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October 14, 2009

There is ALWAYS Hope Series #6: Rays of Hope Despite Tough Odds

Hello everysoul!

After many compilations delving on the dark side of things, so as to expose it all for what it is - just a tenacious illusion some would say... - and muster some deeply needed changes, I felt we were long overdue for a positive infusion of optimism and the kind of can-do attitude that can make a world of difference... despite the difficult odds we collectively face as pointed out in some elements of this Rays of Hope compilation.

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Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
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THE QUOTES

"Dear Ones not only are you progressing as individuals, but better still you are raising the level of Human consciousness. It is your path out of duality and is creating opportunities for other souls to lift themselves up. The energies that you are creating can inspire others, and it is how the awakening gradually brings in more people. This is important at this time when the dark ones are trying to hold on to you. We see a movement in your consciousness that is going to bring about a grand awakening. It will bring about the end of their attempts to hide the truth behind the many actions that have brought about the present reign of fear. You are the Ones that are paving the way to a new era, and soon you shall see the first benefits arising from it. As we have told you on a number of occasions, it is the right time to claim back what is rightly yours. You have been controlled in many ways over a long time, and without a change of direction would be totally at the mercy of the dark forces. Now you have a world leader who will take heart from the people’s support, and make decisions that will clearly be seen as establishing a peaceful period in human experience. We know what is in his heart, and he only waits for the opportunity to show what he can do. You are crying out for his spiritual perception to show itself and be translated into action, and it will come. The changes that are coming are known in detail to us, and they will sweep away the dross and remnants of a period that will be best forgotten. Just everything that has been denied you will be now given to you. Freedom is to be yours, but it will follow reconciliation with other countries when the foundation of world peace is laid down. Duality is no longer to be your way of life, as it has carried you far enough in this cycle. You are now stepping up to a new level, and will enjoy a life of happiness and joy free from the stress and worries you now experience."

- SaLuSa -- October, 12 2009 Message -- Recommended by Zackoree (zackoree@gmail.com)


"Last night, I dreamt that I was a deer-roaming free through the forest, leaping over bracken and streams, pausing to graze in a woodland clearing, my ears twitching and alert, my eyes and nose alive to everything around me. I awoke from my dream, rose from my bed, and opened the shutters. Morning light poured into the room, and I gazed into the garden. A few paces away, beneath an oak tree, a deer looked up and glanced toward me. For a split moment, I felt my ears twitch and did not know whether I was deer or human.

In the Native American tradition, the deer is a symbol of gentleness and unconditional love. It reminds us that love is the great healer, which overcomes the illusion of separation. When love is present, there is no fear. When there is no fear, everything is welcomed into your heart-and you relax deeply. Love reassures us that all is well. It sets us free. Love unites and connects, whereas fear disconnects. Darkness is merely the absence of light-and, like the morning light, love pours in unless we are shutting it out.

For me, this time of great awakening (that is, the decades leading up to and beyond 2012) is all about love. It is about expanding our consciousness beyond the old creation myths and realizing that the cosmos is based upon unconditional love, from which we are inseparable. Love is what we are. What is more, we are not victims of fate or chance or karma, but divine cocreators of everything (without exception) that happens to us. We are creative fragments or sparks of Source/God/Love. This loving universe is primed to help us make our dreams come true, and we are apprentice gods and goddesses, who can allow our dreams in or not. At the moment, many of us are straddling two different worlds: the commonsense world of fear, struggle, blame, and victimhood that is mirrored by the news media, and the emerging world of love, joy, healing, and spiritual awareness that is bubbling up behind the scenes, within the ever-expanding group of "cultural creatives" who are holding a new consciousness. Once we step fully into this new reality, everyday life takes on a numinous quality, and we feel more and more alive. We realize that the outer world is a mirror of the inner world. There is no real separation between inner and outer-just as the deer in my dream then appeared in my real-life garden. As more and more cultural creatives live from this expanded perspective and join together in creative and innovative projects, the world will be transformed.

(...) The great awakening is about shifting into a mature cosmology in which we are not miserable earthworms in search of redemption, nor have we been cruelly abandoned by a distant (or absent) God. Instead, we are divine and creative beings in human form. We are sparks of God in conscious evolution.

(...) The only solution is love: not tame, conditional love that says, "I will love you if only .. ." or "I will love you when . . .", but unconditional love that says, "I see you. I hear you. I love you." Wild love. Love that says "yes" to everything; love that is inclusive and embracing rather than excluding or rejecting. Wild love heals the old wounds and divisions. Until we reach out with love, compassion, and understanding toward those who might seem stuck in old thinking, or even acting out in destructive ways, we are playing the same old games of goodies-and-baddies. We are caught up in fear or judgment. We are living in the old world of duality.

(...) Personally, I don't believe that anything dramatic will unfold in December 2012 (although those who fear Armageddon might create their own private doomsday). Yet, when we look back, we will see a sweeping change in human consciousness over the past decade, as if we had collectively awakened from a dream. As we move toward the great shift, countless people are letting go of old habits, patterns, relationships, and situations, often being apparently forced to release whatever holds them in the past, or keeps them stuck. We can no longer pretend that we are happy if we are not. We have to face up to whatever is not working or falls short of our dreams and desires. This means we must become accustomed to rapid change, personally and globally. If we can learn to ride this tidal wave of change, then our global awakening will be relatively easy and even exhilarating. The more we resist change or close down, the tougher it gets. We have to be willing to let go, to make unexpected changes in our lives. We have to be willing to open our hearts, to follow our bliss, to trust and go with the flow. We also have to be willing to put down roots and make commitments when that is where our hearts lead us.

(...) We are not here to be good or perfect. We are not here to prove ourselves worthy. We are not here to serve others (at our own expense) or to save the world. We do not have to earn or deserve love. We do not have to "behave well" or conform to external rules and expectations. In a loving universe, we can relax. We are safe. We are worthy. We are loved without condition. We are cosmic voyagers on a magnificent adventure in physical reality, and-as creative sparks of the divine-we can have, do, or be anything we wish. No limits. No strings attached. We can create our own heaven on Earth. And the key to doing so is unconditional love- for self, others, and the world.

Wild love does not separate the world into good and bad, right and wrong, safe and dangerous. It says a profound "yes" to life. It affirms that "everything within you and me is good." It is fearless relating. It dwells in a blameless universe. It is love that gives without needing to receive. It is love without needs, demands, or expectations. It is love that inspires and expands us. It is love that sets us free. It transforms us from flickering lightbulbs into luminous laser beams. Wild love allows us to focus our energy and intention in ways that can change our lives dramatically. Everything we experience depends on whether our love-for self, others, and the world-is tame or wild.

When we love wildly, we take responsibility for our own experience instead of blaming others or trying to control them. We know that nothing and no one "out there" is responsible for what we feel or experience. Everything mirrors what we hold in our own consciousness. Nothing can block the fulfillment of our desires except us-our resistance, our fear, our judgment. Instead of focusing on what is bad or wrong, we learn to embrace ourselves, others, and the world. We appreciate all that is wonderful in our lives and in other people. Instead of pushing against what we do not want, we focus on what we do want. We accept what is and reach toward what might be. We change our world from the inside out. Then, we reconnect with who we really are. We are awake. We are alive. Our wildest dreams can come true. And, almost without noticing it, the boundaries between heaven and Earth have melted away."

- Gill Edwards - Excerpts taken from Wild Love Sets Us Free -- Essay from the book THE MYSTERY OF 2012: Predictions, Prophesies & Possibilities


"The idea of learning through experience is that one has to go through the trial and error process of life to slowly accrue the needed spiritual acumenship and develop an ever greater sense of discernment. No virtuoso pianist has ever learned to play without going through tons of false notes. Some have a faster learning curve, like the prodigy kids, some have a much slower one. (...) It is only through emptying one's mind of any certainty that one can make room for the expression of a tiny part of one's own soul's infinite wisdom and knowledge — each soul being a holographic fragment of Creator Source. To be able to actually grasp the depth and infinite wisdom of what is being proposed to the seeking/self-awakening soul who pays attention to what comes from Within, then the ONLY possible option is to put aside one's own illusory sense of separation, open one's heart to the magic of such a sacred experience, and just dive in the Flow of Light, Love and Bliss that permeates and radiates from our very being when we finally check our mental mind and self-imbued sense of importance at the doorstep of any moment of communion with our soul... and Let It Be in and through us."

- Anonymous


"The Universe is your mirror. It is always reflecting your Self. There is nothing else it could reflect. It is continuously revealing what you most need to know for your soul's highest awakening. Your job is simply to discover this and relax deeper into the beautiful, powerful, radiant being that you already are."

- Anonymous


"At the time of the New Moon, on the 18th, it will be a good time to meditate on your relationship with your community and how you may best serve that community by being a bearer of the New Codes and energies for the New Earth. Meditate on how you can be an expression of Love just be Being Who You Are and by fully expressing Who You Are. Remember, Beloved Ones, that each of you carries the Divine Flame within your Heart, and each one of you is an expression of the Divine Love and Grace of God. It is only for you to exercise your free will and to choose how you, as an individual, will be an expression of the Divine Grace within the One Energy of Community. In this month too, the old energies of the Atlantean Negative Codes continues to be released on very deep levels, to allow for it to be replaced with the Light of the New Earth Codes that are guiding the Evolution of Humanity on its Journey into Higher Expressions of Light. The old trauma of the Atlantean "disaster" continues to reverberate through the psyches of those who seek to hold onto the old ways of power and control and manipulation. Beloved Ones, know that those who seek these darker paths do so because they feel a deep inner fear and a sense of guilt and unworthiness. They fear that they have "failed" and that God has abandoned them, so they need to try to control their own destiny instead of allowing their destiny to be a part of the greater plan of Love and Compassion. And, when you enter into dramas of duality with such ones, you merely reinforce their sense of unworthiness and lack. Far better it is, dear ones, to forgive such ones and to release then from their roles as bearers of the illusion of darkness. For when you forgive, then you release. You do not condone actions that are based in low vibrations of fear, but you release the effects that such energies may have on you."

