Sunday, December 14, 2008

Winter Solstice - Activating Our Personal Prism

Winter Solstice - Return of the Light
Activating Our Personal Prism of Light

The winter solstice is one of the four cardinal points in the year identifying the seasonal shifts that remind us of the natural cycles marking life. As the sun gets lower in the sky this time of year, light diminishes day by day. It appears as though the light of the sun will never return.

On December 21st the sun enters the astrological sign of Capricorn ruled by the planet Saturn. Saturn is dedicated to sacramental activity, a time for solitude, a time for slowing down and re-balancing our lives. In the season of shortened days and less light, we reflect on new possibilities, on our intentions, on new beginnings and our personal commitment to the new year.

At the height of the Summer Solstice in June, when the sun was at its highest arc in the skies, we came together as a community of brilliance to envision a crystal city of light - one of 22 such cities around the world. We envisioned an ethereal Prism of Light across this area, anchored it and testified to it through the widespread participation of hundreds of people across 9 locations.

Much has happened since that day on June 20th. From outward appearances it looks as though the world is awash in chaos and destruction with institutions, organizations, and lives changing or crumbling. It would be easy to affirm, that given the fodder of fear and anxiety in the daily news. But if we truly believe in the cities of light, that a new world is dawning, and that there's an evolution of human consciousness underway, it's helpful to know that the unhinging of the old world, the old order, the old ways, is absolutely necessary for the new to come into being. After a raging forest fire new saplings spring up from the ashes of the old growth. So too must the old ways and structures give way so that new life and new ideas can emerge and flourish.

During the Winter Solstice Ceremony, participants will be asked to activate their Personal Prism of Light. After all the years of classes and workshops, hours of meditation, hundreds of books, it's time for us to step up and use what we've learned. We can affirm our personal commitment as Carriers of the Light. We are the Light-bearers! We can no longer preach light on Monday then feed darkness and fear on Tuesday. We can no longer surrender our power, responsibility and accountability to someone else. Guidance has always been within each one of us. The difference is, now we can sense it and experience it more vividly. We are the change agents. On this New Year we can open our hearts and channels so that Spirit comes through guiding us in our commitments for 2009.

With open hearts and trust, participants will place their intentions and commitments into the crystals of Himalayan Salt during the ceremony. Crystal Bowls with the charged Salt will be taken to the Gulf and returned to the waters of the Earth carrying our affirmations and intentions across the planet. We are of the same water and elements that make up the earth, held unified in an energetic forcefield, so it is impossible for those commitments to not return to us. Going forward into the Master Year 2009, we have the opportunity to set in motion our own new directions, created in thought, fired in the heart, borne on water, and seeded for all generations yet to come.

In the next week, please give some time, reflection or thought to what you wish to commit to in 2009. It can be personal or global, individual or community. Sit in the last darkened days of 2008. Affirm the new from the heart of your being. In the Ceremony of the Return of the Light on Sunday, know that it will be set into form in the guidance of Spirit.

Light-filled blessings and happy holidays! See you on Sunday.
Jo - Dec. 15, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Visible Orbs - December 1, 2008

The Visible Orbs

In the year since Orbs The Veil Is Lifting was published there's been a noticeable shift in how Orbs appear in digital photography. While they continue to be photographed individually or in clusters, they are also appearing as slow-motion blurred streaks of light across the frame of the photographs. Yet, they still hold the shape and familiarity of regular Orbs. But even more exciting is that Orbs have become visible to the naked eye. Many of you reading this journal have reported your own experiences over the last year, sharing how you've seen Orbs without the use of cameras. The following story which happened in our home a few weeks ago reveals how the Orbs are becoming visible in our lives.

Our neighbor in the abutting villa passed away unexpectedly. Some of you might remember Kathy as she often donated her driveway for excess cars when various meditation gatherings were held here at our home. She was familiar with our group and always supportive. Just a few days before her passing we talked in the front yard. We spoke of the dog, her cats, our shared front garden and lanai, and other neighborly things. So when we saw EMT and Firemen rushing into her home one afternoon we were stunned. They valiantly tried to save her life but it was not to be.

Around 6 a.m. one morning, a few days after her passing I was working on the computer in my office. All of a sudden the lights dimmed and flickered for a couple seconds then returned to normal. This happened twice, causing what seemed like a short brown-out. At the other end of the house, Patricia came out of the bedroom into the living room asking if I'd "seen the lights flickering on and off for several seconds?" She was standing in the living room against the lanai slider when she asked the question. I came out of my office responding that yes, I had seen the lights flickering on and off. She then said with complete certainty, "It's Kathy!"

At that moment something large, round, and light-filled caught my attention near the ceiling fan. Looking up I saw a large blue-ish white Orb appear, quite visible to my naked eyes. After Patricia's statement I simply asked, "Kathy, is that you?" In response, the blue-ish white Orb powered up brilliantly then dimmed a little. I asked again, "Kathy, is that you?" Once more it did the same thing. Then another Orb appeared beside the first one. Both Orbs slowly moved across the room together towards the lanai slider. I told Patricia what I was seeing and asked her not to move. I said, "Kathy, if that's really you give me a clear sign!" The two Orbs, clearly visible against the wall moved towards each other, powered up, overlapped into the shape of a Vesica Pisces then moved apart. This continued for about 5 minutes with me speaking to the Orbs and the Orbs moving together, powering up, then separating before they finally faded out completely.

We wondered how we might explain to Kathy's son, a Police Captain, that we'd had a visitation from his mother in the form of an Orb. When the opportunity finally presented itself we explained to him what had happened, and told him how two "Circular Lights" had presented themselves. Without a moment's hesitation he explained with tears in his eyes that "the second light was my grandmother; she and my mother were inseparable in life; they're now together in death." He went on to tell us that when teaching new recruits at the police academy he taught them about using their intuition and psychic feelings when on the job and how this 6th sense could save their lives. Our worries about his acceptance of the Orbs was for naught.

