Divine Light and Duality

According to esoteric literature Earth is approaching  the Photon Belt orbiting the star cluster Pleides, dates for this event are unknown but considered imminent. This ‘photon belt’ is also referred to as Alcyone’s Rings. Alcyone is the principal sun of the Pleides, 7 suns gravitate within its orbit, the 7th being our own sun which circles Alcyone. The Rings of Alcyone are composed of ‘manasic’ radiation believed to be caused by a cosmic event, the splitting of the electron. ‘Manasic’ is a Sanskrit term referring to Mind and in accordance with the cosmic Law of Correspondence, the human mind is affected by these cosmic forces both individually and collectively.

Photons have been described as ‘packets of light’ which generate electro magnetic fields. The potential impact of the ‘photon belt’  upon human consciousness continues to cause debate. Many within the New Age movement believe this shift represents a temporary window with the potential for enlightenment and elevation to a higher plane of existence. For some this will no doubt be true yet spiritual evolution is a path of choice, there is no ‘Free Pass’. It has been acknowledged historically that ‘divine light’ also purges.We are currently witnessing the negative effects of atomic resonance on human consciousness, one aspect of the global chaos and confusion, mirroring the splitting.The effect  is dependent upon our ability to absorb and integrate the powerful light. Cosmic cycles and orbits are beyond the influence of humanity, we must adapt to the changing environment in order to sustain mental cohesion.

It is part of the human condition to resist change, the mind must investigate, examine, reflect and decide before change can occur. Even then there must be integration before the Will concedes. Ancient texts describe the dual aspects of consciousness as the Higher or Etheric Mind sometimes referred to as the Higher Self and the Lower Intellectual mind which governs cognitive ability. The Higher consciousness corresponds to our origins, divine essence and spirituality. Intuition is the interim link to the Lower or Intellectual Mind which rationalizes our experience and governs waking consciousness.

It has been said that ‘the light which illumines also blinds’ for this is a process of acceptance of something greater than ourselves. Some have made a correllation with ‘the Quickening’  an influx of divine light which Saves, as described in Christian  ‘End Times’ philosophy. Whatever our belief system, we are free to accept or reject unfolding events. Enlightenment is  the process by which light is assimilated by the mind bringing about a profound shift in consciousness. This can be a slow and painful process as we question,  a new reality.This is the eternal human dilemma, the argument between the mind and the soul.

 

 

 

 

 

KOREA – Unstoppable Force meets Immovable Object

As the world watches and waits to see what strategy the American President will adopt in response to Kim Jung Il’s latest missile launch, we might pause to consider a 3rd century philosophical treatise which describes the challenge.,“A man was trying to sell a spear and a shield; asked how good his spear was, he said that his spear could pierce any shield. Then, when asked how good his shield was, he said that it could defend from all spear attacks. Then one person asked him what would happen if he were to take his spear to strike his shield; the seller could not answer.”        

The words of a Chinese general and military strategist come down to us from the 6th century: Sun Tzu 孫子 (c 6th century BCE) authored The Art of War, an immensely influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy. His advice regarding military decision making:

                                               “First know your enemy”

Korea has suffered repeated invasion and occupation over the centuries, North Korea views American intentions as hostile and latest polls suggest that 94% of Americans view North Korea as a threat.. A glance at the history of the people  may assist us in gaining a better understanding of the ‘ paranoia’ which is often levelled at the country.

History: The Old kingdom was founded in northern Korea and Manchuria in 2333 BC. In 108BC The Han empire of China conquered the northern part of the Korean peninsula administering it for almost 400 years. South and central Korea were governed by the Gorveo Kingdom until its fall when the Korean peninsula became a united territory under the Josean dynasty which ruled over the region for more than 500 years, from 1392. In the subsequent colonial era wealthy and powerful nations extended control and influence over weaker nations using terms such as ‘protectorate’ and ‘sphere of influence’. Korea became a ‘protectorate’ of China with continuing conflict between China and Japan to gain power and influence over the peninsula.

1894 Korea was a ‘protectorate’ of China when Japan forced the Chinese to sign a humiliating peace treaty which ostensibly gave Korea ‘full and complete independence and autonomy’. In fact this was a ploy, enabling Japan to gain a foothold on the peninsula, providing access to a supply of rich raw materials.

