Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Jean Shinoda Bolen: Beauty


Whenever I experience something beautiful, I am with Soul. That moment 
of inward breath, that pause and awareness of "how beautiful this is" 
is a prayer of appreciation, a moment of gratitude in which 
I behold beauty and am one with it.
 
- Jean Shinoda Bolen
 

Marion Woodman: A Life Truly Lived

 
A life truly lived constantly burns away veils of illusion, 
burns away what is no longer relevant, gradually reveals our essence, 
until, at last, we are strong enough to stand in our naked truth.
 
- Marion Woodman
 

Jean Houston: If You Wrote Your Memoir Today


 I often wonder if you wrote your memoir today, 
if your life story would be lived on the edge of possibility, 
if you held wonder in one hand and courage in the other and 
truly believed that anything was possible.

- Jean Houston
 

Jean Shinoda Bolen: Synchronicity


Synchronistic meetings are like mirrors that reflect something of ourselves. 
If we want to grow spiritually, all we have to do is take a good look. 
Synchronicity holds the promise that if we want to change inside, 
the patterns of our external life will change as well.
 
- Jean Shinoda Bolen 
 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Clarissa Pinkola Estés: There Comes a Time


All the "not readies," all the "I need time," are understandable, but only for a short while. The truth is that there is never a "completely ready," there is never a really "right time." As with any descent to the unconscious, there comes a time when one simply hopes for the best, pinches one's nose, and jumps into the abyss. If this were not so, we would not have needed to create the words heroine, hero, or courage.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés
 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Daniel Berrigan: One Is Called To Live Nonviolently


One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for 
seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around 
through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: 
the total inability of violence to change anything for the better.
 
- Father Daniel Berrigan
 

Philip Berrigan: Herein Lies a Riddle


War can't end terrorism. War is terrorism.

Herein lies a riddle: How can a people so gifted by God 
become so seduced by naked power, so greedy for money, 
so addicted to violence, so slavish before mediocre and treacherous 
leadership, so paranoid, deluded, lunatic?
 
- Philip Berrigan
 

David Barsamian: Americans Who Tell the Truth

David Barsamian

Radio Broadcaster, Writer: b. 1945

"Corporate media are largely weapons of mass distraction. Language is manipulated to manufacture consent and to limit the bounds of permissible thought. A golden rolodex of so-called experts produce a mono-chromatic one-note samba of drivel. That's one reason I started Alternative Radio out of my house many years ago. You can't simply whine and complain. You need to come up with positive alternatives that give people hope."
 
From Americans Who Tell the Truth
 

Event: David Barsamian Fundraiser for KBOO Community Radio May 13th

Friday, May 13, 2016

David Barsamian Fundraiser for KBOO Community Radio
First Unitarian Church/Sanctuary
1211 SW Main St, Portland, OR 97205
http://www.firstunitarianportland.org

Doors at 6:30pm / Program begins at 7:00pm / Program ends at 8:30pm
Open to all ages / Not pet-friendly / Non-smoking / Wheelchair access entrance is on 12th Ave., between Salmon & Main Streets
Brown Paper Tickets are $10.00; Tickets at the door will be a sliding scale fee between $10.00-$15.00

David Barsamian will be speaking at First Unitarian Church/Sanctuary in Portland, Oregon on Friday, May 13th as a benefit for KBOO Community Radio (www.kboo.fm).  Founded in 1968, KBOO is one of the longest running independent, volunteer-run community radio stations in the country. All proceeds from this show will go to support KBOO Community Radio.

David Barsamian is one of America's most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists. He has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio show Alternative Radio - now in its 30th year - and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book of interviews with Noam Chomsky is Power Systems. His best-selling books with Chomsky have been translated into many languages. He lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, the media, the economic crisis and global rebellions.

David will be speaking on one of the most critical issues we are facing, nothing short of saving the very planet that sustains us. Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about. Those words of warning were written in 1992 by some 1,700 scientists including more than 100 Nobel laureates. Here we are, more than two decades later still talking, still drilling and doing very little to protect our precious planet from an economic system that prioritizes profits over the well-being of Earth.

