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unwanted, unloved, uncared for,
forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger,
a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat."
~ Mother Teresa...
September 26, 2005
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people talk a good story about their benevolence and generosity,
however, when disasters like Hurricane Katrina or the Tsunami happen,
TRUTH is always revealed. What was YOUR initial response and were
you inspired to take immediate action with even the smallest of
donations ... or was it rationalized away as too much of a 'personal
'sacrifice'? The Divine Flow of The Universe is a Take AND Give
process if you don't invest, don't expect to receive returns.
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor
From the Inside Out
THE MAGIC LETTER
Once again, I had run away and really do not know why. I would walk
out the gate to go to school and then keep walking, and walking,
and walking. I had just turned eleven-years-old the week before.
It was almost dark; I was tired, scared, cold, and all alone. I
had not eaten all day and was afraid to turn myself into the police.
I knew I would receive another beating once I returned to the Children's
Home Society in Jacksonville, Florida. There was nothing for me
to do, except keep on walking.
darkness fell, I made my way over to the city park located on Park
Street. I entered the darkened area and sat down on one of the wooden
benches hoping to avoid the police cars. It was cold and I began
to shiver uncontrollably. All was quiet except for the passing cars
in the distance.
hello young man." A voice came from behind me. I jumped, almost
falling off the park bench. My heart was beating ninety miles per
hour, and I could feel it thumping in the side of my neck. I gasp
and I could hardly catch my breath. I looked up and saw a woman
standing behind me in the shadows. "You look cold," she
cold. I'm real, real cold." I continued to shiver. "Here
wrap this around you." I watched as she took off her shawl
and wrapped it around my shoulders. "But ain't you gonna be
be okay. Is
there anything else you need? she questioned. "I sure
could use some food."
me," she said. I walked with her about twenty feet, then she
stopped under one of the park streetlights. She held out her hand
and said, "Here, you take this letter and give it to the store
looked at her outstretched arm but saw nothing in her hand. "There's
nothing in your hand," I told her. "Roger, reach out and
take the letter from my hand," she replied. Slowly
I reached out, acting as though I was taking something from her
hand. "Now close your thumb and finger and hold the paper tightly,"
she instructed. I closed my thumb and finger as though I were grasping
the letter. "Take it to any store owner."
do I say to them?"
she replied. "But
what store do I go to?"
doesn't matter," she said, as she smiled. I
turned and began walking toward Five Points. Several blocks down
the road, I came to a store with a woman sitting behind a counter.
I opened the door, walked in, and stopped directly in front of her.
"Can I help you?" asked the woman. I was hesitant to talk
and had no idea what I should say. Very slowly I held out my hand
toward her. I watched her face to see if she might think I was crazy
or something. "Is that for me?" she asked. "Yes
Ma'am. I looked down at the floor. She reached out and as
her hand touched mine, I opened my tightly closed fingers and stood
there waiting. She pulled back, smiled, and looked down at her hands.
immediately turned and walked to the back of the store. I began
to inch toward the front door for fear she might be calling the
police. Just as I made it to the front door, I stopped as I heard
someone call my name. I turned around and saw the woman holding
a paper plate. "Roger, here is something for you to eat."
did you know my name?" I asked her. "It
was on the paper."
there wasn't no paper. I didn't see no paper," I told her.
She smiled and motioned for me to eat by twirling her finger in
front of her mouth. Within two or three minutes, I had downed the
entire plate of food and several coca colas. "Are you full?"
she asked. "Yes
it's time for you to go." I turned to leave when I felt her
hand on my shoulder. "Here, your paper. You almost forgot your
letter," she said, holding out her hand. Again
seeing nothing, I held out my hand and closed my thumb and finger
as though I were taking something from her. Tightly grasping nothing
more than air, I walked out into the street and headed back to the
park. When I arrived, the old woman was sitting on the park bench.
"Did you eat?" she asked. "Yes
Maam, and I had two coca colas too."
do you do that magic?" I asked her. "Its
how does everyone know my name?"
is written in the letter."
I have the letter so I can be magic too?" I asked. She
reached out, took my hand, and opened my tightly closed fingers.
Whatever was being held between my fingers, she took and placed
into her apron pocket. "Would you help someone if they were
hungry?" she asked me. "Yes Ma'am.
you help someone if they were hurt, cold or scared?"
Ma'am. I would be their friend."
you are very lucky little boy. You will never need the magic letter,"
she responded. She
stood up, kissed me on the forehead, removed the shawl from my shoulders,
and began walking down the sidewalk. I watched as she disappeared
into the darkness.
from The Life and Times of Roger Dean Kiser
Roger's short stories have also been published in:
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EXPERIENCE A 'SACRED
is a moment of bliss when you were so involved in what you were
doing that you felt light and happy and nothing else seemed to matter.
