Saturday, April 02, 2016

Man From Atlan: I see, love

Man From Atlan: I see, love: In a world full of anger, I choose love . A writer friend wrote an article about a dating website in the Telegraph. A site for the wel...

I see, love

In a world full of anger, I choose love.

A writer friend wrote an article about a dating website in the Telegraph. A site for the well to do, with a line about a New Yorker being drawn to someone from London because he was attracted to "European women and their effortless sophistication" :)

Another friend is going through a divorce. Where is there love in the world?

What are we attracted to, and how is that compatible with attaining love? From an older article How to Heal your Heart
Now would be a good time, I think, to ask the question, is there love in the world, and how do we heal our broken hearts?
When I wrote 'Man From Atlan' in 1974 I saw that humanity's greatest challenges would come through its relationships: our relationships with each other, and our relationships with ourselves.
Now, I think it's a lot more complex than that. How do we, given the state of the world today, find love? Should we not see how we relate to our environment before we can even find a relationship? Do you love your self, did you see your parents love each other, do you love others? Are you passionate about something, anything??

There are those who want it all: Love, attraction, family. There are some who, because of their own history, don't trust it at all. The current environment, of anger, youth alienation, sexual orientation, makes it that much harder. Sure, people still meet and fall in love. Except it sometimes doesn't last. Why is that?

What of the role of karma? Family, children, loved ones all come with their own, um, baggage. How do you overcome this?

I used to joke how I was operating a 'dating service'. Sure, I was the agency by which many people met others. But they still had to, probably more often because I was in the background, work on their own um issues.

What is love? Is it, as written here Is it Love or is it Confusion?
two individuals who maintain their separate identities, yet intimately join together based on mutual interests, excitement, enjoyment, the sharing of novel or stimulating experiences, and a shared capacity to learn from the negative emotions they experience.
like Jimmy Hendrix sang in Love,  or Confusion?

Oh, my mind is so mixed up, goin’ round ‘n’ round
Most there be all these colors without names,
Without sounds?
My heart burns with feelin’ but
Oh! But my mind is cold and reeling.
Is this love, baby
Or is it confusion?

Shakespeare , the greatest writer on love Shakespeare's Treatment of Love and Marriage

"The Shakespearean world is impressed, as a whole, with an unmistakable joy in healthy living. This tells habitually as a pervading spirit, a contagious temper, not as a creed put forward, or an example set up. It is as clear in the presentment of Falstaff or lago, as of Horatio or Imogen. And nowhere is it clearer than in his handling of the relations between men and women". (Edited to add: applied equally to all genders and orientations. We are talking about love and relationships after all, and we are all, in need of love).

There is his ideal love:
Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
Or how do we remove the blocks that prevent us from finding love?
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie 
Which we ascribe to heaven.
I wrote "Man From Atlan" when I was trying to find, not love, but balance. "Oh, you're looking for a white girl", said the Scottish lady psychic, Betty Robinson of Toronto, who was my friend. "Well, it won't be, because she's going to be Egyptian" :)

"Not true", I said. "It's that I know she'll be 'white'. And sure enough, she was, someone who I remembered from a past life in Egypt, then another who inspired me to write Man From Atlan, a novel about past lives and searching through many lives for the soul mate.

The Beginning
I'm afraid of being alone, I cried.
You need not be afraid, he said in his infinite kindness.
There will always be Love..

The End
And it was this, above all, that had come back to him.
~The Man From Atlan (1974)

We're surrounded by love. There will indeed, always be love. Yes, it sometimes takes a journey to find it, but it is there.

I am fortunate to have had the love of many friends, family, to have not one great love, but three.

Yes, it is possible to love, and attain love. But not always, an easy path. Humanity's greatest challenges can indeed come from relationships, and we have all had that period of great challenge come to us since 2007.

But here's how you find love. You don't look for it, it just..comes.

There is the love the heart knows.

There is the love that comes from just giving.

And for all of you, there is love...

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Who will be the next president of the U.S.?

Not that it matters
Today, voters head to the booths for Super Tuesday and I wonder if that question is even relevant. Given my history with Americans and the U.S., given my visions written down the last 40+ years I've always said there would never be a political solution for a better future, only a spiritual one. For the people of the world, I'd rather ask the question Jack Kerouac asked: "Whither goest thou, America?".