In The Orb Project authors Drs. Ledwith and Heinemann state, "First and foremost, an orb is a physical manifestation. We must assume that the Spirit Being has a mechanism to manifest itself in such a way that it can be detected with physical means - and that it will respond to communication." I asked for a clear sign from Kathy and she delivered it. As the veil thins may we all enjoy similar experiences.

The next Spiritual Connections Newsletter will be published on December 15.

Wishing you visible Orbs and endless blessings,
Jo - Dec. 1, 2008

Triumph and Hope - 11-17-08

The Triumph of Hope

The 2008 election was a defining moment in history. It was more than a campaign and it was much more than politics. It was a movement of higher consciousness led by Senator Barack Obama that energized and uplifted young and old. It crossed gender, party and ethnic divides. It was a calling to our character and to our higher selves. We were summoned to this ideal by a man who gave us hope; who made us feel good about ourselves; who shared our possibilities and crafted our potential. Most of all, he invited us to believe we could create a better world together. We believed it could be done! So when hope triumphed on November 4th a tsunami of emotions and experiences was unleashed that will echo in our national consciousness forever.

The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans. It will be led by the 44th President - an African-American - who will be inaugurated in 2009 which is an auspicious Master Number 11 year. The Master Number 11 means revelation and inspiration from the Higher Planes. It is the vibration of brotherly love on a grander scale. It is the number of the Diplomat and Peacemaker. The number 11 needs the number 4 to ground it. In this case the 44th President of the United States is doubly grounded - by structure and order and by the angelic realm.

Two weeks later, we continue to feel the uplifting joy of change. Your words flooded my inbox. You shared your joys and tears, your fears and your dreams. Here's what you said:

I tiptoed into my 6 and 8 year old's room at 1 a.m. and whispered the good news, that they could now sleep safely and soundly in a new world. Margaret

I saw his Light and his sense of purpose and mission. He is a Light gifted to us at this very important time in our human and earth history. He is the beacon that was able to transcend race, culture, religion, gender and all the other illusions that would distort the fact that we are all one. Sharon-Elizabeth

As the mother of two, bi-racial children I smiled proudly as I listened to the eloquence of President Obama's speech. My husband and I decided to wake our seven year old son and four year old daughter to share in this momentous and historical evening. As we huddled together in our bedroom my daughter turned to me and said 'look mommy he's brown like me.' I knew America would be forever different. And then I wept. Mina

I remembered myself as a young girl in 1960 touching the hand of John F. Kennedy at a rally. I yelled to my mom, "I touched his hand - I touched his hand." 48 years later, at the Obama rally at Ed Smith Stadium I watched a young girl screaming into her cell phone, "Mom, I touched his hand - I touched his hand." I never forgot my moment of hope. I knew the torch had passed to this young girl who would never forget hers. Now we both have hope again. jm

For the first time in my life I feel I've been a part of something far greater than myself. I have such on overwhelming feeling of gratitude that we are all empowered and able to bring about positive change. I woke this morning with a feeling of anticipation and expectation. I'm ready to stand tall, put my shoulder to the wheel and work. I feel so blessed to have been a part of this history making event. We've only just begun the ride of our lives! Toni

Sometimes, it's a photo that conveys the story. Sitting on the floor of a church in Harlem, is a mother and daughter. The mother, Latrice Barnes, having heard of Obama's victory, is doubled up in tears; her daughter, Jasmine, is reaching a tentative hand up to soothe her. The hand of the future reaches out to heal the tears of the past.

I will remember this day forever. I am praying for him. I am Hopeful. I'm proud that I participated in giving him the opportunity to make a difference. When he said, "For those of you whose votes I have not earned" he was so respectful. Tears of joy fell as I witnessed a new beginning for future generations. Linda W.

Eyes tear, the heart opens and Divine love flows through those of us touched by the enormous significance of this black/white man of superior intelligence, foresight, wisdom and vision who has energized this country with Hope. It reminds me of the Law of Attraction and the idea of holding on to our vision of hope beyond all shadows, facts, history or reason. To step out there, where no one has gone before in holding the hopes, desires, images of positive expectations for this country and for the world community. I tear up hourly with thanksgiving, my heart wide open, because I see that if anyone has the potential of turning this country around and setting us on a new path towards the new dawn for peace, prosperity and well-being, it is this man. Hope is born once again in the USA! Zan

Harriet Tubman crawled, so that Rosa Parks could walk, so that Martin Luther King, Jr. could march, so that Barack Obama could run, so that those little black toddlers I saw at Obama's speech rally last week - and all children like them - can fly! May the Obama family remain safe, and may Barack Obama not only be the bright light that unites our country, but also one that takes part in uniting our world. Barbara G.

Barack Obama's win was not just for America. It affects the entire world. It says many things to our planet. We are all One - all of us, together. Our planet's collective heart beats stronger this day as the sun rises to shine on our collective hope. We have been blessed. Eileen J

I knew all of my grandfather's stories about the marches in Selma. My father told me I could be anything or do anything that I wanted because I lived in the United States. I never really believed it. Tonight, with this election, I finally believe it! Enrique

Every one of my Korean students had been asking all day 'who was the new president?' On November 5th I wrote on the board in a Seoul Korea classroom, Obama Is The New President of the United States. You would not believe the rejoicing and screams that came out of those Middle schoolers. They jumped, cheered and carried on. I was automatically elevated to the highest vibration of love and comprehension beyond boundaries. Vanda - Seoul, Korea

The night before his assassination in Memphis, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said "I have seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land!" The dream is fulfilled. All over the world there are dreams, high hopes and expectations for this new president and the journey that unfolds for him. Meanwhile, our work to support him must continue. Our daily prayers of Divine Light guiding his path surrounds him and his family. There's much to be done, but with strong and good intention, heartfelt love and desire, we will together forge a new destiny for the United States and for this planet. Hope has triumphed!

