Sunday, 18 November 2012
The middle of the World!
All the concern over the "end of the worlld" suppossedly linked to the last day in the Mayan Calendar December 21, 2012 has a basis in fact.
It is actually the middle of the World! Our life star, the Sun is at the halfway point in irts estimated 10 billion year lifespan, planet/spaceship/home is at 4.5 billion years of age with 4.5 billion to go.
this neighborhood of creation, everything material that is proximate to us is about hailfway through its lifecycle. The middle of the World!
And she wants to have a party to celebrate!!
Quick details more to come:
Who is invited: Everyone on the planet (we are all here already anyway)
When: Starts as soon as you hear about it and continues ungtil further noticed.
Where: In your heart (once you feel it inside, just look around and you will see others who have found the party!
Optional: start with a week of masqerade. Try out any/everything you ever dreamed about being!
More as details become available!.....
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Posted by springbrooke at 12:28 AM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 18 November 2012 3:44 PM PST
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Survivors prevail vs. L.A. Catholic Machine
Thursday, 13 September 2007
Slaughter of Innocence
WHEN KING HEROD THE GREAT learned from the Magi that they were seeking a newborn child who would become king over all, he ordered a slaughter of the innocents. Herod, then 75 years old, was not new to murderous revenges—and he would eventually kill his own grown son. Rather than risk losing his estate, he instead ragefully ordered that all of Bethlehem's precious boy babies under 2 years of age be murdered in their cradles.
Pick up your Bible, and surely the very page weeps blood as you read, "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more" (Matt. 2:18).
The anguished Rachel is awakened again today. Who here cannot hear the terrible weeping for the children of our own time? Lord, hear our prayer. Awaken us. May the slaughter of innocents never be allowed again.
But today we have to do more than just pray. Let us learn the harsh facts and not turn away. Let us act, link arms across the world to better protect all children. I think I speak for many Catholics when I say we could not be one ounce more heartsick and strewn with ashes than we are right now over hearing of some priests using children for sexual gratification. Let this be our prayer, forever and always: Awaken. Be awake. Remain awake.
As a psychoanalyst practicing clinically for 32 years, I am not a priest, not a theologian. But perhaps, ultimately, I am someone far more dangerous—a Latina grandmother with a fierce glint in her eye who knows several somethings about moral formation. As I see it, our first task here is to acknowledge that sexual intrusion against children exists and apparently far more often than we would ever think to imagine. Next we must apply proper spiritual and temporal remedies for every soul's recovery from this modern slaughter of the innocents.
The issues require excruciating differentiation so as not to harm those who have already made their admissions and paid their debts; not to falsely accuse; not to sacrifice for the sake of the status quo or the institution any child or adult who is blameless; not to allow righteous anger at perpetrators to demean all the other priests who have lived honorably; not to allow solely legal postures to dominate this process. I hope we can look closely and be willing to hold firmly accountable those who have intruded, while also exonerating justly when appropriate.
From decades in post-trauma work—both with war veterans and with victims of massacres and natural disasters—I know that the steps to help mend this tremendous laceration to the souls of many will take much time. The burden is very heavy, and the night is bitter cold, but I believe we can make it across this la noche oscura del alma, as San Juan de la Cruz called it, this "dark night of the soul." The way through this dark night can come through self-inquiry, both as individuals and as a group. We can stop the secrecy by telling the whole story by the light of day.
The sacrament of Reconciliation can provide the model. In this sacramental assessment of our own motives, foibles, and oversights, we are given a way of asking that the disattached heart, mind, body, soul, and spirit be mended back together and made whole again.
Whether in medicine, psychology, or theology, we know that a sickness lying underneath the skin and left without effective treatment will infect and devastate the entire body. It will eventually suppurate and rise to the surface, destroying all living tissue. This is what has apparently occurred in the matter of certain priests sexually abusing children. Medicine must be administered, and quickly. Can prayers be antibiotics? Yes. Can goodwill help? Yes. But far more is needed—a psychic surgery, excision, grafts. Where to make the cuts, what to excise?
I strongly believe we should start with scanning ourselves. Unconsciously or not and in varying degrees of responsibility and culpability, we have been rampantly negligent in questioning our own naïveté about who and how others administer accountability and justice; in the need for vigilance regarding children; in our learning the true facts about mental disorders in our times; about evil being a palpable force in the modern world that can overwhelm reason and resolve; and about the proximity of children to disordered adults being the perfect feast set out for those who raven and sexually overwhelm the young.
