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On Thursday March 10, 2011, an earthquake
measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck Japan at 9:46:23 pm Pacific
Daylight Time [PDT]. This earthquake was followed by a devastating tsunami
that cut off power to six nuclear power plants located in the northeastern
part of Japan, resulting in a nuclear crisis caused by overheating which
threatens to create multiple Chernobyls if the situation spirals out of
Jane and I are humbled by the suffering of those
in our sister country of Japan, especially in light of the tremendous
gifts the Japanese have given to American culture, from Sony TVs to Lexus
sedans, and from the animated movie Princess Mononoke by Hayao Miyazaki
to the practice of Reiki. [Windhorse is dubious about all the gifts
except Reiki.] Reiki
is a Twentieth Century Japanese system of natural healing and spiritual
enlightenment, introduced to the world by Dr. Mikao Usui. Usui called his
system Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho , which means The Usui System of Reiki
Healing. Jane and I are Reiki practitioners, and we are
Reiki Masters, and like all those who are Reiki practitioners or teachers,
we send our warmest love, our deepest prayers for healing and an abundant
flow of Reiki energy to the people of Japan with much gratitude.
Throughout the days to come, through the Full
Moon, and past the Equinox, for the next month let us meditate together,
pray together, and send energy, Reiki, and blessings to the Japanese
people and to the elementals, the devas, the nature spirits in Japan,
especially in the radiation-afflicted areas.
Let us each do these practices in our own time
and in our own way and let us all know that by doing this we are indeed
working together, co-creating a continuing thread of love and light
weaving through time and space that will illuminate the history that
brought us to this time of crisis, enlighten us in the present moment, and
help create a brighter future for all those who are suffering in Japan,
and for all the rest of us as well.
Let us all send love offerings, healing
prayers and mantras, and abundant material support to our suffering
neighbors in Japan.
Astrologer April Elliott Kent discusses the
miserly response to the Japanese disaster in her Full
Moon in Virgo newsletter on the website Mooncircles. Kent says, ". . .this morning I read that charitable
giving in the wake of last week’s catastrophes in Japan is a fraction of
the levels seen after comparable disasters. Almost a week after
the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, charitable donations stood at almost $25
million. This figure is startlingly low compared to $228 million raised in
the same amount of time for Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake; $248
million after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005; and $227 million after the
December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami."
These types of disasters create repercussions in
the realms of subtle energy. In the astral realm a tsunami of negative
emotions can arise in those who are suffering, and then people around the
world who are awakening, and who are sensitive to subtle energies, are
feeling the fear and suffering as if it were their own. Lightworkers are
also vulnerable to excessive identification with the pain and suffering of
this catastrophe's victims, amplifying the stress levels of the collective
It is important during times of crisis for
Lightworkers to perceive the negative emotions being released by the
victims rather than repressing their feelings, and then to allow these
negative energies of the collective consciousness to pass through them,
never holding on.
Jane and I have written a very helpful guide to Psychic
Self Defense which should provide helpful tips and techniques for
energy workers beset by negative energies during this crisis.
On a subtle level we are all family, and we
share a group mind with our brothers and sisters in Japan, although we are
unaware of how connected and inter-connected we are, how symbiotic our
relationship, how much like a dysfunctional family split apart by inner
conflicts, we really are.
But when a disaster like this occurs, those who
are sensitive feel the event in their bodies, it invades their dreams, it
is perceived directly as the Earth trembles and island nations slip and
slide on tectonic plates anchoring them to their true Mother.
Then those of us in California remember that the
Japanese are our neighbors, they are our family. We feel them even in
their absence when life-changing passages occur, just as we feel the highs
and lows of parents, children, and loved ones, even and especially pets,
even at a distance.
This awareness of the interdependence of all
living beings is one truth that arises from contemplation of our own
thoughts and emotions in the wake of the disaster in Japan.
The same tsunami that devastated Japan came
ashore here in Northern California the other day in an attenuated form,
merely wrecking several million dollars worth of boats in Santa Cruz,
south of San Francisco, and upwards of $25 million of damage in Crescent
City, north of San Francisco. Now those of us who live in California are
acutely aware that we also live on the Ring of Fire around the Pacific
Ocean where so much geophysical stress is located, and where frequent
earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.
We are acutely aware that if the situation at
the Japanese nuclear reactors goes "pear-shaped" as the
engineers say, then we in the Golden State could soon be displaying an
unwanted glow, wind across the waters.
