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Tikkun | Roundup of Recent Articles April 30, 2014


Sue Bell Cobb: WWJD? Reform Alabama’s horrible criminal sentencing laws [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/25/wwjd-reform-alabamas-horrible-criminal-sentencing-laws/ ] Apr 25, 2014 01:30 pm | Sue Bell Cobb

As the former Chief Justice of Alabama, I am proud to have devoted my career to the cause of justice in our state. But as a lifelong United Methodist, it shames me to know that if Jesus came to our state today, he would chastise me and every other Alabama Christian for our nearly complete silence on a terrible injustice taking place under our noses and in our names every day: ineffective, absurdly harsh sentencing laws that lead to overcrowded, dangerous prisons that breed more crime. What would Jesus do? Fix our criminal sentencing laws.

Rabbi Howard Cooper: The Last Temptation of Noah [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/09/the-last-temptation-of-noah/ ] Apr 09, 2014 08:00 pm | Rabbi Howard Cooper

I once gave a sermon, at the Jewish New Year, during which a thunderstorm broke out and water started to pour through the synagogue roof. I’d like to claim that this was a cleverly-orchestrated special effects stunt that I’d managed to engineer; or even an example of my special relationship with what our tradition calls “Our God in Heaven”.

David Harris-Gershon: Racists Worse Than Cliven Bundy Who Actually Demand Our Viral Scorn [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/24/racists-worse-than-cliven-bundy-who-actually-demand-our-viral-scorn/ ] Apr 24, 2014 07:30 pm | David Harris-Gershon

Cliven Bundy – the freeloading rancher who hates America – always seemed to be a fairly despicable, self-interested person. Despite this, Fox News and right-leaning conservatives desperately celebrated him as a brave insurgent fighting government overreach.

New Monastic — Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove: NC Clergy Send Open Letter to State Government Leaders [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/24/nc-clergy-send-open-letter-to-state-government-leaders/ ] Apr 24, 2014 06:48 pm | New Monastic — Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

As Jews and Christians across North Carolina celebrated Passover and Holy Week, clergy from our Forward Together Moral Movement in North Carolina sent the following letter to our General Assembly leadership. Last summer, over 100,000 people came to the General Assembly to protest extremism and call for a new moral center to our common life. As we prepare for another legislative session this year, we pray for those in authority, that they might have ears to hear.

Anna Challet: Young Muslims Choosing to Wear the Hijab Despite Rising Tide of Islamophobia [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/24/young-muslims-choosing-to-wear-the-hijab-despite-rising-tide-of-islamophobia/ ] Apr 24, 2014 03:13 pm | Anna Challet

A generation of young Muslims grew up in the shadow of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the rise of Islamophobia in America. Some have personal experience with hurtful speech and ignorant comments about their faith. Yet many still choose to show their faith through practices like prayer and fasting, wearing a hijab (head covering), or growing a beard.

Ayana Nir: The Crisis in Israel’s Holocaust Education [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/23/the-crisis-in-israels-holocaust-education/ ] Apr 23, 2014 07:43 pm | Ayana Nir

Israeli Minister of Education Shai Piron’s plan to introduce Holocaust education to Israeli public schools starting as early as the first grade has been controversial. Alongside the concern voiced by many parents about traumatizing young children with gruesome details of systematic ethnic cleansing, many begin to question how the continued rehashing of communal wounds shape the development of national identity and what political interests the perpetuation of historical trauma might serve.

Tikkun’s Spring 2014 Issue: Does America Need a Left? [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/23/tikkuns-spring-2014-issue-does-america-need-a-left/ ] Apr 23, 2014 05:17 pm | Tikkun Staff

The sprawling American Left knows what it opposes, but it rarely articulates a shared vision of the world we want. Don’t miss the fierce debate put forth in Tikkun’s Spring 2014 Print Issue: Does America Need a Left?

Warren J. Blumenfeld: No “Honor” or Respect in Colonizing Native American and Jewish Culture [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/23/no-honor-or-respect-in-colonizing-native-american-and-jewish-culture/ ] Apr 23, 2014 02:46 pm | Warren J. Blumenfeld

The continued use of American Indian likenesses and images by sports teams has resulted in widespread racial, cultural and spiritual stereotyping which promotes hatred and disrespect of American Indian people. Using American Indian slurs like ‘Redskins’ is no different than the use of Black Sambo which offended African Americans or the Frito Bandito which is offensive to the Hispanic community.

Ibrahim Sundiata: Hirsi Ali, Islam, and Cultural Relativism: The Brandeis Controversy [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/23/hirsi-ali-islam-and-cultural-relativism-the-brandeis-controversy/ ] Apr 23, 2014 01:53 pm | Ibrahim Sundiata

In an age of identity politics can we criticize the formerly colonized or semi-colonized “Two-Thirds World” (in the faculty letter’s terminology)? How to address female genital mutilation in Somalia, slavery in Mauritania and the lynching of gays in Kenya? Especially when such occurrences are clothed with the authority of religion, how do we respond?

Elizabeth Cunningham: Resurrection Garden, Resurrection Feast: A Post-Easter Reflection [http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/22/resurrection-garden-resurrection-feast-a-post-easter-reflection/ ] Apr 22, 2014 05:42 pm| Elizabeth Cunningham

In John’s account of the Resurrection, Mary Magdalen mistakes Jesus for the gardener. Or perhaps it is not a mistake or not just a mistake but also a poetic truth. In any event, John’s Gospel makes clear: the Resurrection takes place in a garden!

