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The manuscript of survival – part 280 by Aisha North

For some reason I have been unable to get the “reblog” button to appear when I load Aisha’s page so usually post this way, but her page, like Denise LeFey’s has a wonderful discussion in the comments section. Both places have a beautiful aura of supportive, caring, spiritual community which is a great antidote to the often unreceptive or outright hostile reaction of many we encounter in daily life.

So if you have not yet clicked the link at the bottom to explore Aisha’s page, check it out!;-)

As many of you have already ascertained, the energies have once again moved up another notch. It can be difficult to stay centered in these blasts of light, but please know that no matter what transpires in the next few days, you are not about to fall apart. We know that for many of you, this thought will come very close to the surface as both your physical and emotional state may be in turmoil. And, it is not about to abate in the next few days. Please do not take this as any form of preaching of doom and gloom, as this is only a forewarning of the incoming light. So yes, even if you at times may feel like you are being torn apart from all of these goings on, know that what we bring is in fact good news. For you are about to be filled with a large amount of light of the utmost clarity, and when the storm once again abates, you will find yourself filled to the brim with this clarity too, and you will be able to better discern the real goings on behind all of this hullabaloo.

For in the midst of these bouts of intense discomfort, it will as always be very, very difficult to find any positive aspect at all in what you are going through. For this will be nothing if not challenging for many of you. But again we say, please remember that all of this is only clear symptoms that you are being cleansed of all of the old, and your true core is being purified and sifted out from all of the old morass still covering it, much like when specks of gold are washed out from the tons of sand covering it.

So take this as another reminder to seek out the help you need in order to be better able to face these onslaughts of the light. For there is no better word for them than that, as they are indeed unremitting in their efforts to bring out the shining core of the real you. And you will be able to stand it all, even if you may at more than one point cry for mercy. But again we say, you are not here to be tormented, you are here to become the purest essence of yourself. And just like the process that turns the humble piece of coal into the most brilliant of diamonds, it cannot be done without applying the most intense form of pressure there is. But from the heat of this furnace the shining plumes of the phoenix will emerge. So know that even if you will feel as if you are about to be consumed by these flames of transformation, you will not be so, as you will once again emerge victorious and resplendent and for the first time able to show the world and yourself your true colours.

http://aishanorth.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/the-manuscript-of-survival-part-280/


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Earth Hurtling Towards Temperatures Not Seen in 11,000 Years | Common Dreams

Earth Hurtling Towards Temperatures Not Seen in 11,000 Years

New study shows global temperatures skyrocketed in last century

– Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Smoke from a bushfire in Tasmania is seen across the sky, Jan. 2013. (Photo: Kim / flickr)”Under all plausible greenhouse gas emission scenarios,” the world is on track to surpass temperatures not seen since the dawn of civilization, according to new research.

Confirming “unprecedented” global warming, the new study published in Friday’s issue of the journal Science shows that the earth’s temperatures catapulted in just the last century at a rate that had previously taken 4,000 years.

“In 100 years, we’ve gone from the cold end of the spectrum to the warm end of the spectrum,” said climatologist Shaun Marcott, lead author of the study. “We’ve never seen something this rapid. Even in the ice age the global temperature never changed this quickly.”

Marcott said that current “global temperatures are warmer than about 75 percent of anything we’ve seen over the last 11,000 years or so.” By 2100, he said, global temperatures will be “well above anything we’ve ever seen in the last 11,000 years.”

“The climate changes to come are going to be larger than anything that human civilization and agriculture has seen in its entire existence,” NPR quotes Gavin Schmidt, a climate researcher at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, as saying. “And that is quite a sobering thought.”