1905 Korea was forced to sign a ‘protectorate’ treaty’ with Japan designed to open up Korean ports to Japanese trade. Japanese citizens were granted territorial rights and the Japanese forced the abdication of the Emperor of Korea, replacing him with his son as a puppet.1910 Japan annexed Korea exploiting the Korean people throughout the brutal occupation. 1911 Cultural erosion: An Imperial Decree forced Koreans to surrender their family names and adopt Japanese names, the Korean language was prohibited. 1932 Land Dispossession: Korean land owners, unable to provide the documentation to prove ownership lost their land to Japanese settlers. Dispossessed Koreans were forced to become tenants and made to pay over half their crops as rent, this resulted in many Korean women being forced into factories or prostitution to pay taxes.

1945 Korea was liberated from Japanese occupation when Russia invaded and occupied North Korea and American forces moved into the south. The country was temporarily administered by the joint trusteeship of Russia and the US as allies, the intention being to grant independence after 5 years. As a result of the subsequent Cold War between Russia and America administration became contentious and the country was split into two parts to be administered separately.

1948 The two regions were divided at the 38th parallel, each with its own government. Both claimed to be the legitimate government and neither accepted the border as permanent.

 Kim Il Sung became the leader of North Korea from the division of the country, North Korea became a workers state with close alliance to the Soviet Union. South Korea was aligned to the US. 1950 North Korea invaded South Korea with the support of Stalin, the objective being unification, this is referred to by North Korea as the ‘Fatherland Liberation War’. A UN force came to the aid of South Korea, 88% of the military being American. North Korea was subject to a massive bombing campaign and China came to its defense with Russia providing ariel support. In China the war is called ‘The War to resist US aggression and aid Korea’.

1953 An Armistice ended the fighting but no peace treaty was ever signed, the two countries remain technically at war with the 38th parallel the boundary.1960s North Korea, supported by the USSR enjoyed a higher standard of living than South Korea, 1980s due to Japanese and American investment the economy of South Korea flourished. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 resulted in a loss of economic aid, adversely affecting the economy of North Korea. Since that time China has been North Korea’s only major ally.

2017 All attempts to impose economic sanctions to stop North Korea acquiring nuclear weapons have so far failed. North Korea insists that a nuclear defense system is essential in view of America’s perceived hostile stance, the 35,000 US personnel stationed in South Korea and the tens of thousands of American troops deployed in bases in Japan, Guam and the Philippines.

The most successful Commanders in history have been forced to choose between governing options.  Accommodate  – Negotiate – Withdraw – Attack

In the words of President Trump:  ‘All options are on the table’

His latest statement being:  ‘Talking is not the answer’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY IS GUAM AMERICAN

How did a tiny island measuring only 210 square miles , located 6,000 miles from California become our ‘permanent  Aircraft carrier’?

Location: Micronesia, Western pacific. History and Culture Archaeological evidence indicates Marianas Islands were one of the first places to be settled by seafaring peoples, over 4000 years ago. The islands appear to have been continuously occupied by people who shared the same culture and language that eventually became known as Chamorro. The last 400 years of Guam’s history has been marked by administrations of three different colonial powers: Spain, the United States and Japan.

1898 Spanish American War began when the US intervened in Cuba’s attempt to gain independence from Spanish colonial rule. Referred to by US Secretary of State John Hay as ‘a splendid little war’  it lasted for only 4 months, ending Spain’s colonial rule in the Americas and  bringing Cuba, Guam, the Philippines and Puerto Rico under American control. Along with the annexation of the Republic of Hawaii, the war made the United States an imperialist nation with Guam, the Philippines and Puerto Rico  ceded as unincorporated US Territories. As such the inhabitants are US citizens by birth but have no voting rights or representation in the US Congress.

When the American cruiser USS Charleston arrived off the shore of Guam on orders to capture the Spanish-controlled island as part of the planned invasion of the Philippines it fired 12 rounds. In response a Spanish officer rowed out to their ship to welcome them; believing this to be a salute. He was quickly taken prisoner and it became apparent that neither the 60 Spanish marines stationed on Guam nor the island’s civilians had any idea that war had broken out between Spain and America two months earlier. The Spanish surrendered, ceding Guam to America.

Referred to as ‘our permanent aircraft carrier’ by American commanders, Guam is considered a strategically important link between the U.S. and Asia, positioned 1,500 miles from the Philippines and 2,000 miles from North Korea . Today the island hosts the US military base and some 30,000 personnel and their families. The American base is both revered and reviled by citizens of Guam who fear that its presence makes them a target for any potential attack by North Korea in the current escalation of hostilities.

