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“If I Were to Remain Silent, I’d be Guilty of Complicity.”

Albert Einstein

Here’s What You Can Do

If we don’t take committed action, Trump and the right wing extremists will roll back a century of progress, deny the fundamental rights guaranteed to all by our Constitution, and transfer every last ounce of wealth and power to the people and corporations that already control most of it (at the expense of everyone else).

The Cabinet members, Bannon and other advisors hand-picked by Trump (not for their qualifications, but simply because they supported HIM), are a group of billionaires, bankers, oil magnates and Wall Street insiders. They ARE the swamp!

Now, here’s what you can do:

  • Keep the pressure on. Show up and speak up. IT WORKS! Our constant and consistent participation is the key.
  • Think short term and actively respond to current attacks on our freedoms and civil liberties
  • Think long term and proactively plan for the next elections in 2017, 2018 and especially 2020. This is not a sprint. It is a marathon.
  • Participate in local politics. Form or join a local group to take action in your town. Go to City Council Meetings. Demand Town Hall Meetings with Congress members when they are in town. Be ready to act nationally when needed.

Never for one second, forget America is YOUR country and that the President and the members of Congress WORK FOR YOU!!!

Below is a check list of 10 specific steps you can take to do your part. You are being called to action.

 Here’s what YOU can do: 

  • Spend just 10 minutes each day doing one of the following. I am sure you can agree that’s not asking too much. (Save or print the following information for future reference):

 

GET STARTED

  • Get yourself prepared with good information. Up-to-date names and contact information of all the men and women in Congress is available at: http://capwiz.com/pfaw/directory/congdir.tt . This site also provides all contact information for all major news and network organizations. SAVE THIS LINK for all future communication.
  • Write/email/call members of congress – call them and tell them what concerns you and how you want them to vote.

Contact your own representatives:

 Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – Senate Majority Leader:
(202) 224-2541
Chuck Schumer (D-NY) – Senate Minority Leader:

(202) 224-6542
Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House (R-WI)
:
(202) 225-3031
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) – House Majority Leader:

(202) 225-2915
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) – House Minority Leader:  
(202) 225-4965

The following are the most centrist republican congress members and will be good people to contact:
Senator Bob Corker – TN: (202) 224-3344

Senator Lisa Murkowski – AK: (202) 224-6665

Senator Rob Portman – OH: (202) 224-3353

Senator Susan Collins – ME: (202) 224-2523

Senator Bill Cassidy – LA: (202) 224-5824

  • Write/email/call:

Reince Priebus – Chair of the Republican National Committee: https://www.gop.com/contact-us/

Tom Perez – Chair of the Democratic National Committee: 202-863-8000

http://my.democrats.org/page/s/contact-the-democrats

  • Write/email/call the White House – post card campaign. Send one/day: Share your opinions with him daily:

Mail your messages to:

President (for now) Donald J. Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington D.C. 20500

Email messages to: president@whitehouse.gov. Enter the Subject information. Decide upon a good, simple subject to name your email. Consider using “Regarding [topic]” as a format.

Call: Comments: 202-456-1111 OR Switchboard: 202-456-1414


Twitter:
Compose your message in 140 characters or less and be sure to include the Twitter handles @WhiteHouse, @realDonaldTrump and/or @POTUS.

  NOTE: Say what you want to say in a professional manner and do not include any overt or covert threats. The United States Secret Service takes these threats very seriously, and will investigate each one to ensure that the President of the United States is protected.

If your letter is judged to be a threat, odds are very good you will end up being investigated. Threatening the President of the United States is a Class E Felony, which carries a punishment that includes prison time (among other things), so weigh your words with care. [1]

  • Make 5 calls/day:  https://5calls.org – Spend 5 minutes, make 5 calls. This site provides phone numbers and scripts, so calling is quick and easy, and uses your location to find your local representatives so your calls have more impact. Get their weekly newsletter.


KEEP GOING . . . ONGOING SUPPORT

  •  Concentrate on one or two pet causes you will stand for and support with your time, donations and petitions. Don’t spread yourself too thin:


Women’s Rights

Planned Parenthood  www.plannedparenthood.org 

NARAL http://prochoiceamerica.org  
Protect the Environment

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2013/0628/10-organizations-that-protect-the-environment/Conservation-Fund  
Immigration

http://politico.com/news/immigration 
Civil rights/human rights

http://civilrights.org

Amnesty International – is a global movement of more than 7 million people in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end abuses of human rights: https://www.amnesty.org/en/

Gun Control  http://everytown.org 

Education http://networkforpu   bliceducation.org    

Affordable Care Act  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act 
The Economy/Wall Street/Big Business, etc. Do some research on your own.

