The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller
Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for the better. Valclav Havel
It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations. Kahlil Gibran
by Louise Taylor
Numbers are poetry
Numbers are sublime
Numbers are the markers
That we are divine
Ordained by the universe
To show us the form
That Love takes when divided
And multiplied galore
No thing is subtracted
When added to the One
Zero to Infinity
All is included in
Love does the tallying
And so leaves us free!
“…as you inspire others to participate in charitable action, you cease to be an individual striving for a massive cause and become a member of a network of humanity championing for a manageable cause. You’ll see the results of your efforts immediately and take pride in your ability to recruit aides. When you ask others to become a part of your efforts today, you’ll be able to accomplish more than you believed possible.”
Alchemy: from al-kimaya (Arabic) 'the art of transformation' (American Heritage). Transformation (math) change from one figure or expressions to another. (Oxford) TranSmorph: shape-shifting, change of form (not yet found in any dictionary)
Have you noticed the changes this month?...the newsletter is now embedded in a website thanks to the skill and wizardry of Julie and Stephen, Webmaster. Both have given countless hours to (trans) form the basic (base) leading (read lead as in metal) to the new way of communicating with you, the gold(en) way of approaching the OneHeart, the way of co-creating, co-operating, co-existing in a culture of Peace.
As a community, a coming-into-unity, we celebrate and create Peace through sharing our commonality of interests, highlighting the efforts that have been sustained in Victoria by many of our friends in countless ways.
September 21 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 7:30-10 Circle meets by the Sacred Fire pit by the gazebo. Saul Arbess, spokesperson for Global Initiative for Departments of Peace and the Victoria Action Group, will speak on the spiritual values that under grid this movement in light of the present Middle East situation.
A sharing circle is the format of this evening. Please bring a sample of water, local or from elsewhere, for the Ceremony of Water which will be part of the evening. We move as co-creators in establishing a culture of peace through sharing our stories, poems, songs, art, dances inclusive of all persons of all cultures, backgrounds, and paths. According to the Mayan Calendar which we honoured on July 25, as Love and Gratitude for Water Day, this is the year of the Red Magnetic Moon, (see Wim's article) year of unification. In that spirit, we invite you to bring yourself and friends. We request your honoring the time by being punctual.
September 6 (Wed) Lunar Eclipse Celebration-Meditation 7 p.m. contact Karen Silverhawk 652-6558
September 14 and 28 (Thurs) Woman Spirit Circle Meditation and Sharing with Pat Gagnon 656-6502
September 9 (Sat) GoGo (Zulu for grandmother) Grannies of Africa and Carry On Grannies of Victoria extend an invitation to join them for an afternoon which includes hearing about the recent AIDS conference and grandmothers gathering in Toronto under the auspices of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Sherry Good (COG Victoria) and Andrew Moore, Mufaro (joy) marimba musicians will share their stories, songs and gumboot dances with us. Bring your picnic and enjoy the pond, meadows, cedar groves, and each other. 12:00 - 4 p.m.
September 17 (Sun) Jung, Alchemy, Transformation with Dr. Corrine Allyson 9:30 - 1:30 in the Yurt. Pre-registration $55 or $75 at the door contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 370-2388
September 21 (Thurs) International Day of Peace Gathering 7:30 - 10 by donation contact Saul at 383-5878Louise at 652-1331 or Julie 385-7810 or Stephen 250-743-6683 for carpooling and/or directions from Duncan or Shawnigan
September 22 (Fri) Fall Equinox Celebration - Meditation 7 p.m. Silverhawk 652-6558
Sacred Circle Dance into Autumn Tuesday, Tuesday, September 12 from 7-9 Pm Friends' Meeting House, 1831 Fern Street in Victoria Admission by donation. All ages welcome. No experience require. celebrate the changing seasons and the cycles of our lives and wild nature, to remind us of the strength and unity of circles in nature, in our lives, families and communities for more info contact Betsy Nuse (592-2848)
October 4 - 12 Crystal Skull Spiritual Journey Workshop in Yucatan, Mexico. Mayan Consciousness Spiritual Teacher, Don Hunbatz Men, who spoke at the Yurt two years ago - connecting us very strongly to the continent of South America) a Divine Mayan Elder who is offering this amazing Crystal Skull Energy Workshop in the Lacondon Jungle, and Sacred Pyramids and Temples of Palenque and bonampak, with Mayan Priests and Elders of Merida, Yucatan, and renowned Crystal Skull Teachers.