We are family with all those who live around the
Ring of Fire.
This awareness of the interdependence of all
eco-systems on the planet is one truth that arises from contemplation of
the geological structure of the Earth in the wake of the disaster in
Jane and I believe that by seeing the spiritual
meaning in our lives, even the most devastating events in our lives can
become opportunities for growth and for accelerated spiritual development.
So we recommend that you read an article
Earthquake and Tsunami 2011 by Philip Lindsay of the Esoteric
Astrologer website, which puts these mind-numbing events into a spiritual
context. "Tsunami is a Japanese word
meaning ‘harbour wave’, no doubt coined from this nation’s extensive
experience with them. The latest earthquake and tsunami has caused
Japan’s biggest crisis since World War II," explains Lindsay.
"The devastation has taken many lives,
created several nuclear plant crises and not only plunges the already
ailing Japanese economy into further jeopardy, but impacts upon the whole
world," continues Lindsay. "Obtaining an esoteric perspective of
events allows us to move past the outer maya that enshrouds these kind of
tragedies." "It is probably the first time that a
tsunami has been filmed live and so thoroughly as it approached the
Japanese coast, capturing the subsequent deluge and destruction upon the
coast," Lindsay points out. "Most of it was probably filmed on
Japanese video cameras! Yet apart from any voyeuristic info-tainment in
some media, the coverage has been a good thing, connecting the rest of the
world instantaneously to the plight of the Japanese people, allowing an
outpouring of compassion and assistance. It has also raised issues in many
nations about the dangers associated with nuclear technology. Hence events
like this, whilst painful for many, bring the world closer together in a
recognition of its common humanity, leading to a greater sharing of
resources and international co-operation – materially and
We inhabit many cycles of time simultaneously,
and some scientists say that earthquakes and other major geological events
occur in cycles. They say that clusters of similar events surround major
geological events, and that by studying the occurrence of these clusters
of events, one can look for them in the future and perhaps use their
incidence as an early warning system, enabling the geological forecaster
to predict future earthquakes.
The same geologist who predicted the 1989 San
Francisco Earthquake four days in advance says in a startling video
on YouTube that this Full Moon is a period of extremely high risk for
earthquake activity in Northern California.
This Saturday [3/19/2011] at 11:10 am PDT (2:10 pm EDT) the
Full Moon occurs at 28˚ 28' Virgo, and is known as a "SuperMoon"
because the moon will be at its closest approach to Earth during its
elliptical orbit at this time. The Moon will appear huge when it rises at
sunset, and "being so close to the vernal equinox, this SuperMoon
occurs within hours of the moment the full moon crosses the celestial
equator from north to south, just as the Sun crosses in the opposite
direction," explains astrologer Noel Tyl, who coined the term
SuperMoon many years ago. Tyl associates such a SuperMoon with geophysical
stresses, including earthquakes and tsunamis. There was a SuperMoon in
February as well, and the Japan earthquake and tsunami occurred between
these two highly charged lunar events, but outside of the window of
maximum import as divined by Tyl.
The Sabian Symbol for 29˚ Virgo says,
"A seeker after occult knowledge is reading an ancient scroll that
illuminates his mind. After a crisis one should seek to realign the
renewed consciousness with the primordial Revelation of the Truth of Man."
This is excellent advice for all of us as we
deal with the aftermath of this month's worldwide turmoil, which
highlights the ongoing crisis of our globalized industrial civilization.
The impact of last week's earthquake, tsunami
and nuclear crisis in Japan has reverberated around the world, and has
revealed some very disturbing truths about our host planet Gaia and also
about human civilization in the early years of the 21st century.
We humans are reminded that we are tiny,
impermanent visitors to this blue-green planet, and that our Mother Earth
has a life of her own, which dwarfs humanity's existence. When Earth
changes affect our Mother, all humanity is affected.
Reuters news agency reports that this earthquake
and tsunami altered the Earth itself in profound ways.
Last week's devastating earthquake and
tsunami in Japan actually moved the island closer to the United States and
shifted the planet's axis.
"The quake caused a rift 15 miles below the
sea floor that stretched 186 miles long and 93 miles wide," reports
Liz Goodwin, in a March 14 Reuters
"The areas closest to the epicenter of the quake
jumped a full 13 feet closer to the United States, geophysicist Ross
Stein at the United States Geological Survey told
The New York Times."