Every day, all over the world, groups gather individually or together to hold prayers for peace. In our area, we have several groups of twelve who use this mnemonic 68/12 - Start your own group or join us in "no time - no space" for 68 seconds of prayer at any time of the day for this man, this country, this planet and for all of us!

Hopeful days and endless blessings,
Jo - Nov. 17, 2008

Pause & Trust October 27, 2008

Pause & Trust

While stopped at the light on Tuttle and Fruitville, dozens of cars sped by in both directions of Fruitville. Nothing separated them but white lines on the asphalt. Some people were alone in their cars; some were on cell phones; some were engaged in animated conversation with their passengers; some heads bobbed up and down, obviously listening to music. I went into a state of reflection and pause, not thinking, not doing anything, just watching the traffic. All of a sudden there was a shift in perception. Time and the cars slowed down. Everything turned into thick liquid energetic forms. Each car was still slowly moving in an orderly direction. But, rising up from the white lines, there was a light-filled liquid-energetic buffer of protection which kept each car from hitting the other. The word Trust filled every cell and sense. The people driving their cars at 50 mph with only 6 inches of white paint separating them, were in a state of complete Trust that each driver and each car would stay in their own lanes. In that moment of recognizing the word Trust and taking it into consciousness, the liquid buffer evaporated, time returned to normal, and the cars and their occupants continued speeding by.

The experience in that intersection seemed like a metaphor for what we've been witnessing on a national and global scale. Financial markets are racing in two directions at once, going up and down in 24 hours. Then overnight there's a pause before the frenetic pace begins again the following day. With the election, we're at an intersection of change in US policy and direction. At the end of the evening of November 4th we'll pause, along with the world, and see who has been elected. In cosmic time, solar flares are either increasing or decreasing, and the planet's magnetic field is diminishing or slowing. The ancient Mayan calendar marches towards 12.21.2012. At the end of that katun cycle there's a pause before the next cycle begins.

Witnessing that energetic buffer of protection on Fruitville Road caused ongoing reflection. We know that world events play out on a grander scale while that of humans continue going along no matter what's happening on the global level. My neighbor Louise remarked this week that, "Everything in the news is so upsetting it makes me feel sick to watch it." I asked her if there was anything she could do about what she was watching. She said "No, not really." I then asked if she felt everything would be ok? She said "I think so. It usually works itself out doesn't it?" I suggested she turn off the TV and trust in what she'd just said.

There's great healing in summoning Trust. It's an emotion that causes us to believe that things will work out and things will get better. It empowers us! It helps us to feel safe no mater what we're experiencing in life. Trust teaches us that "there's got to be a morning after" and the sun will always come up. So it is with these national, global or cosmic developments. We can witness them unfolding at incredible rates of speed. We can be buffeted by them or buffered from them. We know that each situation or development has an energetic imprint and that we can be protected in our own light-filled energetic buffer. We can Trust in that but it takes focus and intention to do the work. We can pause and reflect on the events knowing that what we believe, what we think, and what we feel is what we'll attract to us. Doing the work requires us to suspend the impressions coming to us from outside sources and instead see and trust what we wish to create. As Louise said, in the end, it's a matter of Trusting that everything will work out. Because in the grand scheme of life it always does!

Not coincidentally, while writing this article I stumbled on a story about Ana Torres and the lion Jupiter. Ana runs a small animal shelter in Cali Columbia. Years ago, she nursed Jupiter back to health after he was found tortured, abused, and emaciated in a traveling circus. When she found him she paused in her regular life's work and decided instead to open her shelter for animals like Jupiter. The trust and affection both have for one another is evident in the photo which was taken as Ana kissed him. She said, "This hug is the most sincere one that I have received in my life." It's all a matter of Trust!


Last Issue we talked about the power of thought creating the world we wish to see. Holding a thought for 17 seconds attracts another just like it. Holding for 34 seconds creates a vortex of energy that multiplies so that when held for 68 seconds creates the equivalent of one million powerful actions. Join with us and the millions all over the world who gather for 68 seconds every day at 12 noon. Hold the vision of the world you wish to create. See the peace, love and harmony intensify. If you can't give 68 seconds, then give 17. It will multiply itself.

Wishing you beautiful pauses and trusting days.
Jo - October 27, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Purposeful Times Oct. 13 2008

The Purposeful Times

What We Hear

Climate and planetary changes are evident everywhere. 6.6 billion people in 195 countries are causing massive ecological, religious, political and cultural changes that are straining the earth's resources. Wars, disease, famine, oil and water shortages, and the breakdown of health and wealth systems are daily fodder in the news. Doom & gloom predictions and fear-based scenarios also receive worldwide focus via the internet or through emails.

The Prophecies

Ancient prophecies, including recent ones like Edgar Cayce's earth change prophecies, foretold all of these events. One of Cayce's prophecies in the 1940's said we would instantly communicate with one another all around the world through ESP. What he called ESP was actually the Internet or CNN. Both of these worldwide communication vehicles told us that in October 2007 a massive eruption in the heavens created an enormous blue comet called Comet Holmes. It was so large it was visible to the naked eye and dwarfed our sun. Both the Hopi and Mayan prophecies said that major earth changes as well as changes in consciousness would begin in a 7-year window "when a large blue star" appears. So, is this the end of our time? Or is it the beginning of what can be a great new beginning in consciousness evolution?