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Hugo Chávez Kept His Promise to the People of Venezuela | Common Dreams

Published on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by The Guardian/UK

Hugo Chávez Kept His Promise to the People of Venezuela

The late Venezuelan president’s Bolívarian revolution has been crucial to a wider Latin American philosophy

by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

He wrote, he read, and mostly he spoke. Hugo Chávez, whose death has been announced, was devoted to the word. He spoke publicly an average of 40 hours per week. As president, he didn’t hold regular cabinet meetings; he’d bring the many to a weekly meeting, broadcast live on radio and television. Aló, Presidente, the program in which policies were outlined and discussed, had no time limits, no script and no teleprompter. One session included an open discussion of healthcare in the slums of Caracas, rap, a self-critical examination of Venezuelans being accustomed to the politics of oil money and expecting the president to be a magician, a friendly exchange with a delegation from Nicaragua and a less friendly one with a foreign journalist.

Nicaragua is one of Venezuela’s allies in Alba, the organization constituted at Chávez’s initiative to counter neoliberalism in the region, alongside Cuba, Ecuador and Bolivia. It has now acquired a life of its own having invited a number of Caribbean countries and Mexico to join, with Vietnam as an observer. It will be a most enduring legacy, a concrete embodiment of Chávez’s words and historical vision. The Bolívarian revolution has been crucial to the wider philosophy shared and applied by many Latin American governments. Its aim is to overcome global problems through local and regional interventions by engaging with democracy and the state in order to transform the relation between these and the people, rather than withdrawing from the state or trying to destroy it.

Because of this shared view Brazilians, Uruguayans and Argentinians perceived Chávez as an ally, not an anomaly, and supported the inclusion of Venezuela in their Mercosur alliance. Chávez’s Social Missions, providing healthcare and literacy to formerly excluded people while changing their life and political outlook, have proven the extent of such a transformative view. It could be compared to the levelling spirit of a kind of new New Deal combined with a model of social change based on popular and communal organization.

The facts speak for themselves: the percentage of households in poverty fell from 55% in 1995 to 26.4% in 2009. When Chávez was sworn into office unemployment was 15%, in June 2009 it was 7.8%. Compare that to current unemployment figures in Europe.

The facts speak for themselves: the percentage of households in poverty fell from 55% in 1995 to 26.4% in 2009. When Chávez was sworn into office unemployment was 15%, in June 2009 it was 7.8%. Compare that to current unemployment figures in Europe. In that period Chávez won 56% of the vote in 1998, 60% in 2000, survived a coup d’état in 2002, got over 7m votes in 2006 and secured 54.4% of the vote last October. He was a rare thing, almost incomprehensible to those in the US and Europe who continue to see the world through the Manichean prism of the cold war: an avowed Marxist who was also an avowed democrat. To those who think the expression of the masses should have limited or no place in the serious business of politics all the talking and goings on in Chávez’s meetings were anathema, proof that he was both fake and a populist. But to the people who tuned in and participated en masse, it was politics and true democracy not only for the sophisticated, the propertied or the lettered.

All this talking and direct contact meant the constant reaffirmation of a promise between Chávez and the people of Venezuela. Chávez had discovered himself not by looking within, but by looking outside into the shameful conditions of Latin Americans and their past. He discovered himself in the promise of liberation made by Bolívar. “On August 1805,” wrote Chávez, Bolívar “climbed the Monte Sacro near Rome and made a solemn oath.” Like Bolívar, Chávez swore to break the chains binding Latin Americans to the will of the mighty. Within his lifetime, the ties of dependency and indirect empire have loosened. From the river Plate to the mouths of the Orinoco river, Latin America is no longer somebody else’s backyard. That project of liberation has involved thousands of men and women pitched into one dramatic battle after another, like the coup d’état in 2002 or the confrontation with the US-proposed Free Trade Zone of the Americas. These were won, others were lost.

Like Bolívar, Chávez swore to break the chains binding Latin Americans to the will of the mighty. Within his lifetime, the ties of dependency and indirect empire have loosened.