CORRELATION: Solar Eclipse and historical events

Cosmic Laws govern the Universe, one of which is the Law of Cause and Effect or Karma. This fundamental principal states that every action generates a reaction, a return of the energy in kind; we ‘reap what we sow.’ The energy returns to us in accordance with the Law of Cycles. Without an understanding of the divine principles we remain ignorant and so compound our errors. The Law applies equally at the personal and the collective level affecting individuals, communities and all nations, played out through repeated incarnation, the refinement of souls  through experience. We are all our brother’s keeper.

Karmic energy is neutral, The Law is exactreflecting past actions  both positively and negatively.  The American belief in ‘manifest destiny’  led to expansionism,  its magnificent achievements  built on a foundation of slavery and genocide. The American continent was opened up by early settlers whose wagon trains, railroads and ranches displaced the indigenous tribes. The effect was compounded by governmental policies which ultimately resulted in what has been described as  ethnic cleansing. The Oregon Trail crossed America and was used by the wagon trains of some 400,000 settlers, farmers, miners, ranchers, and business owners and their families. 

The eclipse began in Oregon. a region originally populated   by some 50,000 Native Americans until government legislation in 1850 forcibly removed  tribes and offered 2.5 million acres of their land, free to white settlers. The Oregon Trail was linked to the California Trail: Evidence of human occupation by native American tribes of California dates from at least 19,000 years ago. These aboriginal people had 500 distinct sub-tribes or groups, each consisting of 50 to 500 individual members. The California Gold Rush began on January 24th 1848 with the discovery of a gold nugget by James Marshall, who had been hired by a California land baron, John Sutter who was building an empire on 50,000 acres of Indian land near Sacramento. Sutter kidnapped native Americans and forced them to work for him. It was recorded that Sutter “keeps 600 to 800 Indians in a complete state of Slavery.” The discovery of gold brought 300,000 people to the area in two years. Of an estimated 50,000 native Americans living in the area at this time, only 16,000 were alive by 1990.

1846 Mexican-American War: America was victorious and Mexico ceded to the United States approximately 525,000 square miles (55% of its pre war territory).February 2nd 1848: The Treaty of Guadelope Hildago (coinciding with the discovery of gold in California) brought land under the control of America 

The land would eventually become the future states of Washington, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Oregon and Texas as well as portions of what would later become Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, and Montana. Native American land titles were not honoured. The native tribal population was reduced by 90% during the 19th century—from more than 200,000 to approximately 15,000 mostly due to disease.

Slavery played a major part in Oregon’s historyIn December 1844, Oregon prohibited slavery while simultaneously passing its Black Exclusion Law, which prohibited African Americans from entering the territory. Any African Americans in the region after the law was passed were forced to leave, those who did not comply were arrested and beaten. They received no less than twenty and no more than thirty-nine stripes across their bare back. If they still did not leave, this process could be repeated every six months.

The eclipse ended in Charleston Carolina. Charleston was founded in 1660 when King Charles ll gave the land (which became the Province of Carolina) to 8 of his loyal friends. The area was inhabited by the Cusabo Indians and the settlers declared war on them in 1671, forcing the Indians to cede large tracts of land and making them pay a humiliating symbolic payment of Tribute when the war ended.

Tobacco to Cotton: The early white settlers had created tobacco plantations in Virginia, Colonists tried to use Native Americans for labour but they were susceptible to European diseases and died in large numbers. The plantation owners then turned to enslaved Africans. In the 1660’s, the government of the colony of Virginia established the legal framework for perpetual servitude based on colour revising its laws in that decade to establish that black slaves could be kept enslaved  permanently, generation after generation.The invention of the cotton gin improved processing of raw material, increasing production and profits; this led to the transition from tobacco to cotton in the southern

States, reinforcing the regions dependence upon slave labour. Congress outlawed the African slave trade in 1808 but by 1860 the slave population had almost tripled to nearly 4 million with more than half living in the cotton producing states of the south. The American Civil War, fought over the abolition of slavery resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

Despite the progress made in Civil Rights, the residual karma of injustice is playing out today as civil unrest

 

THE AMERICAN ECLIPSE: GLOBAL CONSEQUENCE

 ‘From Sea to Shining Sea’  –  August 21st 2017

 Astronomical significance: The light of the sun is eclipsed by the moon as it passes over, casting a shadow upon the Earth.

Metaphysical significance: The sun represents Father/Spirit/Divine Masculine/External expression. The moon represents Mother/Earth/Divine Feminine/Introspection.