- Archangel Michael - The Dance of Love and Peace - October 2009 (through Celia Fenn) to find out more on the Atlantean Negative Codes (and MUCH MORE!), read what Celia wrote in her Energies for September 2009 channeled message - Recommended by Lou BOGNON (lou@loubognon.com)

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CONTENTS

1. The Shift of the Ages
2. Will the World End on December 21st 2012?
3. Evolution's Edge - The Coming Collapse and Transformation of Our World
4. Introduction: The Evolutionary Challenge
5. Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization
6. Dwindling Fish Catch Could Leave a Billion Hungry
7. Obama Peace Prize?
8. Congratulate President Obama on the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
9. Energetic Synthesis - Between Two Worlds
10. Inspirational message

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WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION

Love is Energy.... Pass it forward ! (3 min) MUST SEE!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOJzKMZCdCA
Your energy is contagious! Love is energy... HAPPINESS - It starts with us.. Lets be the change! Its as easy as a smile from your heart... Perfect song by David Guetta & Kelly Rowland. Recommended by Fred Burks (fredburks@gmail.com) who wrote: "The photos and images are stunning, and the message in exuberant song and meaningful words will make your day. Treat yourself to this quick infusion of joy!" Other recommended videos by him HERE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: GLOBAL FREE HUGS DAY III - October 18, 2009
http://globalfreehugs.ning.com/
Our first two events have had huggers in Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, England, France, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Spain, United States, and Venezuela. Our intention for Global Free Hugs is to get as many people around the world hugging: - Each continent participating - As many countries as possible - All 50 states involved - Peace leaders around the world joining in - And media attention to spread a positive story about people coming together to be the change they want to see in the world. Join us in making this a reality. Check out the videos of our past GFH events: Global II – April 4 - Global II – Chicago footage - Global I – October 19, 2008 - Global I Kids

Transparent Butterfly
http://photowebs.blogspot.com/2006/03/transparent-butterfly.html
A butterfly with transparent wings is rare and beautiful.As delicate as finely blown glass, the presence of this rare tropical gem is used by rain forest ecologists as an indication of high habitat quality and its demise alerts them of ecological change. Rivaling the refined beauty of a stained glass window, the translucent wings of the Glass wing butterfly shimmer in the sunlight like polished panes of turquoise, orange, green, and red. All things beautiful do not have to be full of color to be noticed... in life that which is unnoticed has the most power.

Lights Forming Crop Circles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MLvq73TX94
Physicist Offers Proof Crop Circles Formed by Balls of Light - One of the more interesting videos concerning crop circles may be seen in this documentary from the U.K.. The video, filmed by John Wheyleigh at Oliver's Castle in August of 1996, appears to show two balls of light creating a crop circle. The producers interviewed physicist Dr. Eltjo Haselhoff of the Netherlands. Dr. Haselhoff offers scientific proof that at least some crop circles are indeed formed by balls of light. His research and evidence was even accepted after peer review for the internationally recognized scientific journal, Physiologia Plantarum.

Witness: Illuminated Object Created Crop Circle
http://goldenagetoday.com/departments/paranormal/78-lifting-of-the-veil-crop-circles/458-witness-illuminated-object-created-crop-circle
Winston Keech, an engineer and inventor, describes (in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gn7xmw6n4I) his first encounter with a crop circle being created at the now-famous "East Field" in Wiltshire, UK.Mr. Keech says he witnessed an "illuminated object," about the size of a dinner plate, creating a single crop circle in the same location as the now-famous East Field formation that appeared on 07-07-07 (see photo below). Keech explains that he was in the field late at night hoping to witness a UFO creating a crop circle, but instead he says he was acutely aware of an "almost taunting, slightly child-like consciousness" pervading the field. Keech said that he felt like he was being observed and he described the feeling as "intense". He said he was actually able to see a small illuminated disk in the corner of his eye, leisurely floating above the corn, but he could not see it if he tried to look straight at it.He states that he observed with his peripheral vision the small disk of light quickly expand to about twenty feet in diameter, at which point the corn began to shake, and then all of it fell at once—the crop circle, he says, was created in a mere 3 seconds.

Bruce Lipton - Biology of Perception (1 of 7)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOpZG3PJqeg
Physician, author and research scientist Dr. Bruce Lipton discusses the processes by which cells receive information to prove that genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts. Dr. Lipton's profoundly hopeful synthesis of the latest and best research in cell biology and quantum physics shows that our bodies can be changed as we retrain our thinking. A cell biologist by training, Lipton taught Cell Biology at the University of Wisconsins School of Medicine, and later performed pioneering studies at Stanford Universitys School of Medicine. He is the author of "The Biology of Belief." For more information, visit: http://www.brucelipton.com

Last Days On Earth 1/12 History Channel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCMXV8j2GtE
Last Days on Earth from History Channel (countdown) 7 deadliest treats to humanity. Is the end of the world possible? Other parts through this LINK

Doomsday Scenario – Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_millenarianism
“A far more apocalyptic view of the year 2012 is represented by the History Channel which, beginning in 2006, aired "Decoding the Past: Mayan Doomsday Prophecy", based loosely on John Major Jenkins' theories but with a tone he characterized as "45 minutes of unabashed doomsday hype and the worst kind of inane sensationalism". It was co-written by a science fiction author. This show proved popular and was followed by many sequels: 2012, End of Days (2006), The Last Days on Earth (2008) Seven Signs of the Apocalypse (2008) and Nostradamus 2012 (2008), together with programs recounting past doomsdays: Comet Catastrophe (2007), Noah's Great Flood (2008) and Journey to 10000 B.C.”

Earth - Official Trailer - Awesome = Based on the famous Planet Earth HD 11 part series by the BBC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qicARYcTe6w

Un Jour sur Terre Teaser 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19BfU98qGUs

2012 - Official trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IirB8F-5nh0

2012 - Official Trailer #3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyCCd8MCcZY
Look for 2012 to hit theaters on November 13, 2009. Official movie website at http://www.whowillsurvive2012.com/

What Will Not Happen in 2012 – Stephen Houston
http://decipherment.wordpress.com/2008/12/20/what-will-not-happen-in-2012
“Epigraphers await 2012 with trepidation. There will be ill-founded claims, bad Hollywood movies (one now in production), silly reportage, and much distortion of what 2012 meant for the ancient Maya. Every imaginable anxiety will apply to this key event in the Maya calendar.”

The Shift of the Ages - 4 min preview of this Steve Copeland movie
http://www.shiftoftheages.com/
The Shift of the Ages film shares the Mayan Cosmo-Vision and Prophecy through the wisdom and teachings of Grandfather Cirilo Perez Oxlaj, also known as Wandering Wolf, Grand Elder of the living Maya. The National Counsel of Elders Mayas, Xinca and Garifuna of Guatemala has an important message for the world. Their leader, Grandfather Cirilo, the protagonist of the Shift of the Ages film, discloses previously unavailable visions, concepts and ancient prophecies. Many people know that a grand cycle of the famous Mayan Long Count Calendar ends in the 2011-2012 timeframe, but they may be misinformed about its meaning. According to Mayan prophecy, we have entered a unique period of time during which it is both safe and necessary to share this information to the public. The Shift of the Ages film is the first official Maya discourse to the world. The ominous date, December 21, 2012, may not be relevant to the Mayan Calendar; this is a Gregorian Calendar date. The crucial period of their prophecy is Año Cero or Year Zero in the Sacred Mayan Calendar. The Shift of the Ages film is about the special time in which we are living and the unique transition or “shift” between epochs of creation, what they call “Suns.” Why is there so much fear about December 21, 2012? What are the keepers of Mayan Prophecy saying now about this epoch “shift”? Why has the film crew shot over 300 hours of footage and 13,000 still photographs on five continents in remote areas rarely visited by Westerners to capture the essence of the Shift of the Ages? (taken from http://www.shiftoftheages.com/about) NOTE: Make sure to read The Shift of the Ages as well as Will the World End on December 21st 2012? (By Joseph R. Giove: Executive Producer, Shift of the Ages film) below...

EXCERPTS FROM HOPI PROPHECY on 2012 (and much more)
http://www.angelfire.com/oh2/peterr/annex/HopiSpeaks.html

The risks of believing that the Mayan calendar ends December 21, 2012!
http://www.calleman.com/content/articles/risk_of_2012.htm
(...) What the end date does mean however is that on October 28, 2011 the shifts between energies will come to an end and it is thus no wonder that many intuitively sense that the year that follow upon this, 2012, is very special. The processes that have been driving cosmic evolution until now will no longer be operating and after some time for things to settle the human beings will be left to create evolution themselves. (...) Around the time that the Sixth night begins on November 8, 2009 we may however expect that the meltdown intensifies and the US dollar collapses and with it the established monetary system in the world.  NOTE - go heck the second figure there

Check also 2012 - Science of Superstition
http://www.2012dvd.com/

The Global Consciousness Project Meaningful Correlations in Random Data
http://noosphere.princeton.edu/
Check their fascinating Daily Movies (at the top of this page) which shows the eggs' locations and activity.

Some important facts about water - following the orbital stunt by Guy Laliberté during his Poetic Social Mission...

Nearly one billion people do not have access to sufficient amounts of safe water.

The past century has seen the world's population triple while water consumption has increased sevenfold.

1/7th of the world's population does not have access to safe drinking water.

Contaminated water causes the death of more than 5,000 people each day.

Every eight seconds, a child dies from a disease caused by drinking contaminated water.

Every year, more than 2 million people die from causes related to drinking contaminated water.

A person needs about 50 litres of safe water per day to meet their basic needs.

It takes 10 litres of water to make a sheet of paper.

A kilogram of meat requires 5 to 20 times more water than is used to produce a kilogram of cereal.

Bottled water can cost up to 10,000 times more than tap water.