Annie Pentilla: Jeff Gipe’s “Renegade Art”: Protesting Development Near Rocky Flats Plutonium Plant [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/21/jeff-gipes-renegade-art-protesting-development-near-rocky-flats-plutonium-plant/ ] Apr 21, 2014 06:00 pm | Annie Pentilla

When artist Jeff Gipe talks about the renegade sculpture he created to protest the construction of a housing development near the former plutonium plant Rocky Flats, what he has to say sounds incredible. The entire Rocky Flats’ story reads like a made-for-Hollywood movie, replete with leaking drums of nuclear waste, FBI raids, and so-called government cover-ups. Gipe grew up near the mysterious facility, leaving him with experiences he’ll never forget.

David Harris-Gershon: How the Progressive D.C. Community Helped Me Defeat the Right-Wing, ‘Pro-Israel’ Silencing Machine [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/19/how-d-c-helped-me-defeat-the-right-wing-pro-israel-silencing-machine/ ] Apr 19, 2014 12:01 pm | David Harris-Gershon

On February 6, my inbox was inundated with messages from people I did not know. I’m so disgusted, they read; You’re going to hear from us again, they read; We’re going to fight this, they read.

Warren J. Blumenfeld: Jews as Racialized Other as Reflected in the Kansas Murders [http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/18/jews-as-racialized-other-as-reflected-in-the-kansas-murders/ ] Apr 18, 2014 08:29 pm | Warren J. Blumenfeld

Why did a self-described “white supremacist” target apparent white people at Jewish community centers? The answer is quite simple: Though Jewish people are members of every so-called “race,” even Jews of European heritage (Ashkenazim) have been and still continue to be “racially” othered by dominant Christian European-heritage communities in some quarters.

Alex Kane: A Challenge to the Jewish Mainstream: Will You Stand Against Islamophobia? [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/17/a-challenge-to-the-jewish-mainstream-will-you-stand-against-islamophobia/ ] Apr 17, 2014 05:19 pm | Alex Kane

What’s the ideology undergirding opposition to the construction of mosques in the United States? How are anti-Muslim groups funded? How have Jewish groups reacted when confronted with issues like the proposed construction of the Park51 Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York City? Elly Bulkin and Donna Nevel answer these questions and more in their new book “Islamophobia and Israel”, a sobering analysis of the Jewish establishment’s dalliance with anti-Muslim bigotry.

Timothy Villareal: America’s Fork in the Road: Endless War or Democratic Reform? [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/16/americas-fork-in-the-road-endless-war-or-democratic-reform/ ] Apr 16, 2014 08:27 pm | Timothy Villareal

Add a 227-year-old Constitution with a 60-year-old collective military defense treaty, like the NATO Charter, and America could be at war in the blink of an eye. Will we reform our Constitution before getting dragged into another pointless war?

Saadia Faruqi: When One of Us is Hurt, We All Feel Pain [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/15/when-one-of-us-is-hurt-we-all-feel-pain/ ] Apr 15, 2014 02:15 pm | Saadia Faruqi

Make no mistake, the attack on the Jewish Community Center was an attack on all of us, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs – people of every religion and no religion. The perpetrator, apparently a former KKK member with ties to Nazism, is not just a person, but an embodiment of the hate culture rising around us.

Rabbi Howard Cooper: The Challenges of Seder Night [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/13/the-challenges-of-seder-night/ ]Apr 13, 2014 12:00 pm | Rabbi Howard Cooper

The challenge of Seder night is not just to remember the past, not just to recall the extraordinary longevity of our story with its roots in servitude and its mythos of the Jews as a people liberated into a different kind of servitude – servitude to a vision of how things could be, how freedoms of many kinds could be the inheritance of all peoples.

Uri Avnery: In One Word: Poof! [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/11/in-one-word-poof/ ] Apr 11, 2014 06:22 pm | Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery’s analysis helps cut through the cloud of lies and distortions in the American, Israeli, and Palestinian media so we can understand and face reality.

Donna Schaper: Book Review – From the Psalms to the Cloud: Connecting to the Digital Age [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/11/book-review-from-the-psalms-to-the-cloud-connecting-to-the-digital-age/ ] Apr 11, 2014 05:01 pm | Donna Schaper

You don’t have to be an environmentalist to wonder about technology. Will it be our great savior or will it be another thorn in the flesh, another opportunity to hear Thoreau’s lament? “Human beings”, he says, “have a tendency to become the tools of their tools.”

Jill Goldberg: The Art of Revolution: The River and the Sea, A Documentary Play by Danny Bryck [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/10/the-art-of-revolution-the-river-and-the-sea-a-documentary-play-by-danny-bryck/ ]Apr 10, 2014 09:06 pm | Jill Goldberg

When it comes to Israel/Palestine, Actor and Writer Danny Bryck isn’t the first to consider this question: “When everyone tells a different story, how do we tell the truth?” He may, however, be the first to work so hard to hear quite so many different stories that come from the thin strip of land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River.

Special Passover Seder Messages

If you had been subscribing (for free) to our Tikkun Daily blog, you’d have recieved these messages in time for the holiday. To subscribe to the Tikkun Daily blog, go to: www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/join-tikkun-daily/

But save these articles for next year. They’ll still be relevant!

