Peace After the Storm

Hello, everyone, on this incredible Sunday after the storms have passed. Many are alive on the Eastern seaboard in the states worst hit by Hurricane Florence. The people there will need help to glue their shattered lives back together again, as in homes wrecked, goods and autos lost.

But there is so much more to this story, and that is the story of those who consistently reach out to help in ways small and big simply because they are neighbors in the neighborhood or neighboring state rescue units. This is our country at its best. Don’t forget this during the coming days as the clean-up continues. Don’t listen to those who boldly claim accountability for the work of others. We, the People are the ones who come to the aid of countrymen. We, the Life Savers are the ones who risk life and limb for those who are terrified and so close to death without their special training and skills.

Today, I give thanks to anyone who reached out a hand to help other Americans, regardless of cultural differences or where they were originally born. We are one when it comes to our skin and bones, no one different in the eyes of the Holy. May Peace be upon you and yours and ours and theirs, for in truth, peace is the ultimate rescue unit in the land. Rev. Cassandra

CommUNITY for Public Issues Forum

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Like a butterfly who wiggles out of its cocoon and then dries its wings in the wind and sun, so too does a good conversation stimulate the brains of those who have it, and new neural pathways are our reward.  The butterfly is the symbol of rebirth in many cultures, and a good conversation is considered an art in countries I have long respected.  Today I am going to introduce you to my new project and I hope that you will enjoy the journey.  If you can fly, please do.

Americans are going to vote in November.  Democrats are expecting a “blue wave” and Republicans are throwing good money after a lost cause when we talk about Trumpian candidates. They are deeply concerned about losing seats for the first time since 1992.  During the early stages of Texan voting about who would face off against which candidate mid-term, an elderly woman at the polling station told me that Texans were not turning out much anymore. When I asked her what she thought the numbers were during 2018, she said succinctly, “the lowest I’ve ever seen.”

So the polling office is the starting gate of our journey today. It bothered me that what she said was a repeat of the numbers I had seen before leaving Oklahoma. There the numbers pertained to rural women, the lowest voting percentage of them all.  It only took me 24 hours to decide what I needed to do back then. I knew I had to spearhead a gathering of women from the college women at A.A.U.W., both Democratic and Republican Federations of  Women and my group: Talk of the Town Community Dialogue plus a few wonderful friends from NSU and the Cherokee Nation.  We were an interesting collage, and we all began to ask for the donations we would need to have to host a 3-day event over the August 26th through August 28th weekend of celebrations honoring Woman’s Equality Day in Tahlequah, OK.

The only thing I had done prior to this event, which I spearheaded with absolutely no trepidation simply because I was clueless, was a series of Talk of the Town Community Dialogue events in Tahlequah.  For this, I had trained a handful of people I respected to be the facilitators, we set up the tables, had an old-fashioned eat and greet and asked those who attended what issues they were most bothered by in our town, and what solutions did they think might make our town better.  As I said, it was a simple format, but very effective. 

If you want to know what a citizen thinks, be prepared to wander through a labyrinth of preferences instead of a maze.  People can be quite articulate if you respect them and give them the time they need to gather their thoughts.  A few helpful rules for community dialogue are no cross-talking; everyone gets a fair hearing; seek first to understand, then be understood; share air time so you do not monopolize our time together; and, you can disagree but don’t personalize it.  We have to expect there will be differences of opinion, but we do not condone socially offensive dialogue and name calling. There are other “rules” but these are the essential bare bones of what is commonly called a “roundtable discussion”.  

I ran a series of Talk of the Town open dialogues and wrote a report to our local government as the issues applied to them for the most part.  Our press coverage was gratifying and by the time I got around to thinking about the 3-day event people in town knew me and my husband, John. O.K. mostly they knew me.  I’ve become very opinionated with each decade I’ve left behind me.  But, on my behalf, I am always polite.