If the prophecies are correct, we've just completed the first year of the 7-year window. The prophecies say we're either near the end of times as we know it, or the beginning of the new times on the new earth. We can look at all these changes and pending events as either apocalyptic or with hope and renewal. How we choose to interpret it is encoded in our cellular biology. Each of us has a grave choice to make now. What do we wish to see? What do we wish to believe? What do we wish to consciously create in this 7-year window?

What Can We Do?

There are many ways we can shift from the old structure to the new. One of the first is to embrace the fact that we're a global community so everything we do in the 7-year window must be for the highest good for the WE instead of the ME. Next, we must recognize that WE are the creators of the new earth. We created the old one so surely we can create the new one.

We're bombarded with news, phone calls and emails on the dire events of each day. Be aware of what's going on then create what you wish to see. When the many emails spewing fear, anger or hatred pour into our in-boxes, take a moment and ask a simple question before sending it on to your distribution list. Does the point of view in the email serve the vision YOU want to create? Or does it contribute to the fears sweeping the atmosphere? Do we ever take the time to research where the email originated? Doing this takes alot of time and requires us to use judgment and discernment. But more than that it asks us to be responsible for our contributions to the vision that we want to create and hold.

Last week we received two forwarded emails. One was filled with reprehensible remarks about women and minorities attributed to Senator McCain, the other spewing fear filled conspiracy and Illuminati theories about the global financial meltdown. Neither email "felt" right so we investigated the origin of both. The first was allegedly written by a college Professor in California whom we contacted. She said she'd been bombarded with thousands of emails from around the country and had spent hundreds of hours disclaiming any involvement with the hateful email while trying to reclaim her reputation. The second email originated from a white supremacist who held extreme right-wing views including suggesting that illegal aliens should be shot on sight. So, do you take the time to research each email that you get? Probably not! But if those emails don't support an uplifting vision of the earth you wish to see, or support your spiritual views, then delete them! We're either creating solutions or we're part of the problem.

Blossom Goodchild's Message of Love & Peace

What about the uplifting emails? Most of us have heard about the October 14th prediction from Australian trance medium channel Blossom Goodchild that a "lightship" would appear over Alabama in the "southern Hemisphere." There's been so much speculation about this. Will it happen or not? Will it be delayed? We're not ready for this! Whether or not it physically appears, the channeled information about this "lightship" has already appeared in our hearts. It's been there for a long time simply waiting to become real. The "message" that she channeled said, "We come to give you hope - we come in love - we come in peace - be in joy - we bring you an understanding of love." This message isn't new. It's one that's been uplifting our spirits and transforming our consciousness for so many years. Isn't it what we wish for everyone? Do we need to see something physically in order to believe and know what's already in us?

During last week's BBS UK Radio program with hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world, I was very fortunate to have one of my questions to Blossom answered. In response she said "There's a mass acceleration and awakening on the planet though some will deny it. Our vibrations have risen as we open to a higher way of love." She continued, "Do not hate those in Government, be in a state of love for them. There is a love so strong emanating. Live in it. Be in the now and focus on that, not on fear."

The Purposeful Times

Whatever appears or doesn't appear tomorrow, the message is clear and we can embrace it! We can collectively choose to hold a spiritually uplifting view. It's a view that affirms we're in the time of humanity's great awakening into its spiritual consciousness! It's a massive shift in trust requiring us to release all the old beliefs, rigid views, archaic systems and paradigms in order to embrace the new one being created. Each one of us must come to that place where we believe, we know, and we trust our own Inner Guidance; that the events presented to us may not be what they seem to be; and when the guidance is clear, pro-actively hold unconditional love and light. When we anchor that vision we become solutions in The Purposeful Times.

In The Purposeful Times, we can set in motion, with determination and resolve, the consciousness of love, harmony, grace, compassion and unity with all Beings while recognizing our interdependence with the planet that sustains us. This is not an easy task, especially when we're bombarded by fear-based views and news. It requires us to stand strong in our Truth and to dispel fear, negativity, doom and gloom. It requires us to link our arms together, holding one another upright even when one of us might slip or stumble.

Wouldn't It Be Nice If -

Thought is energy! What we think, fueled by how we feel about what we're thinking, creates that which we want to bring into being. Instead of buying into the doom and gloom or joining that endless parade of negativity and fear, stand firm and instead think creatively of what we wish to see! Abraham has a wonderful mantra that begins, "Wouldn't it be nice if (fill in the blank.)" If enough of us fill in the blanks with thoughts and words that uplift all of us, we can't not create the harmonious world we want to see. The vision is not to see what is! The Vision is to see what we want there to be and to create it!

Remember how we felt when we activated the Prism of Light? The people who joined that event knew the power of vision, intention and thought. Many of those same people are already in front of this worldwide drama that's playing out. They've set up meditation groups or gatherings to hold the light. They've set up ministries and healing groups to serve one another. They've used their jobs to influence love and peace among co-workers. They've set up support groups to nourish the souls. They're willing to change their lives and their essence to midwife the birth of this new world.

In our city, at noon every day, two groups hold the creative consciousness of love and light for the earth and all people. We don't meet in person nor do we need to. Rather wherever we are, every day at noon we give as much time as we're able to. We visualize uplifting thoughts, images, prayers, or affirmations, of a balanced, joyful, harmonious and peaceful earth. We unite as a human family.