Selected by Rabbi Michael Lerner and useful for thinking spiritually about Judaism or Christianity or Islam.

Three writings by three spiritual progressives-Jonathan Granoff, Shari Motro, and Rabbi Arthur Waskow-who further elaborate on universal messages emerging specifically from Jewish customs and practices. Also read the articles below by Robert Cohen, Ariel Vegosen and Rae Abileah.

Robert Cohen: “In Every Generation…” How Mainstream Approaches to Passover Lock Shut the Jewish Imagination [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/11/in-every-generation-how-mainstream-approaches-to-passover-lock-shut-the-jewish-imagination/ ]Apr 11, 2014 02:02 pm | Robert Cohen

Via mouthfuls of bitter herbs, salt water, nuts and raisins mixed with wine, and unleavened bread, do mainstream approaches to Passover promote the damaging mindset that tells us that we are the world’s eternal victims?

Ariel Vegosen and Rae Abileah: A Seed on the Seder Plate [ http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/13/a-seed-on-the-seder-plate/ ]

Apr 13, 2014 01:00 pm | Ariel Vegosen and Rae Abileah

Returning in springtime, with Passover on the horizon, has given us time to reflect on the liberation story of our ancestors and ask what needs liberating in our current world. Control over seed means a control over our lives, our food and our freedom: a dangerous and deadly business. It’s time we collectively stand up for seed freedom, which is why this year we are proposing adding a seed to the Seder plate.

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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Hand in Hand With US Government, Big Pharma Pushes for More Profits

Mara Kardas-Nelson, Truthout: After already getting exactly what they wanted 20 years ago through World Trade Organization negotiations, pharmaceutical companies – with the help of the US government – are now coercing countries to adopt more stringent intellectual property protection that could harm public health efforts. Drug prices are skyrocketing as a result.

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New Data Raise Further Doubt on Official View of August 21 Gas Attack in Syria

Gareth Porter, Truthout: The assumption that the Syrian government sponsored the August 21 gas attacks in the Damascus suburbs continues to dominate discussion of the issue, although significant new information makes an attack by opposition forces far more plausible than first thought.

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Photo Essay: “Cowboys and Indians” Against Keystone XL Bring Newfound Unity to DC

Kristin Moe, Yes! Magazine: Last week, members of the Cowboy Indian Alliance – a coalition of tribal members, ranchers and landowners from the Great Plains – camped out on the National Mall in Washington, DC, united in one cause: opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Sixteen for ’16 – Number 10: 10-10-10

Salvatore Babones, Truthout: Progressives should campaign for a 10-10-10 plan to require all employers to provide ten paid sick days, ten paid holidays, and ten paid vacation days a year for all full-time workers, and prorated for part-time workers.

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The Stealthy, Ugly Growth of Corporatized Medicine

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Doctors historically have been small businessmen, either operating solo or in a group practice. But big corporations see their profits as another revenue opportunity, and have become increasingly adept at making it hard for doctors to operate independently.

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A Major Battle at the Human Rights Council Results in a Qualified Victory

Robert James Parsons, Truthout: In an epic battle at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the representatives of civil society won a significant – but qualified – victory in obtaining an international commission of inquiry into the genocide of the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

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Tim Carpenter Fought Relentlessly for Social Justice – Now It’s Our Turn

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Yesterday, Tim Carpenter, co-founder of Progressive Democrats of America and a tireless political and social activist, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Democracy begins with all of us, as Tim’s life so vividly shows us.

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NATO and Ukraine Government Escalate Threats Against Russian and Ukrainian People

Roger Annis, Truthout: The popular, proletarian protest movement with strong social justice aspirations in eastern Ukraine has acted judiciously, avoiding needless violence. Progressives should act to defend it and whatever forms of political autonomy and association with Ukraine and Russia the people choose.

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The Unreported Story of How the Haqqani Network Became America’s Greatest Enemy

Anand Gopal, TomDispatch: In recent years, the US has waged an intense drone campaign against the Haqqanis in their North Waziristan stronghold. Today, the Haqqani network is a shadow of its former self. The group’s influence, however, lives on.

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Science or Media? The Science Media Centre Spins Pro-GMO Line

Rebekah Wilce, PR Watch: A new report commissioned by Prime Minister David Cameron suggests that GMOs have now been shown to be safe and that the United Kingdom may need to grow them in order to rely less on imports.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Super-Rich Don’t Make Money by Hard Work, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: The super-rich don’t make their money by working hard, according to a new analysis; corporations and the rich skip out on $184 billion in state and federal income taxes every year; the United States Postal Service has established a pilot program to have non-union, low-wage workers handle our mail in 80 Staples stores throughout the country; and more.

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Amy Goodman | “We Need to End the Fossil Fuel Age”: Music Legend Neil Young Protests Keystone XL Pipeline

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: The legendary musician Neil Young joined Saturday’s protest against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, DC. “We’re all children of Mother Earth, and I’m here because I feel we are all threatened by what’s happening as a planet,” Young said.

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Koch Brothers Hasten Global Warming by Backing Taxes on Solar Energy

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Only anti-tax fossil fuel robber barons could come up with the idea of taxing renewable solar power. After all, it is all about profits for the Koch brothers.