Our motto was Women Who Vote Change Lives!  Let me tell you that women who organize together get the job done simply because we are used to running a household and working a paying job.  We know how to, and have perfected the art of  balancing our duties. I was so proud of each group who delivered what we needed and even exceeded some of our plans.  That I’m sure came from the rivalry between the Democratic and Republican women’s groups.  I’m not sure who got us the high school band to accompany the Suffragette Parade March around Cherokee Square to kick our event off in style, but the band was wonderful!  The Republicans looked beautiful in their costumes and this woman can tell you that I really do understand how uncomfortable women’s dressing was in the 19th century.  The Dems also had wonderful costumes by the way. The photo below has one woman sticking out because she is carrying a sign as to the decade of suffragettes she was representing.  I know her party affiliation, Republican, but how she got so close to the camera surprised me.  The majority of us had on costumes, ha! 

The Dems provided fans we could decorate, cases and cases of water, (have you ever spent a summer in Tahlequah, OK)? In good old competitive spirit, their costumes were quite wonderful.  Of course, I’m a Democrat.  Did you notice that I praised the Republicans first?  Like I said, I am always polite.

The second event was an Issues & Political Party Forum featuring Rep. Jim Wilson (D) and Sen. Randy Brogdon (R).  A lawyer from the Cherokee Nation acted as the moderator for this event.  Our personal effort was to model what could be created by bringing people who usually don’t work together into an opportunity to benefit the whole town, and the rural women of Cherokee County, who I’m sorry to say did not turn out in great numbers.  We did try.  If Poli-Gen continued (the Political Gender) after I left I am confident there were more registrations and more good times had by all.

We had two events prior to the finale and the Cherokee high school professional cooking course class fed us at the third event, called the  “Women’s Political Forum”. All of the women were prominent Oklahoma legislators and leaders from both Tahlequah city and Cherokee County.  Both of the Senators congratulated our team for our effort and encouraged us to keep up the good work.  I loved that the Muskogee newspaper let me guess at how many people attended our events, and the reporter didn’t seem upset when I fudged a bit.  All in all, we had a good turn out for all three events and the women who worked together modeled for others that women who vote do change lives in their communities.

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We build upon what we know.  This is what I am already trained to do and in addition to my independent New Thought Minister services and writing on this blog, if I want to impact my community in a positive way, this is how I will do it.

I’m going to be contacting local governments along the 190 Hwy corridor and do my best to get each city along the route to hold a CommUNITY Public Issues Forum with me as their coach.  I will happily act as both facilitator and moderator, but I hope each city will be able to volunteer at least one person I can train who wants to be trained as a professional facilitator for this unique style of community dialogue.

I am sure that if you were to poll a room full of strangers the one thing they could all agree upon is this:  2018 is going to be a mid-term election for the history books.

By the way, have you planned to vote?

I hope that by sharing this little sliver of my past I have inspired you to go for the impossibly big projects instead of the small ones.  Not only do those who attend learn something about themselves, we as their mentors learn more about ourselves.  I would love you to send me some positive energy during the rest of Sept – November.  I am ready to receive all the loving goodwill that comes my way because I’ve learned one lesson in this life that matters:  nobody does anything worthwhile alone.

Peace and loving good will back to you, my dear friends and readers.  Rev. Cassandra

 

 

The “Multiple You” Universe

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Book review from Liz Haynie, August 2014

I have to say this is a delicious little book.  Reverend Martin thrilled me, saddened me, filled me with love and hope, and occasionally, righteous indignation.  What more can you want?  It’s not an adventure novel, but there were several exciting adventures in it.  The manner in which she blended her  own experiences  into the narrative to illustrate important points gave heart to the book.  And hope for the rest of us; hope that we too could walk this path with courage and love.  Her love for humanity – all of it, even the warty knobby parts- shined through on every page.

Martin takes the reader  on a journey through the controversy of quantum physics theory vs sacred science, in order to bring all parties to the discovery of the “theory of everything”.  A lifelong mystic, she gives a brief review of consciousness and an intro to modern science which is intended to prepare the reader for what comes next: the realm of the mystic and a more universally spiritual understanding of what we call “reality”.  Reverend Martin is neither a scientist nor a historian, so she builds this excursion using commonly understood terminology and information from many sources.  Further, Martin points out issues which she believes are holding mankind back from the next great leap in human development.