Contact Catherine for more details and information at 250-220-6875 or
Carry On Grannies Update
by Sherry GoodThe Grandmothers Revolution was headlined in one newspaper. In March of this year the Stephen Lewis Foundation sent out a call to Canadian Grandmothers to support the African Grandmothers who are single handedly raising their grandchildren orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. On Aug. 11 one hundred African grandmothers and two hundred Canadian grandmothers gathered in Toronto and I was fortunate to be one of the Canadian Grandmothers. Heroes of Africa is what Stephen Lewis called them. His foundation is supporting these Grandmothers by funding over 140 small grassroots projects in 12 countries. We listened to the women who were receiving the funding from the foundation. This money is buying food, medications, health care, school fees, school supplies and counselling for the bereaved grandmothers. We danced. We sang. We cried with the African Grandmothers as they told us the stories of their children dying. When we in Canada are empty nesters, they are bringing up their grandchildren with very few resources. Some households are not sure they will have even one meal a day. These women are not victims. They are doing what needs to be done, as all women do. Now it's our turn.
That is Mary from Nairobi Kenya. She is a widow and a grandmother caring for two of her grandchildren. Like me she still has an 18 yr. daughter at home. Her daughter is training to be a hairstylist and she is the one who did Mary's hair before she came to Toronto. In the attached picture Mary is on the right side in profile, dancing. The music was supplied by shakers made from a loop of coat hanger wire with flattened bottle caps strung through a hole punched in the center. I don't think any of the Canadian grandmothers were surprised to be crying with the African grandmothers who had lost their adult children to AIDS. I was surprised at the dancing, laughing and singing. We have a lot to learn from them. Further information can be found at www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/grandmothers For information on local developments and future meetings, please contact Dee Heston at 370-4328 (email@example.com)
Step Softly on This Earth
by Elisabeth Nyland
While I was in China for a year, teaching aural English, I was given the opportunity to visit Lugo Lake, a community about a thousand miles from Beijing. It was a very special place as it was the only matriarchy in China. A mother and a boy and girl (10 & 11) stopped me on the street and asked me if I had money to help her send her children to school. As I had no funds available, I asked her what she could do. With a smile Wu answered spontaneously, "I can make insoles...hand embroidered!" That started the China-Canada Insole Project.
Her children Fu and Yun attended school for the first time in their life in 2003. Their teacher keeps me informed with yearly reports showing Fu and Yun's high grades and their mother wrote me recently how well they were doing.
The insoles are 100% cotton, color fast embroidery, hand washable in warm water. 100% of the proceeds go to the mother and the children. To order phone Elisabeth Nyland at 250-656-5059 for write her at 8793 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich V8L 4E8 to order yours.
$10.00 a pair, sizes small, medium & large.
A Day Out Of Time (according to the Mayan Calendar) Part II of II by Wim Borsboom
The Year of "The Red Magnetic Moon"
Maybe we have not been excommunicated from Eden, perhaps we have just been made not to see it.
Let’s help each other to see Eden here and live it.
This brings me to another point, a subtle one, but so important, possibly containing a gentle warning.
When I was still receiving clients for counseling (I’m retired now) I would look out from my window down into the garden and I would see clients coming through the garden gate, and I would say as I observed their energy in glorious colours, “Oh wow, look what a beautiful being!” Then after they sat down, I was always amazed how clients would - almost invariably - spend the first ten minutes trying to convince me of ‘in how bad a state’ they were.
You see, they of course had been trained to see themselves through the eyes of those who identified them as ‘not good enough’ and over time they got so convinced that those external judgments were valid that they started to identify themselves that way and… even live that way.
I felt it to be my task to help them to convince themselves out of those initially unwarranted identifications, accusations and judgments - the ones that over time had become so self-accusing and self-incriminating. Eventually a client would discover how innately beautiful and unharmed he or she actually was… self-confidence fully restored.
We heal ourselves from within, especially after we see that the external things we used to do to ‘better ourselves’ - our usual ways of dealing with assumed problems - that those actions prolonged the problems... actually made them persevere… It’s like picking at a wound!
Let’s for a moment do ‘a no-no’ and take ourselves out of this place, away from time here, and imagine that we are (all of us here together)… that we are a heavenly counselor perched somewhere in the universe.
Let’s imagine that we see Mother Earth - our first client - approaching us through some heavenly gate, “Ah, look at her energy” we say, “and those wonderful atmospheric colors like an aura encircling her, that blue watery veil partially covering her fertile body…” Ah there she is Sister Earth! And we want to listen to her.