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Joe Conason | Thanks to Thomas Piketty, Now We Know: Economic Inequality Is a Malady, Not a Cure

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

The Real Secret to Beating the Koch Brothers: How Our Broken Political System Can Still Be Won

Read the Article at Salon

Senators Remove Requirement for Disclosure Over Drone Strike Victims

Read the Article at The Guardian

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Cliven Bundy and the Entitlement of the Privileged

Read the Article at The Washington Post

“Jobs vs. the Environment”: How to Counter This Divisive Big Lie

Read the Article at The Nation

Is Oil Money Turning the NRA Against Hunters?

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Supreme Court Rejects Hearing on Indefinite Military Detention Case

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Eclipse’s ‘Portal to the Divine’ reveals a new Mosaic of Human Consciousness | D L Zeta


A portal to the divine opens this week thanks to the tremendous influx of spiritual energy that arrived on the wings of the new moon solar eclipse. This energy synthesized with the full moon lunar eclipse earlier this month and Cardinal Grand Cross opens a unique doorway. This is truly an auspicious time, signaling a reboot in human consciousness. The energies of this eclipse unite heaven and earth, creating a divine portal that brings us into greater communion with higher dimensions. This portal will remain open for the next six months.

The steps we take along our spiritual path during this opening will shape the rest of our lives. This is a period that offers the opportunity to simultaneously step free of old energies that no longer serve us and to take a step forward solidly on the path of what’s next for us individually and collectively.

Self-Discovery and Rapid Manifestations mark this Time

Eclipses bring about massive change intended to set new patterns in place. This is a time to break down old patterns and build new ones. It’s not a good time to make significant changes as our perspective, understanding and insights may be dramatically altered in the weeks following an eclipse series. The influences of this eclipse series are most intensely felt this week but will not end until the full Moon in Taurus November 7th.

Because eclipses bring a concentrated, intense experience, a great deal may be packed into the space of just a few days. Things that were on hold, blocked, failing to manifest in recent weeks and months may manifest now with warp speed. Revisit and update your intentions daily. The period now until early November will be a major period of self-discovery and self-development when the universe will greatly support all efforts to build significant growth in your life. Take advantage of this period. Approach each day as a great gift and a renewed opportunity to live the life of your dreams.

Clear your Calendar and Journey into Nature

Our natural rhythms will be out of sync during this time. Clear your calendar as much as possible. This time will signal significant endings and beginnings. If you are in direct alignment with this eclipse you will experience an amazing transformation. Another reason to take time from your regular schedule is that many will be feeling the energies intensely. This will trigger releases of raw emotions, violence and negativity. There will be a great deal of chaotic energy swirling around, especially in the more heavily populated areas.

Accessing your ‘Spiritual Excrow’ Account

The period surrounding an eclipse is a good time to go to the countryside, into a remote area away from power lines if possible. Meditate in a quiet location to download all that is being held in your spiritual escrow account. This account contains all you that you have asked for, all that you have earned that you may not have sufficiently opened to receive over the years. Access to this escrow account is easier now than ever before. You can download significant upgrades in your quality of life, your field of potentials, vibrational frequency, a wealth of new ideas and information that allows you to access new portals in consciousness, and new waves of abundance and prosperity.

Your spiritual escrow account contains what you need to boost your immune system, access amazing powers of regeneration in your physical being and all parts of your life that are depleted. Remember health is always your number one priority. Many lower-vibrational realities will be transmuted during this time. Potentials are ripe for profound mystical experiences, downloads of new knowledge in kjdream states, unexpected, magical new connections, new levels of spiritual freedom, expanded networking, and breakthroughs in all realms of technology. Less understood areas of esoteric knowledge will now become easily accessible.

Work with the Symbols of Nightly and Waking Dreams

This is a good time to work with automatic writing or experiment with channeling into a tape recorder. Spend time in nature, with animals, near water, drink green juices and shift to a purely alkaline diet. Study your astrology chart to understand what is being asked of you during this time. Set your intention to remember your dreams. Work with the symbols of nightly and waking dreams, write poetry, bless and release every past moment that comes before you. Accept the lesson and the blessing of everything you have created in the past. Now is the time to cultivate a strong relationship with every aspect of yourself.

We must be open, aware, awake and poised to respond to the opportunities as they unfold day by day. Those who understand the power of the present moment will be able to act impeccably to make the most of these opportunities and take quantum steps on their spiritual paths at this time.

Spiritual Frequencies are Encoded into this Eclipse Series

While all eclipses trigger change, unique frequencies are encoded into each eclipse to calibrate certain types of change. Contained in this week’s eclipse are energies calibrated to:

▪ Transform business and personal relationships. During this time connections may be upgraded or ended. Some partnerships and relationships may begin during this time. When connections begin during an eclipse, you can look to see how the eclipse falls in each person’s chart as well as their synergy chart to understand the purpose and outlook of the relationship. Some relationships begun on the wave of eclipse energies only last for the duration of the eclipse influences. A connection begun in association with this eclipse series may be over by early November. Co-dependent relationships will suffer, as well as other unhealthy forms of relationships, especially those based on manipulation and control. This is a time to enter into new relationships with eyes open and use discernment in all connections.
▪ Inspire identity shifts. Many may feel the desire for a redo of some kind. For some, reinventing themselves may involve a new hairdo, a new wardrobe, or some other form of self-image enhancement, while others may shift to a new identity along a new timeline. Some may step into a new and deeper interpretation and experience of their spiritual mission. Some will experience a combination of these. Many people will feel drawn to undertake a new and healthier diet regimen or a new form of movement or exercise. Fitness centers and yoga classes will be filled in coming weeks as the drive for mind/body alignment is strong during this time when physical changes will be created to reflect the massive changes going on within.
▪ Expand awareness and psychic abilities. During this period, new channels in consciousness will open. New spiritual teachers will be activated. New voices will come forward to deliver messages about changes on the horizon. Those who provided insights and guidance in past decades will step back now to allow a changeover, so to speak, as a new generation of seers arrives on the scene. This generation will focus on teachings designed to empower each person in opening to channel their own guidance.
▪ Expose hidden secrets. Parasitic thought viruses operating in collective conscioiusness will be brought to greater awareness which will begin to shut down their effectiveness. As a person gains awareness of thought viruses operating in their consciousness, they can launch their own “virus detection software” to isolate and remove the viruses. Any way in which parasitic energies prevent us from experiencing our highest and best will be exposed now; any attempts to manipulate, control and enslave human consciousness will be brought to light. Those who operate from a narcissistic perspective causing harm to those around them through deception and parasitic intentions will suffer. Those who believe they are entitled to use and manipulate others make a conscious choice that will lead them to experience greater health challenges, personal difficulties, roadblocks and barriers than in the past.
▪ Expose old ‘sorcerers’ and deceptive gurus. It will become much more apparent than ever before who those spiritual teachers are who seek the highest and best for all and those who operate from a self-serving place of control and manipulation. Numerous gurus have come forth throughout the history of the human potential movement to use their spiritual abilities for self-serving agendas. These souls are old sorcerers who incarnate at key moments in time to experience the praise and adulation of seekers. The energies of the new time will make it clear which teachers are operating from a place of integrity.
▪ Clear emotional energy at a deep level. This is an important time to work with emotional clearing. If something comes up for you during this time, observe it, bless it and release it. If you re-engage with it you will re-energize it into your life experience. This is a time to cultivate emotional stability – a time to embrace and integrate our shadow selves rather than deny and conceal them. Those who have cultivated spiritual energy without undergoing sufficient emotional clearings will suffer during this time as eclipse energies amplify unresolved emotions in order to clear them.
▪ Re-energize forgotten dreams and visions. Past dreams and visions that were put on hold or thought to be unrealistic or unreachable, may resurface during this time. If you begin feeling urgings or desires for unrealized dreams of times past, know it is because the energies now are very much in support of calling forth these dreams deferred and renergizing, empowering and realizing them with the turbocharged energies of this time.
▪ Bring awareness to the power of words to heal or harm. Mercury is conjunct the solar eclipse, placing emphasis on all forms of communication. The power of words is especially important now. This will be a time when new seers and new spiritual channels come forth with powerful new messages. By contrast, those forms of communication that are intended to control and manipulate will see a lessening of influence. We will become more aware than ever of how words heal us or tear us apart.
▪ Spotlight humane perspectives on the treatment of animals. The treatment of animals will come front and center during this time as many will become aware of how animals are tortured and treated cruelly in food, clothing, cosmetic and other industries. Cruel and inhumane treatment of animals will come to the forefront as hidden secrets are exposed on the world’s stage. This will trigger a call for reform at all levels of society.
▪ Trigger new levels of re-membering we are divine beings holographic to all-that-is. Re-membering during this time will be strong. Many will receive vital pieces of the puzzle in sleeping and waking dreams. These pieces are part of a new mosaic of human consciousness. As each person brings their segment into play, an image of the new time emerges that creates a symbol. When enough pieces of the mosaic are in place, this symbol will trigger great waves of re-membering throughout human consciousness.

©2010-2014 DL Zeta, Celestial Vision, All Rights Reservedwww.celestialvision.org
These messages are intended to be shared. You are welcome to share and distribute this message with others as you feel guided to do so. Please be sure to include the author & source website link.

To learn more about the April 29 Solar Eclipse, see Celestial Weather by Deborah

For more on timeline and identity shifts, see Timeline and Identity Shifts: the New Science of Reality Creation
For more on accessing the fifth dimension, see The Future is Here Now: Steps to Accessing Fifth-Dimensional Consciousness By DL Zeta
For more on working with your future self, see Messages from the Future: Adopting Your Future Self as Guide and Mentor by DL Zeta