"The 9.0 magnitude quake (the fourth-largest
recorded since 1900) was caused when the Pacific tectonic plate dove
under the North American plate, which shifted Eastern Japan towards North
America by about 13 feet (see NASA's before and after photos at
Goodwin continues. "The quake also shifted the earth's
axis by 6.5 inches,
the day by 1.6 microseconds,
and sank Japan downward by about two
feet. As Japan's eastern coastline sunk, the tsunami's waves rolled
We all know the rest of the story by now. The
earthquake and tsunami resulted in a catastrophe of global proportions.
There are over 10,000 dead or missing, hundreds of thousands without
homes, and now a slow-motion nuclear meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi
which houses six nuclear reactors.
The UK Telegraph warns of a potential
“nuclear nightmare” and considers the Fukushima crisis the second
worst nuclear disaster in history.
“The Fukushima crisis now rates as a more
serious accident than the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island in the US
in 1979, and is second only to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, according to
the French nuclear safety authority.
After insisting for three days that
the situation was under control, Japan urgently appealed to US and UN
nuclear experts for technical help on preventing white-hot fuel rods
How bad could this emergency be? It's hard to
know when the Japanese government is covering up the truth, but Dr.
Michiko Kaku, a theoretical physicist at the City University of New York,
had this to say on March 16:
“The worst-case scenario is a steam/hydrogen
gas explosion which blows the reactor vessels apart, sending uranium
dioxide fuel rods and radioactive debris into the air. This might happen
if the core is fully exposed for a few hours, which is a distinct
possibility. This is what happened at Chernobyl, when such an explosion
blew about 25 per cent of the core’s radioactive by-products into the
There is also the possibility that the spent
fuel rods, which are kept in containment pools of water near the reactors,
may overheat and then release tremendous amounts of radioactive material
into the air. It appears that the water in at least one of these pools has
vaporized to a great extent, as of this writing, and that the situation is
What could happen if the spent fuel rods ignite?
"An October 2000 report from the Sandia
Labs in Albuquerque painted a grim picture of the consequences from a pool
fire," reports Jeffrey St. Clair, in an article
on the Counterpunch website.
"The report [on the Shearon
Harris plant in North Carolina], which was kept under wraps for two years
by the NRC, found that a waste pool fire could spread radioactive debris
over a 500-mile radius, including Cesium-137, a carcinogen linked to birth
defects and genetic damage."
Dr. Helen Caldicott, a famous international
analyst of all things nuclear and a tireless veteran of the anti-nuclear
movement, called the situation in Japan an “absolute disaster”,
according to an article
on the Global Research website by David Donovan.
“The situation is very grim and not just for
the Japanese people,” said Dr Caldicott.
“If both reactors blow then the whole of the
Northern Hemisphere may be affected,” she said. ". . .In the
northern hemisphere, many millions could get cancer”.
“Only one reactor blew at Chernobyl and it was
only 3 months old, with new cores holding relatively little radiation;
these ones have been operating for 40 years and would hold about 30 times
more radiation than Chernobyl’s.”
Dr Caldicott cited a report
from the New York Academy of Sciences, which said that over 1 million
people have died as a direct result of the 1986 melt-down at Chernobyl,
mostly from cancer. She said authorities had attempted to “hush up”
the full scale of the Chernobyl disaster. The official 2005 figure from
the International Atomic Energy Agency was just 4,000 fatalities.
In the Chernobyl disaster, nuclear fallout
appeared as far away as England, and Swedish farmers discovered
radioactive trace elements in crops and farm animals. The bulk of the
fallout was carried about 1,000 miles from the site of the meltdown.
Because the Japanese government has not released
any hard figures on the amount of radiation leaking from the Fukushima
reactor complex or the amount measured in nearby areas, it is very
difficult for independent analysts to offer meaningful forecasts or
probable scenarios with any degree of accuracy.
This type of situation calls upon our powers of
This week a horde of websites referenced a map
of the jet stream purporting to be from the Australian Radiation
Services which shows that the fallout from Fukushima would travel from
Japan to California -- probably in just a few days, perhaps arriving as
early as this Friday, March 18. The debunking website Snopes.com offered an article
warning about the authenticity of this map, which did not come from the
Australian Radiation Services at all, but rather is a Photoshopper's
concoction designed to spread misinformation among an uncritical public.
The Australian Radiation Services website
says: "Australian Radiation Services is aware of information about
radioactive contamination being spread from the Japanese nuclear reactor
incident released under the ARS logo and name. We wish to be clear
that this information has not originated from ARS and as such distance
ourselves from any such misinformation."