In metaphysical terms a total solar eclipse represents an Initiation experience requiring introspection, an opportunity for self examination, looking within. The light is temporarily eclipsed, revealing the true consciousness, individual perception and intention, whether at an individual or collective level.

The ‘eclipse parties’ as thousands watched the event are an example of the external rather than internal experience of the observers. This was not simply an event to be observed but one with major impact denoting a major shift.

 

Sacred Numerology Esoteric codes decipher the meaning of events through the resonance of numbers:.

Location and Timing:  This is the first solar eclipse to cross the entire continent of America in 99 years. 99 is a Master number, a soul message to extend effort at a point of closure. In simple terms this was a cosmic event directly affecting the American continent and its people. An initiatory experience where the collective consciousness is revealed.

The eclipse began at Oregon, the 33rd state, ending at South Carolina, at the 33rd parallel (33 is a Master number resonating with cosmic consciousness, wisdom and justice) denoting the degree of  spiritual attainment. The eclipse cast a 70 mile wide shadow across the whole American continent from coast to coast, linking the southern states from Carolina to the western states of California and Oregon. 7 resonates with collective consciousness and spiritual awakening. 10 is the number of evolutionary journeys. 70 is a sacred number relating to transitions, the culmination of a cycle.

A solar eclipse often signals major historical conflicts and shifts in power relations.

  • A solar eclipse that blackened the sun over the important Mediterranean seaport of Tyre just before Alexander the Great invaded Persia.
  • A solar eclipse passed over the Russian Army on the 21st of August in 1915, this was at the outbreak of World War I. That same solar eclipse also marked the day that saw the opening clashes on the Western Front.
  • The last time a solar eclipse passed over the US was in 1918, this was the year that saw the beginning of America’s post war rise to prominence.
  • 1948 A solar eclipse passed over the center of Korea with the division into North and South.  NASA map shows the path of the Korean War solar eclipse of May 9th 1948.  2018 would be a 70 year cycle.

REGIME CHANGE and DEMOCRACY

‘Regime change’: A euphemism for overthrowing a government.

The Soviet war in Afghanistan was initially fought between the forces of the Afghanistan government and foreign mercenaries, Russia was asked to assist. In 1979.. The Soviets decided to remove Hafizullah Amin the ruler of Afghanistan, whose pro China/Pakistan affiliation was considered to be an impediment to the Soviet Unions potential power base in Central Asia. A Pro-Soviet Afghan Revolutionary Central Committee was installed. The entry of the Soviet Union resulted in an immediate increase in the presence of foreign mercenaries, massive military campaigns and the extensive destruction of local infrastructure This resulted in division, a loss of support for the Soviet military presence, and nation-wide resistance. About one million Afghan civilians were killed before the Soviet troop withdrawal.

In 1991 Operation Desert Storm, the invasion of Iraq was initiated by President George H W Bush  triggered by the annexing of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein. 

In 2002 Brent Scowcroft his former National Security Advisor, warned George Bush Jnr in a Wall Street Journal editorial entitled ‘Don’t attack Saddam’ – “Possibly the most dire consequences would be the effect in the region … there would be an explosion of outrage against us … the results could well destabilise Arab regimes”, and, “could even swell the ranks of the terrorists.”

2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom: 36 million people across the globe took part in almost 3,000 protests against the proposed invasion of Iraq. wearemanystillDespite this the United States launched the invasion. According to U.S. President George W Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the coalition mission was “to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people.” The public were informed that the elimination of this brutal dictator would result in popular support for the invaders who would be welcomed as liberators. The US congress authorised the use of military force against Iraq under anti terrorism legislation confirming that it should be the policy of the United States to remove the Saddam Hussein regime and promote a democratic replacement. Many believe Al Quaeda’s expansion was the predictable outcome

 2015Thousands demonstrated in the UK to oppose the bombing of Syria a country already decimated by war with its infrastructure demolished. The UK Screen shot 2015-12-08 at 13.31.43parliament voted and bombing commenced within hours. By UN  estimates 10.8 million of the 22 million population of Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, this includes  6.5 million internally displaced, often multiple times – 50 per cent more than in 2013. At the close of 2015 the UK population remain divided as to whether bombing Syria will be effective in stopping ISIS with many believing terrorist attacks in the UK will increase as a result.