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Things are not as they seem

Thank you Denise! I’ve been feeling so much of what you describe here. Physically just awful but with an unusual level of peace about even the frustrating things. I feel that despite all the craziness and difficulty, the good is increasing.
I also recently”got” something Denise and others have mentioned in the past. I no longer feel like struggling to fix certain societal things are my job. I’ve been working for some time to build bridges and open channels between the divided opposition political beliefs among people I know online-even though it’s been really hard on me. I finally reached a point where I recognize that if it is so hard on me, so stressful and struggle filled-it’s not helping anyone for *me* to do it.
It still needs doing. I get that too-but destroying me, my health and my joy is NOT the way it gets done in the NEW.
I recently took a drastic step of removing myself from my primary spiritual community online even tho I love and respect the people and miss them.
I could no longer live with the feeling of being dragged downward vibrationally by reading so much negativity and service to self focused articles cheering for selfish reasoning, for hateful people as heroes and for violence as a solution. I understand now that if people want to choose violence it’s not up to me to either convince them of its nature as essentially part of the power-over worldview that doesn’t fit the new ( “you can’t tear down the master’s house using the master’s tools”) or accept it and “suck up” the cognitive dissonance and discomfort of seeing that associated with spiritual community. It’s okay for me to take care of and respect myself. It’s okay now to follow my own joy rather than grinding my soul away pathfinding and pathcutting for the collective. Since I have always been driven by my mission and duty over anything else this is a good but confusing new open space.
I’m looking forward to feeling well enough to explore it and create a new, more joyful path in the confidence that capable hands are already taking up the jobs that are no longer mine.
I’m only sharing this because some of you may be experiencing something similar of this unmooring from the old without a single channel marker anywhere in sight on this wide sea of the New.
I am so grateful for all of you who, like Denise, share your wisdom and understanding and for all who are sharing this journey. It’s so much better now knowing I’m neither alone nor defective for living this difference of awareness.

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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, April 28, 2014

Dahr Jamail | On Bringing War Criminals to Justice

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: A grocery store owner burned to death in his car; a pregnant woman was beaten; a man was left comatose after severe head trauma. These are among the accusations against US forces made recently at the Iraq Commission hearing in Belgium, which explored ways to bring justice to those responsible for war crimes in the catastrophic invasion of Iraq.

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Brought Together by Keystone Pipeline Fight, “Cowboys and Indians” Heal Old Wounds

Kristin Moe, Yes! Magazine: As indigenous tribes and ranchers work together to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, they’re also learning to understand each other’s history, culture and relationship with the land.

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Dean Baker | What Problem Is Privatizing Fannie and Freddie Meant to Solve?

Dean Baker, Truthout: Many of those who were opposed to privatizing Social Security have taken the side of the financial industry in the battle over Fannie and Freddie. At the least, it should be possible to block Wall Street’s efforts to get a government guarantee for their new foray into the mortgage-backed securities market.

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Chris Hedges | The Crime of Peaceful Protest

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: Being an activist in peaceful mass protest is the only real “crime” Cecily McMillan has committed because the corporate state is extremely nervous about the mass movements that have swept the country in recent years.

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Abu Ghraib 10 Years Later: Challenging Corporate Impunity for Torture

Vincent Warren, Truthout: Suhail Al Shimari was beaten, starved, threatened with death, electrically shocked and subjected to other torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq without any justice while war-profiteering contractors like CACI continue to earn millions without carrying any legal risks for actions outside of the United States – even when they lead to torture.

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How George W. Bush Screwed This Generation of College Students

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Instead of spending trillions of dollars on prolonging the Bush legacy of unjust wars, we should be spending those trillions by giving every eligible student in the United States a free public college education.

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Amy Goodman | Ralph Nader on TPP, GM Recall, Nuclear Power and the “Unstoppable” Left-Right Anti-Corporate Movement

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Former presidential candidate and longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader discusses his latest book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.

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What Happens When a Dark Money Group Blows Off IRS Rules? Nothing

Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica: The Government Integrity Fund spent most of its money on election ads, despite Internal Revenue Service rules prohibiting a social welfare nonprofit from doing so.

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American Abu Ghraib Prisoner “Disappears”

Aisha Maniar, Truthout: Shawki Ahmed Omar, an American-Jordanian prisoner, held without due process in Iraq for almost 10 years, “disappeared” around the time 2,400 other prisoners of Abu Ghraib were reported to have been transferred to other prisons.

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Sushi Summit Bottoms Out

Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: There’s suddenly a reason to be cautiously optimistic: In the neoliberal death match euphemistically known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the little guy just won an important round against the steroid-fueled defending champions of Team Corporate Elite.

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The Road From Abu Ghraib: A Torture Story Without a Hero or an Ending

Karen J. Greenberg, TomDispatch: As long as those who perpetrated torture policies are considered beyond the law, there will be no safe landing for this national fall from grace that began with the revelations at Abu Ghraib.

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Neo-Nazi Claimed Sean Hannity Supported Many of His Views

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Much of FOX’s appeal to elderly white males is based on a simmering – but coded – racism. So it should have been of no surprise to Sean Hannity that Cliven Bundy is as bigoted as a pre-Civil War plantation owner.

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The Economic Recovery Has Created Far More Low-Wage Jobs Than Better-Paid Ones

Read the Article at The New York Times

Conservative Supporters of Cliven Bundy Head for the Hills After Rancher’s Racist Remarks

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Preparing for War in Indianapolis: Inside the NRA Plot to Terrify America

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

Supreme Court Taking Up Police Searches of Data Troves Known as Cellphones

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Déjà Vu: US Incites Civil Unrest in Venezuela for Its Oil

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Big Food: Michael Pollan Thinks Wall Street Has Way Too Much Influence Over What We Eat

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Vancouver: Fracking Comes to the World’s “Greenest City”

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Will of the People: Fed Up With Propaganda, Unarmed Citizens in Donetsk, Ukraine, Take Over TV Station

Thank you for posting this! It is so frustrating to live where the media blockade and censorship are primarily accomplished thru the corporations ownership and control of the media. We supposedly have free press but the obviously slanted news that leaves out anything contrary to the dominant American view is so widespread. Many Americans are so brainwashed they think that a President who is a very middle of the road capitalist Democrat, with many corporate revolving door appointees in his Cabinet and administration is somehow a “Socialist”. It’s not surprising then that many are completely unaware of the vast shifts in direction and policy in Russia and the surrounding countries since the fall of the USSR.
I’m appalled to read Democrat writers sounding like Dick Cheney warmongering because a Dem is currently President. I hope that news like this about real democracy and respect for democracy and rule of law will reach more American people who are tired if the brainwashing, propaganda and corporations agenda.