In no other country than the U.S. do I see the fight between light vs. darkness, but I'll address that in a later column. For now, there's an election. Americans have a choice between three candidates, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump is the likely GOP nominee, harvesting the worst impulses of people. He likely will never answer  21 questions for Donald Trump but it shows how head-shakingly bad he is. Still, if the American people want a demagogue..

The scarily amoral Hillary Clinton, who once before thought she was a shoe in for the White House, is facing a strong primary challenge from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. She might well carry Super Tuesday, with more support from the southern states, older women, black and Latino voting blocs she considers her own, guaranteed support. Sanders on the other hand has the support of many third party independents, young people of all backgrounds, and a wave of brand new voters inspired by his call for change. He has almost as many votes as Clinton, and it will not be easy for her all the way to the nomination. With Jupiter in his own sign of Virgo, then passing over his Mercury and Venus in Libra, I see great things for him going into November. And I can see why he's loved.

Hillary Clinton is not deserving of the office. Here's some of many reasons why:

Hillary fossil fuel promoter shows her closely entwined with hedge fund managers betting on fossil fuel. With climate change and the environment being the biggest issue facing the planet, she's simply wrong.

GMO's  with Hillary supporting GMO's and Bernie taking on Monsanto and demanding food labelling, well GMO crops are harmful to our health and the environment. With long term effects on bees and regular crops, she will oversee our food production fall under the hand of evil corporations.

Libya It's already well known that Hillary Clinton along with her advisers Samantha Powers and Susan Rice convinced president Obama to destroy Libya. It was then used as a springboard to attack Syria. The refugee crisis is her doing, yet here she is, getting a congratulatory e-mail for that. Americans deserve to be told the truth.

Fixing the race The Democratic National Committee not only fixes the rules in favour of the establishment, it is widely believed they will tilt it further to ensure Hillary wins. If that happens, Sander's voters will abandon the party and stay home, and the Democrats will lose Congress, as it has been doing since 2010.

The establishment vs. Bernie Sanders The establishment has made it clear who they'd prefer to win. Looking at their reasons, perhaps Sanders is the better candidate?

Donald Trump can win the presidency In head to head polls, Americans have made it clear: in an election between Clinton and Trump, Donald Trump will win. On the other hand, the Democrats would most likely win both the presidency and Congress if Bernie Sanders were the nominee.

Pity. The late Howard Zinn called for a new popular movement. Americans want change, yet here we have a candidate, Clinton, who belongs to the past. I hope it will be Sanders vs. Trump in November, so Americans can decide what sort of change they want.

Americans are an idealistic, wonderful people. Knowing so many good friends there, you know that they are no where like the ugly sides in this presidential election.  I hope and wish all the best for America.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

What's Up With The U.K?

What next?
It's nearly nine years since I last visited the UK. You look back with sadness at the possibilities for change you saw then, and what's happened since.
We arrived during the 2007 United Kingdom Floods  and now, the region is still reeling from heavy rain fall and floods as a series of storms hit the Isles going on into 2016 2015-2016 Great Britain and Ireland floods 
Yes, there is an imbalance all over the world. It's raining today, January in Canada! I'll meditate and pray for peace, but really it's about what you will do for change.
I follow 9 and 12 year cycles. Where were you 9, 12 years ago? What have you done since? Are you repeating what you did then, or will you do something different?
I could go on about spiritual imbalance, but really, that won't work till you figure out your material and emotional foundations.
That's why I placed so much importance to the February 15, 2003 anti-war protests all around the world. A seminal event, and of course I had to be there. But people got discouraged after that, and divided as propaganda was used to convince us of the case for war. So 12 years later, we had the war in Syria causing a million people to flee into Europe.
So, almost 9 years later, floods. I warned of a cleansing of the earth then. Earthquakes, floods, disasters. Wake up calls. Personal as well as environmental pain.
But I look to the signs of hope. The good people I met then, who I still pray for. The people I continue to help. The ones who did not give up, so I didn't either. There will always be hope.
We are slowly taking back the world, one country at a time. My country, Canada, first. With leaders and parties who will be held accountable.
The UK, which I love as I love Canada, and its people. That it elected Jeremy Corbyn as Labour party leader was great news. Attacked every day by corporate media and pro-war elements in his own party. Yet it's the young people who follow him that I respect most, because it is they who will change the world.
It will be a long process, but there will be change. Be involved in politics and environmental causes. Do not be influenced by anything except your own knowledge and conscience. Be a force for healing, of your self and the planet.