Echoes of the past return to haunt us as we listen again to an earnest  Prime Minister and a sombre president;  Barack Obama and David CameronPrevious non existent ‘Weapons of mass destruction’ have morphed into ‘70,000 moderate fighters’ who we are confidently told will support Allied forces on the ground once a UK bombing campaign begins. 

We are again assured of minimal ‘Collateral damage’ a euphemism for people maimed and killed by the ‘smart bombs’ supposedly able to differentiate between targets. TV images of bombed wedding parties, hospitals, schools and homes with weeping fathers carrying their dead and injured children from the rubble do nothing to convince us. Bombs Reports: Syrian rebels seize oil field near Homs as we all know are impersonal, they have only one purpose – to kill.  When we bomb oil fields to ensure ISIS do not benefit, ordinary people are left without fuel for cooking and come one step closer to displacement to join the thousands of asylum seekers in Europe.460261876_d1 

LOVE, WAR AND FORGIVENESS

A recent conversation prompted this blog which does not usually carry my personal accounts. This exception is made in the hope that ‘we never forget’ and perhaps more importantly never judge, in the hope that those who still carry old wounds may allow them to heal.

 A friend, someone who served for twenty two years in the Royal Navy in many of the trouble spots around the world was recently shopping when the poppy he was wearing as a mark of respect drew the attention of two young men who enquired what it meant. Screen shot 2014-11-09 at 14.06.35Somewhat surprised he told them the story of the Flanders field  covered in wild poppies were so many had fallen and how this became the symbol of remembrance. They were impressed but asked ” Who was the war with?”  While the impact of war will understandably be lessened upon future generations we both found it shocking that so much has been forgotten so soon.

It got me to thinking of those who not only lost their lives or were wounded but also of  the generational effect on those whose lives were severely disrupted and inevitably changed forever….the lucky ones who went home.  The many who became the unnoticed  and uncounted casualties of war, young men, many still in their teens, plucked from their homes and sent overseas to fight. Today we are beginning to better understand the legacy of post traumatic stress resulting from mental conflict but what of the emotional wounds caused by upheaval; being uprooted from all that is familiar, the pain of separation from loved ones and the chaos and turmoil  experienced by those thrown together.

As a child I was often perplexed at seeing my mother weep uncontrollably on Remembrance Day, it was some years before I discovered that my own parents were among the  uncounted emotional casualties of the Second World War. My father, a Canadian, was a twenty three year old painter and decorator living in the small town of Hamilton Ontario stylized_maple_leafwhen, along with his brother he was drafted into the army  to fight in Europe. He found himself, living in an army barracks in the South of England awaiting the order to sail for France. On one occasion while on leave and with few options, he and his brother decided to explore a little and  boarded a train going North. With no idea of where they were, they decided to leave the destination to Fate and simply jump off the train when they felt impressed to do so. For no apparent reason they disembarked at a tiny insignificant station, Shaw in Lancashire; they would later say that neither had any idea what made them choose that spot. Wandering around lost, they stopped at a small Working Men’s Club to have a drink, finding the local people friendly they subsequently returned and here my father and mother met. From then on they spent every leave together until they married some two years later by which time she was just twenty one and pregnant.

As D Day loomed the Canadian troops stationed in England prepared to join the Allied troop movements in Europe; confined to barracks my father had no way to inform my mother who heard along with everyone else of the D  Day landings. She was  left pregnant and bereft and his ordeal began as his regiment fought their way through some of the worst battle grounds in France. At the end of the war he returned to his army base in England to await demobilisation. Reunited, she was shocked at  the change in him, he had lost most of his hair and was silent concerning his experiences. Like so many others they made plans for a new life together  and as his regiment returned home she prepared for the birth of her first child and emigration to Canada. I was born in January 1946 and by August with all documentation completed she finally sailed on The Queen Mary with hundreds of other war brides.  Landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia she began the train journey to Hamilton to meet her new family. She arrived to find that her husband had returned to his childhood sweetheart, an earlier relationship  fractured by the onset of war.  I have often tried to imagine the shock and the realisation that her dream was over. Left to pick up the pieces, she found a job, arranged childcare and began to save the fare to return home. Three years later she arrived back in Shaw where their story had begun. Ironically today, aged 91 she lives in Halifax Yorkshire….perhaps a closing of the circle as they say