Like many books  about metaphysics and spirituality, this isn’t a quick read.  It’s not meant to be gulped down between TV commercials.  It is a book meant to be consumed by thoroughly chewing every bite.  I hasten to point out the reader may not agree with every conclusion Martin draws, but the reader will recognize her energy and compassion throughout the read.  Do I buy every point she’s selling?  The jury’s still out.  Did I enjoy the  journey?  Absolutely!

Liz Haney, trainer with The Monroe Institute.

Call to Action

I believe it is time to change the world.  In my heart I know that everyone who was born to help change the world will receive their own call to action.  This one is mine.

You will have the chance to look into my mind and see who I really am as you watch my mindmovie #308520 .  I hope you enjoy it.  Please let me know your opinions.

In gratitude,

Cassandra

 

 

When you open a new door

…the potential for love awaits.

I am truly inspired by the change I feel in the unified energy field due to everyone’s effort to bring about a shift in consciousness.  We live in a resonant field of consciousness.  You might not know it, but your subconscious and conscious mind is plugged in to this sphere of consciousness.  Many believe that it springs from what we could call a modern God. Spiritually we might label it as universal consciousness, or Consciousness self-creating.  Everything you create in your world comes from your own belief system. Just as mine does the same for me.

The Buddha said:  “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” 

Science says:  Matter arises out of Mind

You self-create your life.  Everyone you know is both self-creating and collectively has much to gain from this shared interaction. This is how I understand the reality of the third dimension. Do you wonder what your role might be in this world of dysfunction? If we look closely at the old systems, they now reveal flaws we can’t help but notice. For instance the middle class has all but disappeared. Big business and finance are corrupt enough that there was hardly a protest when the president recently gave a big tax break to the rich.  The rest of us were promised tax relief in 2018, but can we really believe that all of us will feel any financial relief? The president is known to be a liar, after all.

As I said our global story is changing.  People are saying there is a new horizon.  Oprah Winfrey used that phrase when she accepted the Cecil B. De Mill award at the Golden Globes 2018 event.  Everybody knows Oprah’s story.  She has become a touchstone for the American people because of her television presence; that and the day she gave a studio full of teachers all new cars!  She ushered in the “give gifts to the audience” style of talk show.  We all felt good when we watched Oprah.

I feel good when I contemplate the wisdom of Buddha.  “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” 

Know that you are a powerful co-creator whose value to others is absolute.  We can all change the world as we take a good look at what is needed during the 21st century.  Some change is easily identified.  Internal change is more subtle.  In this moment we are talking about both internal and external change.  Humans are awakening to a new concept of we-ness,  or oneness if you prefer, but we are still controlled by those who are in a power-over relationships with us.  So, what do we do?

Job one, beloveds, is to go within.  Your personal power will come forward as a blessing to all of us when you are no longer picking at your wounds, so to speak.  Today I had an experience that reminded me of my own woundedness.  Instead of going first to a healthy thought, I had a wounded thought that plagued me for a few minutes.  When I was able to breathe through it, the light showed brightly on my situation and I was able to see a path to correct my original thought.

This is what I hope for all of you.  I believe the day will come when our resolve will be stronger than our submission to those who are abusing us and the law.  When we speak with a unified belief in our right to exist without struggle, then we will step forth and become the leaders who are needed now.  May your light become bright enough for the rest of us to see it.  May we all step into our new story of who we are individually, and collectively.  And, not just in America, but around the globe.

Thank you, one and all, for coming to this site.  It means a lot to me that my words are not falling on deaf ears.  We are shifting together into a harmonic resonance that will strengthen and expand the idea of living in a world that is representative of the good of the whole.  

May peace be with you, and with your loved ones too.

Namaste.