THEN:

Contact the Trump Cabinet Member directly related to your favorite cause. Here they are:

Trump Cabinet Tracker: Lists all current Cabinet Members and other Trump advisors and background on each.  https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/trump-cabinet-tracker/510527/ 

  • Fact check. One of the most important things we can do is stand for the TRUTH. Don’t send info you haven’t fact-checked, don’t spread conspiracies (on all sides). Correct anything or anyone you know to be spreading false information. Trump HATES the truth!

  PolitiFact: www.politifact.com   PolitiFact is  fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter.

Snopes: www.snopes.com The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.


Pros and Cons of Fact-checking sites:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/12/1/1606289/-Fact-Checking-Websites-Pros-and-Cons 

 

  • Write to/email/call News Media and support good honest reporting and condemn anything that smacks of conspiracy or “alternative facts”. Tell them you want them to speak Truth to Power and to keep asking the questions until politicians actually answer them! Some relatively reliable news sources are:

 NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, BBC, KQED, CNN, NPR, MSNBC (accurate, but tends to lean left),NYT, Wash Post, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, WSJ, The Atlantic and Politico.

The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones and The New Yorker are some I really like.

In my opinion, FOX News is a puppet of the Trump administration, manipulates the truth and spreads conspiracies.

Call FOX News and complain about their severe bias:(888) 369-4762

         

  • Join Protest Marches – Attend Town Hall Meetings – show up in numbers with signs and feel free to speak up. Your voice matters:

http://townhallproject.comSign up to stay up to date on town halls in your area (nationwide) and GO TO THEM!!

  • BOYCOTT TRUMP RETAILERS who sell/market his products. Google: Boycott Trump for many sites that list retailers/products to avoid.
  • Stay informed. Some of my favorite balanced thinkers among many are:

Television News Sources:

  • GPS – The Global Public Square with Fareed Zakaria (CNN – Sunday am) He’s my favorite!!
  • Charlie Rose (Weekdays pm)
  • This Week with George Stephanopolous (CBS – Sunday am)
  • Meet the Press with Chuck Todd (NBC – Sunday am)
  • The Messy Truth – Van Jones (CNN)
  • 360 with Anderson Cooper (CNN – Weeknights)
  • Heather McGhee (pundit)
  • Joy Ann Reid (MSNBC am)
  • Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann (MSNBC – Weeknights)

 TV – Poignant political humor that wakes you up!

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Sunday pm)
  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Week nights)
  • The Bill Marr Show (Friday nights)

 

Internet News Sources

http://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com is a terrific newsletter and blog that chronicles the daily shock and awe of the Trump administration. It’s produced every morning by hand, updated throughout the day, with a newsletter sent out every afternoon.

http://popularresistance.org Here you will find links, tools and other resources to help you connect with groups and organizations in the increasingly growing popular resistance movement. They also provide a daily stream of relevant news articles from around the web, and perhaps the most comprehensive national events calendar anywhere online.

http://countable.us: Get clear, concise summaries of bills going through Congress, see what others think, then take action. Telling your reps how you feel is easier than ever with email and now video messages. Make your democracy more responsive!

ACLU – American Civil Liberties Unionhttp://aclu.org. For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

PLEASE!

Won’t you set aside 5-10 minutes of every day (write it in your calendar right now) and be the kind of active citizen our country deserves and desperately needs?

Holding back and waiting for someone else to do it gave us Trump. You and I are needed now more than ever before and we MUST do something every day.

Your vote counts! Your actions count and never forget, the President and Congress work for YOU and ME, not the other way around!!

Thank you for your patriotism, courage and strength.

 

“I am not a one in a million kind of girl. I am a once in a lifetime kind of woman.”

Pravinee Hurbungs

 

 

For the Love of the World

For the love of a tree…
She went out on a limb.
For the love of the sea…
She rocked the boat.
For the love of the earth…
She dug deeper.

For the love of community…
She mended fences.
For the love of the stars…
She let her light shine.
For the love of spirit…
She nurtured her soul.

For the love of a good time…
She sowed seeds of happiness.
For the love of the Goddess…
She drew down the moon.
For the love of nature…
She made compost.
For the love of a good meal…
She gave thanks.

For the love of family…
She reconciled differences.
For the love of creativity…
She entertained new possibilities.
For the love of her enemies…
She suspended judgment.

For the love of herself…
She acknowledged her worth.
And the world was richer for her.