Watch a replay of the 2 hours global - AND MOST EXCELLENT! - broadcast through http://broadcast.onedrop.org/ (David Suzuki's comments near the beginning - right after Al Gore - are powerful and definitely worth listening to)

"Rainman" of Free Energy
http://richardlalancette.wordpress.com/category/daniel-pomerleau/
Autistic Canadian, Daniel Pomerleau, has given numerous demonstrations of free energy generation using only coils of wires; and mind/psychic power. Powers 200 Watt bulb, skill saw, motors and other appliances in front of electrical engineers who have no idea how he does it. CLIP more on him and his free energy coils at http://www.rexresearch.com/pomerleau/pomerleau.htm

Crocodile crazy: The man who enjoys giving his dangerous 'companion' kisses and cuddles
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1206872/Crocodile-crazy-The-man-enjoys-giving-dangerous-companion-cuddle.html
Known as the 'Crocodile Man', Costa Rican animal lover 'Chito' swims, plays and even feeds 'Pocho' the giant crocodile in what is one of the world's most unlikely friendships. Wading chest-deep through the green water in a 100 sq/m lake in Siquirres, this bizarre and dangerous spectacle draws tourists from around the world. (...) The bizarre friendship began nearly 20 years ago when Chito rescued the 980-pound crocodile after finding him close to death on the shore of the Parismina River, in the Caribbean province of Limsn. (...) When I found him in the river after he was dying so I put him in my boat and I brought him into my house,' recalls Chito. 'He was very skinny, weighing only around 150 pounds, so I gave him chicken and fish and medicine for six months to help him recover. During the recovery process, Chito stayed by Pocho's side, even sleeping with him at night. 'I just wanted him to feel that someone loved him, that not all humans are bad,' Chito says. 'I love all animals, especially ones that have suffered. It meant a lot of sacrifice. I had to be there every day.' CLIP WATCH A VIDEO ON THIS AMAZING FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN A MAN AND A CROCODILE...
Crocodile Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PefKwpNynyc

Best Dad in the World
http://personalgrowthcourses.net/video/best_dad




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From: http://www.shiftoftheages.com/article/shift-of-the-ages

The Shift of the Ages

“After a million years of reflection, there is a dynamic meeting in the consciousness of man between heaven and earth at last endowed with motion, and from it there emerges not simply a world that manages to survive but a world that kindles into fire.”

- Pierre Teilhard deChardin

Activation of Energy

The Shift of the Ages is a prophesized transition from an age of scarcity, domination and division to one of abundance, cooperation and unity. Humanity will learn to operate and co-create our world with awareness, balance and deliberation. A world of harmony and peace amongst nations, races, genders, ideologies and religions.

A world where there is acceptance by all of the many paths available for the human spirit to realize its highest potential through art, music, culture, education, science, religion, adventure and joyous living.

A world where all life on Planet Earth lives in balance, harmony and respect.

A world where perfect health, well-being, abundance and profound inner peace are the norm amongst our brothers and sisters of Planet Earth.

A world where science and technology mature to serve the planet in wholesome, productive and abundant ways that feed, clothe, house and nourish the body and spirit of the world's populations, while nurturing Planet Earth's pristine nature.

A world where sustainable communities are linked together by worthy causes bringing intelligence, wisdom, compassion, sustenance, spirit, and a sense of belonging and unity to everyone.

A world where effective government abides by the principles of Divine Harmony and operates from a vision of humanity's greater purpose.

A world where the people of Planet Earth act as the single being that they are, with vision, intent and conscious creativity while simultaneously honoring and nurturing the Divine Individuality of each member from birth through wholesome education and a holistically-oriented social and economic structure.

A world where all life on Planet Earth joins in a single song of praise and gratitude and reaches out to the heavens for exploration, connection and adventure.

That's what they say anyway.

Who knows? Who are we to know what the future holds? But since the future is derived from the present, we should be pretty good at soothsaying, even if history says otherwise.

Prophecy seems to come through special agents, like the Mayas and Hopis, Nostradamus and Cayce, and more recently Wilcox and Scallion. They seemed to possess special gifts that others do not. But what they really possessed was the ability to activate their inherent capacity for being fully present. Only a mind that is both spiritually grounded and detached from the confines of spacetime, at least momentarily, can enter into these non-ordinary states of being.

This portal that lies beyond our understanding of space and time was known as the Twilight Zone by late 20th century science fiction. But this zone of abnormal happenings is becoming unsettlingly familiar.

For instance, take the scientifically validated notion that our thoughts and feelings alter our DNA. A challenge to this assertion a few years ago might now be considered analogous to defending a flat earth.

Today, we know unequivocally that thoughts and feelings can alter our biology and physiology. And we know that thoughts and feelings affect material objects such as computer hardware and software, even half a world away.

Why can't these powerful human technologies–thoughts and feelings–alter the blueprints in the core of our cells?

In fact, why couldn't they drive the conscious creation of a world that realized the above vision of what the future could hold?

In my opinion, this IS the Shift of the Ages. Not toward an apocalyptic, end of the world scenario, but toward a "collective awakening to the powers of our own creative presence in the world," as described by Dr. Roger Nelson, director of the Global Consciousness Project. Once we wake up to the powers we share, we will stop living from the lower aspects of our character and instead express our beauty, diversity, connection, respect and compassion for all beings.

This world is not so far away... in time. It's as close as our ability to unite and co-create it. For those in violence-torn areas, those who are starving and suffering, those who are lonely and downtrodden, that distance may seem an eternity. That is all the more reason for those who are blessed with good health, vitality, financial means, motivation and awareness to apply their co-creative presence and bring about a better world.

Of course this type of creativity represents an enormous challenge: like it or not, the responsibility rests squarely and individually on our shoulders. We are far too aware of our co-creative powers – powers to heal our bodies, heal our lives, heal our communities–to sit idly by or remain distracted by the slings and arrows of modern life.

Ultimately we must not only survive, we must thrive. Each one of us has the opportunity, indeed the responsibility, to live to our greatest potential. Catalyzed by intention and congruence, we must tap that collective co-creative power and become our own saviors, our own Messiahs.

As Franz Kafka poignantly declares in The Coming of the Messiah, "The Messiah will come only when he is no longer necessary; he will come only on the day after his arrival; he will come, not on the last day, but on the very last."

This is the Shift of the Ages. Not the mainstream media portrayal of destruction, fear and death. Those things are part of the cycle of life. But those who choose to co-create the Shift choose harmony, compassion, wisdom, abundance and balance. It's about shifting within...and shifting without.

It's about transformation.

It's about awareness.

It's about intention.

It's about presence.

It's about time.

It's about now.

Article Author: Joseph R. Giove Executive Producer, Shift of the Ages film

More through http://www.IntendBalance.com and http://www.ShiftoftheAges.com




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From: http://www.shiftoftheages.com/article/will-world-end-december-21st-2012-correlations-between-mayan-and-gregorian-calendars-and-sig

Will the World End on December 21st 2012?

By Joseph R. Giove: Executive Producer, Shift of the Ages film

This article provides a summary and bibliography of various views on the correlation between the Mayan and Gregorian Calendars and the significance of the so-called end date of the Mayan Calendar.

There have been significant changes in the world over the last five-hundred years, most especially in the previous twenty-five years, many of them anticipated by certain interpretations of the Mayan Calendar. The Mayan Calendar end date, most commonly thought to be December 21, 2012, is a crucial matter to understand since so much emphasis is being placed on this precise 24 hour period. Ultimately, common sense tells us that we will not know until December 22, 2012 what happens on the 21st.

It is important to note that December 21, 2012 is not a date in the Mayan Calendar. The Mayan date to which December 21, 2012 refers is often notated as 13.0.0.0.0 in the Mayan Long Count calendar. Below you will find references to how the 2012 date is correlated to this unique period in the Mayan Calendar. Herein you may also discover for yourself that any assertion that the Mayan Calendar end date means that it is the end of the world is pure speculation, sometimes inspired by people relying on what others say without investigation of their own, and other times inspired by those who wish to monetize the fear that attends such a speculation.

I have read many of the scholarly books and contemporary researchers’ works, I have spent years with Mayan Elders, studied other Native American prophecies, and none of them point to a specific 24 hour period on a particular date that the world will end. In fact, once a person gets to know the immense wisdom of our native elders and ancestors, and how they relate to “time,” narrowing down anything to a specific day seems even more incongruent with their ways.

My personal view is that the Mayan Calendar describes the evolution of consciousness on planetary and, perhaps, even cosmic scales. If this is true, the fear around the Mayan Calendar end date does indeed play a vital role, as fear is always an obstacle to wholesome growth and personal or collective evolution.  When fear is transcended by accepting the information it (fear) has to offer, we may finally deal with what is really there. In light of this, an appropriate question inspired by the “end date” controversy may not be “Who will Survive?” but “How can I transcend my fear and further my own personal evolution?” An evolutionary moment always occurs when we transcend fear.

I have written this article so that we may all settle into our normal but accelerating personal and collective evolutionary processes without any more fear than is necessary and healthy for moving through these challenging times. This does not mean that we can be lackadaisical or nonchalant about making changes in order to help usher in a new world. Indigenous prophecies, many of which seem quite accurate, tell us that it is time to clean up our personal and collective acts; otherwise a self-created calamity will befall us.

We are already suffering the consequences of our mal-alignment with nature and each other, and at the same time, this suffering is instigating a global awakening concurrent with massive positive changes in the world around us. Perhaps this is why the living Maya are eager to celebrate the new cycle, what they call a “Sun,” which inevitably must follow the ending of a prior cycle, a prior Sun. You will not find the Maya burying themselves in underground shelters waiting for the new Sun. You will find them in ceremony around the sacred fire asking what they can do to align with the wisdom of the ancestors and tapping their own insight so as to align with the energies of the new Sun. All this is in the now, not in some imaginary future. Our Mayan Elders, alive with us today, are inviting us to do the same.

CLIP - An extensive bibliography is provided...




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From: http://newsociety.com/blogs/index.php/2008/10/01/evolution-s-edge-the-coming-collapse-and

Evolution's Edge - The Coming Collapse and Transformation of Our World

Are we poised at the brink of catastrophe or the edge of evolution? With a plummeting economy, accelerating climate change and the onset of Peak Oil, this is a very timely question. Author Graeme Taylor shares his answers in Evolution's Edge - our latest release.

This excerpt from Evolution's Edge examines the potential outcomes of societal and economic collapse.

The consequences of system failure

We don't have to look to the ancient past to see the consequences of societal collapse - the world is full of failed and failing states. In the last few decades many societies have collapsed, with consequences ranging from war, genocide and ethnic cleansing to civil wars and economic ruin. Some examples are Cambodia, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and the Soviet Union. In almost every case government services such as law and order, public health care and education almost disappeared, living standards sharply declined, mortality rates rose and criminal gangs took control of entire regions.

While failed states are a major source of conflict, terrorism and drugs, they do not destabilize the global economy.The real danger to the survival of our species does not come from the collapse of individual nations, but from the collapse of major ecosystems and the global economy as a whole. The global economy was able to recover from the Great Depression of the 1930s because major ecosystems were intact and the world was still full of undiscovered resources. But if the next great depression is caused by a combination of climate change and resource shortages, the world may not have the ecological or economic resilience to recover.