But… but, lo and behold, we hear only complaints coming from her!
For minutes we hear voices attempting to convince us that she is not as beautiful as we just saw her, that she is in pain, that she is ill, at the point of feeling like… blowing herself up…
Imagine that we are now helping her to convince herself that she is actually how we saw her to be when we first saw her approaching us: so beautiful and whole, energetic, showing her pride in glorious colours... and slowly we see her discover that she is not how she was made to be seen…!
And as a client would wipe away a tear when discovering that she was actually never really as bad or inadequate as she was made out to be, Sister Earth is now also showing a glimmer of a tear, having rediscovered herself…, recovering her real being… not being at all what she was made out to appear to be…
The following is subtle and might not immediately make sense…
What if our lovely beautiful Earth is actually in good shape - really! - as beautiful as we saw her as she approached us just a few minutes ago?
What if our usual human concerns about her are actually our self-judgments and self-incriminations projected onto her?
What if we, in a way, force her to identify herself with how we constantly identify her, by means of our acquired and mistaken self-identities?
If that is so, aren’t we then contributing to her lack of self-confidence and thereby actually hampering her self healing?
Are we aware enough that Earth can heal herself and that even our most well-meant strategies might not be the right ones, that they might actually prolong her pain?
What if our worries about her and the way we usually try to solve those worries, are actually part of the pain we are contributing to the Earth and… that we actually make her pain last longer?
Could it be that our fixes, however well intended, are also picking at her wounds?
I know, that’s a novel way of looking at this…, we are so much ‘the doer’, our work ethic is doing, but does our doing actually help Gaia (as Dr. Lovelock called the earth)? Really?
Is Earth getting better as we think her to be so ill?
Is part of our thinking not actually part of her acquired illness, something we are pushing onto her?
The first thing we as humans did in historical times to “better” Gaia for us was perhaps that we made her feel bad and inadequate in the first place…
What good do we actually do to Earth even when we think we ‘do good’? Ah Mother Dear!
The things we do, eh?!
One cannot gain genuine peace by fighting a war…
Can we heal the earth, when we actually fight those whom we see as hurting her, while we are thus engaged in a futile game of mutual pain?
We do that sometimes, don’t we?! We can be so unaware, hating those who do the hating.
Gandhi’s approach might still be the right one; he dealt with Mother India’s liberation by increasing her self-confidence by improving that of her inhabitants.
The point is subtle and complex and has a twist to it: The human survival syndrome has nothing much to do with the survival of Mother Earth, in fact we are surviving, we can let go of our syndrome. If we can do that with confidence - when we are aware that we ‘made it’, that we are surviving, then the remnants of our habitual survival machinations, maneuvers and manipulations can disappear…
But each of us may still be harbouring too much of that human survival syndrome…
There is theory that says that currently in our expanding universe, everything expands… that means ‘us to’. That theory also states that the universe will at some point start contracting.
Could it be that the universe is starting that contracting phase right about now, and that survival starts meaning something else than what it used to mean, instead of more of me, more for me it will be less of me, less for me ; instead of more of us and more for us, it will be… …
I have a feeling that Gaia is responding to a Universe that is on the edge of contracting… and we are invited to respond to it in kind... Invited? Actually, I don't think we have a choice, we are part of Gaia, we are one organism... just as we are part of this universe... we are one organism...
In a contracting universe there will be less time, less space… maybe that is why this particular ‘day out of time’ in this ‘place out of space’ is so significant!
The Roerich Pact and Banner of Peace was designed by Russian artist and humanitarian, Nicholas Roerich (1874 - 1947) as a response to the destruction of the first world war and the Russian Revolution.
It is an international treaty signed by India, the Baltic states, and 22 nations of the Americas including the United States. The Roerich Peace Pact established an international agreement allowing any nation to protect its cultural or artistic heritage with a symbolic banner, the Banner of Peace. Signed in 1935, this treaty is international law today. Just as the Red Cross protects hospitals, the Banner of Peace was implemented to protect culture.
Written with the assistance of international experts and lawyers, the Banner of Peace was praised by many notable figures during its signing including Albert Einstein, George Bernard Shaw, and H.G. Wells. The Pact states, "educational, artistic, and scientific institutions... shall be protected and respected by the belligerents ... without any discrimination as to the state allegiance of any particular institution or mission... these missions may display a distinctive flag (the Banner of Peace).. which will entitle them to special protection and respect..." Thus any site of cultural activity around the world can fly the Banner of Peace to declare itself neutral, independent of combatant forces, and protected by international treaty.