The project remains incomplete. It may be eternal and thus the struggle will continue after Chávez is gone. But whatever the future may hold, the peoples of the Americas will fight to salvage the present in which they have regained a voice. In Venezuela, they put Chávez back into the presidency after the coup. This was the key event in Chávez’s political life, not the military rebellion or the first electoral victory. Something changed within him at that point: his discipline became ironclad, his patience invincible and his politics clearer. For all the attention paid to the relation between Chávez and Castro, the lesser known fact is that Chávez’s political education owes more to another Marxist president who was also an avowed democrat: Chile’s Salvador Allende. “Like Allende, we’re pacifists and democrats,” he once said. “Unlike Allende, we’re armed.”

The lesson drawn by Chávez from the defeat of Allende in 1973 is crucial. Some, like the far right and the state-linked paramilitary of Colombia would love to see Chavismo implode, and wouldn’t hesitate to sow chaos across borders. The support of the army and the masses of Venezuela will decide the fate of the Bolívarian revolution, and the solidarity of powerful and sympathetic neighbors like Brazil. Nobody wants instability now that Latin America is finally standing up for itself. In his final days Chávez emphasised the need to build communal power and promoted some of his former critics associated with the journal Comuna. The revolution will not be rolled back. Unlike his admired Bolívar, Chávez did not plough the seas.

© 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is a senior lecturer in law at Birkbeck, University of London and author of What If Latin America Ruled the World?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/03/05-8


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Film Offers Fresh Take on Racism in Obama’s America by Valerie Schloredt – YES! Magazine

Film Offers Fresh Take on Racism in Obamas America

Cracking the Codes features stories of racisms continuing effects told by those who experience it daily, and includes a teaching guide for those who want to address racial issues within groups and projects.
by Valerie Schloredt

Too often, consciousness-raising efforts in the area of racism (particularly when carried out by well-meaning white progressives) have some degree of self-righteousness, and appear to be tackling social change through breast-beating or blame.

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity
Produced and directed by Shakti Butler and distributed by World Trust Education Services, 75 minutes, 2012.
Purchase includes a conversation guide and subscription to learning modules for a deeper understanding of systemic inequity, developing skills in communication and healing, and teaching the fundamentals of democratic movement building.

So its an unexpected delight when the educational film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, reveals itself to be deeply thoughtful and affecting. It develops into a powerful account of how the signifiers of racism continue to operate in our society, and how the fear and stereotypes behind these codes harm Americans of all races.

Talking directly to camera, and thus to the viewer, interviewees across the skin-color spectrum open up to recount outrageous yet ordinary encounters with institutionalized and personal racism. They specifically explain how interactions reveal assumptions, ignorance, and privilege. Best of all, the interviewees include activists and educators like Joy DeGruy and Peggy McIntosh who explain how, in specific instances, they have challenged racism in a way that facilitates direct but respectful communicationand change.

The insightful interviews are edited into short sections that allow time to pause for reflection and discussion, making Cracking the Codes an excellent resource for education, training, and facilitating dialogue. Its the most dignified and evidenced response possible to the blithe assertion that we now live in a post-racial America.

Valerie Schloredt wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas and practical actions.

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I have recently been strongly feeling that the people are connecting at the heart level and that this connection is going to change everything for the better. Reading Aisha North today and now this, I see my feeling is part of the zeitgeist not just”in my head”;-)

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This morning I had what felt like a mini-revelation to me as I was sitting in the living room looking at the world atlas.  This started because yesterday I saw a picture with a quote from Peter Deunov (1864-1944) who was from Bulgaria.  Well, I thought of my friend Bina, who is from Bulgaria.  I always forget how I found her exactly, but we definitely are connected.  So I shared that picture with her, and she wrote back with some info on the dance of life – Panevritmia in the Rila mountain, that happens each August 19 in Bulgaria.

So, I’m looking at Bulgaria, thinking of Bina, and then I look at Romania and think of Martin, and Turkey and I think of Mahasti.

Then I’m reminded of how Isa from Portugal and Mike from Greece helped me find something yesterday.  It just took us a few minutes to figure…

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