Singing Down

Quest

SINGING DOWN

It’s pretty simple, really.

Open your heart and soul

In the middle of the night,

lift up your arms in joy and ecstasy

and sing down into your

very being

the melody of the sun, the stars, the galaxies

the universe.

Then feel your heart and soul

bursting with the cosmic energy of

love, splendour, light

and send it pealing joyously around

Mother Earth.

Because you, me, us –

we’re the true leaders.

We need to stand on our feet,

feel the power flowing

through us

and take over

from the mis-leaders

to show the way to a world of love

resonating with the beauteous song of the Divine.

True leaders

Quest

Quest 1

QUEST

“Strivers, not skivers”

“Lifters not leaners”

Slick phrases used by so-called Christian leaders

to divide and rule us,

and demean the less fortunate.

So, let me tell you, I have a dream:

that we the people

send so-called Christian political leaders on a quest:

sent out like trusty knights of old

to seek honesty, integrity, fairness, service to the people not corporations.

Shiny-Faced PoshBoy Cameron in the UK

BullyBoy Abbott in Australia

Bomber McCain, Corporate Hillary Clinton,

Drone Lover Obama in the US

and more:

those who call themselves Christians

then turn their backs on the poor and the needy

and the unemployed and the homeless

and the working poor

or who want war and conflict rather than

reason and peace.

So off we sent them to live on the streets,

dressed in second-clothing (so they know what it feels like

to be poor,

to fret about how to pay bills because they now have to endure

the cuts they imposed on the disadvanaged,

to mourn that they don’t have the money or power

to buy billion-dollar bombers and fighters.

And as we want them to experience

what the end result of their war-mongering is,

we also send them  to

Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Ukraine, Somalia, Gaza, the West Bank.

A reminder:

what is the treasure they’re hunting for?

Humility; Compassion; Honesty; Empathy; Peace; Integrity; Honour,

Serving the people, helping the poor, the homeless, the downtrodden, the unemployed

the working poor, but NOT the corporate 1%.

Sorry, folks – they’re still searching!

 

Let the Sun Shine In

Here Comes the Sun

My prayer is for

the sun to burn in the sky

and shine brightly on all children

around the world who

deserve to live in the golden light

that the sun casts

to warm us, give us hope, light the future

And cast out suffering, war, famine and poverty.

I live in hope.

Because I know hope is the beacon to

a future where love abounds and children

shall not suffer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fractured Heart

Fractured heartFRACTURED HEART

Years ago I read an interview

with a guy who hated people

who wore white shoes.

Bit of a shock to be hated by someone I don’t know:

I wear white shoes, love ’em and I thought

at the time

of the idiocy of hating

someone you’ve never met, don’t know and can’t acknowledge

and that, deep down,

you hate yourself.

How easy it is to take the low road of hate.

How seemingly hard, but how easy  it is when you start walking and working it,

to take the high road to love.

Too often all around us we see people with

black/wooden/hard/steel

hearts hating people who are the same

as they while they, the haters, are hurting and scarring

themselves rather than those they hate.

Hate corrodes, it rips your heart apart,

but love heals and puts your fractured heart together

so you choose to  look into the hearts and souls

of those who came into this world

as loving little beings,

trusting, innocent, smiling,

and see those around you and elsewhere in this world

as they were at birth.

Try it: put your fractured heart together.

The scars and stitches are the path of learning

to dissolve hate and embrace love:

with hate you sink into the darkness.

With love you fly to the light, the sun and the stars.

(The artwork was created from a photo I took of a firework exploding at a recent fireworks display close to my home in Alsancak, North Cyprus)

Heritage Heart

Heritage HeartThe other night the Merit Hotel, close to us and right on the coast of the Mediterranean, held another fireworks display. I love these because I run and grab my camera, then just stand snapping away until the display comes to an end.

When I downloaded and edited the photos, I came across this image in the sky of fireworks exploding which formed a giant heart in the sky. Although I’ve added a heart shape, it follows the exact shape of the pattern in the sky.

I decided to call it: Heritage Heart – what heritage will we gift to future generations through the actions of our hearts today?

