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"To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one.
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THE LITTLE GIRL
WHO DARED TO WISH

As Amy Hagadorn rounded the corner across the hall from her classroom, she collided with a tall boy from the fifth grade running in the opposite direction.

"Watch 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.

Amy closed her eyes for a moment.

Ignore him, she told herself as she headed for her classroom.

But 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.

Back 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 daughter.

"There's 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 enter."

Amy giggled. The contest sounded like fun. She started thinking about what she wanted most for Christmas.

A 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.

While 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:

Dear Santa Claus,

My 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.

Love, Amy

At 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.

When 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.

The 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 teasing.

Suddenly 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 of encouragement.

During 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 again.

Many 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:

"I 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."

Amy 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.

That 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 lesson.

"Everyone," said the mayor, "wants and deserves to be treated with respect, dignity and warmth."

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EXPERIENCE PEACE BY BECOMING PEACE

There 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 4th pathway:

The Fourth Pathway: "If you want to experience Peace, Become Peace."

NARRATOR: 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 but peaceful?"

"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.

"We 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 its radiance."

"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."

"Exactly," 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 mysticism."

"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:
Praying Peace: In Conversation with Gregg Braden and Doreen Virtue
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The 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.

Working 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.


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IT'S THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE

Portia NelsonPortia 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 book There's 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 Lives, 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).

John 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."

THERE'S A HOLE IN MY SIDEWALK
Autobiography in Five Short Chapters — by Portia Nelson

1) 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.

2) 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.

3) 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.

4) I walk down the same street.
....There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
.... I walk around it.

5) I WALK DOWN A DIFFERENT STREET.



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