 

 

When we are deeply flawed

…like the current U.S. President; and we do not see our government (meaning Congress) stand against his stupidity and his continued, willful alienation of our allies; it is hard to practice forgiveness for him and his cronies.  My heart tells me that Trump’s past is catching up to him and that he is crazy scared.   I  do believe that he will eventually be held accountable, but in the meantime life for those of us without a golden parachute is scary, too.

My life has been such that I cannot believe I am still alive, and for that I thank my guardian angels because I have put myself in harm’s way with thoughtless abandon.  During the early 1990s I began practicing forgiveness of those who had pushed me against a wall so that I had nowhere to run.  Slowly my shadow began to clear. I loved the St. Germain Foundation teachings begun in the 1920s and that is where I started to do my personal healing.  I began to see the patterns that distorted my view of myself and the world.  When I began to forgive myself I realized that forgiveness is just one step forward.

Now, it is doubtful that someone like Trump would think about forgiveness as positive. When, not if, he is held accountable for his corrupt business practices he will likely feel that it is unfair that he is singled out.  Trump has become a victim to his darker nature, that part of him that secretly enjoys being able to humiliate others because he feels better about himself when he lashes out at others.  He may even be paranoid. 

Certainly, he is a flawed human being. Sadly, there are few in our Congress who are willing to make him accountable for the stupidity of his choices on the global stage. Tragically, he is going to take so many of us down with him.  Think about it.  It’s the people who suffer under poor and dishonest leadership.

Why should we forgive him, you might ask?  It is simple.  We become complicit in his destruction if we do not and that will have the energy to pull the United States of America into another depression; or we will feel abused and our hearts will harden against those who make us feel like victims even when we are not.  We don’t have to understand why this point in time is what it is.  Simply know that we are and we have to choose, individually, how we are going to cope.

As much as I dislike everything I have seen this man be a party to I am going to forgive him for his personality flaws, and his lack of vision, and his unwillingness to accept that he cannot act like a King in America.  King’s don’t necessarily confer with their attendants before making a decision.  That is what eventually led to the demise of this antiquated system. King Trump will never be real, just a fantasy in his mind. However much he loves the thought, some day he is going to be knocked off his throne.   Those who supported him for whatever reason will also fall from grace.

His story isn’t  necessarily one of judgement so much as a cautionary tale. Judgement, too, poisons those who engage it.  I believe that Trump can’t help himself anymore.  His life has been a lie, the lies are catching up to him and still he persists in believing that he is great at everything he touches.  He is delusional, but like a working drunk, he is still able (barely) to rally his loyal sycophants and pretend that he is working toward the good of the whole.

Dear Hearts,

The collective energy of resistance comes through our forgiveness of his personal flaws, though they be many. Consider that if we put a positive energy into the office of the president, as an example, it may help drive him out of office.  We do not have to attack him as he does to others.  We can empower his office with positive attributes like:  honesty, partnership, power-with instead of over people, expose corruption, release evil intention…you see where I am going.

Let’s turn this situation around and bless us all in the process.  Namaste.

 

 

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

This is where you go to find out who your Senator and State Representative of the House are, and how you can contact them and also find out more information about their activities.

I want to tell you how I get my information, as full disclosure is important.  I am not experienced enough to bring you the highlights of what is going on behind the political scenes, but Rachel Maddow on MSNBC does each weekday evening and I pay attention to her because she is highly educated, and has been doing news for quite a long time.  In addition, she provides information that gives her audience what only she can give, background information, proof if there is a doubt, and she apologizes if she gets something wrong.  I like that.  She’s human, but she’s also professional.  At 15 I wanted to be a writer for a national newspaper.  Maybe I’m fan crushing on her.  Don’t care.  Here is what she shared with us Tuesday evening.

