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"Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for,
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a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat."

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September 26, 2005


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Many 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

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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.

As 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.

"Well, 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 said. "I'm 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 cold now?"

"I'll be okay. Is there anything else you need?” she questioned. "I sure could use some food."

"Follow 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 owner." I 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."

"What do I say to them?"

"Nothing," she replied. "But what store do I go to?"

"It 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. She 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."

"How did you know my name?" I asked her. "It was on the paper."

"But 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 Ma'am."

"Then 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 Ma’am, and I had two coca colas too."

"Good."

"How do you do that magic?" I asked her. "It’s not magic."

"But how does everyone know my name?"

"It is written in the letter."

"Can 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.

"Would you help someone if they were hurt, cold or scared?"

"Yes Ma'am. I would be their friend."

"Roger, 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.

~Stories from The Life and Times of Roger Dean Kiser
Roger's short stories have also been published in:
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Visit his website at: www.RogerDeanKiser.com
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s You Can!

EXPERIENCE A 'SACRED MOMENT'

This 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.

Every 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?

If your answer is “I can’t 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?”

You can experience more sacred moments in your life by doing one very simple thing — "SLOW DOWN!"

“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast. You also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” — Eddie Cantor.

Do 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.

Your 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.

Throughout 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 tranquility.

Set 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.

Make 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.

Every day, before you start, say out loud, “I dedicate this half hour to my next sacred moment."

Gradually your experiences of sacred moments become longer and will happen more often. Until finally they lead you towards a state of continual bliss.

Have 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.

You can easily imprint this same peaceful energy at your home or workplace.

Start 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.

What 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.

For 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.

Imagine 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.

Many meditation centres and yoga studios display works of art to help create powerful feelings of divine love, happiness and tranquility in their practice areas.

Creating 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. You will soon begin to experience the amazing effects that this simple practice will bring to your life. Fill your Life with Love Happiness and Tranquility

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TUTUILA, SAMOA

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Metallurgy 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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The Great Creator requests that selected “volunteers” be picked up from Earth
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BECOMING CO-LIBERATED

Bernie 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."

(Bernie DeKoven earned his Master's degree in theater from Villanova University in 1968, where he received a Rockefeller Fellowship in playwriting.
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