I never knew my father and in childhood struggled to come to terms with what I saw as his rejection and abandonment. I now understand that it is impossible to judge and feel only compassion for not two but three young people caught up in a love story and events beyond their control.This story is not uncommon, pregnancy is a legacy of war with children left abandoned or disconnected from their natural fathers whether by circumstance or intention.. The Vietnam War it is said left a vietnam2_2900854blegacy of unknown numbers of Amerasians, thousands of fatherless children born to Vietnamese mothers as the soldiers returned home to American wives and sweethearts. This is a much more complex picture, the additional burden of being mixed race faced with prejudice and rejection by both Vietnamese and American cultures. Such children can only ever know one side of their family lineage, culture and history and may remain not only angry and bitter but lacking identity. Mothers and fathers often remain wracked with resentment or guilt. In either scenario forgiveness may be unattainable.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/vietnam/10806648/Former-America-GIs-on-Vietnam-mission-to-find-their-lost-children.html

I truly believe there is purpose to be found in all circumstances and today I am proud of my mixed heritage but even after more than sixty years the missingKen pieces remain as gaps to be filled. Sadly it is too late to be reunited with my father who passed away in 1997 without our ever meeting again. Amazingly he and my mother and their new partners met amicably on several occasions, a lesson in forgiveness. I now look forward to a planned visit to Canada to explore a cultural heritage so long denied. With only one photograph who knows who or what I may find!  (My father’s name was Kenneth Merlihan, he was stationed at Woking, Surrey England with the 34th Canadian Corps Troop Company – Canadian Army Overseas. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him)

Dr Masaru Emoto – One more Beacon to Light our Way

Emoto 1It seems an ever increasing number of enlightened souls who have left an indelible imprint upon the planet are moving on to brighter spheres.  As we reflect upon the passing of  Dr Masaru Emoto and  the immense contribution he has made in raising planetary awareness, we celebrate a unique individual who did much to awaken the consciousness of mankind. There can be few people who are blessed to leave such a legacy of beauty to  demonstrate their work. The lasting images which come to mind whenever his name is mentioned  will surely be of the beautiful water crystals he brought to our attention. (See archive blog: Water crystals – Matrix and Molecules)

The concept that consciousness is present in every aspect of life, including organic and Emoto 3mineral now seems less alien to the general public because of his enlightened research. We should have expected no less from such a humble man  than that the last words he spoke were ‘Thank you”  I join the millions worldwide in saying ‘Arigato’ (thank you) Dr Emoto for enriching our lives and inspiring so many, particularly the young to continue your work.

MASARU EMOTO
July 22,1943 – October 17,2014
“We must begin by learning what it is to have enough…to feel gratitude for having been born on a planet so rich in nature and gratitude for the water that makes our life possible. If you open your eyes you will see that the world is full of so much that deserves our gratitude. When you have become the embodiment of gratitude, think about how pure the water that fills your body will be. When this happens, you yourself will be a beautiful shining crystal of light.”Emoto 2

PAEDOPHILIA – The Abuse of Power

As  the extent of sexual abuse and paedophile networks is increasingly revealed we are faced with the reality of what has been concealed by perpetrators and those who have protected them for decades. Generations of children  grown to adulthood yet scarred for life are now coming forward to tell their stories of what they were forced to endure. The weapon of the paedophile is secrecy, the victim unable to seek help, believes and with good reason that they will not be believed and so remains silent. Continue reading

What would Martin say?

How ironic that in the week when millions of Americans honoured the memory of the ‘I have a dream’ speech made by Dr Martin Luther King Jnr 50 years ago America stands poised to commence a bombing campaign described by the White House as punitive.

Dr King would surely find it reprehensible that civilians are now fleeing Damascus, not to escape the ongoing government brutality but  a strategic strike by America.  Their only escape to join the hundreds of thousands of displaced refugees already sheltering in the overcrowded camps of neighbouring countries.

As military voices once again drown out the voice of reason, experts debate risk factors and possible repercussions which include a retaliatory response against Israel, the strengthening of militant extremists and escallation to a regional conflict in the Middle East.

So what would Martin Luther King have counseled had we been blessed with his presence on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial this week? We can be fairly certain he would not condone a bombing campaign for whatever motive. We are fortunate that we have the legacy of his words, still ringing ‘from the mountain top’ but too rarely heard, a timely reminder of the hypocrisy of lip service.

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time;

the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”

“Peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal”

 

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

 A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

 Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity…..

It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence. And the alternative to disarmament, the alternative to a greater suspension of nuclear tests, the alternative to strengthening the United Nations and thereby disarming the whole world, may well be a civilization plunged into the abyss of annihilation, and our earthly habitat would be transformed into an inferno that even the mind of Dante could not imagine.