A moment where you found your own real peace and power.
human is capable of experiencing these special moments. They can
happen anywhere, at anytime. Think carefully, when was the last
time you felt like this?
your answer is I cant remember. Or It has
been too long ago then maybe the question you need to ask
yourself is How
can I bring this back to my daily life?
can experience more sacred moments in your life by doing one very
simple thing "SLOW DOWN!"
down and enjoy life. Its not only the scenery you miss by
going too fast. You also miss the sense of where you are going and
why. Eddie Cantor.
you live your life at a breakneck speed, rushing from one experience
to the next? Barely giving yourself enough time to process the last
event before rushing off to your next activity? This has become
so common in modern society that it now seems "normal."
However, it is not.
natural state is one of love, happiness and tranquility, and if
you take the time to look deep inside yourself, you will find it.
For beneath all of your countless desires to rush this and finish
that, underneath the pressures and deadlines of modern life, exists
your our own special, quiet space where you will experience your
own sacred moments.
the ages, nearly every spiritual master has pointed to the power
of inner silence as the source of enlightenment. When you begin
to discover this power for yourself, your whole life will change.
You will begin to live in a blissful state of love, happiness and
aside a special time dedicated to visiting your own inner space
of silence. The most important thing is that you make this a daily
part of your life. It sounds unbelievable that doing such a simple
thing as getting quiet can lead to such powerful results, but it
is true. Just try it.
the commitment that for the next 30 days, you are going to set aside
half an hour every day to finding your own sacred moments. Ask yourself,
Is it possible for me to watch half an hour less television
every night or get out of bed half an hour earlier every morning?
If your answer is yes the rewards are beyond comprehension.
day, before you start, say out loud, I dedicate this half
hour to my next sacred moment."
your experiences of sacred moments become longer and will happen
more often. Until finally they lead you towards a state of continual
you ever walked into a library, a meditation room or a church and
felt the overwhelming sense of quiet that pervades these places?
This is because actions that are repeatedly performed in the same
location imprint their energy onto the area.
can easily imprint this same peaceful energy at your home or workplace.
by dedicating one small area of your home or office as a place to
experience "sacred moments." It could be a whole room
dedicated to performing yoga, tai-chi or some other form of meditation,
or it could be one corner of your room where you perform your half
hour's sitting meditation every day. The important thing here is
to practice everyday in the same spot for the next thirty days.
you are doing is imprinting your own feelings of peace and tranquility
into this area. Which means that the more you meditate in this location
the easier it will become for you to slip into this special timeless
state. Fill this area with inspiring, beautiful artwork and turn
sacred space into something really special a
temple for your soul.
thousands of years works of art have been recognised as one of the
most powerful tools in focusing the mind towards a state of divine
bliss and tranquility. They work by sending powerful messages directly
into your subconscious mind.
a friend or family member walking into the special "Sacred
Space" that you have created. Immediately they begin to feel
calm and at ease. Their worries slip away, and they begin to unconsciously
relax. This is what makes creating peace within your home and yourself
one of the greatest things you can do for others.
meditation centres and yoga studios display works of art to help
create powerful feelings of divine love, happiness and tranquility
in their practice areas.
a special "sacred space" is one of the most powerful ways
of generating calmness and tranquility. We hope that you will be
inspired to experience the awesome power of your own inner peace.
will soon begin to experience the amazing effects that this simple
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their lives to creating Artworks which inspire other people to experience
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was not practiced by traditional Pacific island cultures, which
fashioned what nature provided into tools and weapons. Archaeological
research has provided evidence of shell, bone, obsidian, and stone
implements, all carefully crafted for specific purposes. Highly
prized for the manufacture of stone tools (to`i ma`a) was
a hard dense, dark volcanic rock called basalt. A variety
of adzes (matau), chisels, and scrapping tools were made
from basalt. Here and there on the ridges and steep mountain sides
of Tutuila, Samoa, can be found outcrops of a particularly high-grade
basalt. Samoan ancestors found, developed and quarried these outcrops.
Down at Sogi, on the Leone coast of Tutuila, are hundreds of foaga
in the black lava flow, hand-worn bowl-shaped depressions, where
the basalt adzes went through the final sharpening and polishing
step in their production. Why so many? How many people sat here
at the high-tide line putting the final touches on the island's
major prehistoric export? How many voyaging canoes from different
islands pulled at their stone anchors in the bay? For many of
Tutuila's prized adzes did leave the island as trade items. Tutuila
assumed an historic role at the center of a great regional trade
in fine stone tools and adzes uncovered on the islands of Manu`a,
Western Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and the Cook Islands
can be traced to Tutuilan quarries.
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a destination and a list appears of places that there are write
ups for. Say you picked the United States, and you choose Arizona.