The jet stream does travel across the Pacific
from Japan to the West Coast. However the jet stream is approximately five
miles above the surface. Nuclear weapons release tremendous volumes of
radioactive material in giant mushroom clouds, and these types of
explosions do carry radioactive material into the jet stream, but the
slow-motion Fukushima meltdowns are not at present impacting the jet
stream in a major way, according to the best sources I have seen so far.
As I understand it, based upon my [Curtis Lang] limited
research thus far, it appears that in the event that fuel rods ignite or
in the worst case scenario envisioned by Dr. Michiko Kaku, there would be
so much radioactive material released that some of it would find its way
into the jet stream and the end result would be what Dr. Caldicott warns
about -- the potential contamination, to some unknown extent, of the
entire Northern Hemisphere.
Here in Northern California, where the tsunami
destroyed a few million dollars worth of boats and a few structures near
the water in Santa Cruz and Crescent City, everyone is hyper-aware of the
fact that we live on the "Ring
of Fire" which extends around the Pacific Rim, and is home to
most volcanoes and earthquake activity in the world.
Potassium iodide tablets have been sold out in
our area, and there is a global run on hand-held, affordable radiation
detectors on the Internet. Just try to buy one and you'll be told there's
a three month wait for many models. Reports on the Internet show that
there are similar runs on anti-radiation pills and devices in Russia and
China, Japan's near neighbors.
There is a panic setting in across the globe. It
is interesting to note that in the wake of this unprecedented catastrophe,
donations to provide relief to the Japanese people are running at about
1/10 of the level that was recorded after the Haitian earthquake or after
Hurricane Katrina. It appears that in this case fear is the
predominant emotional reaction rather than loving compassion.
Personally, I find this all quite interesting.
We human beings, in our species-centric pride, tend to measure all things
in our Universe by our own height and weight, so to speak. The Japanese
crisis reminds us that the Earth, our Mother, is subject to
transformations on a scale that the human mind can barely comprehend, and
that we human beings are not Lords of Earthly Creation, but just tiny
sparks of Divinity residing in extremely impermanent physical bodies,
subject to forces that dwarf our own powers, hopes, plans and dreams.
Our amazing global industrial civilization has
empowered humanity to perform many technological feats that would have
appeared to be sheer magic to our ancestors, but even so, our current way
of life is very clearly changing in ways so profound we cannot imagine the
The Age of Oil, as we have often remarked on
this website, is coming to an end after over one hundred years of wars for
control of scarce hydrocarbon resources. Those wars resulted in the
creation of the first truly global Empire of Oil. The American Empire.
"The U.S. Military (Department of Defense)
is the largest single institutional consumer of energy in the world, and
more than 80% of its energy budget was spent on oil in 2008," says
Ashvin Pandurangi, in his article When
the Lights Go Out on the Automatic Earth website.
"It relies on oil for almost all of its critical functions, from
transporting its troops to providing them with food, toothpaste and toilet
paper, as well as the manufacture of weapons and armor, among other
things. This institution, combined with a network of major financial
institutions and a few dozen primary defense contractors (Boeing, Lockheed
Martin, Blackwater (aka Xe), etc.), represent the core of global elite
power structures and their most valuable mechanism of oppression."
The American Empire has brought us a globalized
neo-feudal social architecture which has brought us such wonders as the
Internet, jet-set vacations for the middle classes, suburban car culture,
the hypnotic drone of mass media and mass advertising, globalized supply
chains and sweatshop couture, and industrialized agriculture. All these
wonders have their downside, including global climate change, dwindling
energy resources, endless war and the increasing militarization of
societies around the globe.
Over the last few years it has become
increasingly clear that current oil and gas resources are inadequate to
fuel both the American Empire in its current form and the aspiring new
global economic super-states of China, India, and Brazil.
Competition for these scarce resources has
resulted in the cultural and political destabilization of the entire
Middle East. This month we saw political turmoil spread from Tunisia and
Egypt into Libya, a key player in the global oil markets. For the first
time in memory, Saudi Arabia's oil-rich Sheikhs had to crush dissenters
with military force, on their own soil and in the neighboring kingdom of
Bahrain. These new developments have once again pitted
Sunni Moslems, who are the ruling classes in these countries, against
Shiite Moslems, who are more numerous but less affluent segments of Middle
Eastern societies. The same social split in Iraq resulted in a nasty civil
war that has yet to come to an end, despite years of American
The BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
further highlighted the fact that increasingly desperate attempts to tap
new sources of oil and gas in deep undersea locations create unacceptable
environmental risks, and yet governments and oil companies around the
world continue to pursue risky development strategies in locations as
precarious as the platforms in the Gulf offshore from Texas and Louisiana.