Follow up:

Attempts may be made to try to avert a global depression through intensifying the exploitation of already degraded ecosystems. If this is done, a vicious cycle of environmental, economic and social destruction will ensue. Environmental crises will rapidly escalate, triggering a cascade of uncontrollable economic and political crises. At some point interacting crises would converge and create a perfect storm that causes the catastrophic collapse of the global system. As both international and national institutions begin to fail, wars will break out over scarce resources. The fall of the Roman Empire would be repeated on a global scale, but with wars fought with weapons of mass destruction.

As ecosystems, economies and social institutions progressively collapse, human populations will sharply decline due to starvation, disease and warfare, and cities will be abandoned. Survivors will have to learn how to use primitive technologies to eke out livings in devastated environments. Social and biophysical systems may be damaged to the point where it becomes impossible to support advanced civilizations on Earth.

The industrial system, which has been able to manage crises and changes for over two hundred years, is becoming increasingly unable to cope with interacting environmental, economic and social crises. As the global economy begins to fail, it will become more disorganized and dysfunctional. However, at this stage disaster is not inevitable. Two (but only two) future outcomes are possible: the global system will either continue to disintegrate to the point where it suffers irreversible damage and collapse, or it will reorganize itself into a new type of sustainable system.

Although most of the human societies and civilizations that ever existed have disappeared, not every one has suffered catastrophic collapse. Some met the challenges of changing conditions by developing new and more environmentally relevant worldviews, technologies and institutions. The weakening of the existing system is not only a time of great danger, but a time of great opportunity.

We are now entering a time of increasing global crises that can only result in either the catastrophic collapse of our unsustainable industrial system or its transformation into a sustainable planetary civilization. We are already well into the first part of this process - growing global crises. The question is no longer whether our unsustainable system will eventually collapse; the question now is whether humanity has the time and ability to avert disaster through creating a sustainable planetary civilization.

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Related book and website:

Evolution's Edge: The Coming Collapse and Transformation of Our World By Graeme Taylor
http://www.newsociety.com/bookid/3994
It is now 5 minutes to midnight on the Doomsday Clock, reflecting the fact that we are closer to assuring the obliteration of our species than we have been at any time since the early eighties. We are rapidly approaching a tipping point, where we will either transform our violent, exploitative global system into a peaceful, cooperative one, or enter a catastrophic decline.Evolution's Edge shows that limitless economic expansion is impossible on a finite planet. Our growth-based global system will collapse as critical resources become scarce and major ecosystems fail. However, new ideas, values and technologies can help us avoid disaster and create a better world.Using evolutionary systems theory, Evolution's Edge explains how societies evolve and why rapid, non-linear change is not only possible but inevitable. It describes: Collapse -- how cascading crises will soon provoke system failure - Transformation -- how emerging technologies, ideas, values and social organizations are supporting the evolution of a sustainable system - Analysis -- how societies evolve into increasingly complex and conscious systems - Action -- how a common, cooperative vision can accelerate constructive global change. Evolution's Edge is the winner of the 2009 Independent Publisher's (IPPY) Outstanding Book of the Year Award in the category "Most Likely to Save the Planet". The book is a practical guide to a sustainable future and is vital reading for activists, educators, progressive thinkers and anyone concerned about the state of our world. About the Contributor: Graeme Taylor is a social activist committed to constructive global transformation and the coordinator of BEST Futures, a project supporting sustainable solutions through researching how societies change and evolve.

"Evolution's Edge provides a timely and readable overview of humanity's predicament. Unlike other works, however, it summarises many existing 'seeds of transformative change' and thus provides grounds for informed hope and action. This is an inspiring book that should be read by all those who not only seek a better world but also want to be active in co-creating it."

- Richard Slaughter, educator, author, Past President of the World Futures Studies Federation, and Director of Foresight International

"Evolution's Edge paints a poignant picture - Earth is teetering on the brink of the sixth mass extinction of species.... Taylor writes as an optimist in the face of this scenario. He calls for a clear and urgent response from the people's of Earth to heed what scientists from many disciplines are saying and to act now. This book provides leadership to those engaged in the transformation process to a sustainable society ...."

- Graham Willett, geoscientist and Director, Corporation Technologies and Living Business Systems

"Evolution's Edge makes it clear that a transformation in our societies isn't a choice - our lives depend on it. The practical, moral and historical imperative outlined here compels us to put 'limits' at the heart of humanity's values, and to recognise that our societies
and economies are subsystems of the environment."

- Helen Kersley, financial expert, Advocacy International Research Fellow

"To compose Evolution's Edge: the Coming Collapse and Transformation of Our World, Graeme Taylor consulted the findings of reliable authorities on the subject, wrote in English readily understood by readers who are not scientists, and identified his sources with 584 endnotes. As well, he made all of his 64 statistical tables easy to understand and even a delight to read by presenting them within illustrations by Fereshteh M. Sadeghi, his graphic artist spouse. The result is one of the most absorbing books so far written on the current ecological crisis."

- Roy LaBerge -- Taken from http://www.amazon.com/Evolutions-Edge-Coming-Collapse-Transformation/dp/0865716080

"Evolution's Edge is an intelligent and accessible meta-analysis of the root causes, likely impacts and probable outcomes of the environmental, social and economic breakdowns we are beginning to experience. In keeping with its deep environmental perspective, most of the thoughts presented in the book are recycled (and well footnoted). Their synthesis however is quite original and the overview it provides borders on enlightening. The author refrains from blame and sees our present challenges as natural and predictable outgrowths of our economic and societal development through the ages. Our mature industrial/capitalistic society offers freedom and wealth to the few while it impoverishes the many and puts our global environment at great risk. The author makes clear that any economic system based on ever increasing exploitation of a finite resource base is not sustainable and will ultimately fail. If we are not able to solve the social/economic/environmental Rubik's Cube we hold together in our hands the inevitable outcome will be a nasty reversion to a far simpler form of society. If we are able to manifest the intelligence, creativity and willingness to act for the common good then we stand a good chance of seeing society transform into something altogether more satisfying and sustainable. Nothing is written, but it is clearly an exciting time to be alive and I'm grateful that Evolution's Edge has laid out so clearly the challenges and choices we face both collectively and individually."

- A. Albright -- Taken from http://www.amazon.com/Evolutions-Edge-Coming-Collapse-Transformation/dp/0865716080

BEST Futures
http://www.bestfutures.org/
The world as we know it is about to be transformed. Why? Because our economic system is based on continuous growth, and unlimited material growth cannot be sustained on a planet with finite resources. There are only two possible outcomes: either increasing resource shortages and collapsing ecosystems will end advanced civilizations on earth, or a sustainable planetary system will emerge. BEST Futures explores global issues, trends, and options, and provides new tools for developing sustainable solutions.




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From: http://www.newsociety.com/titleimages/TI003994_OI000957_33.pdf

Introduction: The Evolutionary Challenge

At the cutting edge

Albert Einstein said that problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them. Because the global system creates problems like war, poverty and environmental destruction, it cannot solve them. But they could be solved at a different level - by a new type of planetary civilization with different views, values and social institutions.

Evolution's Edge uses societal evolution - the process by which societies reorganize themselves in more complex forms with new capabilities - to explain why the next level of civilization has already begun to emerge. It explains how we can support this evolutionary process - the transformation of our unsustainable Industrial Age into a sustainable Information Age.

At the cutting edge of evolution, changing conditions and competition leave few options: species and societies either evolve or die off. Human societies have been evolving for hundreds of thousands of years. Evolutionary change results when either random mutation (in plants and animals) or conscious invention (in human societies) produce new structures with new capabilities. The need for environmental relevance means that useful changes are preserved, while useless changes disappear. At each new biological and social stage new and more complex forms and functions emerge.

We are the products of many successful evolutionary transformations: inorganic evolution from subatomic particles to complex molecules; biological evolution from single-cell organisms to humans; social evolution from hunter-gatherer societies to industrial civilizations. Now we are in the middle of another evolutionary leap. However, our long history does not guarantee future success: most of the species and most of the civilizations that have ever existed on earth are extinct. Because industrial civilization is rapidly degrading the global environment, we have reached a critical point where the survival of humanity is threatened.

The problem is that limitless expansion is not possible on a finite planet. The danger is that our growth-based global system will collapse as critical resources become scarce and major ecosystems fail. The hope is that new ideas, values and technologies will enable us to avoid disaster and create a better world. Humanity has no choice: if global civilization is to survive, it must evolve into a completely new type of societal system. A consumer society cannot be transformed into a conserver society without structural change.

From tipping points to transformation

In front of us are both an immense challenge and a wonderful opportunity. The challenge is to avoid the catastrophic collapse of our natural and social worlds. The opportunity is to finally end humanity's ancient addiction to war and greed and to create a peaceful and healthy civilization. This is possible because the same forces that are driving us to self-destruction are creating the conditions for constructive change.

Human societies have been evolving for more than 200,000 years. Nomadic families of hunter-gatherers armed with stone spears have developed into industrialized nations armed with nuclear missiles. In the process, occasional contacts between isolated bands have developed into constant exchanges among international networks. Globalization marks the beginning of a tremendous shift past tribal and national boundaries towards a planetary civilization. But it also marks the end of unexplored frontiers and the end of major resource discoveries. With the shrinking of time and space, our species has begun to realize that it lives on a finite planet with limited resources.

Globalization is triggering a profound shift in human consciousness. On one hand we are being forced to realize that we cannot do anything we want - the price of continuing to exploit nature and each other will be our own destruction. On the other hand, we are learning that our differences are less important than our commonalities - because we are all humans, if our species succeeds, our children and grandchildren will lead happy lives; if it fails, they will inhabit a dying world.

Although our future is threatened, this is a hopeful book. This is a time when we can - and must - make a great turning. We believe that the coming global crisis is a critical but inevitable part of the social evolution of our species. Our species has not failed - rather we risk being the victims of our own success. The Industrial Age has not been an evolutionary error, but a necessary stage in human development. It has encouraged the growth of science and technology; it has given most people better and longer lives. However, these benefits have come with enormous environmental and social costs, and the industrial system has now outlived its usefulness.

The continuing development of both destructive and constructive capabilities creates two trends:

* the dominant trend towards collapse - unsustainable consumption and environmental destruction.

* the emerging trend towards transformation - sustainable ideas, values and technologies.

These two trends are the major forces shaping the world today.

There is no guarantee that all the necessary elements of a sustainable system will develop quickly enough to prevent irreversible environmental and social damage. Major evolutionary transformations only occur after a critical number of useful paradigm changing developments (functional mutations) have taken place within a biological or social system. If these new system components are compatible, their interactions can begin to change the form and function of the entire system.