Nicholas Roerich was an artist and travelled extensively through Russia, India, Tibet, and the United States. He hoped by using a symbol that represented all cultures no group would feel excluded from using it. The Banner would have not one but several meanings, as Nicholas Roerich himself wrote:
Let us be united - you will ask in what way?
You will agree with me: in the easiest way,
to create a common and sincere language.
Perhaps in Beauty and in Knowledge."
The distinctive Banner is three red circles surrounded by a larger red circle on a white banner. The banner is a deep red or magenta color to symbolize the color of human blood, which is the same for all peoples. The top circle represents spirituality and encompasses the truth of all religions, that we can all unite regardless of our distinct beliefs. The two circles on the bottom represent art and science. The circle that surrounds the three spheres represents culture, the unity of art, science, and spirituality.
In 1993, Peace Pilgrims José and Lloydine Argüelles revived awareness of the Roerich Pact by using the Banner of Peace to represent the aims of the World Thirteen Moon Calendar Change Peace Movement and the Planet Art Network. With the strength of its historic and international validity, the Planet Art Network has reactivated this symbol, bringing its message of Peace to the Vatican, the United Nations, as well as several world leaders, in efforts to promote global calendar change. Argüelles expanded Roerich's original motto to read "PAX CULTURA, PAX BIOSPHERICA", adding an emphasis that we must protect the Biosphere, the Mother of all Culture. "Peace through Culture. Peace with the Biosphere."
The symbol for the Banner of Peace can be found in many cultures and numerous philosophical systems. It can be found on the coat of arms of the Popes, on Ethiopian and Coptic antiquities, and stone age amulets. It also appears on Tibetan rings, Buddhist banners, the Temple of Heaven in Peking and in the oldest of Indian symbols, the Chintamani, the sign of happiness. Found in all cultures, the Banner of Peace is the perfect symbol to bring all peoples together in peace.
The Banner of Peace was exhibited at the 2nd Summit for the Global Initiative for Departments of Peace held at Royal Roads University, Victoria in June 2006 Saul Arbess will bring the banner to the International Day of Peace Ceremony on September 21 st.
The Peace Pole Project was begun in Japan in 1955 under the direction of Master Goh, spiritual teacher who died in 1980. The World Peace Prayer Society now carries on this work. Its purpose is to spread the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth". At last count over 200,000 Peace Poles have been erected in over 160 countries in the world. They are seen as acupuncture needles in the Earth, accelerating the flow of life energy and sense of spiritual connection to the concept of a Culture of Peace
Louise was given the opportunity to plant the first Peace Pole, a gift from Keiko Yamadaat Mount Kiara International School in Malaysia where she was teaching in 1990. Subsequently, on her returning to Victoria other poles on the island and off , as a result of that first one. A 'moveable' Peace Pole has been made available for ceremonies such as the Remembrance Day Ceremony, at James Bay School, Multifaith Singalong, Cordova Bay, Global Initiative for Peace, Royal Road University .You may have seen them up island and around town. Here are a few of the places where the poles have gone as a result of the first one in Southeast Asia:
1) CorUnum 2) St.Aidan's United Church 3)Church of Truth 4) YMCA 5) Eede Sanctuary Garden, Cordova Bay 6) Eco-Village, Shawnigan 7) Mogensen Residence 8) Unitarian Church 9)Benedictine Retreat Centre 10)Hope Lutheran Church (Nanaimo) 11)Reconciliation House, Dublin, Ireland 12)Iceland 13) Hawaii 14) Australia 15)Saulte Saint Marie
The last four far-flung places went as strips "May Peace Prevail on Earth" to private parties wishing to set up their own pole. These strips are available in French and English from Louise for anyone wishing to make their own pole. Cost: five dollars per strip.
We have a collection of poles from around the world seen by friends on their travels. Should you have a photograph to add to our international connection, please send it to Stephen at this website.
Coral Loy and Louise's most recent sighting of a Peace Pole centered in a Labyrinth was in Sedona, Arizona, this July.
"Since the time of the ancient prophets, we have been given the messages to make peace not war, love not hatred, reconciliation, not conflict...messages that remind us we are to be agents of peace."
Bishop Remy de Roo at the installation of the pole at the Benedictine Retreat Centre, Nanaimo
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signing off from within the circle.
Louise & Julie