Many members of the globalized elite, including
America's President Obama, advocate the building of a new generation of
nuclear power plants to replace dwindling supplies of oil and gas and
sustain business as usual in the Age of Oil.
There is no indication from President Obama or
the Democrats in Congress that they understand that the nuclear energy
option is no longer viable for America.
"Of course, the Price Andersen Act, passed
in 1957, indemnifies nuclear utilities and reactor operators from all
lawsuits, financial liability or related responsibility," Snow
"Everything suggests that it will be
business as usual. Destabilization, destruction, war and catastrophe have
always been turned into a big business for the United States of
America," Snow continues. "Across the ocean tens of thousands of
people are protesting in Germany and France and Briton. Here, even the
discussion is off course. The wrong questions are being asked and the
wrong people are answering them. Instead of talking about limits to
growth, the focus is on expansion, profits, trade and so-called
"Perhaps the worst horror of all is that
people trapped in the contaminated zones are now being shunned by
outsiders, including aid organizations," Snow concludes. "Radiation
fears, mingled with a sick sense of abandonment, reported the Los
Angeles Times, as people are afraid to help them. People in the
evacuation zones - elders and those without fuel or transport -- are
getting no help, and no information. We should be humbled."
This week's disaster in Japan revealed the
tremendous fear that accidents involving nuclear power trigger in the
human psyche. For the last thirty years, since the anti-war and
anti-nuclear weapons movements of the Eighties dissipated, mainstream
culture has pretended that nuclear war was impossible, because the Cold
War between the USSR and America had come to an end. This rather complacent mindset ignores the
reality that Pakistan and India have enough nuclear weapons to irradiate
one another fully many times over, and the capability to destroy one
another's capital cities within mere minutes in a first strike that would
be undetectable to the other side until far too late to retaliate or
evacuate before disaster struck. As this week's events have demonstrated,
a massive release of radioactive material, as in a war or major nuclear
power accident, could easily contaminate half the Earth, resulting in
millions of casualties over decades of time.
During the 9/11 strike against Manhattan, Jane
and I lived in the suburbs of New York, and on that day one of the
airplanes that flew into the Twin Towers sped over the Indian Point
nuclear power plant, only a half hour from Manhattan, and a few miles from
our home. Although we were made acutely aware of the risks by these
catastrophic events, political leaders of the American Empire remain
blissfully confident of their ability to contain these risks while
pursuing never ending war in countries around the world and simultaneously
building a new generation of nuclear reactors.
This week we discovered that there are
approximately thirty-four nuclear reactors in America similar in
construction to the obsolete Fukushima nuclear complex, which is composed
of aging boiling water reactors manufactured by General Electric, which
were declared unsafe by scientists decades ago.
In a March 14 article
in the UK Guardian, Suzanne Goldenberg reports as follows:
"Government regulators knew of a heightened risk of explosion in the
type of nuclear reactors used at the Fukushima plant in Japan
from the moment they went into operation."
"Safety inspectors at America's Atomic
Energy Commission (AEC) warned as early as 1972 that the General Electric
reactors, which did away with the traditional large containment domes,
were more vulnerable to explosion and more vulnerable to the release of
radiation if a meltdown occurred."
"Michael Mariotte, director of the Nuclear
Information and Resource Service, said: 'The concern has been there
all along that this containment building was not strong enough and the
pressure containment system was not robust enough to prevent an
At this point in the weekly news cycle it is
clear that this crisis is far from over. The danger of a critical meltdown
or of ignition of spent fuel rods remains acute.
There is a clear feeling among most people I
have talked to that there will be a cover-up of the truth similar to the
cover-up that occurred during and after the BP oil spill.
When the people can no longer trust the
government or the news media in times of crisis, fear is the
understandable reaction. As of this time, I can only say that it is
important to monitor the situation. If there is a catastrophic meltdown or
if spent fuel rods ignite, the whole world will be watching. If such an
event does occur, it is important to know that, despite any assurances to
the contrary, the entire West Coast of America, and the entire Northern
Hemisphere, are in danger.