All of the key social and technological components of a sustainable system will have to be present before it will be possible for our consumer society to transform itself into a conserver society. For this reason we need to actively support their development. In order to do this we need to understand not only the evolutionary process but also the requirements of a sustainable system. The purpose of Evolution's Edge is to help us determine how we can best support the constructive transformation of our world.

Changing the world

The challenge is not just to change our values and social institutions, but to change them quickly enough to avoid environmental and social disaster. But how can a world system based on power, violence and inequality become peaceful and just?

Global problems often appear to be too large and complex to understand, let alone manage. This is because human societies, like weather systems, are open systems with chaotic and complex dynamics. However, since all open systems operate within definable parameters and follow predictable patterns, appropriate theories can be used to explain and predict the dynamics of both weather systems and societal systems. The key to analyzing and managing global change is to recognize that our industrial civilization is not only a dynamic system (with all the characteristics of dynamic systems) but also a living and evolving societal system. Evolutionary systems theory provides us with powerful tools from both the natural and social sciences for analyzing complex global problems.

My father Alastair M. Taylor, a historian and political geographer, was the first to use evolutionary systems theory to explain the historical evolution of societal systems and worldviews.

While previous societal systems (historical ages) took thousands of years to develop, we have only a few years left in which to transform our civilization. Fortunately, we do not have to start from square one. Because the shift to a holistic society began over a hundred years ago, many of the key components of a sustainable societal system are already present. Moreover, our species is constantly learning new skills and becoming increasingly adaptable.

At the same time as our civilization has become unsustainable, our species has acquired the ability to redesign living systems. We now understand biological and social processes well enough to make scientific interventions such as genetic modification and cultural interventions such as marketing. Scientists have now identified the basic components and codes of biological systems and are racing to create artificial life.

Understanding how living systems work is both powerful and dangerous knowledge. While it can be used in irresponsible and destructive ways, it can also be used constructively to help us design a sustainable societal system. Because evolution is about innovation (the emergence of new forms and functions), it is possible for humans to accelerate evolutionary processes. We can support the emergence of a sustainable civilization through consciously inventing and constructing critical technical and cultural components.

Of course there are profound differences between physical and living systems. Physical systems are externally created while living systems are self-organizing. Societal systems maintain themselves, reproduce themselves and change themselves.

This means that in order to be successful, societal interventions must build on and support existing processes. If the interventions result in useful innovations (functional mutations), they are likely to be adopted and spread throughout the system.

The purpose of Evolution's Edge is to contribute to the design and self-organization of a logical, workable solution to our planet's major problems.

* First we will need a clear statement of the general problem and the general solution - a declaration of the mission and vision.

* Next we will need to examine what works and what doesn't work in our current system in order to distinguish bad practices (what causes problems) from best practices (what supports solutions).

* Then we will need to link the best practices together in synergistic ways that support social networking (social self-organizing) and the emergence of functional new structures.

Sound easy? Well, it won't be. The devil is in the details - how the network connects together. The vision has to be right and the components have to have a design that enables them to self-organize into a sustainable system. In fact, in order to design a better social network we need not only better theories but an entirely new paradigm. But we are already more than half way there - better theories and the new paradigm have already been developed.

When President John Kennedy announced on May 25, 1961 that the US would put humans on the moon within a decade, many doubted whether his ambitious goals could be achieved. Although the technology did not yet exist for a trip to the moon, the project was launched because it was theoretically possible (and in the view of the US administration, a strategic necessity). The project achieved its goals ahead of schedule: the first astronaut landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.

The challenge that humanity faces now is to rapidly transform our unsustainable global system into a sustainable system. The survival of our species is a more urgent and important task than the space race, although it is in many ways a similar project. Like going to the moon, we only have a general idea of how we will do it. And although many difficult problems remain to be solved, we already have the basic theoretical skills that we will need to solve them.

We can expect to encounter enormous resistance. Technological innovations - like railways and cars - have always had to overcome initial derision and opposition, and social innovations - like democracy and public education - have been strongly opposed. Vested interests have always argued that progressive changes will cause economic ruin and social chaos. The same arguments are now being raised against efforts to protect the environment and to introduce renewable technologies. As always, these arguments are self-serving and irrational. Because the global economy is no longer sustainable, the complete transformation of the existing system is not an option, but a requirement. Creating a more efficient and equitable economy will not cause a global depression - it is the only possible way to avoid economic collapse and sustain economic growth.

The design of this book

Although much has been written on why our unsustainable system should change, little has been written on how it can change. We know only too well that there is always enough money to finance wars and buy luxuries, but never enough to feed the hungry or preserve rare species. What we need to know now is how we can change the institutions that support exploitation and competition into structures that support conservation and cooperation.

The first part of Evolution's Edge describes in detail the coming collapse of our natural and social worlds. It shows why our current global system is environmentally and culturally unsustainable, why the design of the industrial system is now obsolete, why policy adjustments and new technologies will not be able to prevent its inevitable collapse. We look at why earlier civilizations have failed and how cascading crises can provoke system failure.

The second part of Evolution's Edge describes how a new and very different type of societal system has begun to evolve and how we can support this process. We explain the paradigm changing factors that cause societies to evolve into more complex and conscious systems; because these factors are now developing and interacting with each other, the potential exists for rapid social evolution. We examine emerging technologies, ideas, values and social organizations; we analyze their role in supporting the evolution of a sustainable system. We then analyze the major developing global trends and probable future scenarios.

We also outline the design requirements of a sustainable planetary system and provide practical tools for supporting the development of its essential social and technological components. We explain how we can change destructive behaviors and empower ourselves and our social networks. Since societies are organized through culture, we also describe why an integral worldview and constructive values are the key to the emergence and integration of a functional holistic system. Finally we outline a common, cooperative vision for uniting a movement for constructive global change.

Evolution's Edge provides a rough map of the terrain that humanity will have to cross on the way to a sustainable future. Since mapping the future is an inexact science, this map will inevitably contain many errors. So read this book carefully and critically. We do not claim to have any final answers. The world's complex problems cannot be solved by a single solution or a single group. It will require the collective wisdom and combined efforts of billions of people to heal our dying planet. The alternative to our cancerous consumer society is not a new dogma and another monoculture, but a critically aware and culturally diverse holistic civilization.

This book builds on the work of countless dedicated activists and scientists from every part of the world. Its purpose is to explain why the collapse of the cur- rent global system is inevitable, why constructive change is possible, and how we can support the evolution of a better world.

NOTE: There are 2 exceptionally well-done graphics that are worth studying at http://www.newsociety.com/titleimages/TI003994_OI000957_33.pdf

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"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

- Buckminster Fuller, architect and visionary ( 895- 983)

"Evolution's Edge gives readers a beautifully lucid account of humankind's increasingly dire predicament… and how we can turn the coming crisis into an opportunity for profound and beneficial change. If our children and grandchildren are to have a future worth living, we're probably going to get there along the path this book describes. Written with charm and style and rich with insight, this book is highly recommended for anyone looking for reasons for hope."

- Thomas Homer-Dixon, an award-winning author and international scholar

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Also recommended

Graeme Taylor teleseminar on "Evolution's Edge: The Coming Collapse and Transformation of Our World" http://www.shiftinaction.com/discover/teleseminars/graeme_taylor/evolutions_edge
Researcher, lecturer, author and coordinator of BEST Futures, Graeme Taylor talks with host Matthew Gilbert about the need for social transformation to create a sustainable future. Graeme provides two vivid metaphors, one exemplifying our social behavior at the moment and one a model for systematic evaluation to find solutions to global warming. The first metaphor is that of a car speeding toward the edge of a cliff. Many politicians and corporations have been proponents of making the car go faster. And now that we see the edge of the cliff, the minor efforts being made will simply slow down the car. We currently need a radical change of direction to avoid the cliff entirely. His second metaphor for the state of the planet right now is the situation Apollo 13 astronauts found themselves in when their oxygen supply was compromised. Engineers at NASA had to come up with solutions utilizing the materials the astronauts had on hand to remove the carbon dioxide from the space capsule. We're in a similar situation on earth and need focused effort to find solutions. He emphasizes the need to see the urgency of the situation before we pass too many tipping points and the damage we are doing to the earth will be irreversible.

Collapse & Transformation
http://www.bestfutures.org/media/documents/Collapse_and_Transformation_Article.pdf
Industrial civilization will soon collapse. We examine three issues: why global industrial civilization is unsustainable, what the requirements are for a sustainable civilization, and how we can help a peaceful and sustainable civilization come into being. -- Terrorism will not destroy global civilization; our civilization will destroy itself - The world as we know it is coming to an end. Industrial civilization will soon collapse because of a fatal flaw: it is designed to grow constantly within a finite planet. [Diagram 1] Our economic system has reached its global limits of growth and is now unsustainable. Humanity is currently using 25% more renewable resources each year than the biosphere is producing.1 This is deficit spending, which means that we are now consuming the biophysical foundations of our civilization. [Diagram 2] The pace of environmental destruction is likely to accelerate: between the year 2006 and 2050 world population is projected to increase from 6.5 billion to 8.9 billion, while world consumption is projected to almost quadruple. While world population, per capita consumption and expectations are increasing, resources are declining. On every continent water tables are dropping, forests are disappearing, major fisheries are degrading, topsoil is eroding, oil and mineral discoveries are becoming rarer, and the air is being polluted. If present trends continue, global warming alone may cause the extinction of 25% of all existing animal and plant species within 50 years. Our health and survival is dependent on the health and survival of the complex ecosystems that support life on our planet. Already we are beginning to witness the cascading collapse of interconnected ecosystems. As a result the foundations of industrial civilization have also begun to collapse. (...) In order to make a successful transformation to a viable global system we must educate people about our common need: if we wish to survive, all human societies must become sustainable. The key to successful conflict resolution is maximizing cooperation around common interests while minimizing competition over scarce resources and differing values. Resistance to change occurs when people believe that they have more to lose than to gain. The expansion of industrial society is still being resisted by many agrarian and pre-agrarian societies because they fear the loss of meaning and community. A successful transformation to a sustainable civilization must include and transcend older societal systems through retaining the positive aspects of the older societies while meeting a wider range of needs. Although ruling elites and societal inertia will inevitably oppose change, much opposition can be avoided through promoting values of diversity and inclusiveness. The cure for a dying planet cannot be the replacement of one monoculture by another; instead we need to create a global system that promotes and protects both cultural diversity and biodiversity. In order to support resilience, a viable global system should include a variety of sustainable societal systems from the simple (e.g., hunter-gatherer economies) to the complex (e.g., information-based economies). People in every country need to know that while systemic change is inevitable, destructive outcomes are not. Positive change is possible if concerned people unite around a common vision of a peaceful and sustainable planet. CLIP

The Requirements of a Sustainable Planetary System
http://www.bestfutures.org/images/documents/requirements.pdf
The global system is now environmentally and socially unsustainable. It is based on destructive views and values that promote competition, exploitation, inequality, fear, violence, and waste. For a global system to be sustainable, it must be based on constructive values that enable environmental, social, and individual needs to be fully met. We need to support their development through presenting a clear and unifying vision of a sustainable alternative. The Earth Charter is the cornerstone of this vision.

