The world changed for us this morning, changed, sadly, for the worst. It won't ever be the same again. Let us hope that this awful act is the worst that will ever happen to humanity until the end of time, that there won't be anymore like it, that the violence stops here. Surely, we have had enough tragedies in our own time, our fathers' and mothers' time, and their parents before that to last an eternity!
We pray for those who had to live through the unspeakable terror, the abject madness--and all in the name of what? Surely, life is sacred above all else: how can the lives of so many people, then, be taken so lightly? What is the world coming to?
All we can do now is stay on the side of Light and hope that it shines on all, so that love and happiness reigns among us, so that we will have a world left to pass on to our children.
September 11, 2001 (by Habib, a raw food advocate and a true light shining all the more brightly in these dark times):
Today is a great test for all of us. We are being asked to make a decision, either for war or for peace. What is it that we want to create?
If we focus on feelings of fear and anger, then war will grow. If we focus on peace and reconciliation, then war may be averted.Let us remember that our focus determines our reality, and so contribute to peace and stability in the world by holding a vision of the world as we would like it to be.Let affirmations of peace, unity and freedom among all peoples go out from us like a prayer, so the universe/God may respond with peace, unity and freedom.
Let us not escalate hate and fear, but plant seeds of universal brother/sisterhood everywhere we go.Pray for all the people who were injured in this attack, for their families and loved ones, and for all people everywhere who have or will be impacted by this, that they will find peace. Also pray also for those who masterminded it, and for those who support them, that their conscience will allow them to see the horror of what they have done, that their souls will be convicted and they will understand the futility of the path of war.
With a certainty, the forces of karma will exact complete and perfect justice. But in our haste to right this wrong, let us be mindful of the effects that "an eye for an eye" has had in our world.
"An eye for an eye" will fill us with hatred and fear, like our attackers. Do we want that? Let us seek for justice in every way possible, but also take care to act from our Soul, rather than from our deep unconscious.
I will not cave in to the forces of unconsciousness. Rather than crying for war, I will pray for peace for all people, even for those who wish to attack us.
I have a concern for the treatment people of middle eastern descent in this country. I am praying that they will not be targeted because of this terrorist attack. Let us now show them a special kindness, and banish the possibility of anything like what happened in the past to our American citizens of Japanese Descent.
We need to show the world what we stand for in this time of testing: we stand for peace, for unity, for compassion, for tolerance, for freedom, for brotherhood and sisterhood among all people.
We are all members of the human race, and we are awakening to the unity of God that is at the core of our being.
This is how we will pass this test:
We will think thoughts of peace.
We will speak words of peace.
We will take actions that create peace.
We will embrace those who hate us, and make them our brothers and sisters.
We will care for those we have been hurt, in body and in spirit.Rather than following the call to war, we will all use this opportunity to come together as one human family in the motherhood and fatherhood of God.
LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME
"This is the way of peace.
Overcome evil with good,
Falsehood with truth,
And hatred with love."
"This is a time where our spiritual knowledge is put to a test, and where the "rubber hits the road." Right now, not only is smoke from the fiery crashes permeating the atmosphere, but even more -- millions of peoples' fears and worries. It is absolutely essential that we continuously give our worries and fears about this situation to God and the angels.
Please join me in a unified prayer today at 4:44 p.m. in your time zone, to pray for those who passed-on, for their families and friends, and for us all upon earth. Let us also pray for those who orchestrated this event, so that they are filled with peace instead of fear and anger. And let's pray for the politicians involved to act with Divine wisdom, in response, instead of from their egos.
Please ask everyone you know to join us in prayer at 4:44 p.m. today. As the time zones sweep the earth in rotation, so shall our prayers encircle the globe.
We now call upon all God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Mary, Buddha, Allah, Higher Power, The Bab, all of the ascended masters, all of the archangels, and every angel to intervene into this situation. We ask Archangel Michael to vacuum away all toxins of anger, fear, and darkness from the world and all of its inhabitants. May this situation transmute into a blessing, that results in peace. May your fears be replaced with faith, and may your worries be transmuted into peace.
God is Love, and Love is all there is. You are Love, you are eternal, and in truth, all is at peace now and forever. Let us cling to the knowledge of that truth today. If we succumb into fear, the illusion of war will grow.
If we cling to the knowledge of God's eternal peace, we will reveal that truth as our reality.
Bronwynn Daniels, CSC
Executive Assistant to Dr. Doreen Virtue
PRAYER FOR PEACE
from Sufi Master Hazrat Inayat Khan
Send Thy peace, O Lord,
which is perfect and everlasting,
that our souls may radiate peace.
Send Thy peace, O Lord,
that we may think, act, and speak harmoniously.
Send Thy peace, O Lord,
that we may be contented and
thankful for Thy bountiful gifts.