HERITAGE HEART

Those of us who now live

on Mother Earth:

I ask you –

What future do we gift those

who follow us

and who will stand on our shoulders?

Because one day we will be the ancestors

and who will look kindly on us?

Today we have choices:

To live not ON the earth but

WITH the Earth.

We can open our hearts to those

who live otherwise

than us.

We can work to live

Rather than live to work.

We can live smaller and earth-friendly

rather than largely and wastefully.

We can refuse to be whipped

into the hysteria

of fear and war

against fellow citizens of this

lovely planet we all inhabit together.

We can stand with those who suffer prejudice/

unkindness/bullying/violence

and listen to their voices,

empathise with their suffering,

Offer a shoulder to lean on to walk this

life on earth.

We can respect all life on Earth

and work/organise

to preserve an environment

which will feed our love through

to future generations.

We can love, not hate.

And in so doing we will leave a heritage

of heart and soul,

a shining light for those who follow us

to leave the darkness of hate, envy, bitterness,

and greed,

To instead pass on to those we gift to the future

love, kindness, respect, courage, integrity

and the radiance of a spirit that shines

from the oneness

that unites us all.

Housekeeping

I have been absent for a few days due to problems with accessing my e-mails. As I get a large number each day from the blogs I follow, if I don’t stay on top of them I get nasty messages from iPage, the website I use for my e-mail.

For some reason I couldn’t fathom, I suddenly couldn’t access my e-mail, iPage on-line, Avaaz security and a few other sites. Eventually, in desperation I trotted down to the friendly computer store close to here where a young kid helping out his dad (rolling eyes madly at techie kids who go click-click on my computer then look up with the answer!) told me I’d been blocked from access to iPage.

I trotted off home and looked up info about iPage, only to find out that Turkey blocks a number of web sites, including iPage and North Cyprus has close links with Turkey.  Well, thanks, Prime Minister Erdogan – if you’re trying to enter the European Union I’d bone up a bit on human rights and freedom of speech, if I were you.  Not, I must be honest, that such minor details will likely bother those yeaying or naying Turkey’s entry to the EU – they’re far more interested in the huge market that Turkey represents so every time they think of that country, a dirty great KER-CHING rings up in their minds!

So I tried out the VPN offered by Avaast, and whaddya know?  My e-mail opened up immediately and I once again had access to iPage.  I really hate being defeated by a computer, so I’m quite VERY pleased with myself for sorting this out pretty much on my own. In astrological terms, I have 9 air signs which means I do quite enjoy a techie challenge, even if I can be off the planet a bit with Neptune in the first house very close to my Rising Sign, Libra.

I also spent a nice day with my husband on Wednesday when we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.  10thWeddingAnniversaryWe managed to get around to this after 27 years together so no one can say we rushed things!  We decided to get married when we were living in the UK and family could attend – our daughter, grand-daughters and great grand-daughter.

My daughter provided my bouquet and our grand-daughters created the wedding cake which was lovely and scrumptious. We also had good friends present that we’d met in the UK while living there. We included a bracelet of stone spirits instead of a traditional ring (I wear my mother’s engagement ring and my husband bought our wedding ring two weeks after meeting me, we just didn’t get around to the ceremony!) and many quotes from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. The photo is of us signing the register at Burnley Registry office. Oh, and I dreamed the date of the wedding which turned out to be the best summer’s day that year in the UK!

The upshot is, though, that sorting out the e-mail stuff-up and our wedding anniversary on Wednesday have consumed a lot of my time and so no posts which has been frustrating. And I do feel slightly discombobulated by the amount of time I’ve had to spend not only sorting out the e-mail problem, but then dealing with a huge number of e-mails to ensure I’m keeping my webmail from being too cluttered up.

Things are pretty much on an even keel now, so I’m hoping normal service will be resumed from now on. Fingers crossed!

Standing Stones of Callenish
The Standing Stones of Callenish

 

Nelson Mandela’s Views on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In 2001, Nelson Mandela wrote to the US columnist Thomas Friedman an open letter about the state of Israel, which he believed was racist and organised on the basis of Apartheid policies.