~ Charlotte Tall Mountain

 

Thank you to my good friend,
Sherry Edensmith for sharing this poem with us

 

 

This Is What Lisa Did . . .

 I live in Healdsburg, CA. Lisa Steinkamp is my dear friend. Last week, she shared the following statement with the City Council members. She was there at the meeting as a citizen advocating for Human Rights, along with a standing room only crowd packed into the auditorium. Her poignant message calls for us TO ACT NOW. Please listen to her speak to them and to you now. . .

 “My name is Lisa Steinkamp, and I am an immigrant.

 My grandfather was an officer in the Wehrmacht. He was killed in 1939, fighting for a man who had promised to relieve the burden of poverty and repression for the common people of Germany. My grandmother raised her two children alone, starving in a war she did not understand. As an atheist and a liberal, she thought the leader of her country was demented.

 This is the leader who sold his hatred as hope for the poorest citizens of his country, promising Germany First! in the rebuilding of a great nation.

The free press was called, “Lügenpresse,” which directly translates to “fake press”.

 The free judiciary eroded with no place for independent judges who were not aligned with the ideology of the leader.

 Specific groups of immigrants were blamed for major problems in society and a special task force rounded up these enemies of the state by “Schutzhaft”, protective custody. Prisons and camps were to rid the nation of this problem.

 It all sounds so familiar.

My grandmother watched this unfold and did nothing, deeply regretting it for the rest of her life.

 We in this community however, are in a position to act. We can take a stance for what is good and right by making our city a sanctuary, or a safe haven, if you prefer.

 Time is of an essence. The roundups have begun, and people across this nation are being detained and deported. Judge James Robart was shamed for disagreeing with the president, who declared the court system to be “a threat to national security”. The attacks on the press are ongoing, and white supremacy and hate crimes are surging since the election.

 No, we are not the Third Reich. Far from it. But there are too many parallels to close our eyes and look away. You, members of the city council, don’t want to be in a situation in which your grandchildren ask you in years to come why you did nothing, when you were in the unique situation to do so.

Please don’t let your answer be that it was because you were worried about the potential loss of funding. Our roads, bridges and buildings can be repaired in four years, our hearts and communities cannot.

 I respectfully ask you to consider these statements and adopt an amended resolution to keep everyone living in our town safe.” **

My friends, I am not an alarmist when I say that the groundwork of fascism is being laid. The situation is urgent. Any student of human behavior will tell you the President of the USA is a narcissistic sociopath and a pathological liar. He has mental disorders. There is nothing a power hungry, ego-centric personality like his would like more, than to be the Commander in Chief of another World War. It is the maniacal dream of every narcissist to be the ultimate ruler of the world.

Every decision and action he takes is totally and solely centered on himself and his own personal gain. Because of the immense power he has in his hands, he’s the most dangerous, authoritarian win/lose player we have ever had as the leader our democratic government. His constant lies, brutal bullying, racist attacks on the handicapped, Muslims, women, etc. etc. and attacks on the free press along with vindictive actions towards anyone who doesn’t obey him or agree with him make him the most unethical, immoral, deceitful man ever to sit in the White House.

Our democracy, our freedoms and our very way of life as decent human beings is under attack by the new president and his rich, entitled team of corporate ideologues. We have entered a very threatening time in our history that will define us for many years to come. Democracy is not a guarantee. It was hard earned over 200 years ago and since then has been defended with countless battles fought and precious lives lost. Lisa knows all too well that the future is now in her hands and her voice counts. She took a stand and spoke up. We must all do the same.

Anything of value takes hard work and attention. If we don’t take committed action, Trump and the right wing radicals will roll back a century of progress, deny the fundamental rights guaranteed to all by our Constitution, and transfer every last ounce of wealth and power to the individuals and corporations that already control most of it (at the expense of everyone else).

The Cabinet members, Alt-Right Bannon and other advisors hand-picked by Trump (not for their qualifications, but simply because they supported HIM), are a group of elite billionaires, bankers, oil magnates and Wall Street insiders, each with a self-serving agenda.

Here’s what you need to do:

SHOW UP – STAND UP – SPEAK UP! 

  • Keep the pressure on. Show up and speak up. IT WORKS! Your constant and consistent participation is the key.
  • Think short term and actively respond to current attacks on our freedoms and civil liberties
  • Think long term and proactively plan for the next elections in 2017, 2018 and especially 2020. This is not a sprint. It is a marathon.
  • Participate in local politics. Form or join a local group to take action in your town. Go to City Council Meetings. Demand and attend Town Hall Meetings with Congress members when they are in town. Be ready to act nationally when needed.