Monday, January 04, 2016

What's Up With France?

It wasn't the best of times
2015 was a rough year for France. It began with the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris on January 7, and ended Friday November 13th with coordinated terror attacks that killed and injured hundreds.
I am drawn to places that need healing. I have been called to Europe since the 1990's, knowing how things would unfold there. I visited eleven European countries over a dozen times in the last 20 years; written extensively about it. I have a deep fondness for Europe for the reasons I list here The Rape Of Europa

My wife is European, but left it saying "Europe is fucked". As things stand now, she's very right, and not for reasons Europeans might think.

Europe has a dark karma that involves far too many colonial occupations and wholesale slaughter of native peoples. Yes, that karma is catching up to Europe.
Europe invaded Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, and allows the brutal Israeli occupation of the Palestinian people. If you look at many conflicts in Africa, it's European powers that are arming combatants and encouraging tribal conflicts to better divide up nations and control other people's natural resources. Europe is indeed, going through its period of chaos, and hopefully will one day build another civilization. Maybe one day. Bless Will Durant's hopeful optimism, Europe needs to embrace an idea.

But it is France in particular I wish to address now. Why France, and What's Up With France?

Yes, I was  drawn to France, for reasons outlined in Mary Magdalene and the 12 Miriams but also my own. The feeling of being there before. Someone who should have brought about change but didn't, unfinished business. Until things were resolved, there would be terrible tragedies.

I wanted to go to France after I was done with Italy. But that won't happen till certain conditions are met.

First, understand and resolve your karma. Keep in mind every thing I say is through a spiritual voice, and even though I appreciate France's role in the Enlightenment, I don't see what I say as incompatible with rational discourse.

First understand your past and the consequences thereof.

The Dreyfus Affair and ingrained anti-Semitism that now translates into Islamophobia and anti-immigrant rhetoric; they don't want to live in your country, they're fleeing your bombs and puppets misrule.

The Sykes-Picot Agreement and all subsequent plans to dismember the Middle East; other people's lands. How's that working so far?
The Franco-Algerian War and the Suez Crisis a brutal anti-colonial war, the repression that followed it, the Anglo-French attempt to seize the Suez canal. That this defeat of the French, also in Vietnam, and the loss of its influence in Lebanon and Syria, still resonates in France and French attitudes, is a fact. They of course were quite happy to help Israel produce a nuclear device to help balance the powers there.

France's role in the Rwandan Genocide with the slaughter of up to a million people, brought more karma.

The Attack on Libya which was a French not an American idea though the politicians loved it, which then led to the Syrian Civil War and calls for 'intervention' again pushed by France. This buildup of karmic debt which became insurmountable. Like the US, the UK, Israel, Saudi Arabia, you will pay and continue to pay. The enemies are not a rag tag band of mercenaries you never can defeat, not an idea that never existed except in propaganda channels, the enemies are your own leaders.

My message is very simple. It is not elegant;  it is not sophisticated perhaps. Live up to your ideals. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. Love your neighbour.

It doesn't matter whether I go to France or not now. Changes for good or bad take place anyway when I look into a place's karma. Not because I wish it, but because I know it. But yes, I bring change that will shake you. Don't think the way of the world will go on forever. I will show you a way.
The true battle will take place inside you. You will wake up from your sleep and see what is real, or you will not. You will fight to change the world, or you will not. Your weapons will be not bombs, terror, or killing, but magic, spirit, and love. I wish that for the people of France.



Friday, December 25, 2015

The Meaning Of This Christmas

There's a story called The Legend Of The Christ Child which illustrates what I want to share with you tonight. It is a short one; family calls.

This story, translated from the German in 1891, is about a little child wandering through a cold city, looking for warmth and shelter, no where to be found. Every where, it is met with indifference, till finally in the poorest of hovels, is welcomed in.

And that kindness illuminates the whole room, so that it is more than the richest of homes.

The wars of the world created a wave of human refugees met with indifference and hostility. Just as with the Christ Child..

