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Project X Newsletter Expanded, issue #80

December 22, 2002

1. Opening Words - The Invitation - Oriah Mountain Dreamer
2. Thank You for Everything - Alan Cohen
3. Taking Leave Of The Personal God - Asoka Selvarajah
4. Christmas 2002 Could Be The Second Coming - Lady Isis
5. "With The Eruption Of (Mt.) Etna, You May Know It Has Begun" - Mark Andrews



Opening Words - The Invitation    (view on a separate page) (more articles about guidance)
Author: Oriah Mountain Dreamer    (all articles by this author)

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive. It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain!
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn't interest me if the story you're telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself, if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore be trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it is not pretty every day, and if you can source your life from God's presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “YES”!
It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children. It doesn't interest me who you are, how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back. It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

by Oriah Mountain Dreamer (a Native American Elder)


Thank You for Everything    (view on a separate page) (more articles about guidance)
Author: Alan Cohen    (all articles by this author)

Alan Cohen - From the Heart - November 2002

The story is told about a woman Zen master named Sono who taught one very simple method of enlightenment. She advised everyone who came to her to adopt an affirmation to be said many times a day, under all conditions. The affirmation was, "Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever."
 Many people from all arenas of life came to Sono for healing. Some were in physical pain; others were emotionally distraught; others had financial troubles; some were seeking soul liberation. No matter what their distress or what question they asked her, her response was the same:  "Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever." Some people went away disappointed; others grew angry; others tried to argue with her. Yet some people took her suggestion to heart and began to practice it. Tradition tells that everyone who practiced Sono's mantra found peace and healing.
 Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever.  My friend Lisa, an attractive woman in her late 30's, came to one of my seminars after I had not seen her for a number of years. She informed the group that a year earlier she had been diagnosed with a brain disorder that required immediate surgery. The surgery was done, a steel plate was inserted in her head, and her doctor keeps her under close observation. Lisa reported that now she lives from day to day. Privately I told Lisa that I was sorry she had gone through this whole ordeal. "Oh, don't be sorry," she told me emphatically. "I'm not sorry at all. This was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. It really got me to appreciate my life and relationships. I married a wonderful guy and we are thinking about having children. I wouldn't trade the experience if I could."  Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever.
 Can you imagine what your life would be like if you simply dropped your complaints? It's a radical proposal, since most of us have been trained to question, analyze, and criticize everything we see. But then we end up questioning, analyzing, and criticizing ourselves. Then we miss out on joy, the only true measure of success.
 The ecstatic mystic poet Hafiz proclaimed, "All a sane man can ever think about is giving love." One evening I received a phone call from my friend Cliff, a Jewish guy from Brooklyn who discovered A Course in Miracles and became a world-class love exuder. Cliff just went around finding good and beauty in everyone he met. On the phone, Cliff told me, "I just called to tell you how much I love and appreciate you."
 "Well, thank you Cliff," I answered, delighted. "I really appreciate that . . . What prompted you to call me at this moment?"
 "My knee was hurting me, and I knew that the only way I could feel better would be to give more love. So I began to think of the people in my life who I care about, and you came to mind." Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever.
 As we approach the holiday of Thanksgiving, many of us will be getting together with our families. Perhaps family issues may come to the fore and we might be tempted to fall into a pattern of rehashing old resentments and arguments. Wouldn't it be fabulous if, as we sat with our relatives, we held in mind, "Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever." Imagine what this Thanksgiving would be like if we decided that no matter how much mom complained about dad; how much dad bugged us about getting a real job; or how unspiritual our ex is, we chose to be an unstoppable appreciation machine and found the good in our loved ones. Indeed this would be a triumphant Thanksgiving to remember!
 Yes, I know, there is a voice inside you objecting, "But if I did not complain, people would walk all over me and selfish opportunists would genetically manipulate my food and terrorists would keep crashing airplanes into buildings and . . ., . . ., and. . . ." Got it. Now if you went to Sono, her response would be, "Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever." I am simply suggesting that we practice the mantra for an entire Thanksgiving day. And then maybe one day a week. Then we might start to feel so good and our lives will become so effective that we want to turn every day into Thanksgiving.
 In my book Handle with Prayer I state that the highest form of prayer is gratitude. Instead of asking God for stuff, start thanking God for stuff, and you will find that God has already given you everything you could want or need, including the adventure of discovering more riches every day. Life is a big treasure hunt. Eventually we grow weary of seeking treasures outside ourselves, and we begin to look within. There we discover that the gold we sought, we already are. The beauty we overlooked because we were focusing on what was missing, still lives and awaits us like an anxious lover. As T.S. Eliot nobly noted, The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever. Have a great Thanksgiving.

Alan Cohen is the author of the best-selling Why Your Life Sucks and What You Can Do About It, a Book of the Month Club selection, and the award-winning A Deep Breath of Life. If you enjoyed this article, you will love Alan's newly published collection of his best articles, Looking in for Number One. To order it or request a free catalog of Alan's books, tapes, seminars, and Mastery Training in Maui, call 1-800-568-3079, visit http://www.alancohen.com, email admin@alancohen.com, or write P.O. Box 835, Haiku, HI 96708.


Taking Leave Of The Personal God    (view on a separate page) (more articles about guidance)
Author: Asoka Selvarajah    (all articles by this author)

A personal God is an idea whose time has come... and gone. In the wake of all the troubles it has brought to us throughout the centuries, and particularly in recent years, is it not time to move onto a vision of the Divine that is better suited to reality?

The notion of the personal God arose with our prehistoric ancestors. It was a convenient way to describe a complex, and often very harsh, world. The personal gods were many in number, as evidenced by the numerous pantheons of divinities from ancient Egypt to modern India. The concept of a single masculine personal God, although prefigured by the Aton of Pharaoh Akhenaton, seems to have come to the fore largely through Judaism, and then through Christianity and Islam. Hinduism also adopted the idea that the many gods in its pantheon are actually the different faces of ONE god. However, although the pantheon gods are personal, the ultimate God from which they derive, the Brahman, is not.

However, the idea that the universe and the human race were created by a personal God gives rise to many theoretical and practical problems. The most obvious one, discussed frequently in Christianity, is: why does God allow suffering? In its wider sense, the question might be asked: why is the world the way it is, i.e. so very terrible? Christianity answers with the words "Devil", "Free Will", "Sin", and ultimately "Salvation". However, none of this is very satisfactory when examined closely. The saying, "A bad workman always blames his tools" comes to mind. After all, God made us did he not? And with omniscient knowledge, he must surely have known exactly what was going to happen.

Indeed, this leads onto theological ideas of Good and Evil. In all three of the Abrahamic family of religions, Evil is regarded as abnormal and definitely NOT the will of God. Hence, Death, which is arguably Evil's ultimate manifestation, is also considered highly unnatural (but ultimately redeemable, whether through the blood of Christ or faith in Allah etc.). Yet, the very idea is absurd. How can there be an up without a down, or a left without a right, or a coin with only one side?

Death, we now know, is INTEGRAL to life. If the old and wasted cells in your body refused to die to make room for new ones, you would literally face a fate worse than death! In Nature, everything EATS everything! A lion might very well lie down with a lamb one day (in fact, they can do so right now, when they are not hungry), but could it still be called a lion if it transforms into a vegetarian in Paradise? Indeed, for lions, tigers and crocodiles to be carnivores at all, and kill for their own survival, you would have to propose that after the fall of Man, the Devil had to redesign the whole of the animal kingdom! After all, if the personal God did not design these aggressive predatory animals just as they are, who did?...

This is partly why the three Middle Eastern religions have a relatively difficult time describing Paradise; a place where evil does not exist. Christianity would have us doing nothing but singing God's praises all day (honestly... how dull!). Islam seems to hold that Paradise is more of the good life; basically, "wine, women and song"! But wouldn't we get bored with all that after a while? Many people already are. Each religion tries to imagine an ideal world, where evil does not exist. Yet, they completely fail to deliver the goods in a manner that can excite or convince us.

The personal God is itself a massive contradiction. For someone to have a "personality", in any meaningful sense, they must surely be time-based. For a God who operates completely outside of Time, i.e. in Eternity, it is impossible to conceive how personality could function. In the Bible, we learn that God can be pleased or angered, saddened or elated. But given that we operate within the sphere of time and he/she does not, does this imply that God is ETERNALLY angry with the Exodus Jews for their worship of the Golden calf?! If so, how can we, mere finite mortal beings, produce permanent modifications in the infinite eternal Godhead?

It is also hard to think of a "personality" who is sexless. Hence, God has traditionally been male (although in prehistoric times, God was female: the Mother Goddess). Christianity has reinforced this further with words like "Father" and "Son"; both male images. Is it any wonder, therefore, that women have systematically been ill-treated and regarded as second-class human beings by those religions that have adopted this male God? They are blamed for the Fall of Man in Book One, and it basically goes downhill from there! Islamic veils. Medieval witch trials. No women priests. The list goes on and on.

In practical terms, the notion of the Personal God has wrought tremendous chaos throughout world history. The three religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam are at each others' throats, which has led to the loss of countless millions of lives. The reason is not too hard to find. Clearly, the one Personal God has chosen to present his truth in mutually contradictory ways, and each time has also incorporated a failsafe system for large-scale destruction by (a) declaring that all competing revelations are the work of Satan and (b) his TRUE revelation must be spread to all corners of the globe through religious conversion AND, if necessary, war with "Satan's forces" (i.e. the faithful of other religions). This creates a neat closed circle within the minds of the zealous, that completely prevents them from ever understanding, and hence respecting, the point of view of other faiths. After all, why cavort with the Devil?

Some brief examples will suffice...

In Judaism, you can go right back to the founding of Israel. On the orders of God, a war of genocide was carried out by putting to death every man, woman and child in the land of Canaan. Interestingly, the chosen people proved to be more merciful than their God, failing to deliver on the last part of this bloodbath, and hence God was understandably livid! Doubtless, he had never heard of racial/religious tolerance.

In Islam, despite the recent attention given to "Islamic Fundamentalists", we should not forget that the very religion of Islam was originally spread through the work of such "fanatics". If you doubt this, you only have to visit India. There is an amazing lack of Hindu temples in the north, which was subject to the Moslem invasion, compared to the south, which the Moslems never penetrated. Arguably, modern day Moslem moderates could NEVER have got the new religion off the ground, let alone spread it across the whole of the known world in the space of a few generations.

As for Christianity, it is intriguing that more Christians were killed by EACH OTHER in the early centuries of the Christian Roman Empire than were killed in ALL the previous Roman persecutions put together! Moreover, although it is generally believed that Paganism quietly died out in the face of the "superiority" of Christianity, the actual fact is that Pagans were forcibly exterminated under the order of the fanatical Christian Emperor Theodosius, in a persecution that bears favorable comparison to Nazi Germany. Temples were torn down, idols were dragged out into the streets and destroyed, and people were simply killed for their beliefs. That is how Christianity finally triumphed over Paganism.

By contrast with all this, it is hard to locate a single war fought in the name of Buddhism or Taoism; faiths that do not possess the notion of a personal God. How can they go to war when there is no personal God to tell them to do so, and hence no historical justification for future wars either? However, it would be mistaken to believe, as many do, that traditions without a personal God are essentially atheistic. Both acknowledge the existence of Cosmic Intelligence. However, the latter is considered to be beyond conception and beyond name. It is not personal, but rather transcends personality and description. As the opening line of the Tao Te Ching says: "The Tao that can be spoken of is NOT the Eternal Tao".

The ideology that prevails in a society really does determine its mode of behavior. In both the Middle East and the West, we are ruled by this notion of a personal God. Hence, the actions we take must be, at least partially, due to this deep-seated belief. If you believe (and have scriptures that support this belief) that your God encourages war under the "right circumstances", and even engages in wanton acts of destruction himself at appropriate instances, then it will not be long before you have an excuse to do the same. Bob Dylan's ironically titled song, "With God On Our Side" illustrates the fact that in any conflict, both protagonists believe that God supports THEM. The classic example of this is the so-called "war on terrorism" right now. On one side you have a US President telling you that this is a war of Good against Evil, and Good will prevail. On the other side, you have Islamic extremists, who are perfectly willing to die for their God in order to strike a blow at what they consider to be the "Great Satan". Ironically, each side worships the SAME God!

It does seem that Science is revealing a universe permeated with intelligence at every level; complex beyond human conception, and with purposes than no human mind can fathom. Cosmic Intelligence is indeed everywhere around us. However, it need not be considered "personal" in any way. By adopting a viewpoint like this, which places no limits on God because it places no definition upon it, we avoid all the negative consequences of the personal God. You cannot go to war for Cosmic Intelligence, because the latter does not reveal itself through scriptures, choose one nation over another as its favorite, or order the obliteration of the infidels.

The paradox of suffering, and the apparent existence of Good and Evil, is also resolved. We now see the universe as a cosmic dance of forces that must both necessarily exist. The symbol of the Yin-Yang is appropriate here; a small hint of dark within the light, and a small hint of light within the dark. Each is inseparably intertwined within the other. No longer do we need to ask absurd questions such as "Why does a good God permit suffering?". The paradox is created by the assumptions of the questioner.

Rather, we should seek the higher perspective of Cosmic Consciousness from which all apparent dualities cease to exist. We see suffering and evil now only because we perceive ourselves to be (a) separate, (b) finite and (c) mortal; none of which are actually true. Hence the answer to the above question would be, "There is no PERSONAL God to permit suffering (or anything else for that matter), and there is no suffering when viewed from the perspective of Cosmic Consciousness".

A personal God served our ancestors and helped them survive in a complex and incomprehensible world. However, the world of the 21st century is a very different place. The personal God is a carry-over from the past, and the suffering it causes is evident for those who have eyes to see. If we did not already cherish this conception so dearly, it is extremely unlikely it could ever have originated from scratch in the modern world.

The human race is hopefully moving into a new phase of spiritual evolution, in a united world of mutual understanding and cultural cooperation. The concept of transcendent Cosmic Intelligence serves us better than the personal God ever did. To paraphrase the words of St. Paul: "When I was a child, I thought like a child. But now, let me put away childish things..."

Copyright 2002, Asoka Selvarajah. All Rights Reserved.
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Christmas 2002 Could Be The Second Coming    (view on a separate page) (more articles about guidance)
Author: Lady Isis    (all articles by this author)

Christmas is the time of the year when everyone thinks of peace and goodwill towards men. Wars being fought have even been stopped to observe this holiday . . . the birthday of Jesus. . .a man who taught nothing but love and forgiveness. So I ask. . . Why only observe the Christ Light one day of the year? During one season of the year? Why is it that men choose to disregard the words Jesus spoke, "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you." Matt:5:44. Nowhere does he teach to go to war and mass-murder human beings in another country because you don't believe in their politics, or religion, or the way they do things, or for any other reason you can give each other. Nowhere does he teach to stop terrorism you become a terrorist. Look the word up in the dictionary.

"Father forgive them for they know not what they do." - Luke 23:34

If Jesus could forgive his persecutors, then how can those who claim to want to follow him, accept and cry out for war . . . the killing of innocent people? Because there are the innocent ones in every country you know.

What I believe is the second coming is the coming of Christ Consciousness. The Light of Christ. The Love of Christ. The forgiveness of Christ. The embracing of mankind of mankind. The final realization that All IS ONE. We are not separated from God. We are 'part' of God. For God made man in His/Her image . . . the Light of God is within 'every human being.' And yes, even in the soul of those men who are looked upon as an enemy. Look in the mirror and you will see your own worst enemy. For you and you alone can change your world. You and you alone create heaven or hell on earth. You reap what your sow. Remember that when you choose war over peace, hate over love, condemnation over forgiveness, vindictiveness over compassion.

But you say, "I am but one person. I can't do anything!" WRONG! Look at the history of your world. One person, one individual who was passionate about their beliefs, who stepped out and used that passion to change things. It takes but one domino to fall to level the whole playing field of dominos.

Let's let the Light of Christ shine each and everyday not just during one season of the year. Let's make this Christmas 2002 bring in the Second Coming of Christ Consciousness to mankind everywhere on earth.

And whether or not you celebrate Christmas. . . no matter what your religion. . . they all teach LOVE, PEACE, HARMONY. Be the domino that begins leveling the field in your world. As the song says; "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me."

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"With The Eruption Of (Mt.) Etna, You May Know It Has Begun"    (view on a separate page) (more articles about guidance)
Author: Mark Andrews    (all articles by this author)

NOW IS THE TIME TO PLAN, TO PREPARE, TO JOIN IN MEDITATIVE AND PRAYER AGREEMENT.
The time we have always anticipated is beginning NOW.

November 7, 2002

Q: "What will signal the major changes?"

A: "With the eruption of (Mt.) Etna, you may know it has begun."
...............Edgar Cayce speaking while in trance in the 1940's regarding major earth change activity toward polar shift in the beginning years of the 21st Century.

The October 27, 2002 eruption of Mt. Etna was so powerful that its plumes were photographed from space, showing billows of ash and smoke rising beyond the eye of the camera.
     Yes, Etna has erupted before in recent years. But a week later
(November 3) came the 7.9 quake in Central Alaska with seismic waves so strong that they sloshed water out from swimming pools in New Orleans, LA; 3000 miles away.
     The 7.9 Alaska quake has - thus far - triggered 38 major after-shocks.
(See the pages of U.S.G.S. earthquake information - http://wwwneic.cr.usgs.gov/neis/qed/qed.html)
     Why is this happening now?
There could be many different factors in play. The unprecedented solar flare activity of the past 3 years would suggest that there is something about the nature of the space itself within and surrounding our solar system that is contributing to the solar and terrestrial instabilities. The Photon Belt is a 500 light year wide "sea" of photonically charged space that (if correctly envisioned) would stretch from past Pluto to the Pleiades constellation. It is believed that our system's entry into "The Belt" is the primary cause for the accelerated solar / magnetic (weather) / seismic activity that we have been experiencing since the late 1980's.
     It has been predicted and conjectured that a large celestial body (Planet "X" / Nibiru ) is moving toward the sun along its 3,600 year cycle of orbit. The conclusions of many scholars of ancient writings (Assyrian, Egyptian, and Mayan in particular) state that the agreed upon time for the object's next passage across earth's orbit is in the Spring of 2003.
     Considering that so many of the ancient references to this object record encounters with the inhabitants of the "planet", it is as likely that the "planet" Nibiru may, in fact, be a massive, intelligently controlled space craft.
     With the almost unrelenting solar explosions comes a jostling of
the earth's magnetic field. From the fluxing of the magnetic field come odd weather patterns, global
warming, and intensified seismic activity.

     It is never easy to consider relocating to what we believe to be a safer region of the country. The sense of "home" that each of us has for the place where we live is a real connection to the land and to the environs. There is much more to our home than simply the dwelling's structure and the land upon which it sits. There are family, friends, neighbors, (and as importantly) there are memories.
     If presented with the choice of either moving away from my family and friends or face almost certain devastation, I would choose to remain and share with my loved ones what ever fate would come upon us. Without the ones you love, there can be no "home".
     This does mean to say that we should just sit still and "take it" whenever a major storm, quake, war, asteroid hit, or any other disaster would loom on the horizon.
     There are the normal physical (Civil Defense types) of precautions that we can and should take - storing food; having first aid kits, fire extinguishers, knowing how to shut off the gas, having an evacuation plan, etc., etc..

     THE MOST EFFECTIVE PRECAUTION THAT WE CAN TAKE IN THE FACE OF "EARTH CHANGES" IS THE POWER OF JOINED PRAYER AND COLLECTIVE MEDITATION.

     WE LITERALLY HAVE THE POWER TO ALTER PREDICTIONS AND CHANGE THE FUTURE BY BECOMING THEIR SPIRITUAL ARCHITECTS.

PRAY AND MEDITATE IN THE "POSITIVE".

1. Pray in agreement with others that the earth and its magnetic fields will remain stable and secure / that no objects impact the earth from space / that there is peace among all nations and within all nations / that there are no plagues or pestilences / for the abundant supply of food, water, housing, clothing, medicine, and all necessary resources and supplies for all of the people and animals of the world.

2. Pray for the protection and well-being of all of your family, friends, loved one, and all of humanity and all living creatures.

3. Meditate and visualize peace, balance, harmony, security, abundance, joy, and love surrounding and securing all people and life on earth.

4. Meditate, visualize, allow, and CONNECT WITH God, Christ, The Holy Spirit, all Saints and angels in THE LIGHT.

5. ALLOW AND BE PREPARED TO BE
"CONTACTED" BY OUR GALACTIC FRIENDS WHO ALSO ABIDE IN "THE LIGHT OF CHRIST" AND ARE  (RIGHT NOW) POSITIONED, WATCHING, AND READY TO RESPOND TO TAKE YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES TO A PLACE OF SAFETY DURING AND EVEN BEFORE ANY POTENTIAL DISASTER. THEY WILL ALSO BRING US BACK TO THIS WORLD ONCE THE "MILLENNIUM OF PEACE" HAS BLOSSOMED.
     WE CALL IT "THE RAPTURE".

[This is not a drill. :) ]

      We have entered a period of alteration in the earth's magnetic field that will, most likely, cause a shifting of the planet's magnetic poles. The projections of the shift have been placed at anywhere between 3° to 15° (the new magnetic North pole would be in the Sea of Japan / the American Midwest becomes a tropical zone).
       Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce agree that the predictions that they gave could be modified in their effects through the collective prayers and meditations of all who dwell in The Light. Ultimately, we ourselves will determine under what conditions our world enters into the 5th Dimension Ascension on December 21, 2012.

The "future" is now, and the power is ours.
      We are travelers reclaiming our place among the stars.

And so it is!

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