Send Thy peace, O Lord,
that amidst our worldly strife
we may enjoy Thy bliss.
Send Thy peace, O Lord,
that we may endure all, tolerate all
in the thought of Thy grace and mercy.
Send Thy peace, O Lord,
that our lives may become a divine vision,
and in Thy light all darkness may vanish.
Send Thy peace, O Lord,
our Father and Mother,
that we, Thy children on earth,
may all unite in one family.
PRAYER FOR THE DEAD
(adapted from the words of Inayat Khan)
the Cause and Effect of the Whole universe
the Source from whence we have come
and the Goal toward which all are bound:
receive these souls, who is coming to Thee,
into Thy parental arms.
May Thy forgiving Glance heal their hearts.
Lift them from the denseness of the earth.
Surround them with the Light of Thine own Spirit.
Raise them up to heaven
which is their true dwelling place.
We pray Thee, grant them the blessing
of Thy most exalted Presence.
May life upon earth become as a dream
to their awakening souls,
And let their thirsting eyes behold
the glorious vision of Thy Sunshine
In light of today's tragedy, I am fearful that a US response may promote more violence and safety issues. When I think of the saying, "Violence begets violence" I become afraid of the world we will live in if and when America responds using punishment as a motivation.
At the moment, I feel a real sense of despair and hopelessness and I am hoping that more people will see that blame, punishment and labeling people as crazy, will only promote more violence in our world.
This message below was sent to me by a good friend who like me practices nonviolent communication. It is my belief that this helps promote peace in our world, even when it seems hopelessly difficult. It is called Nonviolent Communication or Compassionate Communication or Language of the Giraffe. To learn more about this please go to www.cnvc.org.
If this message offends you in any way, please delete it. If it inspires you feel free to pass it on. Be well.
Peace, Love & Understanding
"If I understand what Gandhi is saying, nonviolence requires something far more difficult than merely turning the other cheek; it requires empathizing with the fears and other feelings that provide that impetus for people to attack us. Being aware of these feelings we have no desire to attack back because we can see the human ignorance leading others to attack us; instead, our goal becomes to provide the education for our attackers which will enable them to transcend their violence and engage in cooperative relationships with us."
- Marshall Rosenberg
War Prayer - by Mark Twain
Mark Twain's The War Prayer, is a classic anti-war statement that has been in and out of print.
It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and sputtering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spreads of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory which stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country and invoked the God of Battles, beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpouring of fervid eloquence which moved every listener.
It was indeed a glad and gracious time, and the half dozen rash spirits that ventured to disapprove of the war and cast a doubt upon its righteousness straightway got such a stern and angry warning that for their personal safety's sake they quickly shrank out of sight and offended no more in that way.
Sunday morning came-next day the battalions would leave for the front; the church was filled; the volunteers were there, their faces alight with material dreams-visions of a stern advance, the gathering momentum, the rushing charge, the flashing sabers, the flight of the foe, the tumult, the enveloping smoke, the fierce pursuit, the surrender!-then home from the war, bronzed heros, welcomed, adored, submerged in golden seas of glory! With the volunteers sat their dear ones, proud, happy, and envied by the neighbors and friends who had no sons and brothers to send forth to the field of honor, there to win for the flag or, failing, die the noblest of noble deaths. The service proceeded; a war chapter from the Old Testament was read; the first prayer was said; it was followed by an organ burst that shook the building, and with one impulse the house rose, with glowing eyes and beating hearts, and poured out that tremendous invocation -- "God the all-terrible! Thou who ordainest, Thunder thy clarion and lightning thy sword!"
Then came the "long" prayer. None could remember the like of it for passionate pleading and moving and beautiful language. The burden of its supplication was that an ever--merciful and benignant Father of us all would watch over our noble young soldiers and aid, comfort, and encourage them in their patriotic work; bless them, shield them in His mighty hand, make them strong and confident, invincible in the bloody onset; help them to crush the foe, grant to them and to their flag and country imperishable honor and glory -
An aged stranger entered and moved with slow and noiseless step up the main aisle, his eyes fixed upon the minister, his long body clothed in a robe that reached to his feet, his head bare, his white hair descending in a frothy cataract to his shoulders, his seamy face unnaturally pale, pale even to ghastliness. With all eyes following him and wondering, he made his silent way; without pausing, he ascended to the preacher's side and stood there, waiting.
With shut lids the preacher, unconscious of his presence, continued his moving prayer, and at last finished it with the words, uttered in fervent appeal,"Bless our arms, grant us the victory, O Lord our God, Father and Protector of our land and flag!"