The Law of Attraction - 68 Seconds To Creation

If this vision can be held for only 17 seconds without faltering or contradicting it, then by the law of attraction another similar thought will unite with it. By holding this coalesced thought for another 17 seconds it will combust into an exponentially powerful energetic wave form. Holding for another 17 seconds increases the power by 100 and reaching the 68 second mark will cause a combustion explosion large enough for the thought to manifest. So holding the vision of love and light for 68 seconds, multiplied by all of us doing the same thing at the same time, exponentially creates over 200 million "pro-active hours" allowing us to materialize the changes we wish to see.

If we really want to have some control over ourselves, let's be conscious of our thoughts and our actions. Everyone can hold harmonic and peaceful thoughts from wherever we are! Hold the vision of the world that you wish to see and let's create it together. At noon every day, hold it for just 68 seconds and let's reverse the fearful polarity and restore the balance on earth. Remember, all is not lost. Cinderella didn't put on the glass slipper until 11:59:59! There's still time left!

68 seconds and counting our many joyful blessings,
Jo - October 13, 2008

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Welcome to StarSoundings

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Starsoundings! I look forward to hearing from all of you. We can start spiritual topics, book discussions, current events or anything you wish. Let's get it going.

Hugs jo

Clip from New Normal

SEPTEMBER 1 2008 StarSoundings Journal

To be in the New Normal is to be in a state of alignment and synchronicity with your life, the events in your life, your beliefs, your hopes, your Truths, your Being and with the Universal flow. Alignment means attunement in a frequency band - the ability to unite in harmony in a frequency. Synchronicty means a simultaneous coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related. The New Normal means that we consciously enter the states of alignment and synchronicity. Without resistance or fear, we affirm and know that we can easily and flowingly manifest the world we want to live in. Living in that space, in the frequency of the law of attraction, we affirm what we wish to see, to be, to hear or to do. And it gratefully returns in the fullness of abundant life. In that fullness we are one with form, in complete surrender and full union with Divine Presence. We're in the state of boundless harmony and love called The New Normal.

Om Shanti to all until next time.

Jo - September 1, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Autumnal Equinox - Peace Pole Ceremonies

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The Autumnal Equinox Peace Pole Ceremonies

A month after the Prism of Light was activated on the summer Solstice, the four children who participated in that ceremony were asked if they could envision their future earth. Three months later they became anchors of the four Peace Poles as they proudly read their visions to almost 150 people gathered at Unity's labyrinth. They were joined by other children in proclaiming Peace on Earth, including the children from Unity's Sunday School program who created the large globe (on right) for the ceremony.

With magnificent white wings extended, Dr. Marguerite Barnett began the evening with a dance through the Labyrinth as Faerie Elaine sang a song of Peace. The 9 Prism Anchors then took positions inside the labyrinth, forming a Prism with lit candles as Dr. Barnett led the children in a snaking dance through the labyrinth as everyone sang along with Faerie Elaine. The children were then blessed by Rosa Cetlin one of two attendees from Brahma Kumaris World Peace organization. Laura Kiley also from Brahma Kumaris, softly played the flute as the Rosa's blessing was read aloud to the children.

Anchoring the South Peace Pole, Akaysiiyah Dunbar saw herself "in a field of soft grass with clean rain." She envisioned people "working less so they would have more time to feel peaceful - using less paper meant more trees and cleaner air."

Dylan Messina at the East Peace Pole envisioned "no wars between countries, no violence against other people and the end of cruelty." Dylan saw "a cleaner world without pollution where the air was crisp and we could drink from the waters." He had a greater vision, that "the world would always have whatever we needed to survive." A visionary reminder to all of us.

Ian Bowling anchored the West Peace Pole, which had been dedicated to the memory of Jerry Warlings who had befriended his younger sister when she was in Unity Sunday school classes. Ian envisioned "a world where everyone works together to get things done instead of fighting over things that we could do without - that instead of only looking at our differences we all see that we have alot in common." It was beautiful to watch Ian take an older brother role with the many children who joined the circle after the dedication.

The youngest in the group, 7 year old Emma Rose who anchored the North Peace Pole stood proudly next to her mother Theresa as she read Emma's vision. At the end of the reading, Emma's shyness gave way as she spoke into the microphone: "May Peace Prevail on Earth."

The children echoed that mantra throughout the ceremony as they danced through the labyrinth. They said, "May Peace Prevail in the United States" - "May Peace Prevail in Iraq" - May Peace Prevail in Burma, China, Iran, the Middle East, Afghanistan - identifying all the countries in conflict. At the end of the ceremony, Faerie Elaine led the group in singing Imagine followed by the chorus to John Lennon's other Peace Song - "All We Are Saying Is Give Peace A Chance."

Ceremonies began that Sunday morning at Rising Tide where Shahabuddin led about 50 people in Universal Worship. Universal Worship affirms respect and tolerance for the religions of the east and the west, the known and unknown and recognizes the oneness in all by lighting a long white candle to each of the major religions. At the end of the service, the group moved outside where the nine lit candles from the Universal Worship service were placed in the heart shaped base of the Peace Pole.

At Shrine of the Master, Reverends Tom Newman, Tim Dudley and Sharon Elizabeth James dedicated their Peace Pole at noon right after the Sunday morning service. The World Peace Prayer was read by by Reverend Tom followed by the song, Let There Be Peace On Earth. Then Reverend Sharon Elizabeth led the group of 50 attendees in chanting the Ah-Ma universal sound of Love and Mother.