THE FACTS: 

1)  Sanctuary cities generally have policies or laws that limit the extent to which law enforcement and other government employees will go to by encouraging members of immigrant communities to work with police without fear of deportation. Such policies help authorities improve public safety by helping authorities identify and arrest dangerous criminals who might otherwise go undetected.
 
The San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi defends sanctuary city policy. “I firmly believe it makes us safer. We’re a world-renowned city with a large immigrant population. From a law enforcement perspective, we want to build trust with that population.
 
He is not alone. Safe haven policies are widely supported by police groups such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police and chiefs from the nation’s largest police departments because they help communities unite to fight crime.
 
2)  Yet, at the core of Trump’s domestic policy is his Immigration/Deportation Plan. At the joint session of Congress he said, “My plan will save billions and billions of dollars and make communities safe for everyone
 
Here’s the TRUTH:
The ICE budget increased 110% since 2009 ($9.2Billion to $19.3Billion) and the # of customs and border officers has grown 60% from 31K to 50K, (NYT) yet Trump still wants to hire another 15K. The estimated cost of doing so will create an additional $1.4Bllion – $1.5Billion annually (UPI).
 
Trump says the 2,000 mile wall will cost ~$10Billion. The MIT Tech Review issued a report on their study that says it will cost at least $40Billion! (And Mexico will pay for it! Ha!)
 
There is even a deeper cost: Undocumented workers work in all facets of American society, retail, restaurants, hotels, manufacturing and farming. The mass deportation of 11 million undocumented workers would immediately reduce the nations’ GDP by 1.4% and ultimately by 2.6% and reduce cumulative GDP over 10 years by $4.7 trillion!
 
Here’s the kicker: The number of Mexican immigrants is on the decline. According to Pew Research, more Mexicans left the USA than entered!
 
SUMMARY: It will take $20 billion/yr. to run Trump’s deportation system plus tens of $$billions to build the wall. His War on Immigration will be fought at a staggering economic and human cost.
 
Just who do you think is going to pay for that?

Never for one second, forget that America is YOUR country and that the President and the members of Congress WORK FOR YOU!!!

SHOW UP – STAND UP -SPEAK UP!!

** Thanks to Lisa and countless other citizens like her, a resolution was passed by the City Council members to make Healdsburg a safe haven city!

“Excellence can be attained if you care more than others think is wise,  Risk more than others think is safe, Dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible.”


The BE-DO-HAVE of Excellence

Personal transformation through my Self Mastery program is a special journey that seems to attract those who have a strong desire to excel. No one is perfect. We make mistakes, we misjudge, and we often fall short of our dreams, but we never stop moving forward.

Each day brings us closer to our ideal. Although perfection (which can never be attained) is fine to have as an ideal, it is the striving for excellence that will allow us to daily live life in an extraordinary way. The impossibility of perfection is no excuse for refusing to seek it while effectively embracing the journey towards that ideal which is called excellence.

In fact, if there is a single precept to which we need to dedicate ourselves, it is that of excellence – excellence in attitude, excellence in performance and excellence in our interrelationships with each other.

This dedication does not come cheaply. Every decision, every action, every result must be weighed consciously and often with discipline and attention to detail. The risks are also great, for when one emulates excellence, one does so with the full realization that one may not be up to the task – there is no assurance of success. However, when we realize the reward is worth the risk, then we persist.

To understand what enlightened people strive for, one must first understand how they define excellence. Excellence is the pursuit of the possible. Not what is possible given the weaknesses and limitations of the human condition, but what is possible given the remarkable achievements of human innovation, discipline, courage and intensity of purpose – the extraordinary results of human dedication to an idea, a vision, a principle, a pragmatic objective.

Many people are attracted to the higher purpose of making the world a better place in which to live. Many of us want our homes to be a more loving and supportive environment in which we can all grow. We want our jobs to be more healthy, balanced arenas in which we can prosper and succeed and we want ourselves to be the very best we can be. To accomplish all of this requires a committed dedication to purpose if anything of lasting value is to be achieved.

There are bound to be diversions and difficulties along the way, and while we are well intended, we also know that feeling of wanting to turn back or sitting tight where we are when we are required to risk or to take action.

There is one intense moment in that process when it becomes clear to us, however fleeting, that we do have a choice. And it is in this conscious moment we literally make the choice to win or lose, when we more fully than ever, face the implications of our intent.