The stranger touched his arm, motioned him to step aside -- which the startled minister did -- and took his place. During some moments he surveyed the spellbound audience with solemn eyes in which burned an uncanny light; then in a deep voice he said
"I come from the Throne-bearing a message from Almighty God!" The words smote the house with a shock; if the stranger perceived it he gave no attention. "He has heard the prayer of His servant your shepherd and grant it if such shall be your desire after I, His messenger, shall have explained to you its import-that is to say, its full import. For it is like unto many of the prayers of men, in that it asks for more than he who utters it is aware of-except he pause and think.
"God's servant and yours has prayed his prayer. Has he paused and taken thought? Is it one prayer? No, it is two- one uttered, the other not. Both have reached the ear of His Who hearth all supplications, the spoken and the unspoken. Ponder this-keep it in mind. If you beseech a blessing upon yourself, beware! lest without intent you invoke a curse upon a neighbor at the same time. If you pray for the blessing of rain upon your crop which needs it, by that act you are possibly praying for a curse upon some neighbor's crop which may not need rain and can be injured by it.
"You have heard your servant's prayer-the uttered part of it. I am commissioned by God to put into words the other part of it-that part which the pastor, and also you in your hearts, fervently prayed silently. And ignorantly and unthinkingly? God grant that it was so! You heard these words: 'Grant us the victory, O Lord our God!' That is sufficient. The whole of the uttered prayer is compact into those pregnant words. Elaborations were not necessary. When you have prayed for victory you have prayed for many unmentioned results which follow victory-must follow it, cannot help but follow it. Upon the listening spirit of God the Father fell also the unspoken part of the prayer. He commandeth me to put it into words. Listen!
"O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle- be Thou near them! With them, in spirit, we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it-for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.
(After a pause)
"Ye have prayed it; if ye still desire it, speak! The messenger of the Most High waits."
It was believed afterward that the man was a lunatic, because there was no sense in what he said.
The Declaration of World Interdependence
We the People of the World, hold these truths to be self evident; that all people are created equal, that all individuals are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. We further declare that all other living systems sharing this Planet require our utmost respect and thoughtful consideration to guarantee future generations the inheritance of a world that is capable of supporting life.
Be it Known that in the course of human events it has now become necessary for We, the People of the World, to realize the fundamental bonds that connect us; to assume the inescapable responsibilities for our actions in relation to the Laws of Nature; to render full and decent respect to every person, with equal opportunity for all; and WE DO HERE DECLARE THOSE CAUSES THAT IMPEL US TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND HONOR OUR INTERDEPENDENCE. These are:
1) THAT ALL LIFE IS INTERRELATED in ways we are only now beginning to understand. We denounce the plunder, waste and destruction of the fragile systems essential to the survival of the Earth and its tenants. We hereby assert and accept our responsibilities as thoughtful Custodians and Managers of our Planet.
2) THAT GLOBAL SOCIETY IS A HIGHLY COMPLEX AND INTEGRATED ARRAY OF ELEMENTS, EACH EQUAL IN GRACE AND VITALLY IMPORTANT TO THE SUCCESS OF THE WHOLE. The nations of the world have the misperception of being separate and competing entities whose survival is based upon the defeat or social subjugation of their neighbors. This has now become an obsolete and fruitless mode of thought. Acceptance of our interdependence does not suggest the imposition of inordinate restrictions of individual or sovereign freedoms or excessive reliance on others, rather, it will refine and reinforce existing forms of interaction and initiate the necessary physical, political, psychological and cultural mechanisms that will insure social diversity, improve mutual respect among nations, and preserve the global environment.
3) THAT IT IS THE RIGHT, PRIVILEGE AND DUTY OF THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD TO INSTITUTE UNPRECEDENTED SYSTEMS OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION. Ignorance, greed, expediency, oppression and bigotry have perpetuated many of the destructive practices that trouble our world, and they must be altered or abolished in the common interest of creating a peaceful and sustainable world society. We hereby call for the reorganization of powers so as to achieve the abolishment of oppression, the reinstatement of environmental order, the development of renewable resources, the establishment of worldwide economic stability and the assurance of each individual's Health, Safety and Well-being.
We No Longer Accept the Previous and Existing Abuses of Our Planet, it Resources, or its People. We choose to reconstruct equitably the entrenched interests and worldwide systems that have created and supported those abuses. It is our right - it is our duty - to throw off such practices, and provide new measures for the security of ourselves and future generations. We acknowledge the existing conditions of global interdependency and choose to uphold them in order to bring about a Peaceful and Sustainable World Society.
Here Declaring and Accepting Our Interdependence, We pledge and commit to each other Our Hands, Our Minds and Our Sacred Honor - to work for the right of each Person and Nation to be free from oppression and poverty, for a safe global environment and balanced ecology, and for the establishment and maintenance of PEACE AND PROSPERITY AMONG ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD.