Pathways to Peace)
in this article we excerpted the section dealing with the
Fourth Pathway: "If you want to experience Peace, Become Peace."
How does one become peace? Better still how do we live
our lives in such a manner that everything we do is an expression
of compassion, kindness and love, where we become a walking, breathing
'Prayer of Peace'? St. Paul implored the early Christians to "Pray
without ceasing." Isn't this what we've been doing? If we
have come to realize anything through this conversation, it's that
all our thoughts, feelings and emotions are prayers, and that it
is impossible for us not to pray without ceasing. The real question
becomes, "How do we 'Pray Peace' without ceasing, focusing
all our energy on this one goal so that we actually become that
which we seem to be seeking?" ...
Forgiveness is the key, the path that leads away from guilt and
into the Light. You will see in a moment, in the course of our conversation,
that this is where all paths lead in the end, the final resting-place
of sin, sickness, pain, and even death. Look to the heart of any
discipline, any worldly path or endeavor, and you will find this
one formidable truth. Healing cannot happen till we let go of
the past, till we allow old blocked energies to dissipate, creating
space for a new life to be born. Forgiveness is the only way
we can release the shadows that have halted our own spiritual ascent,
for in the end, who is there to forgive but ourselves? ...
CONVERSATION: The Mystic, Scientist, Psychologist Once
again the Mystic looked at the piece of paper lying in front of
him on the table and read the Pathway written upon it. "The
Fourth Pathway says: 'If you want to experience peace Become
peace.' I think that I'll begin our discussion this time. This is
a very profound statement, one that we have all touched on in one
way or another. We spoke earlier about the law of resonance,
the fact that similar frequency patterns tend to be drawn to each
other. In other words, we draw into our lives the experiences and
people that correspond with our image of ourselves. If we believe
we are good and trustworthy, then we'll tend to attract people who
are the same. But if we hold a darker image of ourselves, then we
are likely to bring people into our lives that reinforce that image,
reflecting what we believe to be true about ourselves. If the theory
of resonance is true, then it should be easy for us to determine
the best way to become emissaries of peace. We cannot bring something
to another unless we believe we have that thing within us, or that
state of being. To bring peace, we must find that place within us
that is peace. It's that simple."
"But what if a person has no experience of that state?"
the Scientist asked. "What if their life has been anything
"That's a good question, and one that any reasonable person
should ask. The answer is very important as well. I think we can
all agree that there are ultimately only two emotions we are capable
of, and that every other emotion we experience is a derivative of
one or the other. The first emotion or experience is love and the
second is fear.
have also said, all of us in our own way, that there is only one
force in the universe, and that this force is what some of us call
God, the Creator, or maybe the 'Single Unified Consciousness.' God,
at least my concept of God, is all-loving. That would mean that
only love exists, since it is the product of a Divine Mind that
is all pervasive. What is fear then? Is it possible that it is nothing
more than a shadow, or perhaps the denial of the experience of love?
And is a shadow a 'real thing,' possessing real power or real effects?
I would say no, for it is not the opposite of love, but rather the
obstruction of love. What is all pervasive can have no opposite."
"That all sounds true," said the Psychologist, turning
to face the Mystic. "But how does it apply to today's Pathway?"
"It's simple, really. If love is the foundation of reality,
then that means it's active, real and present no matter what, even
when it doesn't seem to be. A moment ago the Scientist asked how
someone who has never known peace could experience it. Peace, quite
obviously, is a derivative of love, not fear. It's within us, even
within the person who seems most isolated from the experience, because
they cannot be separated from what knows no boundary. Perhaps the
peace is hidden beneath many layers of fear and mistrust, but it
is there nonetheless ... therefore love is always present, always
the foundation of our being, even when fear seems to have eclipsed
"I see where you're going," said the Psychologist. "If
only love exists, then peace is always present even when it is not
apparent. And the law of resonance, which corresponds to the Second
Pathway, states that if we focus on a particular experience, even
if it is buried, then it must increase."
rejoined the Mystic. "So, even if a person has very little
experience of peace, if they focus on love then they must experience
love. This is how we become peace, then, simply by focusing on it."
"The ancients didn't have the language of science which we
have today," said the Scientist, "so in their language
they said that we have forgotten how to love ourselves." ...
"Your science is drawing very close to my mysticism,"
the Mystic said. "Of course it is," the Scientist continued.
"That's because truth knows no boundaries. The truth is true,
whether expressed through the language of science, psychology, or
"But we need some way for people to access this truth,"
the Psychologist said. "Otherwise these are just high ideas
and concepts that cannot be applied. I would suggest, at least from
a psychological perspective, that the best way to apply everything
we are expressing here today is through forgiveness."
"Once again, we are aligned," the Mystic said to her.
"The same would be true from a spiritual point of view as well.
But I would suggest a level of forgiveness that is very different
from what most people are accustomed to. Forgiveness is normally
understood as something we offer to someone who has offended us
in some way. This is not forgiveness at all, it is an attack. It
is really saying, `You committed an offense against me, and I, in
my greater wisdom, am willing to forgive you.' All this does is
create separation and continue the conflict. ... We are asked to
look past the offense altogether, not judging if someone is worthy
of our mercy, but bestowing it equally upon all."
"I would agree with that," the Psychologist said. "The
forgiveness you are speaking of brings people closer together because
it does not demand retribution. I often ask people to make a list
of everyone they can think of who has offended them in any way,
then release each person in love. This is very similar to the theory
of resonance, which the Mystic spoke about earlier. When we look
past the offense that seems to have occurred, then choose to focus
on the love that is the foundation of our true relationship, then
the experience of love increases. We become that love then, because
we were willing to give it to another."
"So, to sum up what we are all saying," the Scientist
said, "we become that on which we focus our thoughts, feelings,
and emotions. And yet, since love is the foundation of reality,
it is the only experience that extends forever because it is synonymous
with the Mind of God. Anything that is not aligned with this force
is not real, but only a shadow of reality. Do you both agree with
this assessment?" They both nodded their heads, and the discussion,
at least for that moment, ended.
Excerpted from James F. Twyman's book:
Peace: In Conversation with Gregg Braden and Doreen Virtue
(Contributed by Jane at www.The-Cats-Meow.com)
The Temple of Karnak at Night in Luxor,
temple of Karnak was known as Ipet-isut ('most select of
places') by the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built
over 2,000 years and dedicated to the Theben triad of Amon,
Mut and Khonsu. The mother of all religious buildings,
it is the largest ever made and has been a place of pilgrimage
for nearly 4,000 years. It covers about 200 acres (1.5km by 0.8km).
The area of the sacred enclosure of Amon alone is 61 acres and
would hold ten average European cathedrals. The great temple at
the heart of Karnak is so big, St. Peter's, Milan and Notre Dame
Cathedrals could be lost within its walls. The Hypostyle hall
at 54,000 square feet with its 134 columns is still the largest
room of any religious structure in the world. In addition to the
main sanctuary there are several smaller temples and a vast sacred
lake. The lake was used during festivals when images of the gods
would sail across it on golden barges. Karnak was also the home
of a flock of geese that were dedicated to Amon.
Avenues of ram-headed sphinxes lead to the enclosure of Amun from
the west and south and define the two principal axes of the temple.
The sphinxes with the heads of rams, sacred to Amon, represent
the god that protected the Pharaoh. They have sun discs on their
heads and the mummified form of Ramses II between their forepaws.
Because Karnak was successively enlarged over the centuries, the
innermost structures are the earliest and the outermost structures
are the latest.
with the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics
in Egypt, and with support from the University of Missouri Research
Board, researchers studied treasures in the Egyptian city of Luxor.
Because of the rise in the water table, groundwater comes into
contact with the foundations, columns and walls of the antiquities,
causing structural damage. The sandstone used in these structures
is relatively porous and weak. The porosity allows for capillary
action and the upsweeping groundwater appears to be dissolving
the cementing agent in the sandstone, and the sandstone basically
goes back to sand. Additionally, due to the intense heat and very
low humidity common in southern Egypt, groundwater is rapidly
evaporated at the surface. Any salts that were in the groundwater
would precipitate out during evaporation, causing salt build-up
in and on the sandstone blocks. These salt precipitates may be
expanding and possibly speeding the degradation by exploding the
sandstone from the inside out. While much of the damage to Luxor's
antiquities has occurred over time, the rate of degradation has
increased dramatically in recent years. Modern irrigation and
drainage practices have added to the problems. The
UMR study is a preliminary investigation, the purpose of which
is to help better define the scope of the chemical properties
of the soil and the water, and the capillary action of the sandstone.
A New Riddle of the Sphinx: Luxor's
above, is one of several Egyptian treasures
in danger of crumbling into dust. University of Missouri
researchers are trying to help preserve the antiquities.
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IT'S THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF
Nelson (1920 - 2001) was a renaissance woman: author,
singer, composer, lyricist, painter, photographer and actress.
Over the years she wrote the music and lyrics for many revues,
television specials and films. Portia authored the much-loved
a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery,
originally published in the 1970's. There's a Hole in My
Sidewalk was made into a musical based on the book, and
Portia directed, created the music and lyrics, and performed
in the production at the York Theater in Manhattan. This amazing
poem has been praised by psychotherapists, metaphysicians
and legions of fans from every walk of life. It is used in
numerous 12-step substance-abuse programs, and has been quoted
in such diverse books as The
Tibetan Book of Living and Dying,
and the preface of My
Roseanne's best-selling autobiography. It also appears on
a poster in Dr. Maguire's office (Robin Williams) in the film
Good Will Hunting (1997).
Gray, Ph.D., author of Men
Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, says: "There's
a Hole in My Sidewalk explains in a simple and concise
way, how life works. It is full of practical wisdom that will
allow you to embrace and change your life."
A HOLE IN MY SIDEWALK
Autobiography in Five
Short Chapters by Portia Nelson
I walk down the street.
....There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
.... I fall in.
.... I am lost I am hopeless.
.... It isn't my fault.
.... It takes forever to find a way out.
I walk down the same street.
....There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
.... I pretend I don't see it.
.... I fall in again.
.... I can't believe I'm in the same place.
.... But it isn't my fault.
.... It still takes a long time to get out.
I walk down the same street.
....There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
.... I see it is there.
.... I still fall in it's a habit
.... My eyes are open
.... I know where I am
.... It is MY fault.
.... I get out immediately.
I walk down the same street.
....There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
.... I walk around it.
I WALK DOWN A DIFFERENT STREET.
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Gratitude We Become The Giver And The Receiver
In Love We Become The Gift
In Beauty We Become Diverse
In Truth We Become Whole
In Light We Become One
In Life We Become Each Other"
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