Unfortunately, it’s not always an easy choice. More often than not, the moment of decision comes so quickly and so disarmingly, we are not even aware we decided anything. The feet get to moving, so to speak, and we’re backing up before we even recognize the moment of choice has passed us by. So be it. We’ve all been known to fail the test. But if soaring is our true objective, then we must again face the challenge and move forward with a renewed commitment.

Every day, each of us is faced with the challenges of living and we struggle with the obstacles presented to us through our relationships, our work and our community. We frequently trip and fall. We make many mistakes and we’re not always proud of our actions. Sometimes we doubt whether we are capable of handling the responsibilities and decisions in front of us.

At other times, we get discouraged and think about giving up our visions and dreams. We can be reactive and lose our tempers or get frustrated with some upset that enters our daily life. Life’s wonders as well as the disappointments and difficulties keep showing up whether we want them to or not.

This is why the Self Mastery enlightenment work is so important. Within it is every single tool you will ever need to assist you to stay on track. The process absolutely works. You, however, need to work the program. Maintaining the quality of your life is a lifetime journey of commitment to excellence in all that you do.

If you have never done the Self Mastery work . . . Do it!

If you did the Self Mastery work a while ago . . . Review it

If you have never read my book . . . Read it!

If you have never passed on the value of the Self Mastery program to others by encouraging them to do it . . . Share it!

BE the work, DO the work and you will HAVE the rich rewards enlightenment provides.

“Aspire greatly; anything less than a commitment to excellence becomes an acceptance of mediocrity.”

Brian Tracy

For more information on participating in Self Mastery Development, contact Martha at: martha@marthaborst.com

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”

Arthur Rubinstein


6 Ways to Infuse More Love into Your Life

The more I advance through life, and the more love I infuse into everything that I am, and everything that I do, the more I realize how important it is to see everything through eyes of love. Why? Because love is so delicious and it feels so good. And the more love you put into every thought you think, every word you speak and every single thing you do, the more love you will receive back, and the better your life will get.

Whether you have a partner or not, may this Valentine’s Day be a new beginning for you to generate, create and cause love in your life by being a source of love yourself.
1. Look for the deeper meaning of things

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.”

~ Albert Einstein

Whenever things don’t go your way, and whenever life gives you more than you can handle, instead of blaming your circumstances and instead of adopting the victim mentality, take a few steps back, a few deep cleansing breaths, and then ask yourself these questions:

“Why is this happening to me?”

“What can I learn from these experiences?”

“How can I use this situation to my advantage?”

Don’t react with fear to what’s happening around you. Respond with love. Trust that everything is happening for you for your own growth, evolution and expansion. Trust that life will always give you “whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.”

~ Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose:

Trust the wisdom of life. Look for the deeper meaning of things, and in time you will learn how to turn your wounds into wisdom, your difficulties into opportunities, and your fears into LOVE.
2. Get comfortable with “I love you”

It’s funny how many people think you need to take drugs, get drunk, smoke and inject all kind of weird things into your body in order for you to get high.

For me, that’s just silly. It’s silly because me personally, I discovered that all you have to do in order for you to feel really blissful, ecstatic and euphoric is to allow your heart to be wide open and then let the love your Soul has to offer to flow in and out of your life. That’s all. That’s all it takes. It’s that simple, yet that difficult.

“Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not ‘I love you’ for this or that reason, not ‘I love you if you love me.’ It’s love for no reason, love without an object.”

~ Ram Das

You see, thoughts, words, they all have power, creative power. For one day, practice thinking ‘I Love You’ to everyone you meet and talk with and really put your heart into it. Think loving, feel loving and let your voice and behavior appear loving.

You will find that not only will you start feeling a lot of love and compassion for those around you, but you will also allow an abundance of love to flow through every cell of your body, making you feel all blissful, ecstatic and euphoric.

Why entertain all kind of repetitive, negative, toxic and self-defeating thoughts when you can choose to occupy your mind with love? Put your mind at work, and have it create feelings that make you feel blissful joyful and ecstatic. Use your mind to create love, not only for yourself, but also for those around you. Get comfortable with “I love you”, and “I love you” will get very comfortable with you.
3. Release the past and make room for LOVE
Isn’t it ironic how we use something as precious as the present moment to fill it in with past hurts? We think and talk about the past, we think and talk about the future but we rarely stop to pay attention to the present moment.

We don’t cling on to the past because we want to suffer but because we think that by holding on to it we will be happy. This is the irony.

We cling on to the past because the past gives us a sense of identity, it makes us who we are, or at least that’s what we think. Because we haven’t yet learned how to be present and engaged in our day to day lives, we continue to craft our lives from a place of limitations – the past, instead of doing it from a place of infinite choices and possibilities – the present moment.