So now recent events in the Gulf of Mexico and
Japan have shown that neither increased offshore drilling nor expansion of
nuclear power facilities around the world present a desirable path forward
in the era of Peak Oil -- an era of Peak Oil Demand.
It is becoming increasingly clear that those who
profit the most from the current neo-liberal capitalist paradigm of
globalized oil-driven industrialization will have to sacrifice any
high-minded concerns about the environment if they are to continue to grow
the global economy. In fact, they will have to throw environmentalists
over the side of the boat without any lifejackets if they are to simply to
find environmentally dirty ways to maintain the status quo. It is no coincidence, then, that the Republican
party has made the gutting of environmental regulations and agencies a
cornerstone of its party platform in the run-up to the 2012 elections. The
Republican party prides itself on being the most robust champion of the
interests of multi-national corporations, Wall Street, the
military-industrial complex, and big oil companies especially.
Japan may have to import millions more barrels
of oil a year to replace the energy they've lost at Fukushima. What will
that do to the price of oil as instability spreads in the Middle East?
What will that oil price rise do the already staggering global economy,
mired in both recession and inflation simultaneously?
Imagine how many more barrels of oil a year the
world would need if the US closed all 34 of the obsolete GE nuclear power
plants that are obsolete or dangerous, and of the same design and vintage
at those at Fukushima? Imagine if we stopped looking for oil in deep
offshore geological deposits? What would that do to oil prices and the
global economy? Well, the international supply chains would
break, global agriculture would be an oxymoron, and the global military
presence of the American Empire would be impossible to maintain. The truth is that expanding the number of
nuclear power plants around the world and drilling in deep offshore wells
for new oil deposits are both essential to a continuation of our current
civilization. However there is no reason to believe these sources of
energy will prove either safe or reliable, and eventually that will make
their use impossible. Then the energy crisis will definitely be upon us.
[THEREFORE WE NEED TO CONSIDER AND BEGIN CHANGING OUR LIFESTYLES]
"The American imperial presence in the
Middle East and elsewhere, which currently backstops a global economic
system that provides the 5% of us who live in America with 25% of the
world’s energy resources and around 33% of its raw materials and
industrial product, has a relatively short shelf life ahead of it, and as
that comes unraveled, we are all going to have to learn to live with much
less," says Archdruid John Michael Greer in his recent article "The
Limits of Incantation." The good news is that the typical American uses
much more energy than someone with a similar status in Europe to sustain a
lifestyle that is more hectic, more competitive, less fulfilling, and
much, much more wasteful than the European. And then there's the omnivorous American war
machine, which must be starved of oil to preserve global civilization.
there are clearly many opportunities available to apply energy
efficiencies to the American way of life without destroying the entire
global civilization. That's a good thing, because we need time
and energy and money to restructure our civilization, begin to implement
energy conservation on a huge scale, to create a new sustainable economy
and a new sustainable social order based on peace, not war.
All in all, it was a week that shocked us all,
that caused an understandable wave of fear to sweep the global solar
plexus, as we all became conscious and crystal clear about how frightening
nuclear energy really is, and how our illusions of controlling this form
of energy are perhaps equally dangerous.
This weekend, as we recover our wits, we would
do well to recall the keynote for this Virgo Full Moon as revealed in the
"A seeker after occult knowledge is reading
an ancient scroll that illuminates his mind. After a crisis one should
seek to realign the renewed consciousness with the primordial Revelation
of the Truth of Man."
That Truth is one behind the many Masks of God
revealed in our many religions and spiritual traditions. The Truth is that
life involves suffering as well as joy. The Truth is that when we become
truly aware of the suffering of others, we respond by opening our hearts.
The Truth is that when our hearts open in compassion for others, and we
feel their pain as our own, we respond to their need as we would respond
to our own. We give freely. This weekend let us give freely of ourselves.
Let us give love offerings to the Japanese
people to honor them in this hour of their need.
"When the energy
of love is strong in us, we can send it to beings in all directions. But we
must not think that love meditation is only an act of imagination--we
imagine our love as being like waves of sound or light, or like a pure,
white cloud that forms slowly and gradually spreads out to envelope the
whole world. A true cloud produces rain. Sound and light penetrate
everywhere, and our love must do the same. We have to observe whether our
mind of love is present in our actual contact with others. Practicing love
meditation in the sitting position is only the beginning."
~Thich Nhat Hanh
From the book,"Teachings On Love," published by Parallax Press.
Love and light,
Curtis and Jane
[see their complete article if you are
interested in the Astrological implications, which they have illumined as