On Monday another 50 joined in ceremony at Warm Mineral Springs, the southernmost point of the Prism, to dedicate North Port's first Peace Pole. Ed Ullman owner of the Springs spoke with pride that the Springs was chosen as a host site as Robin SanVicente unveiled the Peace Pole. Reverend Zan Butterfly Deerwoman led the gathering in affirming peace for the planet and all her inhabitants. The most uplifting and tear-filled part of this gathering was the reception from the eastern Europeans who were floating in the springs. They saw the gathering around the Peace Pole, and slowly one by one they came from the water and joined in the circle. As we passed the microphone around the group to proclaim "May Peace Prevail On Earth" each of the Europeans spoke the words in their mother language. We heard the words in Russian, Polish, Chinese, Spanish and Hungarian. We watched them place hands over their hearts as they spoke of Belarus, the Ukraine, Israel, Austria, Georgia and Darfur. A young woman stepped forward with a young baby on her hip and said in Spanish, May Peace Prevail on Earth.

These gatherings on Sunday and Monday touched all of us deeply in some way. In your own words, they are shared below:

Warm Mineral Springs: "It was about the people who came and shared their
vision and heart-felt desire for world peace. You could see it in their eyes glistening with tears and hear it in trembling voices and diverse accents. The people came out of the waters, old and young, in their swim suits, all shapes and sizes and from all over the world. "May Peace Prevail in Ukraine" said one. Then another woman asked for the mic, "May peace prevail in Israel" and another old woman, "May peace prevail in Hungry" a black man, "May peace prevail in Darfur", a woman still wet from the Springs said, "May peace prevail in Georgia," as others joined in May peace prevail -. On and on it went, everyday people stepping up and adding their voices and hearts to the universal call for peace. Then we all joined hands in what was to be a circle, but because a large tree stood in the way, the circle curved itself into the beautiful shape of a heart as we sang John Lennon's "Imagine" and the tears flowed." Patricia C.

"I was filled with infinite love. Our pole had "May Peace Prevail" in English, Spanish, Russian, and Navaho. When we were reading the Peace Pole and the language was Russian, a couple visiting the Springs joined the circle and read it to us in Russian. When the language was Spanish, a woman with her child came forth to read it to us in Spanish. When the language was Navaho, Robin shared that the Springs itself was saying May Peace Prevail." Anne D.

Unity: "I loved watching the children hold hands and move through the labyrinth with Dr. M. It was like watching the next generation take charge." Ann H.

"Akaysiiyah really appreciated being able to participate in the ceremony. I know it has helped her realize the impact she can actually have on the world." Mom Melissa D.

"Last nights Equinox Ceremony was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!! Thank you and all who participated. We are so blessed with the time and talent we have in this community! We took a thought, made it into a dream, and then turned that into a reality of greatness which was shared with so many here locally and in the whole world." Barbara S.

"What a beautiful evening - I'm most positive this is only the beginning of Unity's grounds being used for more programs of this nature to enhance the spiritual growth in our entire area. Thank you." Linda W.

The Peace Poles: "I am so proud to be part of the whole process of the Peace Poles. It's a physical representation of individuals joining together to honor universal love." Linda Wm.

Ceremony: "This was one of the most moving ceremonies that I have ever been to. The energy was amazing and felt so peaceful." Alcy N.

Thank you from my heart to yours and sweet love and appreciation to all who came, supported the vision, embraced Peace, and anchored it our area.

A website was created to share so many of the photos taken last Sunday. Thank you to Jack Ryan, Rose Lettiere and all the photographers who contributed their photos. If you'd like to see more of the ceremonies, the children, and yourselves, check out the website. There are over 350 great photos uploaded to date. You can order prints directly from Shutterfly if you wish on this link:

Until the next time,
May peace prevail on earth and may it begin with me!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Becoming Peace - 09/15/08

~ Starsoundings Journals ~

Becoming Peace

If you Google the word "Peace" you'll find almost 470 million entries which include well known philanthropic organizations, centers and movements large and small, women for peace, men for peace, vegetarians for peace, and even pig races for peace. With so many worldwide organizations and groups devoted to "Peace" you'd think we'd be closer to it than we currently are. Perhaps we're looking at Peace as a solution instead of becoming it.

Last month during the Olympics in China, two athletes took the podium to be awarded medals in their competition. Their two countries were embroiled in a sudden war where tanks and planes rained bombs on civilian populations. These two women, one a Russian silver medalist the other a Georgian, stood with their arms around each others shoulders. The Georgian bronze medalist said "If the world were to draw any lessons from today there would never be any war. We live in the 21st century; we shouldn't really stoop so low to wage war on each other."
She went on "I have many friends around the world. There should be no hatred among athletes and people." she said. "Politicians should straighten out the situation today." In the spirit of the Olympic games, this 39 year old athlete rose above the conflict at home and embodied "becoming Peace" by sending a powerful and visual message out across the world. She affirmed the message of being Peaceful..

Can we do the same amid the barrage of negativity assailing us in so many conversations and at every turn of the TV or radio dial? Absolutely we can! As Dr. Darcy Lord states in her exceptional article The World Is Getting Better (Natural
Awakenings Sept. 2008) we can "look in the opposite direction" when confronted with negativity, doom or gloom. Hold your center, your light and your ground amid the outside influences that try to undermine you. Seek out like-minded friends who can guide you, uplift you, and help you weather the storm. Become the lights of peace! By living peacefully, with inner feelings of happiness, joy, abundance and fulfillment, we embody and become those aspects of character that we wish to manifest in our lives. We can be peace amid the perceived chaos around us.

This is not a Pollyanna approach to life. This is a Universal Principle that actually does work! We can become the Peace we so ardently wish to see on earth. The time to do it is now as the sweet new energies radiating our planet allow us an opportunity to import that change into ourselves. Sai Baba said, "Where there is love there is peace. Where there is Peace, there is God."