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Dear Thomas,

I know that you and I long for peace in the Middle East, but before you continue to talk about necessary conditions from an Israeli perspective, you need to know what’s on my mind. Where to begin? How about 1964.Let me quote my own words during my trial. They are true today as they were then: “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Today the world, black and white, recognize that Apartheid has no future. In South Africa it has been ended by our own decisive mass action in order to build peace and security. That mass campaign of defiance and other actions could only culminate in the establishment of Democracy.

Perhaps it is strange for you to observe the situation in Palestine or more specifically, the structure of political and cultural relationships between Palestinians and Israelis, as an Apartheid system. This is because you incorrectly think that the problem of Palestine began in 1967. This was demonstrated in your recent column “Bush’s First Memo” in the New York Times on March 27, 2001.

You seem to be surprised to hear that there are still problems of 1948 to be solved, the most important component of which is the right to return of Palestinian refugees. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not just an issue of military occupation and Israel is not a country that was established “normally” and happened to occupy another country in 1967. Palestinians are not struggling for a “state” but for freedom, liberation and equality, just like we were struggling for freedom in South Africa.
In the last few years, and especially during the reign of the Labour Party, Israel showed that it was not even willing to return what it occupied in 1967; that Settlements remain, Jerusalem would be under exclusive Israeli sovereignty, and Palestinians would not have an independent state, but would be under Israeli economic domination with Israeli control of borders, land, air, water and sea.

Israel was not thinking of a “state” but of “separation”. The value of separation is measured in terms of the ability of Israel to keep the Jewish state Jewish, and not to have a Palestinian minority that could have the opportunity to become a majority at some time in the future. If this takes place, it would force Israel to either become a secular democratic or bi-national state, or to turn into a state of Apartheid not only de facto, but also de jure.
Thomas, if you follow the polls in Israel for the last 30 or 40 years, you clearly find a vulgar racism that includes a third of the population who openly declare themselves to be racist. This racism is of the nature of “I hate Arabs” and “I wish Arabs would be dead”.

If you also follow the judicial system in Israel you will see there is discrimination against Palestinians, and if you further consider the 1967 Occupied Territories you will find there are already two judicial systems in operation that represent two different approaches to human life: one for Palestinian life and the other for Jewish life. Additionally there are two different approaches to property and to land. Palestinian property is not recognized as private property because it can be confiscated.

As to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, there is an additional factor. The so-called “Palestinian autonomous areas” are Bantustans. These are restricted entities within the power structure of the Israeli Apartheid system.

The Palestinian state cannot be the by-product of the Jewish state, just in order to keep the Jewish purity of Israel. Israel’s racial discrimination is daily life of most Palestinians. Since Israel is a Jewish state, Israeli Jews are able to accrue special rights which non-Jews cannot do. Palestinian Arabs have no place in a “Jewish” state.

Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children.

The responses made by South Africa to human rights abuses emanating from the removal policies and Apartheid policies respectively, shed light on what Israeli society must necessarily go through before one can speak of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and an end to its Apartheid policies.

Thomas, I’m not abandoning Mideast diplomacy. But I’m not going to indulge you the way your supporters do. If you want peace and democracy, I will support you. If you want formal Apartheid, we will not support you. If you want to support racial discrimination and ethnic cleansing, we will oppose you.

When you figure out what you’re about, give me a call.

Quotes from Nelson Mandela about Israel and the Palestinians

“If one has to refer to any of the parties as a terrorist state, one might refer to the Israeli government, because they are the people who are slaughtering defenseless and innocent Arabs in the occupied [Palestinian] territories, and we don’t regard that as acceptable.” (Nelson Mandela, 1990)

“What we know is that Israel has weapons of mass destruction. Nobody talks about that. Why should there be one standard for one country, especially because it is black, and another one for another country, Israel, that is white.” (Nelson Mandela, 2002)

“”Why are they [the USA] not seeking to confiscate weapons of mass destruction from their ally Israel?” (Nelson Mandela, 2003)