We are not alone in responsibility here. Naïveté, sluggish comprehension, and studied ignorance about how predators of many kinds easily savage those who are vulnerable infects our entire culture. Child sex slavery. Children caged in cellars. Children lured through the Internet. Food withheld as punishment. Beatings that blind and deafen children for life. Children murdered daily in heart, spirit, and body. These atrocities do not only occur in isolated wadis halfway across the world. They can and do occur right down the street, in our own villages.
Pedophilia is an illness, not a job description. This disorder is found in all ethnic groups and social classes. Others who are not priests intrude on the young as well. One of the greatest helps children can be given is to be kept away from such persons. The greatest help a person suffering from this disease can be given is to isolate them from children. No honor accrues to the fox—or anyone else—by setting out little chicks in order to test whether the fox has been "adequately rehabilitated" or not.
South African Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu sat day after day through the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. These broke the silence about the profound violations of the human spirit and the slaughters that had taken place during apartheid. The commission used an imperfect but greatly healing process to try to find a way—hard as it was—so that people could manage to live together again after thousands of murders and heinous mayhems.
The central remedy offered by the commission was to listen to all the people's stories with the intent to help restore the greater parts of what could be restored, to heal and to forgive and/or forbear in equal parts as well. After the many stories of grave transgressions were truthfully told, the choice for peace in the future was made individual by individual, not by any authoritarian declaration to "move on."
Publicly speaking truths with accountability is one of the most direct paths toward peace. To be truly heard is, for many, the exact heart of healing.
Tutu's boldness in facing the truth without turning away can embolden us as well. By wearing the aegis of the God of love, the Christ Jesus, we too can proceed toward truth in the current crisis, even though with great trembling in the soul. It is premature to "move on," but it is time to move forward.
So, where to start with our own accountability in this matter of sexual predation on the young by those in positions of trust? We, each according to our station in the church, can commence most clearly by giving a full and extensive apology to the victims. But an apology of a thousand "I am sorrys" is not enough to help heal those who have been harmed. Rote words alone, without the true heart being fully engaged and knowledgeable, are not part of the sacramental process of Reconciliation.
We must ask God to give us the strength and vision we will need to patiently cross this rocky and cold place and to shelter the precious spirit of all children. Some, I know, would just like to say a fast "Sorry," ask forgiveness, and get it over with already.
Posted by springbrooke at 9:16 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 7 March 2008 12:48 AM PST
Friday, 20 October 2006
Courage and Truth see for yourself. then act with courage and conviction to take this country back. this is the wake up call. America is losing to Amerika. Complacent no more, timid and fearful no longer we will not allow this treachery. Remove those who seek to fill us with fear, replace those who fail to act or are silent. This is our country, in a world that is "the only sacred ground we’ve ever known" (David Carter) It is time to earn our liberty all over again. The price of failure is slavery.
see for yourself. then act with courage and conviction to take this country back. this is the wake up call. America is losing to Amerika. Complacent no more, timid and fearful no longer we will not allow this treachery.
Remove those who seek to fill us with fear, replace those who fail to act or are silent. This is our country, in a world that is "the only sacred ground we’ve ever known" (David Carter)
It is time to earn our liberty all over again. The price of failure is slavery.
Posted by springbrooke at 10:21 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 20 October 2006 4:10 PM PDT
Thursday, 21 September 2006
This is truly amazing.
We have an administration that has no respect for the constitution. Lies to the american public as a matter of policy. Starts a war to pay their contributors (and generate election spin). Secretly starts spying on its own citizens. Begins torturing kiddnapped detainees and holding them without trial or charge, then wants to decriminalize torture. Covertly has Haliburton converting deserted US bases into prisons. What makes you all think that your government wont hold you and torture you for a confession AT THEIR WHIM or even in error! When we remove the protection it is gone. This is insanity.
Posted by springbrooke at 7:19 PM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 21 September 2006 7:26 PM PDT
Sunday, 3 September 2006
experimental vehicle lanes
What the US needs to do is set aside some experimental vehicle lanes and provide tax breaks and grant money for individual americans to build their own personal transportation.
This would have the effect of breaking the deadlock the major automakers have on design/development. It would encourage the kind of "cottage invention industry" that occured at the turn of the last century in many fields including automotive.
But such a bold move doesnt stand a chance if we put 500 pound experimental vehicles on the same roadway with 10,000 pound Urban assault vehicles, er SUV's.
Next, tax em all for road maintanance by the pound. If you wear em out you fix em
Posted by springbrooke at 6:26 AM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 3 September 2006 6:33 AM PDT
Monday, 21 August 2006
Posted by springbrooke at 11:42 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 21 August 2006 11:44 PM PDT
Wednesday, 26 July 2006
911 part 1
911 part 2
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