Tombstone, Arizona to be specific. You get a very in-depth,
rich description of Tombstone with pictures to boot. You can
stop by the Quiz section and see if you can guess the answer
to the current quiz question, you can even check out the past
quizes. This is a lovely site that can help you relax and imagine
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Metaphor for Personal Development
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Great Creator requests that selected volunteers
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The computer's swallowed grandma,
Yes honestly it's true.
She pressed 'control' and 'enter'
And disappeared from view.
devoured her completely,
The thought just makes me squirm.
Maybe she's caught a virus
Or been eaten by a worm.
searched through the Recycle Bin
And files of every kind.
I've even used the Internet,
But nothing did I find.
desperation, I asked Jeeves
My searches to refine...
The reply from him was negative
Not a thing was found 'online'.
if inside your 'In Box'
My Grandma you should see...
Please 'Scan', 'Copy' and 'Paste' her
In an e-mail back to me.
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Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
DeKoven, whose lifelong belief that things can be made more
fun led him to develop new games for groups of all ages in
families, schools, communities and cities. Bernie writes:
"You want for me what I want for me. Your courage encourages
me. Your happiness delights me. Your health heals me. And
I like you most when you do. This is very nice. This is really
what draws a free people to seek their freedom together. This
is why kids play together. This is what makes it so much fun
to play well together. This is what makes people enjoy it
so profoundly when they get to work well together.
"I also call it a Well-Played
Game. And by game well-played I mean something
like the symphony well-played, the ballet well-danced, the
play well-acted. As making something together can be, making
plans, making dinner, making love. I was given the last word
in an article in the recent issue of Fast
Company. It was my last word, too. A word I actually
made up. A word I coined so I could describe to people what
a "good meeting" is like: CoLiberation.
"CoLiberation is not the opposite of codependence. CoLiberation
is why we become that way. Why we seek each other out
in the first place. What we have to give each other when we
are at our best. CoLiberation is what happens when we work
extraordinarily well together. Like on a basketball team or
in an orchestra, when we actually experience ourselves sharing
in something bigger than any one who is present. This is what
I call the experience of the "Big WE." It's a corollary
to the "Big ME" experience of self-transcendence.
If the Big ME is the "peak experience," CoLiberation
or the Big WE, is like becoming a whole mountain range.
"I know I've experienced it in games and sports and the
performing arts. And, what makes me especially hopeful, I've
also experienced it in business meetings. The central experience
that led me to write my book The Well-Played Game was, in
fact, a game of ping pong between my friend Bill and myself.
Let me describe it to you, thereby exemplifying the selfsame
example of the kind of experience I hope you will also learn:
'My good friend Bill was and is so much better of a player
than I that there was actually no reason for us to try to
play a 'real' game. Playing for points was clearly pointless.
So, we decided to just see how long we could keep a volley
going. It was a perfect challenge for each of us. For Bill,
just getting the ball to hit my paddle was an exercise worthy
of his years of "pongish" mastery. After half the
night of this, we managed to sustain an almost infinite volley.
We actually lost count.'
"That's all that is asked in CoLiberation some
shared transcendence that made you feel just about as big,
ME-wise and WE-wise, as you can get. Larger than life. Enlarged
by each other's largesse. Beyond time. And, corollarily speaking,
those exceptional experiences of working together, when we're
really working and really together. As deliciously distracting
as the technologies of collaboration may be, when collaboration
is it's at its best, so are we. I've been calling these kinds
of meetings "CoLiberating." It's cute, because it
almost sounds like something beyond "collaborating."
But "liberating" is only part of the truth. Yes,
in deed, those moments in which we have actually managed to
free each other from whatever constraints we usually impose
on each other, these are truly and actually what you would
call CoLiberating. But there is something beyond CoLiberation,
beyond the meeting itself. Some coincidence of selves that
un-defines the limits of our capabilities. A coincidence having
almost nothing to do with the meeting, and everything
to do with the human spirit. Shared moments of unusual clarity,
vivid communication and spontaneous combustions of understanding.
"It's almost silly even to have a word like this because
all liberation is CoLiberation. You just can't liberate yourself
by yourself. You can't be free if you're the only one. You
can mediate, but you can't separate. You can become one only
if you become "one with." As long as there is such
a word as codependence and it makes something clear,
well, then, we need a word like CoLiberation, to make something
else clear. Just as we now understand how we can sicken a
relationship by becoming too dependent on each other and how
mutually sickening things like alcoholism and racism and spousal
abuse can become, we now need to rediscover how we can heal
a relationship by setting each other free, how mutually healing
things like love and teamwork can become."
DeKoven earned his Master's degree in theater from Villanova
University in 1968, where he received a Rockefeller Fellowship
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