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This is breaking news from the city of Donetsk, capital of the industrial Donbass region in eastern Ukraine. Here, thousands of unarmed citizens, fed up with Kiev and Western propaganda, stormed the regional TV station compound guarded by local police. They chanted “Shame on Ukraine media,” “Police with the people,” “TV channel for Donetsk People’s Republic,” and “We want truth on TV.”

After brief negotiations, the police stood down and let people into the building. Only a limited number of protestors went inside to prevent crowding and so not to damage anything. See the video below for live action (Rus.). In the video, you can hear voices, “Careful, don’t break anything, it all belongs to the people.” The majority of the protestors, many women, stayed outside.


The Russian-speaking Donbass region, consisting of two oblasts, Donetsk and Lugansk, has rebelled against the illegal authorities in Kiev that came to power…

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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday April 27, 2014


The Bleaching of San Francisco: Extreme Gentrification and Suburbanized Poverty in the Bay Area

Adam Hudson, Truthout: From tech shuttles to rising rents and evictions, to corporate tax breaks and hosing of the homeless, from closing public chess games to police attacks on black and brown residents, San Francisco sacrifices large swaths of its population for the benefits of “development.”

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Racism and Criminalization in the Media

Bethania Palma Markus, Truthout: A recent People magazine cover sparks consideration of the hiding-in-plain-sight but never-discussed racism that characterizes the United States and the ways US media subtly sustain that racism.

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In Love and Trouble: Climate Change and the Power of Honesty

Emily Johnston, Truthout: “Warrior up!” Even though we know there will be climate change tragedy no matter what we do now, we can still avert some disasters, save some species that would otherwise be lost and reduce the number of prospective victims – if we act.

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US Plutocracy and the Dodd-Frank Sausage Machine

JP Sottile, Consortium News: Anyone still suffering from the illusion that the United States is a democracy need only examine what has happened to the Dodd-Frank bill since its first iteration.

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Persecuted and Imprisoned for Environmental Activism

Samantha Sarra, Truthout: Around the world, environmental activists are imprisoned for peaceful acts to save us all.

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Truthout Interviews Bethania Palma Markus on Racism in the Media

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Bethania Palma Markus talks about the “invisible” racism on magazine covers and in news coverage.

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Earth: Game Over?

John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus: We’re in the middle of a sixth mass extinction, and this will be the first one – and possibly the last – we will witness as human beings.

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Why Getting Arrested to Resist Keystone XL Is Legally Justified

Jeremy Brecher, Waging Nonviolence: Direct action in protesting the Keystone XL pipeline is necessary to prevent a far greater harm. These actions represent not only the assertion of a public right, but also the fulfillment of a citizen’s duty under US law and the US Constitution.

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Ostracized and Isolated: Muslim Prisoners in the US

Kanya D’Almeida, Inter Press Service: For many Muslim citizens of the United States, ostracism has become a matter of routine, forcing family members of terror suspects to double up as legal advocates and political supporters for their brothers, husbands and sons.

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A First-Hand Account From the Turkish Border

Diego Cupolo, Toward Freedom: If and when military intervention is undertaken in Syria, the question remains: Where will the Syrian civilian stand when the dust settles?

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General Bentley Rayburn Is Wrong Regarding Air Force Academy Cadets’ Religious Rights

Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: The Department of Defense routinely places nontrivial restrictions on free speech as well as religious practice for the sake of maintaining optimal unit cohesion, morale, good order and discipline.

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This week in Speakout:

Lisa Guenther juxtaposes the hypocrisy of Tennessee Republicans criminalizing pregnant women who abuse drugs while bringing back the electric chair; Amir Azarvan asks if we need to define “consensus” to agree there is one on climate change science; Kevin Zeese calls for action on net neutrality; Rev. Osagyefo Sekou provides a new perspective on Jesus’ social position and its consequences; Rob Hager writes an open letter to the governor of Massachusetts asking how he can support the Supreme Court’s authority to further corruption with the McCutcheon decision; Felice Cohen-Joppa and David Polden decry the restrictions placed on anti-nuke activist Mordechai Vanunu by the state of Israel; the Institute for Policy Studies looks at the cost to taxpayers subsidizing restaurant executive pay; Science of Weed offers a moving video on the sometimes life-saving powers of cannabis; the Cornucopia Institute discusses expected backlash over weakened government regulations overseeing organic food; Lisa Guenther documents how the Free Alabama Movement (FAM) seeks to analyze, resist, and transform prison slavery from within the prison industrial complex; Black Star News explains why Secretary of State John Kerry should deny a visa to Uganda’s Sam Kutesa; Nuclear Zero describes the Marshall Islands lawsuit against the US for failure to honor its NPT commitments; Sasha Brookner details how her disagreement with Obama’s policies have caused her alienation from Facebook friends; and more.