A lot of people carry their past with them through resentment, blame, anger, fear, sadness, nostalgia and attachments of all kind. And what they don’t realize is that by clinging onto all of these things they are making their life journey a lot more difficult, and a lot harder; slowing themselves down and keeping themselves from living the life they were intended to live.

Give yourself permission to  work on forgiving those who might have hurt you in the past and make room in your mind, body and heart for love, peace and tranquility.

Work on accepting, embracing and forgiving it all, no matter how hard and impossible it might seem. Don’t cling on to the pain and what’s most important, don’t let your past define and limit you. Accept your past for what it was and accept your life for what it is now. Only by doing so will you have the power to change your present life situation.
4. Receive the whole world in your heart

I know we live in a world where people think they should give love only to those who love them and refrain their love from those who don’t love them.

But in the last year or so I finally understood that true love isn’t selective; that true love isn’t about loving only a few people and ignoring the majority, but rather about recognizing yourself in the world around you, in everything and everyone, and welcoming the whole world in your heart.

“Love is not selective, just as the light of the sun is not selective. It does not make one person special. It is not exclusive. Exclusivity is not the love of God but the “love” of ego. ”

~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

True Love is a lot like oxygen for your Soul. The more love you pour onto everything and everyone, the more oxygen your allow your Soul to take in, and the healthier, stronger and more powerful you and your Soul become. But by loving selectively, by giving love only to those who we perceived as being worthy of receiving love, we are denying ourselves the right to know, to feel and to experience the abundance of love that flows through us.

We are denying ourselves to really KNOW ourselves, and BE ourselves.
5. Ask more from Life, and less help from people

Up until this moment life taught me so many powerful and valuable lessons. And one of these lesson was to ask more from Life, and less from the people. Why? Because life is abundant in nature and it knows that it has no limits, but with people… that’s a different story.

Most people have no idea who they are and what their true potential really is. Their mind is full of error, and so are their actions and behaviors.

By expecting a certain person to help you in a certain way, can, and often times will, lead to disappointment. But asking Life for help, and then TRUSTING and BELIEVING that you will receive what you asked for, will lead to you being amazed by the many wonderful things you receive and the forms in which your wishes will be granted.
6. Forget the world and what you were told

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
Buddha

Forget the world and everything you were told. Create your own rules and follow your own inner compass. Build your life based on what feels right for you, and not based on what the world dictates.

Who cares what the trends are? Who cares what the “experts” tell you about what you should do or shouldn’t do? Just be yourself. Live life your own way. Unfold your own myth, create your own reality.

Do only the things that you feel in your core being and then you should do them. Honor yourself and all that you are, and by doing so, you will know how to live and love.

Thank you to: Luminata

http://www.purposefairy.com
(Highlights link to other articles by Luminata)

Happy Valentine’s Day

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“I was a stranger and you did not welcome me”

Matthew 25:43

This is a message to my dear Christian friends, and it is also a message to anyone who professes a religion or who has strong moral values. ALL religions have a Golden Rule. And the essence of all religion is love, but it has been sorely lost and maligned throughout the ages and most especially today when it has been hijacked by politicians for their own greed and misguided fortune.

As Pope Francis said,

“A person who thinks only of building walls whomever they may be and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel.”

Pope John II, wrote dozens of times about migrants and refugees.

“Seek to help our brother and sister refugees in EVERY way, by providing a WELCOME. Show them an OPEN MIND and a WARM HEART.”

He continued, “It is necessary to guard against the rise of new forms of racism or xenophobic behavior, which attempt to make these brothers and sisters of ours scapegoats for what may be difficult local situations.

In the Church no one is a stranger, and the Church is not foreign to anyone, anywhere. As a sacrament of unity and thus a sign and a binding force for the whole human race, the Church is the place where illegal immigrants are also recognized and accepted as brothers and sisters.

It is the task of the various Dioceses to actively ensure that these people, who are obliged to live outside the safety net of civil society, may find a sense of brotherhood in the Christian community.

Solidarity means taking responsibility for those in trouble. For Christians, the migrant is not merely an individual to be respected in accordance with the norms established by law, but a person whose presence challenges them and whose needs become an obligation for their responsibility.

“What have you done to your brother?” (cf. Gn 4:9). The answer should not be limited to what is imposed by law, but should be made in the manner of solidarity.”

Other than Native Americans, all of us are descended from immigrants, we were aliens ourselves once. Listen to Jesus. In the Gospel of Matthew, he provides a litmus test for entrance into heaven. At the Last Judgment, he says to people,

“I was a stranger and you did not welcome me.”

