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 Tsunami - Thousands Dead in Asia0 comments
picture 27 Dec 2004 @ 05:26
Total devastation has befallen many countries in Asia as a result of a Tsunami triggered by an Earthquake in the Pacific.

The worst hit being Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Thailand although deaths have also been reported in by beloved Malaysia..

Please say a prayer for those who have survived and who will face homelessness, food shortages and the inevitable disease which will follow.
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Tsunami leaves 12,600 dead
15:53 AEDT Mon Dec 27 2004


Soldiers searched for bodies in treetops, families wept over the dead lined up on beaches and rescuers scoured coral isles for missing tourists as Asia counted the cost of tsunami waves that killed at least 12,600.

Worst hit were Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Thailand.

An international aid efforts was being mounted as thousands of people fled the catastrophe, among the evacuees were thousands of Australian tourists.

The death toll is expected to rise.  More >

 People Do Make a Difference1 comment
picture 12 Dec 2004 @ 04:20
I wrote recently about the potential risk to our culture and the impact of political correctness. My attention was drawn to the lack of celebration of our Christian heritage and the impact of the moral minority in sanitising our demonstration of who and what we are. Merry Christmas replaced by Seasons Greetings for fear of offending. The complete lack of outward show, no decoration (or limited decoration) and often NO outward show at all.

I am pleased to say that people power won the day in a small way clearly showing that we could all celebrate each other’s differences and enjoy the experience of doing so. In Sydney, hundreds of people wrote to the papers, rang radio stations and emailed people voicing their concern. I was one of those people. It wasn’t just Christians who wrote and rang but Muslims, Jews and the like. Their voice was united and those of different religious beliefs stated we love Christmas and we want to celebrate with you, we are not offended.

In fact in one of our larger shopping centres where a sizeable Lebanese Muslim community shops many, many small Muslim children had their photos taken with Santa Claus. I have never seen my suburb so colourful before. Many houses festooned with lights and messages of goodwill. Merry Christmas emblazoned for all to see. There are still some who resist but change is happening and whilst this year things started a little late, next year will be even better. That said, the ‘wake-up’ call did prompt many to act so the Christmas message is alive.

So you see, people can make a difference. It is just a matter of tolerance, goodwill and the joy of sharing. Whilst in the4 scheme of world events this is a little win, it is a win nevertheless so remember - speak up for what you believe in, you can make a difference. Do not allow those with a mission to divide to win the day. We don’t need wars to change things only those willing to speak out in peace. How is that for a wonderful Christmas Message?

Peace, love and goodwill to all. You CAN a difference.  More >

 Devaluing of our Culture6 comments
picture 28 Nov 2004 @ 01:56
We are a few weeks away from Christmas and for most us who live in so called Christian Societies it is a time of celebration. For many the religious message is not always strong but we all enjoy the giving of presents, the decorations, the sharing with family and friends and the celebration of the closing of one year and coming of the New Year.  More >

 Peace Begins.4 comments
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 James Twyman - Praying for Peace0 comments
31 Oct 2004 @ 06:23
What can we do to promote peace in the world? Are we waiting for someone to do it for us? Are we prepared to realize that it is up to us NOW?!!!

PRAYING PEACE IN THE HOLY LAND!!!!!

On November 13th hundreds of Spiritual Peacemakers will come to The Holy Land to focus their prayers of peace. Please join us wherever you are. No president or leader of any country can replace the power we have within our hearts, and this is an opportunity to demonstrate that power.

As tensions in the world continue to rise and the death tolls in Iraq, Israel and other places grow, we are in need of thousands of spiritual peacemakers to join together for a powerful prayer vigil. On Saturday, November 13th at 1:00pm Eastern (New York time) we will hold a Global Peace Vigil to help dissolve the thought forms that lead to war. We will work from the inside out to realize the Peaceful World we all hold in our hearts.

I will be in Israel with hundreds of spiritual peacemakers, offering prayers and ceremonies of peace to anchor this energy for the world. But we need your prayers to create more momentum. In the past we've shown that when millions of people focus their prayers of peace as one, the world changes almost instantaneously. Peace vigils in Iraq, Northern Ireland, the Balkans and so many other places have demonstrated one fact: We have the power to change the world by changing our minds about the world. If not now, then when? As Gandhi has said "Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action."

After our peace vigil last year in Israel (the Great Experiment III) reports showed a huge drop in arrests that day, fewer hospital admissions and the highest vibrational frequency ever recorded at Neve Shalom. Together we can recreate that pattern, then maintain it through the energy of the peace we know already exists.

There is no need to wait to see who the next president of the US will be. Whatever the result, it is still up to us. The one thing we have learned is that no one will do this for us.

Imagine thousands of people breathing together, praying together, and creating peace together at the same moment. That is our goal, and we hope you will join us.

More details will follow. Please send this email to everyone on your personal list. Together we will change the world and realize the peace that exists within our hearts.

In Peace,
James Twyman

 We Are The New Civilisation7 comments
19 Oct 2004 @ 21:59
I didn't write the following, in fact the author is unknown. Perhaps we should adopt this as the new mantra....  More >

 Progress is VERY Slow1 comment
picture 12 Oct 2004 @ 00:41
I came across this quote today from a push email. I wonder why we have stumbled on our path as this was 40-years ago? Regardless the message is a good one to keep in mind when we as individuals are struggling to stay true to ourselves.

"Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually
changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly
building new structures."


-John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) United Nations address,
Sept 1961  More >

 Do We Have The Right…5 comments
picture 26 Sep 2004 @ 04:50
….to be treated and to expect to be treated any differently? Is our fate just that, our fate and what we need is acceptance of the eventual outcome?

I was reading a recent article by Richard Heinberg in New Dawn Magazine where Richard was expressing his views on Oil, War and the Decline of America. The wake up call for us is the depletion in fossil fuels and what that means for our future and the future of our children.  More >

 ACT OF COMPASSION3 comments
picture 25 Sep 2004 @ 00:54
It was broadcast this morning on Sky UK (and widely reported in the press) that British Muslims are sending a negotiating team to Iraq to negotiate for the release of the British captive Kenneth Bigley. Let us pray that they are successful and that they receive the support (so deserved) from the British public.

The Muslim Council of Britain said it was sending Daud Abdullah and Musharraf Hussain, whom it described as "well-respected figures in the British Muslim community," to Baghdad for talks to try to win Bigley's freedom. The council, an umbrella group of British Muslim organizations, said it would leave for Baghdad "very shortly," but did not specify when.

It takes courage and guts to stand up and be counted and to make such a public ‘statement’ (by their actions) in saying we do not support this barbarism. This is not the behaviour of faithful and decent Muslims.

Let us wish them success and send them our love.  More >

 My Rant: Removing The Cancer – Is That The Solution?23 comments
21 Sep 2004 @ 23:37
Like so many around the world I pray for peace and harmony. I trust that negotiation; common reason and goodness will win out in the end. It appears however that belief and praying, trusting and reason don’t appear to work in all circumstances. What has promoted this rant?

The latest capture and beheading of the two Americans and what would unfortunately appear to be the same fate for the Englishman who is currently being held? This is nothing short of short of barbarism in the extreme. The perpetrators of these acts are not people who we can reason with. These are people whose sole wish is to plunge us back into the dark ages. Having said that I do not condone the many other acts of so called civilised people but I want to focus on the issue at hand and this issue alone.  More >



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Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.


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