This is Zero Hour

Political Gender Parade

Dear hearts, don’t let the title of this post alarm you.  It is taken from a group of millennials who are organizing a march about the serious environmental issues we face on July 21st in Washington, D.C. You can find out more on their webpage: thisiszerohour.org

Because World Water Day was last month and there has been progress in cleaning up the ocean trash, I wanted to stick with the theme of sacred activism for this post.  You can go to worldwaterday.org to catch up on what makes this group special.

I’ve been thinking about what it means to be an activist, especially a sacred activist.  Although the two are closely related the latter comes from within us when we know that everything is sacred: the environment, human rights, and spiritual freedoms for example.

The Global Community of Visionary Co-Creative Leaders is a group that I belong to and want to recommend to anyone who wants to hear two moderators who are skilled and able to empower the group members. There is a weekly call that is free. I encourage you to go to the website at: milagroworldcenter.com  I want to address your potential today so that you can think about your role in this world, and your responsibility to the people in it. Everything in life is give and take isn’t it. Yes, it is cause and effect.

Conscious leadership is a powerful tool to have in your life. Now, I can hear some of you turning  off, thinking “I don’t want to be a leader, I’m much happier contributing when and where I choose.” So I have a surprise for you.  You are already influencing people, and that is one of the most important things a leader does.

If you have been curious enough to go to some of the websites I’ve been posting for your convenience, you may have found a group that you can passionately respond to; and passion is another trait of leadership.  Some of us participate because we know the value of building relationships and we are happier when we have a community of like-minded souls.  Community of like-minded people is very important for anyone’s mental health. People usually think of churches first, don’t they.

As a minister I know that my role in leadership is to care for your tender heart as you wade into the waters of sacred activism.  Does that sound strange to you?  It probably does to other ministers, too.  So then, let me explain why I feel passionately about this shift in consciousness.

When I was a member of the Unitarian Universalist church in Tahlequah, OK, we had a social justice group and I headed the meetings at our church.  I taught them how to engage in study-circle groups, how to come to consensus about a project and how to steward the group toward completion of our task. I loved doing it because I was teaching them by example to respect the needs of the other people in service to a cause.

I see miracles happen when people empower themselves.  I hope that you will find your miracle.  We know there is suffering in the world.  We know that there are groups that are working toward a better future for all of us.  Won’t you consider joining us?  Try the Visionary Co-Creative Leader’s call first and then I hope you will get back to me and let me know how you felt about the call. There is a place at the bottom of each post for comments.

Let’s sit at the same table and share a meal of loving good will.  There is always a chair for you at this table.  And I am here posting information that I hope will go to your heart and help you take the first step, if you haven’t already, to becoming a sacred activist.

I send you loving good will, and peace to you and yours.  Rev. Cassandra

 

 

 

One World in Dialogue

I love the concept of one world engaging in dialogue as a means to cocreate and inform everyone, to bear witness as they say, regarding healing the pain we as the human race have allowed to be inflicted upon others around the world.

On June 1st you can participate in the Global Dialogue Lab.  There are two options, zoom in or call in.  I’m going to call at 10 am central time; and if you go to their webpage you’ll be given the information you need to decide if you want to join in the conversation. Just click here before the event: OneWorldinDialogue.com

This post is not a paid advertisement for them.

I often share websites that speak to issues I personally resonate with, such as Colin Tipping’s 5-stage process to heal relationships called Radical Forgiveness.  I liked his process so much that I used it as a template during a Sunday Service in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the Center of Light.  Radical Forgiveness.com has been around for a while and it can be applied personally, or as a 5-step process to explore healing the people who’ve been caught in the net of terrorism and suffered at the oppressor’s hands.  What I love about Colin’s work is that he speaks of the power of restitution, wherein the ones who have done the atrocious acts return and take responsibility to care for the family’s who have been affected by their violence.  The whole community experiences relief from the burden of their hatred for the “enemy”.  The title of one of his worksheets is: “Making Room for the Miracle”.

And so beloved readers and fellow sacred activists, may peace be upon you and yours.  May you be patient with one another when it is a challenge. And may you forgive those who have hurt your feelings.  Remember that everyone we know helps us learn to improve our relationships. We will never heal the people of the nations of our planet if we don’t seriously engage in constructive dialogue.  I hope you take advantage of tomorrow’s event.

Three more events will take place on: June 7th, June 21st, and June 24th.  Check it out.

Rev. Cassandra Martin

 

 

Update on Volcano

Deadly lava, and additional tears in the earth are rising. Hawaiians now have 22 vents and lava bombs are another dangerous aspect to this volcano.  This feels to me like a major birthing of the chain of islands in Hawaii.

As you know I am someone who seeks to see the bigger energy picture about everything.  I see this cycle as ultimately positive, but painful, as in the birth process.  We are birthing our planet. Sadly homes are burning, people are getting hurt, and the immediate tourist future for the Hawaiian islands is impacted.

Dear hearts, prayers are lovely but think about what you can do to help cancel some of the bad karma of The United States.  Action is called for here.  Everything coming out of our current administration is tearing down the security of democracy.  Like a volcano, there is insecurity for everyone who isn’t rich, and powerful.  The safety net established by other presidents is being shredded.  Each week there is another loss of something we citizens need to survive in this world.

If there was ever a time to become a sacred activist, it is now.  I recommend you look at the wheel of co-creation from Barbara Marx Hubbard’s work and look at the 12 social sectors.  Where does your heart resonate the most?  Ask what you can do.  Then do it.

Start small if you are not experienced.  The “blue wave” as Democrats are calling it is swelling across our nation in elections.  That’s a good thing, but we may need a three party system.  Bernie Sanders is an Independent.  We saw what happened when he mobilized citizens.  He unleashed the dreams sensible people have cherished as the American Dream and the time is now to push back against this government.

The volcano is a natural event.  We have to wait until its cycle is done.  But “We the People” are a force that is powerful and if we energize, and socialize together, we can cocreate another American Dream.

I hope you think about this and share your thoughts with your friends.  Coalitions are created by the need for social change.  Thank you.

From my heart to yours, Namaste.  Rev. Cassandra

 

 

Elemental Hell

This is the story of the Hawaiian island of Kauai, as reported by Heidi Chang, 4/28/18 in an article for the L.A. Times.  For those of you who do not understand the devastation nor the reality of climate change, pay attention. The National Weather Service reported that nearly 50 inches of rain fell in 24 hours.  Now fast forward to the recent volcanic Kilauea eruptions emitting dangerous fumes, from 15 new fissures that stretch over just short of three miles.  Earthquakes continue, as you would expect from any powerful eruption of a boiling cauldron of lava.   And, although it is true that people who live near volcanoes know the risks, it is still terrifying when two such powerful weather conditions occur so close together.

Scientists warned citizens that the rain deluge was something new, an extreme rainfall that would normally come when the atmosphere gets warmer. This is a description of climate change, the warming of the earth and the reaction of elements to this new reality.   Man made disasters are one thing, natural disasters are another.  Hurricanes, Cyclones, Tornadoes, Rain, Flooding, and Volcanos cannot be stopped.  Man cannot control weather or undo the damages to the environment, and losses of life that have occurred because when we were first warned about the potential of climate change, we as a people did not push back against those who were doing the worst damage and refusing to believe in the future of doom.

So, enough about natural and not-so-natural weather related disasters.  Now let’s look at what is happening during the current White House regime take-over.  I was reading an article and something caught my eye that alarmed me.  The news was that Trump was going to decrease the size of our national monuments and parks and make way for oil and gas drilling on lands that, in some cases, were sacred to our First Peoples, and would interfere with the public’s enjoyment of nature’s splendor as Teddy Roosevelt originally intended when he dedicated several parks to the people.

We know that Yellowstone National Park is overdue to explode.  The caldera’s that are part of the old volcano are active again in that land is rising from the pressure of the volcano gathering strength.  We’ve seen reports over the past decade that speak to what looks like a future eruption because scientists have been carefully recording all of the preceding signs of an eruption.   A potential future for anyone living in the northwestern United States, and into the central states as well is frightening.  The same fear plagues those who live near the San Andreas fault lines, and other fault lines throughout our country.  We do live in a hostile world, but unlike those who could legislate limits to the chemical agents, drilling, and carbon emissions to gain us more time to eliminate the problems that build the likely hood of catastrophes around the world, they do nothing good at all.

Lastly, the ice melts are already raising ocean levels and our brothers and sisters in island communities are going to need to be rescued sooner than later.  Imagine if Bear’s Ear Monument was a temporary sanctuary instead of  land ruined by the mining, and drilling process?  Other parks could also help our neighbors survive as sanctuaries in a worse-case scenario.  Our legislators are short thinking.  And did I mention they were greedy?  Are you watching the news about Trump’s son speaking to foreign heads of state regarding bank loans to save Trump’s real estate problems?  I won’t go further because there is still more legal discovery to be accomplished and Special Investigator Mr.Mueller III hasn’t closed his investigation yet.   My point here is that we cannot trust our leaders to do what is good for the whole of our nation and its people.  That means we must begin to take action that will guide us forward if we want to survive and create a world built upon love and compassion.

It has always been my hope that governance could become compassionate.  I am a Sacred Activist for that very reason.

Now I want to tell you about EarthJustice.org

Earth Justice is a nonprofit environmental law organization and they just won the case against the Canadian/American sludge pipeline by proving that several legal issues made the case unjustifiable, or some other such legalese.  The Indigenous Peoples do not have to worry about their aquifer being damaged beyond repair.  That’s one for the good guys.

I hope that you will look around  your state and see if there are obvious problems like Superfund sites (chemicals in water flows, and nuclear poisoned earth, or illegal dumping when the companies are supposed to, or are court ordered to restore these sites to safety levels again.  I am only one small person and I need you to bring to the forefront the neglect of our government to insist and punish companies and corporations who have not care about your safety in the past and will likely continue to break eco laws.  When you find such a Superfund, please contact Earth Justice and see if they are working on a solution.  If not, ask them to consider suing the businesses involved.  We must all remain vigilant and not assume that we do not have options to help make something right that has gone terribly wrong in our country.

Thank you, dear hearts, for reading this article.  And thank you for whatever action you will take to keep our legal system engaged in restoring land, water, and air safe for our children and their children.

Rev. Cassandra Martin, independent New Thought minister

 

 

 

Talking is good, but deep listening is better!

I know that the most important relationships I have had and will have all shared one thing in common.  We got to know each other well because we spent time together talking; and we went deep once we knew we could trust one another.  I remember an exercise in grade-school that was designed to teach us a powerful lesson, and it did.  You have likely heard of the whisper-circle.  It is called by many names and the game starts with the teacher whispering something in a student’s ear.  That student whispers in the next student’s ear what she heard her teacher say.  This whispered message gets passed along to the lst student in the circle and he or she speaks the secret out loud.  It never fails that the whole room breaks into laughter because the teacher looks very surprised.  Then she tells us all what it was she said.  You have already guessed that the end result is nothing like the one the teacher started.

Being childless I don’t know if they still do this lesson in class to impress upon the students that it is important to listen very carefully in order to get the message right.  Nor do I know if teachers teach their students speech etiquette, but I can guess that it is not on the modern curriculum.  There are still vicious rumors that are circulated about children on the internet and worse.  You’ve heard these stories, and I truly hope you have not had a child who has committed suicide because they felt their life was ruined forever.  Children and teens are still developing important segments of their brains and therefore are not able to use discernment with reliability.  The problem is that we learn most of what we are going to need socially in highschool and college. Once we enter the workforce competition gets more demanding and we are so rushed to finish deadlines that our listening skills can become skewed.

There is one great way to stay in the center of all the good you want to create when you realize, like Buckminster Fuller did, that creating small things for the world to have a better life satisfies us more than working for conglomerates that are more interested in using the world to further their bottom line.  He wasn’t born knowing the importance of managing money, he learned by making mistakes, but his intention to move ahead and take the world with him in a more peaceful, and eco-friendly way was part of his ultimate message, and gift,  to us.  He heard the whisper correctly the first time and, with no distortions.  Google him if you don’t know his works already.  You will be amazed by the quality of his life.

This short little reminder is to encourage you to find groups to join and to listen deeply when you find those that align with your vision of your future.  As a minister and an author who also loves photography and gardening I have plenty of places that I can look into to find people who have similar interests.   Most online groups are easy to find.  The only point I want to stress here is that it is better for your mental health if you choose groups that are not spewing hate-speech, or claiming to be superior to the rest of us for some reason believed only by them.

Living in a world run-mad by politicians and poisoned by conglomerates seeking the dollar instead of the preservation of our natural resources is stressful to your mind, heart and body.  For me, I want to be part of the solutions to the problems of my generation.  I believe it is my job to help restructure social sectors that have become corrupt because my generation was more interested in being left alone by those who didn’t live the same type of life style.  We turned our back on what was happening because it as too painful to see the failures resulting after wars that were supposed to protect us from big bombs and chemical warfare.

I have found several groups that I love and I want to share them with you.  Most can be found on Facebook, but I want to give you the links so you can just click it and listen in to one of the calls.  We listen deeply to one another.  We are respectful of one another.  We seek to find people who want to support projects we believe in, or to support theirs because it is a great new vision for the healing of our planet.  There are thousands of Bucky Fuller’s in the world.  The geodesic domes he designed way before people thought of living gently on the land are a mainstay in architectural design for having a smaller carbon footprint.

Here are my faves:

Global Communion of Pioneering Souls:  email is GlobalCommunion@gmail.com

“Global Community of Co-Creative Visionary Leaders”, and another call entitled “Calling in the Field of the Miraculous”:  both run by the Milagro World Center, co founded by Nina Patrick and Joseph F. Rosado.  The center is located in Panama.  Email: Nina@milagroworldcenter.com  Nina is based in the U.S.

Global Heart Resonance, “Call to Wholeness”, Shelly Darling is found online at Good of the Whole.com   These calls take place on Mondays.

Pachamamma.org  – This organization is currently offering free classes to help you decide if you want to be an activist for indigenous peoples, and more.  Worth the visit.

Lastly, I ask you to share this website when you can: multipleyouuniverse.com.

As people with good hearts begin to recreate the web, each of us has a role.  I am a Sacred Activist, and a communicator for those whose voices have been stolen from them.  I believe that government should be guided by compassionate leaders who want to serve the good of the whole.

Let us all share who we are and where we are.  We have awakened to the calling of the future.  If you think there is a way you would benefit from joining any of these groups, please do visit them.

Progress with Optimism

Progress with Optimism

Optimism is a political act, says Alex Steffen; cynicism is obedience.  Think about that for a moment and ask yourself what it will take to empower optimism into your world view. Most of us would not associate the concept of optimism with political action but there are  more people who are involved in creating social change in our country than I’ve seen in my lifetime.  That’s why I found his article fascinating. 

Alex is a futurist with many books: Carbon Zero, Heroic Future; and The Nearly Now.  You can also check out a few new website recommendations here:

By the way, are you tired of petitions that ask for donations after you’ve signed for a worthy cause?  Yeah, me too. I’ve begun going to their website and asking them to include an opt out button.  Simply by signing we are adding value to their website.  If you are like me you are on a fixed income.  I can no longer make generous donations to causes that touch my heart, mind and soul.  What we citizens can do is powerful and it should count equally with dollars.  Try letting them know what you think about opting out of a donation.  Little steps like this get you into the habit of civic involvement.  Easy, right?  How many more petitions will you sign once they change policy?  Those petitions flood the offices of those who need to know of an objection we have to a policy they are enacting.  When the good of the whole is engaged, optimism expands.

When optimism expands, we rewrite the story of the World Soul.

My last article spoke about a new story, and I mentioned the World Soul.  This isn’t my personal realization so much as the collective informing many of us that a new story is necessary and we are currently writing our future.  The term World Soul would never have manifested in the 4th century, for instance.  Humanity was not ready to move past the limitation of beliefs long held regarding the hierarchy of man under the power of a Deity. 

In the 21st century we are scientifically proving that consciousness isn’t a brain exercise.  It exists at the subatomic level.  We understand now that oneness is not just an idea, but a reality because all of us are affected by the global domino effect. The interplay of  consciousness and the created is so dynamic while the old story keeps us in a paradigm of suffering, which is no longer necessary.  Really.  If we consciously choose to write a better story together we can make it real.

We can choose to believe that “things will never change”, in fact our leaders hope we will continue to believe this because in the past it has allowed them to control our resistance to suffering.  

According to Alex Steffen, political cynicism is obedience to this power-over cycle. I am sure of one thing, however, and it is this: people are waking up, planning resistance against authorities who are privileged because we are paying the bulk of the debt they are creating.  Actually, it is our grandchildren who will still be paying off the debt of today. We must stop the current behavior that creates waste and financial indebtedness.

It is time for us to make progress if we want to live to see a time in the future where governance (as an example) is compassionate instead of greedily demanding more from those who have less. And that, dear hearts, is the beginning of the story of why there is a World Soul. 

Left to our individual devices, many of us would not suddenly become optimistic about the future.  There are to many examples that the opposite is true but that does not mean that we cannot create an environment of social change and have a positive impact on the world, overall.  Yes, setbacks happen when a civilization begins to break the bonds of their masters.  Now is the time to empower “the people”, and put restrictions upon those in government who don’t follow the rules, who have created a corrupt system, and encourages career politicians, something that looks nothing like the Statesman envisioned by our founding fathers. 

My personal disgust goes to the lobbyists,  in my opinion they are the single biggest scourge in our political system.  I would love to outlaw them.  Would you join a group that could write law that could accomplish this feat?

That’s optimism in action.

The system of lobbying is what is dangerous, and I know that many good things have resulted because someone lobbied a positive change in society.  The system is broken.  We must start again.  Instead of lobbyists paying for what they want via campaign contributions, let’s make that  illegal.  Now we’ve killed two birds with one stone:

1.) politicians cannot associate with lobbyists and

2.) there are no longer unfair advantages for candidates who do not receive the same amount of financial support).

Are you shaking your head at my naivety? I know any politician who read this story would say, “oh yeah? and who would vote for such a change to our system?” 

That’s the beauty of democracy.  The Supreme Court can undo Citizens vs United if the case is rewritten and goes through the system until it reaches SCOTUS.  This means politicians don’t get to vote on the issue.

The use of the Electoral System is not written in indelible ink.  Do you know that quite a few states already have laws on the book that allow them to choose not to participate in the electoral college system?  States can bypass congress in this regard.  Citizens could begin to push back for popular vote only.

You might be surprised at how much power is given to the state governments.  Of course there is corruption there, too, but let’s just consider that creative problem solving can begin to balance the uneven scales of justice when our best minds sit down together.  By that, I mean you and your fellow citizens.   As America goes, so will other countries around the world who are currently at the mercy of dictators and corrupt government.  We are all one people when you strip away the cultural differences.

Dear Hearts, the World Soul is the composite of the consciousness of its people. 

How many of you have felt the energy shifting but not yet seen anything manifested that has made you happy to be alive?  Hang out with my friends and you’ll realize that there is a quickening happening in America. Visit the websites I’ve been sharing this year.  People are visiting these sites and it’s like a second revolution only there won’t be guns.  Part of this quickening is a resolution to bring balance back into daily life and the elimination of power-over politics which has been corrupted and is causing tremendous financial suffering in our country.  

You are the World Soul.  I am the World Soul.  We are not helpless.  We can be optimistic instead of pessimistic if we choose to look forward with eyes that see a future of well-being for all the people of the world.

Thank you, beloveds for joining my table today.  Your seat is always here.  Bring a guest next time.  There’s  plenty of soul food to go around.

 

Don’t be afraid of the storms…

Don’t be afraid of the storms…

There are a few social media outlets that I use to send out short messages in between writing what I used to call “Sunday Services” on my old webpage “God-in-action” and now call articles on my book website.  As an ordained independent new thought minister I always hope that the way I present information speaks to your heart more than your head per se.  Some recent examples of facebook posts using this technique are: “Those who cheat to win lose more than they gain & are afraid of those who are competent.” This was inspired by another Trump round of tweets that denied several reports from credible sources. Or ‘I watch news because I can stay informed.  Sometimes it’s painful but I am a Sacred Activist.  My heart keeps me strong.”  This was in response to my admiration for good reporters who verify and get at least two sources when they write a news article. My favorite cable news is still The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. And my last example is “The songs you sing from your heart are the ones that will heal so many who cannot yet sing.”  This is my attempt to reassure you that you have something of importance to share with us for the good of the whole.  If you follow me I hope that something I am inspired to share speaks to you when you most need it.  I know I need inspiration on tough days and we can help each other just by knowing we are in the world together.

It really feels like the storms (metaphorical and literal) circling our planet have the power to destroy us.  We’ve seen flooding, snowstorms so late in the season, and incredible wind storms that make it seem like the world is preparing to exit one cycle and begin another which means that destruction would be the natural event to fertilize rebirth. This cycle is repeated in the life of every growing thing, and in us as we are born, live and die. I want to live the rest of my life being the best person and minister that I can be. I would like to die happy and fulfilled. This means that I must clean up my human tendency to be fearful, reactive and insensitive to the deeper story of mankind that is unfolding now.  You’ve seen the children marching to affect legislation about guns and policy change that will affect public safety positively. Adults have been marching and overall, it seems to be a bigger movement for social change than when we marched to end the Vietnam War and Women’s Rights.  Of course, the Equal Women’s Rights story has been undermined since the 1960s and we still don’t have equal pay, but my point is that there is a lot of dissatisfaction with governance in the world and people are no longer silent.  They are rallying.  We can’t believe that the government is rolling back protection laws for our environment, and taking public park lands and monuments away from citizens so that oil and gas corporations can come in and ruin those national treasures just for the money.  Every way we turn we see abuse by privileged lawmakers.  These types of stories are contributing to the actions we must take if we want to protect the good of the whole.  All of the nations of the world need each other in order to experience the NEW STORY OF OUR WORLD SOUL.

Have you noticed that there is a lot of talk about what science calls the “quantum field, or resonant energy field” and spiritualists have always called the Akasha?  This field has been called by many names and the qualities of this invisible field of energy within which everything exists have been made legitimate by science.  Authors like Brian Swimme, Ervin Laszlo, Rupert Sheldrake and Barbara Marx Hubbard have been speaking to what Pierre Teilhard de Chardin named the noosephere for decades.  Some considered it to be like a thinking layer for the earth, in other words, a field of consciousness.  This in turn asks the question of faith, is God the conscious creator or is it something we have not yet discovered.  Can earth be affected by the thoughts and perhaps the emotions of humanity?  Using short hand, the majority of professionals are proving that everything consciously interacts with everything else. Keep in mind that I am writing a short-cut version of how we have gotten to the place where we can talk about the World Soul.

Ancients, alchemists, and those who came before our quantum scientists had differing points of view.  In my book I use the Oneness Theory, which fits within the universal field of energy we’ve been discussing, and I love something Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote.  He was part of the Transcendental Movement of his time, and this is how he saw the truth of existence.

“We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles.  Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is related, the eternal ONE.  And this deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object are one.  We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but as the whole, of which these are shining parts, is the soul.”

(Ch.14, page 109; The “Multiple You” Universe)

You and I live within an incredibly diverse field of energy and we are affecting life in ways that are small and large.  Whole societies who stand against “power-over” systems, allow social systems to be reformed. That is our choice.  I know that mine is to be a voice in that change.  That is why I do this type of work.  I hope you will think about what we’ve shared today and look into your future, your heart open to listen.  We are all part of writing a new story, and we can think of it as a new World Soul that we share in a field of Oneness, or you can think of it in your own unique way, each of us is being called to contribute to what will eventually be our tomorrow.

May your contribution be aligned with loving good will and kindness.  We do not have to live in a world that only knows war.  It’s possible, I believe, for the next several generations to tell the new story of Peace on Earth.

Thank you, dear hearts, for coming to my table and claiming your chair.  Together we can cocreate a new vision for society.  Shall we get started?

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