And people say, “When were you a stranger and we did not take care of you?’ And he said,

“Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”

Jesus himself is speaking to you from the Gospels. It is Christ/God whom we turn away when we build walls. It is Christ/God whom we reject when we ban refugees. It is Christ/God whom we are killing, by letting them die in poverty and war rather than opening our doors.

St. John Paul II said, “Today, the illegal migrant comes before us like that ‘stranger’ in whom Jesus asks to be recognized. To welcome him and to show him solidarity is a duty of hospitality and fidelity to Christian identity itself.”

Most everyone agrees, we need to have borders maintained and we need to revamp our laws to support the well-being of all concerned, Americans and Mexicans. We all agree that we want our country to be safe from terrorism, but to ban a group of people based solely on where they are from and what they believe, is manifestly unchristian as well as contrary to American values.

As is written on the Statue of Liberty, our beacon of freedom,

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Ema Lazarus

So, reject these measures to deport 11 million people and reject the most recent ban on Muslims and welcome Christ. Call your local legislators, write to the White House, show up at town hall meetings and advocate for your Christian values. Pray for your brothers and sisters who are refugees and migrants. The parable of the Good Samaritan says to help a stranger, even if it involves some risk, “Because if you do not, and you reject Christ, then it is their prayers that you will need.”

Excerpts taken from Fr. James Martin, S.J.; American Jesuit Review

Please share this with your Christian friends and others. Dialog together. We all have differing opinions about many things, but we must be dedicated to seek common ground, and identify common values.

Now more than ever, as good people, we must not allow fear and hatred to continue to divide us as a nation as it has been. It is unchristian.

Now more than ever, we must not allow political agendas and self-serving politicians to divide and conquer us all. Now more than ever, we need to stand together . . . for divided we fall.

 

“Anyone who does not love does not know God. For God is love.”

1 John 4:16

WWJD

 Thank you to my good friend, Bojanna 
for her thoughtful contribution.

Citizen

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“The most important position in a democracy is not the office of the President; it is the citizen.”

President Barak Obama

In a few days, Trump, a man who has the solid endorsement of the KKK, who’s bigotry has struck fear into the hearts of all minorities, who has mocked the disabled, demeaned and boasted about sexually assaulting women, attacked the free press, ridiculed McCain for being a prisoner of war, refused financial transparency, disregarded the viability of a federal judge because of his ethnicity, called Mexicans rapists, dismissed the whole of who the heroic John Lewis is as “sad”, yet befriended Putin, believing him before believing the US Intelligence Chiefs, filed five bankruptcies leaving thousands of honest workers, suppliers and contractors holding the bag, threatened legal action against journalists if they criticized him, prompted China to threaten the United States with “large scale war” in response to Trump’s/Ellison’s new China policy, referred to his opponent by leading the hateful witch hunt chant, “Lock her up”, and upon taking the oath will immediately be in violation of the Constitution for refusing to divest his business interests – will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the most powerful position in the world.

If that doesn’t cause you grave concern, then you aren’t paying attention!

Anyone who has even one iota of awareness of human behavior, knows he is a classic narcissist in the extreme.

As described by the Mayo Clinic, narcissism is “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance. They come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious and often monopolize conversations. They may belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior and they have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. They feel a sense of entitlement – and when they don’t receive special treatment, they become impatient or angry. They insist on having ‘the best’ of everything – for instance, the best car, athletic club or medical care. They have little regard for others.”. The Mayo Clinic

Like Trump, Adolf Hitler had the same mental disorder and exhibited similar megalomania behaviors, which is why Trump is so often compared to Hitler. And we know how that one turned out.

Although he lost the popular vote by almost 3 million people and was undoubtedly supported by Russia to help him win the election, he is still going to be the President. Like John Lewis, the very core of my being is repulsed by that thought, and I also will boycott the Inauguration.

However, in the unlikely event it can be proven that he conspired with the Russians to help him become President of the most powerful country in the world (a narcissist’s wet dream), then based on the rules of the game, he WILL be President and that is the reality.

And there’s nothing like a good dose of reality to wake one up. . . all of us . . . those who voted for him, or for those who didn’t vote for him or didn’t vote at all for whatever reason you deemed to be more important. The reality is that Trump has a mental disorder that can be very dangerous when exhibited by someone in a position of power. Narcissists do not make rational choices.

They do not look for win/win solutions and they do not care for the well-being of others. They are only out for themselves and their own profit and gain and they will do anything to get it. That’s the reality folks and that’s what we get to deal with starting on January 20th.