"One mother feared he might have some
ugly disease which her darlings would catch ; another
father said he had only enough for his own children,
and none to spare for beggar brats. Still another told
him to go home where he belonged, and not to trouble
other folks."

Maybe much of the world feels that way. But Canadians have in great measure welcomed the news we might be allowing up to 50,000 refugees by next year. They will be lifted in, at a cost borne by all us Canadians.

So there is good after all, but that isn't the point of this story.

There was a knock on my door this morning and it was the neighbourhood Adventists with their literature. So I thanked them and wished a Merry Christmas. They replied, "oh, but we don't celebrate Christmas".. Well, aren't I glad they woke me up then? :)

The meaning of this Christmas is that God doesn't care how you observe rules or what religion you belong to or whether you believe or not. God doesn't care about the colour of your skin or your gender or who you love.

Only, that you show love, and kindness. To every one.

Monday, December 21, 2015

What Is The Source Of Your Rage?

In this increasingly angry world,
I am still angry. And the question is why?

I saw a recent episode of "Super Girl" that shook me. She was asked to look at the source of her rage so I looked to the source of my rage and remembered that I wrote something in my first book, in 1974,
He had no friends and kept to himself, but there was a novice he liked. A boy of about eleven who sang in the choir, his beautiful clear voice soaring high above the others at times, then more controlled now, a crystal clear note that blended with yet stood out against the others, making the tapestry of music that much more moving. The singer's duties were light because he had to rehearse his music all day, but when he did work in the kitchen or the vegetable plots he found the novice with the Moorish face going out of his way to be kind to him, even protecting him from the bullies who were jealous of the special treatment he enjoyed. He never acknowledged the kindnesses that he received, having been spoiled by parents and priests. Nor did the giver mind the snubs that came his way. There was something so defenseless about the golden boy who sang like a bird, a dark cloud that he had seen over his head, that he could only feel sorry for him.

Then the boy who sang so beautifully was taken away, and a few days later he found out that he was sent to Rome to sing in the Papal choir after being castrated so that his lovely crystal clear voice might be preserved forever. And when he heard that, the rage came again, a rage to burn the monastery, pull down its walls, kill them all and leave nothing behind, just a clean pure space so that no more of that cruelty might live again. And because he could do nothing, it turned into a great sadness that turned into the sickness that came in to take him.

he was still bound to the flesh and had to return. And when he did, the rage came, the rage that wasn't at his fate because he had chosen his path, but at Lucien and all that would come between lovers, between husbands and wives, between man and freedom and his thoughts, between anything at all, with their intolerance, their hatred, their jealousy and greed and inhumanity.
And this:

"Looking at these words dispassionately, one can only see that you believe yourself to be a messiah who would destroy the Church and set himself up as a spiritual ruler for all of us who cannot find 'Truth'."
"There are no messiahs, Lucien. Only teachers." 
I am informed by my visions. I was angry when my brother died. I was angry when I read about Apartheid South Africa and Israel and the fanatical version of Islam taught by Saudi Arabia. (My friends were ANC members coming to Pakistan to study, Palestinians, Saudi Marxists (go figure).
I am informed by visions of past lives. I was angry to see genocides created by religion, I was angry to see evil life creating experiments by deranged 'scientists' and non-religious rational thinkers. I was angry to see the distortion of religion, I, who was there at the birth of the religions.
I am angry to see the destruction of the environment and the cruelty of war. I am angry for the powerless and the poor in the face of the powerful and the rich. I am angry for injustice.  
I could "burn the monastery, pull down its walls, kill them all and leave nothing behind, just a clean pure space".
But that is not the answer; violence only leads to more violence, and is the way we are divided against each other. And I will not make myself sick over what is the way of the world.
Remember this, though.
Lucien could not look into those eyes. He could not look away. They compelled him, made him come back to them, only to once again feel the flames that melted the flesh from him...He couldn't do anything. There was no defence against it, not even the power he had could protect him from the rage.
 So yes, I rage. But that rage is directed into a passion for helping people and teaching those who are ready. Yes, there will be many sad events in the time to come. People will die and be killed unjustly. Yesterday in China in the city of Shenzen, a huge landslide.  But when you meet me, you will see not the anger, you will feel the peace.

And instead of rage and violence met with violence, there will be flowers.