You may be wondering how do I apply these principles in my own life? Am I peaceful in my day to day world? Do stresses, judgments, anger or relationships derail me? The Peaceful Earth Organization has a brief online questionnaire that gives an immediate answer to those questions. Based on your score, ideas, practices, or suggestions are offered in an easy uplifting manner to help you come to a more peaceful state in your life. See:

As we prepare to join with hundreds of thousands around the world on the International Day of Peace, let us look to a future where humans around the world embrace love and peace by remembering we are all one family. Gandhi said, "An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind." Let us keep our eyes focused instead and choose to see a different world. A world where ancient hatreds and distrust are replaced with tolerance, respect, dignity and love. Let us affirm with the voices of children all over the planet these words, "May Peace prevail on earth."

Prism of Light Step 2 - Autumnal Equinox

We take the Next Step in the Prism of Light on the Autumnal Equinox where we'll not only celebrate International Peace Day but we'll also dedicate 7 Peace Poles at four Prism of Light Anchor locations.

Two Spiritual Centers which anchored the Prism of Light will participate during their Sunday morning services on Sept. 21st. Shahabuddin will lead the embracing Universal Worship at
10:30 a.m. at Rising Tide. The service will be followed by a declaration of Peace and the dedication of the center's Prism Anchoring Peace Pole. Reverend Tom Newman of Shrine of the Master, another Prism of Light Anchor location, will dedicate that center's Peace Pole in the Healing Garden after their 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. You might want to attend one of those two gatherings the morning of Sept. 21st.

On Sunday evening, the Autumnal Equinox and Peace Ceremony at Unity's Labyrinth begins at 6 pm and ends at 8 pm. It marks International Peace Day and commemorates the Prism of Light with the unveiling of four Peace Poles placed at the directional locations of the labyrinth. Leaders in the community, members of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization, a non-governmental arm of the United Nations, and the Prism of Light Anchors will participate. But the primary focus will be the four anchor children from the Prism of Light joined by other children across the community. The Solstice Prism Anchor children, Emma Rose, Ian Bowling, Dylan Messina and Akaysiiyah Dunbar will declare their visions for the future crystal city of light and for peace on earth. The four directional Peace Poles and the granite stone marker that you so generously contributed to have been placed at Unity's Labyrinth. We're honored to have the participation of spiritual ministers and leaders, chaplains, peace activists, guest musicians, drummers, dancers and the children in our community.

Unity, Shrine of the Master and Rising Tide's events have been declared official World Peace Day participant sites. So please bring your digital cameras to these events so your photos can be collected and included on the World Peace Day website.

Also there was an article in Saturday's Sarasota Herald Tribune called Marking the Way For Peace by correspondent Christine Hawes. It was an article about the Equinox Ceremony, International Peace Day and the donors of the Unity Peace Poles, Susan Warling who honored her husband Jerry with a pole planted in his memory and Gerry Greig who honored a friend and fellow Unity Board Member Richard Dewyea with a Peace Pole. You can read the article by clicking here: Herald Tribune Article

SpringsThe following day, on Monday, September 22, an Equinox ceremony and Peace Pole dedication will be led by Reverend Zan Butterfly Deerwoman at 11:44 a.m. at Warm Mineral Springs. The time 11:44 a.m. was specifically chosen as it's the exact peak of the Equinox and it also represents two master numerological vibrations. You might recall that The Springs was the southernmost anchor point of the Prism of Light.

Equinox Ceremony Sept. 21
Commemorating the Prism of Light
Peace Poles/World Peace Day
Unity Labyrinth 6-8 pm

Twenty seven years ago the United Nations declared September 21st to be International Day of Peace. The resolution declares, that "The International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, and an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day." In keeping with that 1981 resolution, we will hold sacred the day with ceremonies and gatherings that embrace the ideals of peace and harmony with all peoples around the world as one family.

Our Vision continues that we honor the work started with the Prism of Light on the Solstice where we held the pattern of peace on earth. On Sept. 21st, you and your children are invited to a gathering on the Autumnal Equinox to honor International Peace Day and to support and hold the visions of our world at peace. Four Peace Poles and a blue-granite stone will dedicate the efforts of this spiritual community in the Solstice Prism of Light and to affirm a future of Peace on earth.

The four anchor children from the Prism of Light, Ian Bowling, Akaysiiyah Dunbar, Dylan Messina, and little Emma Rose will proclaim their vision for a future earth. Ministers, chaplains, spiritual leaders, members of churches, parents and children will come together in support of the children's vision of Peace. All of your children will be active participants in the evening's ceremony. The nine location Prism of Light Anchors will offer blessings and dedications for Peace on Earth. Well-known area musicians, drummers and dancers will participate in ceremony, which includes candle-lighting, prayers and a global peace meditation.

Participants are asked to bring folding chairs, drums, rattles, votive candles in holders, and bug spray. The children are asked to bring a small stone or flower as an offering. We've been designated an official participating location of the World Peace Organization. So, please bring your digital cameras as we've been asked to submit photos of our ceremony to the World Peace Organization for inclusion on their website.

Warm Mineral SpringsWarm Mineral Springs
Autumnal Equinox
Prism Peace Pole Ceremony

Monday Sept. 22 - 11:44 a.m.

With the energies of the autumnal equinox still resonant, Warm Mineral Springs will be the setting for a ceremony anchoring the southernmost point of the Prism of Light. The Peace Pole at the springs will be unveiled in a ceremony led by Reverend Zan Butterfly Deerwoman. The time 11:44 was chosen because it's the energetically balanced peak of the Equinox. 11:44 is also a master numerological vibration. 11 is the master number of universal love on a global scale. 44 is the number of structure and order which is manifested from the angelic levels and realms. 44 is related to spiritual groups uniting together. All are invited to join in this gathering on Monday, Sept. 22.