The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

#NoKXL: Thousands Marched in DC Saturday Against Keystone Pipeline

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DC Thinks It Can Silence a New Snowden, but the Anti-Leak Hypocrisy Is Backfiring

Read the Article at The Guardian

Chicago’s Violence Tied to Policies of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Past

Read the Article at The Chicago Reporter

How a Gulf Settlement That BP Once Hailed Became Its Target

Read the Article at The New York Times

No Seat at the Table: The Invisible Victims of Detroit’s Bankruptcy

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

California Considers Taxation for Excessive CEO Pay

Read the Article at Crooks and Liars

The NRA Way: Celebrate Buying Guns in a City Where Four People Just Got Shot

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal April 28 to May 4, 2014 Pam Younghans

Today‘s photo: Solar halos seen from Östersund, Sweden onApril 25, 2014 (photo by Göran Strand, posted onSpaceWeather.com)

THE NEW MOON that begins this week is also a Solar Eclipse, magnifying its potential for inspiring and urging us to make a new start in some area of our lives.

Although this is an eclipse, which can intensify our emotions in general, thankfully several facets of this eclipse are supportive and soothing in nature.

To begin with, this eclipse is in Taurus, a very grounded and usually stable sign. Not that Taurus doesn’t have its faults — stubbornness and resistance to change being at the top of the list — but at its essence, Taurus is about creating a supportive life on the physical plane and finding a level of inner peace that is not controlled by outer circumstances.

WE OFTEN THINK of the phrase “bull in a china shop” when we think of Taurus the Bull — head down, perhaps clumsy, stubbornly following its course in spite of evidence that the current path is not leading in a positive direction. But — perhaps because I am a Taurus — I prefer to think of Taurus as Ferdinand the Bull.

If you are familiar with that children’s book by Munro Leaf, you know that Ferdinand’s primary desire in life is to sit on the hillside and smell the flowers, in spite of attempts to get him to fight in the bullring.

It tells you a bit more about this story — and about the higher-vibrational qualities of Taurus — to know that Mahatma Gandhi evidently considered “Ferdinand the Bull” one of his favorite books. And, when the book was released in 1936, it was banned by Spain (which was on the brink of civil war) and was ordered burned in pre-war Germany.

WITH A SOLAR ECLIPSE in Taurus, we are meant to find new stability through reconnecting with our peaceful centerpoint, establishing a stronger connection with the Earth, and staying true to what we most deeply value.

Although Taurus is a very realistic, practical sign, there are definite spiritual overtones to this eclipse. Venus, the planet known as the “ruler” of Taurus, is in other-worldly, sensitive Pisces. And, the Sun and the Moon are in close, positive aspect to Neptune — the most “spiritualizing” planet — at the time of the eclipse.

These factors will help us both find that grounded center of peace, and build on the spiritual growth and insights that have been our constant companions recently.

MERCURY is also fully involved with the eclipse energies, being conjunct (very close to) the Sun and the Moon. With Mercury’s involvement, we anticipate that new ideas and plans are woven into the fabric of this eclipse — especially those that strengthen our inner resources and support the Taurean goals of inner peace, self worth, beauty, and ease.

Adding to the supportive nature of this eclipse, Mercury is in positive relationship with Pluto, Jupiter, and Chiron. When these planets work well together (as they are this week), our conscious awareness is expanded and we are more sensitive to the needs of others. We are also able to see more clearly our own wounds related to themes of Trust and Faith, to participate in the healing of those wounds, and to emerge from that healing with increased hope and a stronger commitment to fulfilling our higher mission on the planet.

Not too shabby, eh?

THE SABIAN SYMBOL for the location of the Solar Eclipse increases our anticipation of the positive effects of this lunation:

“A fully decorated Christmas tree: The ability to create inner happiness in dark hours.”

Certainly, many have experienced some dark hours recently, as together we navigated the intensity of this month’s Cardinal Grand Cross. While our physical reality often takes a while to restabilize after change, it is good to know that this eclipse is meant to help us in that regard.

And, in keeping with the Pisces/Neptune/Chiron influences we’ve already discussed, the last line of astrologer Dane Rudhyar’s interpretation of this Sabian symbol tells us that the energy of this degree of Taurus “evokes our undying faith in cyclical renewal.”

Trust and Faith — always good companions to have on our journey.

EVEN WITH all this supportive energy, we should be prepared for a bit of a hiccup on Friday. Saturn will oppose Mercury, reminding us to do our research before we invest too fully (either physically or financially) in the ideas and plans that have inspired us this week.

This is not to say that our ideas and plans are faulty — but Saturn’s role is to make sure that we are grounded in reality before we commit to any endeavor. We can benefit from using the influence of this Saturn-Mercury opposition to check the facts and make sure we’ve understood all the ramifications of our decisions before we sign on the dotted line.



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The manuscript of survival – part 413


Thank you Aisha!

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Mankind has for a very long time harboured great hopes for the future, and even if this hope may seem to be extinguished in a great majority of your fellow men, nothing could be further from the truth. For in each and every single soul on this planet lies that same dormant seed that you have managed to bring into life, and so, within each and every single soul on this planet lies the same possibility to evoke that dream into life. For you are made of the same stuff as the stars as we have told you over and over again, and so, within your very core lies all of the building blocks you will ever need to make that dream come into fruition. And even if you may think yourself outnumbered in such a way, your dreams have few chances to make it all the way to become…

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