The Role of Environmental Accounting in Preventing Global Catastrophe
http://www.bestfutures.org/images/documents/environmental%20accounting.pdf
If our species is to survive, we need a better understanding of the problems we face and their solutions. Our current economic and accounting models are incapable of even grasping the existence of many critical environmental problems. Accounting systems that value existing material wealth but not the future of our children are not only flawed, but dangerous. Their failure to value other life forms puts the survival of our own species at risk. Valuing private profit over community promotes social inequality and conflict. The most important task of environmental accounting is to explain that the real bottom line is not financial profits but survival, and the survival of most species and our advanced civilizations is now at risk.

"Millions of people and thousands of organizations are helping to develop sustainable solutions for environmental and social problems. Changes are occurring in every sphere: science is giving us a deeper and more holistic understanding of reality; renewable, decentralized technologies are being developed; new social networks and transnational structures are emerging; strategies and policies for sustainability are being created; and integrating values and perspectives are spreading."

- Graeme Taylor -- Taken from http://www.bestfutures.org/content/view/22/39/




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From: http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Could_Food_Shortages_Bring_Down_Civilization_999.html

Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization

The number of hungry people, which was declining for several decades, bottomed out in the mid-1990s at 825 million. It then climbed to 915 million in 2008 and jumped to over 1 billion in 2009. With world food prices projected to continue rising, so too will the number of hungry people, leaving millions of families trying to survive on one meal per day.

by Staff Writers

Washington DC (SPX) Oct 08, 2009

"In early 2008, Saudi Arabia announced that, after being self-sufficient in wheat for over 20 years, the non-replenishable aquifer it had been pumping for irrigation was largely depleted," writes Lester R. Brown in his new book, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (W.W. Norton and Company).

"In response, officials said they would reduce their wheat harvest by one eighth each year until production would cease entirely in 2016. The Saudis then plan to use their oil wealth to import virtually all the grain consumed by their Canada-sized population of nearly 30 million people," notes Brown, President and Founder of the Earth Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based independent environmental research organization.

"The Saudis are unique in being so wholly dependent on irrigation," says Brown in Plan B 4.0. But other, far larger, grain producers such as India and China are facing irrigation water losses and could face grain production declines.

A World Bank study of India's water balance notes that 15 percent of its grain harvest is produced by overpumping. In human terms, 175 million Indians are being fed with grain produced from wells that will be going dry. The comparable number for China is 130 million. Among the many other countries facing harvest reductions from groundwater depletion are Pakistan, Iran, and Yemen.

"The tripling of world wheat, rice, and corn prices between mid-2006 and mid-2008 signaled our growing vulnerability to food shortages," says Brown. "It took the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression to lower grain prices."

"Past decades have witnessed world grain price surges, but they were event-driven-a drought in the former Soviet Union, a monsoon failure in India, or a crop-withering heat wave in the U.S. Corn Belt. This most recent price surge was trend-driven, the result of our failure to reverse the environmental trends that are undermining world food production."

These trends include-in addition to falling water tables-eroding soils and rising temperatures from increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Rising temperatures bring crop-shrinking heat waves, melting ice sheets, rising sea level, and shrinking mountain glaciers.

With both the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets melting at an accelerating pace, sea level could rise by up to six feet during this century.

Brown notes, "Such a rise would inundate much of the Mekong Delta, which produces half of the rice in Viet Nam, the world's second-ranking rice exporter. Even a three-foot rise in sea level would cover half the riceland in Bangladesh, a country of 160 million people. And these are only two of Asia's many rice-growing river deltas."

"The world's mountain glaciers have shrunk for 18 consecutive years. Many smaller glaciers have disappeared. Nowhere is the melting more alarming than in the Himalayas and on the Tibetan plateau where the ice melt from glaciers sustains not only the dry-season flow of the Indus, Ganges, Yangtze, and Yellow rivers but also the irrigation systems that depend on them. Without these glaciers, many Asian rivers would cease to flow during the dry season."

The wheat and rice harvests of China and India would be directly affected. China is the world's leading wheat producer. India is second. (The United States is third.) With rice, China and India totally dominate the world harvest. The projected melting of these glaciers if we stay with business as usual poses the most massive threat to food security the world has ever faced.

The number of hungry people, which was declining for several decades, bottomed out in the mid-1990s at 825 million. It then climbed to 915 million in 2008 and jumped to over 1 billion in 2009. With world food prices projected to continue rising, so too will the number of hungry people, leaving millions of families trying to survive on one meal per day.

"We know from studying earlier civilizations such as the Sumerians, Mayans, and many others," says Brown, "that more often than not it was food shortages that led to their demise. It now appears that food may be the weak link in our early twenty-first century civilization as well.

"The world is entering a new food era, one marked by rising food prices, growing numbers of hungry people, and an emerging politics of food scarcity. As grain-exporting countries restrict or even ban exports to keep domestic food prices from spiraling out of control, importing countries are losing confidence in the market's ability to supply their needs. In response, the more affluent ones such as Saudi Arabia, China, and South Korea are leasing and buying large tracts of land in developing countries on which to grow food for themselves."

Among the countries in which large tracts of land are being acquired are Ethiopia and Sudan, both already heavily dependent on World Food Programme lifelines to stave off famine. In effect, the competition for land and water, in the form of land acquisitions, has crossed national boundaries, opening a new chapter in the history of food security.

Our early twenty-first century civilization is showing signs of stress as individual countries compete not only for scarce food but also for the land and water to produce it. People expect their governments to provide food security. Indeed, the inability to do so is one of the hallmarks of a failing state. Each year the list of failing states grows longer, leaving us with a disturbing question: How many failing states before our global civilization begins to unravel?

"Will we follow in the footsteps of the Sumerians and the Mayans or can we change course-and do it before time runs out?" asks Brown. "Can we move onto an economic path that is environmentally sustainable? We think we can. That is what Plan B 4.0 is about."

Plan B aims to stabilize climate, stabilize population, eradicate poverty, and restore the economy's natural support systems. It prescribes a worldwide cut in net carbon emissions of 80 percent by 2020, thus keeping atmospheric CO2 concentrations from exceeding 400 parts per million.

"In setting this goal," says Brown, "my colleagues and I did not ask what would be politically popular but rather what would it take to have a decent shot at saving the Greenland ice sheet and at least the larger glaciers in the mountains of Asia."

Cutting carbon emissions will require both a worldwide revolution in energy efficiency and a shift from oil, coal, and gas to wind, solar, and geothermal energy.

The energy efficiency revolution will transform everything from lighting to transportation. With lighting, for example, shifting from incandescents to compact fluorescent bulbs can reduce electricity use for lighting by 75 percent. But shifting from incandescents to the newer light-emitting diodes (LEDs) combined with light sensors can cut electricity use by more than 90 percent.

At least one of the new plug-in gas electric hybrids coming to market can get over 200 miles per gallon of gasoline. In the Plan B energy economy of 2020, most of the fleet will be plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars, and they will be running largely on wind-generated electricity for the gasoline equivalent of less than $1 per gallon.

The shift to renewable sources of energy is moving at a pace and on a scale we could not imagine even two years ago. Consider the state of Texas.

The enormous number of wind projects under development, on top of the 9,000 megawatts of wind generating capacity in operation and under construction, will bring Texas to over 50,000 megawatts of wind generating capacity (think 50 coal-fired power plants) when all these wind farms are completed. This will more than satisfy the needs of the state's 24 million residents.

Nationwide, new wind generating capacity in 2008 totaled 8,400 megawatts while new coal plants totaled only 1,400 megawatts. The annual growth in solar generating capacity will also soon overtake that of coal. The energy transition is under way.

The United States has led the world in each of the last four years in new wind generating capacity, having overtaken Germany in 2005. But this lead will be short-lived as China appears set to blow by the United States in new wind capacity added in 2009.

China, with its Wind Base program, is working on six wind farm mega-complexes with generating capacities that range from 10,000 to 30,000 megawatts, for a total of 105,000 megawatts. This is in addition to the hundreds of smaller wind farms built or planned.

Wind is not the only option. In July 2009, a consortium of European corporations led by Munich Re, and including Deutsche Bank, Siemens, and ABB plus an Algerian firm, announced a proposal to tap the massive solar thermal generating capacity in North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean.

A German firm calculates that solar thermal power plants in North Africa could economically supply half of Europe's electricity. Algeria, which has already completed its first solar thermal plant, has signed an agreement to supply Germany with solar-generated electricity. The Algerians note that they have enough harnessable solar energy in their desert to power the world economy. (No, this is not an error.)

"The soaring investment in wind, solar, and geothermal energy is being driven by the exciting realization that these renewables can last as long as the earth itself," says Brown. "In contrast to investing in new oil fields where well yields begin to decline in a matter of decades, or in coal mines where the seams run out, these new energy sources can last forever."

The combination of efficiency advances, the wholesale shift to renewable energy, and expansion of the earth's tree cover outlined in Plan B would allow the world to cut net global carbon emissions 80 percent by 2020. In contrast to today's global electricity sector, where coal supplies 40 percent of electricity, Plan B sees wind emerging as the centerpiece in the 2020 energy economy, supplying 40 percent of all electricity.

We are in a race between political tipping points and natural tipping points. Can we cut carbon emissions fast enough to save the Greenland ice sheet and avoid the resulting rise in sea level? Can we close coal-fired power plants fast enough to save at least the larger glaciers in the Himalayas and on the Tibetan Plateau? Can we stabilize population by lowering birth rates before nature takes over and halts population growth by raising death rates?