He is a winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet  in events in New York, London, Vienna and elsewhere.


For more, please go here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2529264

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This month there are three important events occurring in Portland - David Barsamian, Amy Goodman, and Michael Meade are all coming to town. YAY! I plan to attend all three, and hope you will consider attending and/or passing this information on. This event with David Barsamian will be on May 13th at the First Unitarian Church on SW Main & 12th at 7pm. I last saw David Barsamian about 8 years ago, but have been listening for many years to his broadcast of Alternative Radio on NPR (before Big Money infected NPR and canned the show), and in recent years on KBOO. He has brought to my awareness a range of diverse voices and information for which I am profoundly grateful. When I speak of the critical importance of doing our research and discerning who to trust for our information and who is a true investigative journalist, etc., David Barsamian is among those truth-tellers with deep integrity. He provides us all with the opportunity to listen to and know what the corporate media works tirelessly to obscure and obstruct from our awareness. His is an enormous gift to our deeply needed individual and collective awakening. This event is also a fundraiser for KBOO community radio - a great cause to support!! My deep ongoing prayer is that more and more of us will be shaken awake and discover that courage is contagious! I hope to see some of you here! ~ Molly
 

Jane Sanders Says Bernie Would Lead a National Movement Whether or Not He Wins the Presidency

A photo I took of Bernie & Jane Sanders, Portland, Oregon
This powerful interview brought me to tears. What a lovely, wise, and courageous woman Jane Sanders is! And I have been following Bernie for many years and know his integrity, authenticity, courage, and lifelong fight for a higher good for all. As a grandmother to 1 year old Oliver and 1 week old Carsten, I am filled with hope for them and for all children. And I resonate with and recognize in Jane and Bernie grandparents who fiercely care about the future of their grandchildren and all the children everywhere. The tears come for me this morning as I listen to Jane and Bernie because I feel in my deepest heart and soul how all of this is so much greater than Sanders or any one person. This is a spiritual revolution, a great awakening which is touching the minds, hearts, and souls of millions. And each day our numbers grow. The veils of our ignorance, indoctrination, apathy, and harmful belief systems are being lifted and an amazing panorama is coming into view, one in which we remember what is possible, what is needed, and what really matters. We truly are all connected, all related, all in this together. I am amazed and heartened and so moved by the breadth and depth and power of this great remembrance and transformation that is unfolding and evolving and pulling more and more of us into it's loving and deeply spiritual embrace. An awakening world is not only possible, it is happening! ~ Molly

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Now that Bernie Sanders has a “massive national and indeed international profile,” MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asked Thursday in an interview with Jane Sanders, the candidate’s wife and senior strategist, “Do you see an organization being formed out of the Sanders-centered movement that has sprung up around his campaign?”

“Yes,” she responded. “That’s always been the intent. As he said, right from the beginning, it’s been a two-prong approach: Run for president, and the most important thing is not electing Bernie president—the most important thing is starting a political revolution. Bernie said that since the day he announced. …

“So that will have to continue. If he’s the nominee, he wants people outside working with him to effect real change. If he’s not the nominee and he’s not the president, then it becomes even more important, because we need to make sure that the agenda that about 9 million people have said—have been very excited about and a lot more couldn’t vote for yet—that that agenda moves forward.”

During Maddow’s interview with Jane Sanders, the presidential candidate himself told supporters at a rally in Eugene, Ore., that the Democratic Party had to form a 50-state strategy to recover the confidence of working voters in 25 states that Democrats long ago ceded to Republicans.

“The truth is,” Bernie Sanders said, “the Democratic Party has turned its back on many of those states. We need a 50-state strategy. We need to plant the flag of progressive politics in every state in this country. It’s great that the Democrats do well in New England and in the East Coast and West Coast states and in the Midwest ... but you can’t turn your back on working people, elderly people, the children and poor people in 25 states in this country. We’ve got to fight for every one of those states.”

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

Please go here for the article and video interview:

This is bigger than Bernie Sanders. This is a spiritual awakening!
Our newest grandson, who I stand in protection of - along with all the children everywhere