What Congress can do to get us out of the mess our president has made in the past two weeks:

  1.  Did anyone know that the Cyber Security Chief had been fired on Trump’s watch?  This was done one month before the beginning of the mid-term election cycle began.  Isn’t that odd?  Here we are having been hacked by Russia starting when Trump was still on the campaign trail; Russia’s 12 spies, all trained cyber hackers, have recently been indicted by our Justice Department, and this week another one was arrested for conspiracy (see #11).  But isn’t it curious that Trump wanted the Cyber Security Chief gone and that the position hasn’t been filled since?  Congress should consider investigating this series of events and follow the timeline to our recent legal tangles with Russia.
  2. Nobody knows exactly what was said during that two-hour meeting between Trump and Putin but there was an American interpreter there.  Shouldn’t Congress at least call her in to see what she may remember?  Related to this, this week a supposed agreement between Trump and Putin regarding a campaign evidence for/against Syria was broadcast in Russia by Putin.  No one here, except Trump had a clue that this had been discussed.  As usual, our president was off-the-cuff and fast to shoot his own foot when asked by the press about this new development.  Shouldn’t Congress demand to know what the President and Putin discussed during an Executive Session?
  3. In March of this year we have proof that Russian cyber teams were sniffing around our energy sectors, which could disable us if they were to penetrate any of the existing systems that are lifelines to the citizens of this country; not to mention the danger inherent in hacking any of our nuclear plants live systems.  Surely that deserves an investigation by Congress.  They know the full scope of the hacking probe and they do nothing to ensure a breach cannot occur?
  4. You may remember that Pres. Trump agreed to cease joint military exercise’s with Korea after visiting Leader Kim, but did you know that Vladimir Putin has been pushing for that same thing?  Another example of Trump acting in conjunction with the wishes of the Russian dictator, Putin is  the next issue, #5.
  5. While on the NATO, and England trip and without consultation with anyone else in his government, Trump announced in front of cameras and news crews that he thinks Russia should be allowed back into NATO, creating the conference of G8 again.  He did not consult with his security team about this. Of course, Putin has been lobbying for this with Trump each time they communicate, and who knows how many times they have and the world just hasn’t heard of their tight relationship?   Surely Congress should have members take a meeting with the president and warn him of talking off the cuff anymore.  But have they?  Not that we know about.  
  6. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner had a meeting with a sanctioned bank out of Russia, which is illegal and yet Congress has not taken steps to bring Jared in to have him disclose why he took such a drastic, and known illegal step.
  7. On Tuesday a Democrat Senator asked to suspend the current business at hand and focus on calling an Executive Session regarding evidence that has been mentioned in one of the filings from the Justice Dept. in order to clarify what this evidence might be.  But the Democrat was denied.
  8. Recently a congressman asked for and received incriminating information that could be used against his opponent, information that had been hacked by the Russians.  This stolen information was given to the unnamed Congressman.  Shouldn’t Congress begin an investigation into finding out who this man or woman is?  What was done is against the law.
  9. Election security for the upcoming Nov. 2018 mid-terms needs to be enhanced and money needs to be made available to every state so that we have a chance of no interference in our next cycle of elections.  Congress hasn’t agreed to discuss this subject yet.  I’m not sure if it’s on the docket, but it is worth a call to make sure that it get’s on the docket in time to protect our elections.
  10.  Trump’s brand new team at the White House began on day one to strategize how to get sanctions lifted from Russia.  Day One!  And over the year+ he’s been in office Trump has shown deferential treatment for all things Putin.  Surely that is something that should be discussed in Congress?
  11.  But this last one is the kicker for me:  Just this week the Treasury Department has made a new rule regarding the donors to the NRA.  They use to have to report each donor and the amount, but after coming back from Helsinki and after the Justice Department filed a new subpoena against a Russian female spy who was working on behalf of the NRA and taking orders from her handler, in Russia; guess who could now use the NRA to funnel illegal money into America during election cycles to support the candidates Putin believes may be positioned to help Russia’s agenda take place?

Here is a short lead into your phone call that may help you to feel comfortable calling your Senator or Representative.

Hello.  Senator/Representative ___________ serves my area and I would like to know his position on  (choose from one of the above or your own area of concern). Please connect me to the staffer who is most familiar with the Senator/Representative’s position on this subject.

Big Thank You to Bob of Bob/Noel who shared with us his best way to get the attention of his legislators.  HUGS to you both!