"Yes," affirms Brown. "But it will take something close to a wartime mobilization, one similar to that of the United States in 1942 as it restructured its industrial economy in a matter of months. We used to talk about saving the planet, but it is civilization itself that is now at risk.

"Saving civilization is not a spectator sport. Each of us must push for rapid change. And we must be armed with a plan outlining the changes needed.

"It is decision time," says Brown. "Like earlier civilizations that got into environmental trouble, we have to make a choice. We can stay with business as usual and watch our economy decline and our civilization unravel, or we can adopt Plan B and be the generation that mobilizes to save civilization. Our generation will make the decision, but it will affect life on earth for all generations to come."

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Related articles:

Last time carbon dioxide levels were this high: 15 million years ago, scientists report (October 8th, 2009)
http://www.physorg.com/news174234562.html
"The last time carbon dioxide levels were apparently as high as they are today - and were sustained at those levels - global temperatures were 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit higher than they are today, the sea level was approximately 75 to 120 feet higher than today, there was no permanent sea ice cap in the Arctic and very little ice on Antarctica and Greenland," said the paper's lead author, Aradhna Tripati, a UCLA assistant professor in the department of Earth and space sciences and the department of atmospheric and oceanic sciences."Carbon dioxide is a potent greenhouse gas, and geological observations that we now have for the last 20 million years lend strong support to the idea that carbon dioxide is an important agent for driving climate change throughout Earth's history," she said. (...) Some projections show carbon dioxide levels rising as high as 600 or even 900 parts per million in the next century if no action is taken to reduce carbon dioxide, Tripati said. Such levels may have been reached on Earth 50 million years ago or earlier, said Tripati, who is working to push her data back much farther than 20 million years and to study the last 20 million years in detail. More than 50 million years ago, there were no ice sheets on Earth, and there were expanded deserts in the subtropics, Tripati noted. The planet was radically different. CLIP

By Simulating Gullies, Geographers Discover Ways to Tame Soil Erosion (October 12th, 2009)
http://www.physorg.com/news174577312.html
Dead zones in critical waterways, accelerated loss of arable land and massive famines. They're all caused by the 24 billion tons of soil that are lost every year to erosion, a phenomenon that costs the world as much as $40 billion annually. But predicting where erosion occurs, and thus how to prevent it, is a serious challenge. (...) Bennett says that these high nutrient loadings of nitrogen and phosphorus from eroding agricultural areas destroy aquatic resources, causing unmitigated growth of aquatic algae, depletion of dissolved oxygen and the creation of "dead zones" in places like the Gulf of Mexico.Ironically, past research by Bennett demonstrated that when farmers till fields to remove rills and gullies, they actually end up accelerating erosion. (...) "Our numerical model showed that you could reduce soil losses by 400 percent if you adopt a no-till farming practice," says Bennett. "This is because the gullies grow to some maximum size on the landscape during a growing season. If farmers repair them by tilling the soil each spring, the practice actually causes much greater soil loss over the long term." CLIP




6.

From: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=48796

BIODIVERSITY: Dwindling Fish Catch Could Leave a Billion Hungry

By Stephen Leahy

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Oct 9 (IPS) - Fish catches are expected to decline dramatically in the world's tropical regions because of climate change, but may increase in the north, said a new study published Thursday.

This mega-shift in ocean productivity from south to north over the next three to four decades will leave those most reliant on fish for both food and income high and dry.

"The shift is already happening, we've been measuring it for the last 20 years," said Daniel Pauly, a renowned fisheries expert at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

"Major shifts in fish populations will create a host of changes in ocean ecosystems likely resulting in species loss and problems for the people who now catch them," Pauly told IPS.

In the first major study to examine the effects of climate change on ocean fisheries, a team of researchers from UBC and Princeton University discovered that catch potential will fall 40 percent in the tropics and may increase 30 to 70 percent in high latitude regions, affecting ocean food supply throughout the world by 2055.

The study, published in the journal Global Change Biology, examined the impacts of rising ocean temperatures, changes in salinity and currents resulting from a warming climate.

"Many tropical island residents rely heavily on the oceans for their daily meals. These new findings suggest there’s a good chance this important food source will be greatly diminished due to climate change," said lead author William Cheung, a researcher at the University of East Anglia in Britain who conducted the study while at UBC.

Countries facing the biggest loss in catch potential include Indonesia, the United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii), Chile and China.

Pauly told IPS that the recently documented rises in ocean acidity and anoxia levels in many parts of the ocean were not part of this study but will be part of future reports. Nor were the observed changes in plankton production.

"This estimate is conservative," he explained. "We will likely project significant additional reductions in fish catch."

Many oceanographers predict severe loss of coral reefs in coming decades due to rising acidity from emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Corals support about 25 to 33 percent of the oceans' living creatures. Some one billion people depend directly and indirectly on reefs for their livelihoods.

"If the poor people in this region cannot eat what they grow or catch or what their neighbour grows or catches, they don't eat," Pauly said.

Meanwhile, industrial fisheries operating in tropical regions are scooping up enormous amounts of fish anchovies, herring, mackerel and other small pelagic forage fish to feed to farmed salmon or turn into animal feed or pet food, another study reported this week.

In 2006, aquaculture consumed 57 percent of fish meal and 87 percent of fish oil, the study published in the journal Ambio reported.

This has pushed the price of fish up and reduced the amount of protein available to hundreds of millions of people mainly in tropical regions, according to authors Albert Tacon of the University of Las Palmas, Spain and Marc Metian of the University of Hawaii.

These small pelagic forage fish contribute more than 50 percent of the total food fish supply in more than 36 countries in Africa, Asia and elsewhere. Especially hard-hit is sub-Saharan Africa, where more than half of the population receives 25 percent or more of its protein from fish.

In the competition between food and feed, the poor are losing. In Mexico, a fish called the California pilchard traditionally was used for fishmeal and processed for direct human consumption. Now, due to increased demand from tuna aquaculture operations, the price of California pilchard has shot up, making it too expensive for many Mexicans to eat.

Human nutritional demands in impoverished communities needs to be a priority, Tacon and Metian write. "National government must also set limits on the use of fish as animal feed".

Previous studies looking at impacts of climate change on the global food supply have only considered land-based food sources and these concluded that tropical areas will see a decline in land productivity. The most recent and comprehensive study, reported by IPS, projects significant declines in crop yields and major price increases.

The negative effects of climate change are especially pronounced in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the International Food Policy Research Institute study concluded.

Add in the projected shift in fish catch from south to north and climate change will likely bring major reductions in the food supply in tropical regions.

Industrialised countries should not be surprised this is coming and should be prepared to assist developing countries and small island states adapt, the University of East Anglia's Chueng told IPS in an interview from Norwich, England.

The study also projects that warmer waters will boost fish catches substantially in Norway, Greenland, Alaska and the east coast of Russia. While greater catch potential in colder regions might appear beneficial, the authors caution that more research is needed to account for the multitude of dynamic factors that affect every ecosystem.

"While warmer waters might attract new species to colder regions, the rise in temperature might make the environment inhospitable to current species in the region that cannot move to even higher latitudes," said Pauly.

Even if the northern ocean increases in productivity in the future, it will barely be enough to maintain current levels of fish consumption. "There will be no transfer of 'surplus' fish from the north to south," he said.

And without major reductions in carbon emissions, "We are facing the end of civilisation as we know it," he said. "The collapse of fisheries in much of the world would be a sideshow."




7.

Date: 09 Oct 2009
From: Paul Hilder - Avaaz.org (avaaz@avaaz.org)
Subject: Obama Peace Prize?

Dear friends,

The winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize has just been announced -- and it's US President Barack Obama.

Obama himself says he's "surprised, humbled" and doesn't yet deserve it -- but he's accepted the Prize as a call to action, "to confront the common challenges of the 21st century" together. On too many pressing issues, the US President seems boxed-in by stubborn interests and has not yet taken courageous action. He deserves to hear our congratulations -- and our message to be bolder.

Let's do our part to define the challenge this Prize poses to Obama and us all -- let’s flood Obama with a million messages of encouragement and urgency, pressing him to turn hope into action in the coming months on nuclear disarmament, climate, and desperately-needed peace in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Sign the Obama Peace Petition now and we’ll deliver it directly to the White House -- then forward this email to all your friends:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/obama_peace_prize

In his Cairo speech this June, Obama spoke of “the world we seek” -- one where “extremists no longer threaten our people, and American troops have come home; a world where Israelis and Palestinians are each secure in a state of their own” and nuclear energy does not trigger conflict -- a world where governments serve their citizens, and the rights of all are respected.

Obama’s words have offered a vision of profound change: all this can perhaps not be achieved overnight. But his push for Middle East peace has not yet been strong enough to overcome the resistance of hardliners in the region. Meanwhile, hawks and conservatives in the US are pressing him to commit 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan, instead of changing course to focus more on peace, development and diplomacy.

There is a real risk today that the hope of change will be lost. Leaders are judged finally by their actions, not their words. Only by following through with courageous, transformative action for peace can Obama fulfil his promise -- and only then will history judge that this Nobel Peace Prize is truly deserved.

We know Obama cares about global public opinion -- indeed, we may be his best conscience. So let’s send him a flood of congratulations and urge him to fulfil his promise through real action -- take action now at this link, then spread the word, and we’ll deliver a global flood of signatures direct to the White House:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/obama_peace_prize

With hope and determination,

Paul, Raj, Brett, Graziela, Pascal, Paula, Iain, Alice, Ricken, Benjamin and the whole Avaaz team

PS Once you've taken action, think about voting for Avaaz on the influential Huffington Post "New Media Game-Changers" poll!
http://www.avaaz.org/huffpo (voting at right of page)
Wish the photo was of 3.5m members, not just the team...




8.

From: http://capwiz.com/wagingpeace/issues/alert/?alertid=14154091

Congratulate President Obama on the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation congratulates President Obama on receiving the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee "attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons."

In his first year in office, President Obama has positioned the United States as a leader for a nuclear weapons-free world. Through his speech in Prague in April and leading a special session of the UN Security Council in September, the president has demonstrated that a world free of nuclear weapons is within reach.

However, both in his Prague speech and his Nobel acceptance statement, President Obama indicated that the elimination of nuclear weapons may not be completed in his lifetime. We believe that achieving this vision is possible within a far more compressed timeframe. The Nobel Peace Prize should serve as a call to action for President Obama and all of us to redouble our work on this critical issue for the human future.