I believe America temporarily lost her soul and her mind. But we have survived such lapses before, regained our sanity and come back even stronger. We are all human. We all make mistakes and we are all learning. There is not one amongst us who has not lost contact with our moral center and made choices we later regretted.

Although there will always be some who will never see through him and will follow him like lemmings to the end, I have hope. I believe the very nature of America will not tolerate a tyrannical leader to roam aimlessly at his will for very long.

When the dust settles and people begin to see more clearly, the conscious, aware people among us will realize the overwhelming negative cumulative effect Trump’s attacks, threats and serial disrespect and disregard for the truth and facts have on our American freedoms.

Yes, he will be the President. But complaining and bemoaning the reality does nothing. We must DO SOMETHING to keep him and his cohorts from destroying the moral fiber of our country. We must start TAKING ACTION!!

Keeping in mind, one of the first things an authoritarian government and dictatorship does is to distort the truth by harassing, intimidating and threatening legal action against journalists (i.e. Russia), I ask of you . . . regardless of whom it involves . . . or whether you voted for him or not, I ask this one thing of you . . .

Please guard the basic tenants of democracy and make sure our fundamental freedoms are preserved. The best way I know to do that is to continuously seek the TRUTH and make sure that all our actions and reactions are based in FACTS!

  • We must hold ourselves accountable to the truth – our internal truth and moral compass we know to be true.
  • We must all hold each other accountable to speak the truth supported by undeniable facts in person and on Facebook (no matter how juicy!)
  • We must refuse to tolerate or excuse or listen to lies by Trump or any politician – Lies are lies. Any distortion of the truth is a lie. “Spinning” the facts to fit your own agenda is a lie.

For example, on mocking the disabled reporter, Trump said: “I merely mimicked what I thought would be a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago. If Mr. Kovaleski is handicapped, I would not know because I do not know what he looks like.” Yet, Kovaleski had covered Trump extensively while working for the Daily News from 1987 to 1993 and had interviewed and talked to the business magnate numerous times during that period. (Other examples of Trump and his surrogates “spinning” lies are far too numerous to list here.)

  • We must refuse to listen to any form of Fake News.
  • We must refuse to spread conspiracies as truth.
  • We must reject ALL exaggerations and demand the President of the Free World speak the TRUTH. His statement that “Thousands of Moslems were dancing in the streets and on rooftops after 9/11”, was an attempt to caste hatred towards all Moslems with a gross misrepresentation of the truth. It’s a flat out LIE!
  • We must demand the news media constantly dig for the truth in all interviews and articles written, regardless of Trump’s threats to hurt them. And support them when he overpowers them into silence.
  • We must support journalists to only report the truth backed by FACTS.

Then and only then do we stand a chance of preserving our democratic freedoms. When we start to believe distorted facts then we turn our power over to the one doing the distorting.

What is it about the TRUTH that Trump is so afraid of? And I ask you . . . do you resist when I ask you to stand up to any lies – his or anyone else’s?

Simply take action by contacting your government leaders, write to the White House, the reporters, the News stations and hold them accountable. Don’t just think it, DO IT!!!!

Get their contact information right now, write it down and act upon it.

As citizens, let’s never forget that the President works for US, not the other way around. WE must SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER. Therein lies our only hope because only the TRUTH WILL SET (AND KEEP) US FREE.

BE A WATCH DOG FOR THE TRUTH – Don’t support the President’s lies or anyone’s lies. Is that asking too much of you, a Citizen???

Here’s what I am doing:

  • All of the above suggestions
  • Participating with my daughter in the Woman’s March in Washington DC – and I hope you are marching, too – somewhere. Stand up and be counted. (I don’t care if it’s raining or snowing.) Don’t just sit at home and complain. That’s how we got into this mess in the first place.
  • Joined a woman’s group in my home town to stand for justice, human rights and the environment.
  • Keeping people aware of the accountability each of us holds in our role as Citizen and what it requires.
  • Created a workshop on how to communicate specifically with someone who doesn’t think like you do politically
  • Making donations to causes I support like Planned Parenthood.

Please respond and let me know what YOU are doing to assure the continuation of our democracy and personal freedoms.

But for God’s sake, don’t just do nothing!!!

Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Stand up. Speak up.

John Lewis

 In keeping with my pledge for honesty,since the writing of this, John Lewis (who could not be more of the complete opposite of Trump regarding character), was not honest when he said this was the first Inauguration he has ever missed. He also chose not to attend George Bush’s in 2001, although he added that Bush was now a friend of his.