Monday, September 1, 2008

The New Normal 09-01-08

~ Starsoundings Journals ~

The New Normal

The New Normal - The easy stuff: 1) The phone rings as you're thinking about a friend. As you reach for the phone you notice the digital clock says the time is 3:33. On the line is the friend you were thinking about. Before you can say "Hello" she announces herself by saying, "Would you believe my clock says it's 3:33 and I felt I should call you?" 2) You're driving into the parking lot of a busy shopping center on a Saturday. You affirm a parking spot will be available in front of the store that you need to run into quickly. Your passenger laughs, saying, "No way! Look at the lines of cars trying to get into the parking lot." You drive to the aisle in front of your intended store just as a car is backing out of the closest parking spot to the store. 3) You've admired many photos on Google Images of big orange moons. You state the intention to have your own photo of a big orange moon. Twenty-four hours later, on the morning of the vernal equinox you arise to see an enormous moon suspended over the lake outside your home. It's not silver; it's not white or yellow. It's brilliant orange.

The New Normal - The interesting stuff: 1) You awaken from a vivid dream of a turtle with the number 22 in white on its back. It's floating down a river then begins eating twelve leaves of the Tree of Life on the banks of
the river. The digital clock reads 2:22. You go to a class the same morning where the lesson is about the New Earth. The instructor reads Revelations Chapter 21 about the New Earth, then moves to Chapter 22:2 - the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit,with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. The turtle is the Native American symbol for Earth. The number 22 is a master number of the spiritual manifester.

2) In preparing for the Peace Pole Ceremony on the Equinox, I wanted to locate the four children who'd participated in the Solstice Prism on June 20th. I only knew the first names of the children but knew the intention to locate them had been set. Within 24 hours while walking into Isle of Avalon there was the first child with her mother. In 48 hours the second and third child had been found but I felt the fourth young girl would be the most difficult to find. Finally putting the request to find her out into the vibrational stream of the Universe I went about my normal day. That evening while attending the Anchoring Light meditation group, there staring back at me was the last of the four children. Akaysiiyah just happened to be attending the meditation with her mother. All four children had been found within days of one another.

3) While on retreat I was walking across a garden lawn feeling in complete harmony
and connection with the plants, the kudzu vines, the tall canopy trees, and the water flowing past in the creek. I stopped as though suspended in time. In that precise moment, a feeling, not a thought, but the full presence and feeling of "black snake" entered my consciousness. Looking down a four foot black snake looked up at me staring for a full two to three seconds. Time stopped as we looked at each other separated by no more than three feet. There was no fear from either of us towards the other. We simply acknowledged one another and then went on with our respective journeys. It slowly slithered away towards the kudzu vines while I continued my leisurely stroll. The snake is the symbol of transmutation holding the knowledge that all are equal in creation and form united as one in the Divine flowing current.

The New Normal - The amazing stuff: Last month Patricia and I had a discussion about the the I Am presence, and about the signs and messages that often come in dreams or seemingly by coincidence. Patricia reflected that doubt or uncertainty often creeps into her consciousness when the signs or messages come. After some discussion, I offered an affirmation to "Give her a sign that can be clearly understood!" Going one step further, Patricia affirmed, "Yes and put it in writing!" About 48 hours later we went into our usual 6 a.m. early-morning meditation. As the meditation ended I noticed what looked like a slowly appearing red "tattoo" on her leg. It grew darker in color as we both stared at it. Within minutes the block lettering was clear. In 3 rows of letters it said UR Lite IR. There was a reversed Dalet the Hebrew letter for Doorway or
Portal in blue below the block letters. A few days later the story was related to friends as we had lunch together, all of them seeing and verifying the markings. The message UR Lite IR remained visible on her leg for over a week. It's message was not only "in writing" but it was also "clearly understood" as it related to some studies and research she'd been doing on the Chaldeans and the Valley of UR, the luminescense of Light, and the I Am.

In another amazing story a woman named Mary was one of two employees working the graveyard shift in a large warehouse store. It was a hot, humid August night around 3 a.m. when two men in hooded sweatshirts came into the store. Sensing danger, Mary grabbed the keys to the safe and ran to a stockroom to hide. She hid under a storage shelf, curled in the fetal position and praying with all her might that God save her. Intending to rob the store, the men walked up and down each aisle looking for her then came into the stockroom where she hid. She saw them come so close to her location she could smell them. She saw the muzzle of the gun and the marks on it yet neither man saw her. It was as though she'd become invisible. Eventually the police arrived and Mary came out of her hiding position. To this day she's unsure how or why the men didn't see her because the storage shelf was somewhat open. She told me, "I just prayed to God." In the power of that prayer she'd rendered herself invisible.

So what do these experiences mean? It means that all of these people having these experiences were in an alignment and synchronous flow. Without any special powers or abilities they were able to affect powerful changes or effects in their lives. They all were in states of allowance such that their thinking, prayers, dreams or commands became manifest. They became one with the Divine Flow in the current in the stream.

To be in the New Normal is to be in a state of alignment and synchronicity with your life, the events in your life, your beliefs, your hopes, your Truths, your Being and with the Universal flow. Alignment means attunement in a frequency band - the ability to unite in harmony in a frequency. Synchronicty means a simultaneous coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related. The New Normal means that we consciously enter the states of alignment and synchronicity. Without resistance or fear, we affirm and know that we can easily and flowingly manifest the world we want to live in. Living in that space, in the frequency of the law of attraction, we affirm what we wish to see, to be, to hear or to do. And it gratefully returns in the fullness of abundant life. In that fullness we are one with form, in complete surrender and full union with Divine Presence. We're in the state of boundless harmony and love called The New Normal.