Please take a moment to write to President Obama today to congratulate him on receiving the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize and to ask him to take three concrete steps to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons:

- Complete negotiations with Russia on nuclear reductions as a stepping stone to far deeper reductions and multilateral negotiations for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons;

- Deemphasize the role of nuclear weapons in US security policy by making a "No First Use" commitment; and

- De-alert nuclear arsenals, which remain on high alert status as a relic of the Cold War era.

Momentum is building for a world free of nuclear weapons thanks to the dedication of people like you. With strong public support and sufficient political will, a nuclear weapons-free world can certainly be achieved in the president's lifetime.

Take Action

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Related article:

Warmonger Wins Peace Prize By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS (October 9, 2009)
http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts10092009.html
It took 25 years longer than George Orwell thought for the slogans of 1984 to become reality.“War is Peace,” “Freedom is Slavery,” “Ignorance is Strength.” I would add, “Lie is Truth.” The Nobel Committee has awarded the 2009 Peace Prize to President Obama, the person who started a new war in Pakistan, upped the war in Afghanistan, and continues to threaten Iran with attack unless Iran does what the US government demands and relinquishes its rights as a signatory to the non-proliferation treaty. The Nobel committee chairman, Thorbjoern Jagland said, “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.”Obama, the committee gushed, has created “a new climate in international politics.” Tell that to the 2 million displaced Pakistanis and the unknown numbers of dead ones that Obama has racked up in his few months in office. Tell that to the Afghans where civilian deaths continue to mount as Obama’s “war of necessity” drones on indeterminably. No Bush policy has changed. Iraq is still occupied. The Guantanamo torture prison is still functioning. Rendition and assassinations are still occurring. Spying on Americans without warrants is still the order of the day. Civil liberties are continuing to be violated in the name of Oceania’s “war on terror.”Apparently, the Nobel committee is suffering from the delusion that, being a minority, Obama is going to put a stop to Western hegemony over darker-skinned peoples.The non-cynical can say that the Nobel committee is seizing on Obama’s rhetoric to lock him into the pursuit of peace instead of war. We can all hope that it works. But the more likely result is that the award has made “War is Peace” the reality. Obama has done nothing to hold the criminal Bush regime to account, and the Obama administration has bribed and threatened the Palestinian Authority to go along with the US/Israeli plan to deep-six the UN’s Goldstone Report on Israeli war crimes committed during Israel’s inhuman military attack on the defenseless civilian population in the Gaza Ghetto.The US Ministry of Truth is delivering the Obama administration’s propaganda that Iran only notified the IAEA of its “secret” new nuclear facility because Iran discovered that US intelligence had discovered the “secret” facility. This propaganda is designed to undercut the fact of Iran’s compliance with the Safeguards Agreement and to continue the momentum for a military attack on Iran.The Nobel committee has placed all its hopes on a bit of skin color.“War is Peace” is now the position of the formerly antiwar organization, Code Pink.Code Pink has decided that women’s rights are worth a war in Afghanistan.When justifications for war become almost endless--oil, hegemony, women’s rights, democracy, revenge for 9/11, denying bases to al Qaeda and protecting against terrorists--war becomes the path to peace. The Nobel committee has bestowed the prestige of its Peace Prize on Newspeak and Doublethink.




9.

From: Zackoree (zackoree@hills.net)
Date: 13 Oct 2009
Subject: Energetic Synthesis - Between Two Worlds

Jean,

I felt compelled to relay this concept that has been forming within my consciousness for some time now. Specifically, we create our own reality. Normally we think of that in the positive or 'new age' sense in that we can use our mind to create a benevolent future for ourselves. However several sources over the years have pointed out that it is our collective conscious that not only creates but re-creates our 'prison planet' reality. 

One way to explain this concept is to see that our dark controllers have split us off from OurSelves and in this state of fear and confusion programmed us to believe that we have to do this in order to have that. For example, a friend of mine was studying the Witch Hunt era of our collective history, and found that the Catholic Church, through much effort (guilt, shame, torture and murder) was able to convince the survivors that they should not only believe as the Church does but eventually convinces the young couple who is raising their child... that they need to teach the young ones how to 'think like the church' so they don't get persecuted when they grow up.

This indoctrination or acculturation, then becomes passed down through the generations as 'normal' - in short we've been programmed - then and now. Even shorter still, we end up creating the very world in which we find so detestable!

The forgoing is just an example, as I understand it this was created way back when the Reptilians started to interact with us normally peaceful Humans. That story can wait though, let it be known that you can find this process in psychological studies, including cults and the experiment they did with students where some were prison guards and others the prisoners. After a couple of weeks the prisoners were being severely punished and treated as if they were, in our current vernacular, terrorist.

Just to drive home the point from a more spiritual perspective, when we are split off from our divine nature, the ego is born to protect us from danger. This is due to the shock and trauma that is experienced at the time of the crisis. The ego can "take over" and we "go into survival mode" until we reach safety. However the ego, given birth, now wants to go on saving us and looks for ways to justify its existence - by further creating drama in our lives. 

If we imagine this happening (having happened) on a collective level then we are trapped in the illusion of a reality that perpetuates duality and all that that infers. Astrologically this is played out by Saturn and Uranus. Saturn the planet of form and authority has been oppose by Uranus this past year. In fact it was November 4th, election day in the US, when it first occurred. Then again in February (financial crisis) and just recently this past September. Apparently, as the following excepted article points out, a time of shifting the Masculine mind set. 

A couple of points here, typically what happens is that Saturn crystallizes to the point of brittleness and Uranus comes along and shatters the structure that has outlived it usefulness. The other point is that this opposition thing is not over yet, in a rare 5 times occurrence Saturn and Uranus will meet again in opposition over the next year. We have simply passed the half way point this past September.

So, just to introduce this excerpted article, we have been caught up in a belief that has kept us wounded, perpetuated not only by the powers that be, but by our own thoughts of the way "it should be", lending truth to that old adage that 'none are so enslaved as those who think they are free'.

May the Truth set Us free,

In Love and Light,

~Zackoree

CLIP

TO REVIEW THE ARTICLE ZACKOREE SUGGESTS ON Masculine Revelation, PLEASE GO AT http://www.welcomethelight.com/2009/10/es-news-october-2009-between-two-worlds/ OR AT http://energeticsynthesis.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1151&Itemid=336
AND SCROLL DOWN A BIT

HERE IS HOW IT CONCLUDES...

(...) This is why changing the consciousness fields by collapsing timelines and erasing past events recorded in the cellular memory (in our planet and in our bodies) is the process of reaching the necessary critical mass required to change the belief system, therefore the “reality” for a group (planetary) consciousness. At this stage, not every individual is ready at a personal level to take responsibility for the direction of their thought forms beyond current 3D programming. Our human group thought form, along with the events in time - create the energetic momentum that leads us to the timeline we will choose for our reality experience on the planet. (we can choose the Armageddon Timeline or the Ascension Timeline, it is our choice) This is the part of the Natural Law of Creation that indeed our human thoughts create our experiential reality. This is at a critical stage now and many of the Starseed Mapmakers are active in clearing, erasing, upgrading, bridging the consciousness fields and retrieving the souls or fragments there. This is in order to create the highest possible choice available at that specific vibrational level and for the beings that exist within that spectrum

During this phase many more males will awaken into their true understanding of “power” and accept their rightful kingship ( archetypically, the public servant and benevolent ruler) in order to receive the spiritual “Rod” of initiation. This is the beginning stage of Alchemy on the Earth which is necessary to allow for the next phases of our Ascension Cycle that manifests the Trinitized Form Embodiments.




10.

From: Lou BOGNON (lou@loubognon.com)
Subject: Inspirational messages
Date: 13 Oct 2009

Your words, your dreams, and your thoughts have the
power to create conditions in your life.
What you speak about, you can bring about.

If you keep saying you can't stand your job,
you might lose your job.

If you keep saying you can't stand your body,
your body can become sick.

If you keep saying you can't stand your car,
your car could be stolen or just stop operating.

If you keep saying you're always broke, guess what?
You'll always be broke.

If you keep saying you can't trust a man or trust a woman,
you will always find someone in your life to hurt and betray you.

If you keep saying you can't find a job,
you will remain unemployed.

If you keep saying you can't find someone
to love you or believe in you,
our very thoughts will attract more
experiences to confirm your beliefs.

Turn your thoughts and conversations around to be more positive
and power packed with faith, hope, love and action.

Don't be afraid to believe that you can
have what you want and deserve.

Watch your "Thoughts,"
they become words;

Watch your "Words,"
they become actions;

Watch your "Actions,"
they become habits;

Watch your "Habits,"
they become character;

Watch your "Character",
for it becomes your "Destiny"

So.......To prevent any obstacles.......

GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY!

Enjoy every minute you live!!

---

"Do not be overwhelmed.
This is a time of great change.
Observe. Be Aware. Be Alert.
Take one step at a time.

Follow what is in your heart.
You will understand what your direction is to be.

Truth, Simplicity and Love
is the guide for living in this world.
Observe change through the teachings of
Truth, Simplicity and Love.

The unreal cannot overwhelm the real.
Great change cannot overwhelm the real.

Your strength is greater than the maya of change.
Your heart is greater than the maya of change.
Your higher self is greater than the maya of change.

The maya of change passes, fades into nothing.
The real remains, eternal, observing.
Attach to the real and triumph over the maya of change.

Follow what is in your heart
and overcome the maya of change.

Change is the Law of the Universe.
The lower self is overwhelmed by change.
The higher self is unmoved, alert, aware, and unconditionally observing.
Understand this and rise above the unreal."

- Babaji --
http://www.babajispeaks.com/marge.htm

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Love and serve all humanity.
Assist everyone.
Be happy, be courteous.
Be a dynamo of irrepressible joy.
Recognize God and goodness in
every face.
There is no saint without a past
and no sinner without a future.
Praise everyone.
If you cannot praise someone,
let them out of your life.
Be original, be inventive.
Be courageous.
Take courage again and again.
Do not imitate; be strong, be upright.
Do not lean on the crutches of others.
Think with your own head. Be yourself.
All perfection and every divine virtue
are hidden within you.
Reveal them to the world.
Wisdom, too, is already within you.
Let it shine forth.
Let the Lord's grace set you free.
Let your life be that of the rose;
in silence, it speaks the language of fragrance.

- Babaji -- http://www.babajispeaks.com/speech.htm




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