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Weaving the Dream! Digest ... Vol: 10 ...Issue: 9/18/2001

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September 18, 2001

>The following is a letter from H.H. the Dalai Lama of
>Tibet to US President George W. Bush, in which he
> urges the President and all of us to consider carefully
> the consequences of violent retaliation. Please read
>and reflect. If you agree, please share
>this message with others, and call your government
>representatives to let them know how you feel.

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<< Your Excellency,

I am deeply shocked by the terrorist attacks that
took place involving four apparently hijacked aircrafts and the
immense devastation these caused. It is a terrible tragedy
that so many innocent lives have been lost and it seems
unbelievable that anyone would choose to target the world trade
Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
We are deeply saddened.
> >
On behalf of the Tibetan people, I would like to
convey our deepest condolence and solidarity with the American people
during this painful time. Our prayers go out to the many who
have lost their lives, those who have been injured and the many more
who have been traumatized by this senseless act of violence. I am
attending a special prayer for the United States and its people
at our main temple today.

I am confident that the United States as a great and
powerful nation will be able to overcome this present tragedy. The
American people have shown their resilience, courage and
determination when faced with such difficult and sad situation.

It may seem presumptuous on my part, but I personally believe
we need to think seriously whether a violent action is the right thing
to do and in the greater interest of the nation and people
in the long run. I believe violence will only increase the cycle of
violence. But how do we deal with hatred and anger, which are often
the root causes of such senseless violence? This is a very difficult
question, especially when it concerns a nation and we have
certain fixed conceptions of how to deal with such attacks. I am
sure that you will make the right decision.

With my prayers and good wishes,

The Dalai Lama>>
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>(Grandson of Mahatma)
>TERRORISM AND NONVIOLENCE
>
> BY Arun Gandhi
>
> When in despair I remember that all through history
>the way of truth and love has always won; there have
>been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can
>seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.
>
>--M.K. Gandhi
>
>
> Understandably, after the tragedy in New York and
>Washington DC on September 11 many have written or
>called the office to find out what would be an
>appropriate nonviolent response to such an
>unbelievably inhuman act of violence.
>
>
> First, we must understand that nonviolence is not a
>strategy that we can use in times of peace and discard
>in a moment of crisis. Nonviolence is about personal
>attitudes, about becoming the change we wish to see in
>the world. A nation's collective attitude is based on
>the attitude of the individual. Nonviolence is about
>building positive relationships with all human beings
>
>relationships that are based on love, compassion,
>respect, understanding and appreciation.
>
>Nonviolence is also about not judging people as we
>perceive them to be that is, a murderer is not born
>a murderer; a terrorist is not born a terrorist.
>People become murderers, robbers and terrorists
>because of circumstances and experiences in life.
>Killing or confining murderers, robbers, terrorists,
>or the like is not going to rid this world of them.
>For every one we kill or confine we create another
>hundred to take their place. What we need to do is
>dispassionately analyze both the circumstances
>that create such monsters and how we can help
>eliminate those circumstances. Focusing our efforts on
>the monsters, rather than what creates the monsters,
>will not solve the problems of violence. Justice
>should mean reformation and not revenge.
>
>We saw some people in Iraq and Palestine and I dare
>say many other countries rejoicing over the tragedies
>at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It
>horrified us, as it should. But let us not forget that
>we do the same thing. When Israel bombs the
>Palestinians we either rejoice or show no compassion.
>Our attitude is that they deserve what they get. When
>the Palestinians bomb the
>Israelis we are indignant and condemn them as vermin
>who need to be eliminated.
>
>We reacted without compassion when we bombed the
>cities of Iraq. I was among the millions in the United
>States who sat glued to the television and watched the
>drama as though it was a made for television film.
>Thousands of innocent men, women and children were
>being blown to
>bits
> and, instead of feeling sorry for them, we marveled
>at the efficiency of our military. For more than ten
>years we have continued to wreak havoc in Iraq an
>estimated 50,000 children die every year because of
>sanctions that we have imposed and it hasn't moved
>us to compassion. All this is done, we are told,
>because we want to get rid of the Satan called Sadam
>Hussein.
>
> Now we are getting ready to do this all over again to
>get rid of another Satan called Osama bin Laden We
>will bomb the cities of Afghanistan because they
>harbor the Satan and in the process we will help
>create a thousand other bin Ladens.
>
> Some might say, We don't care what the world thinks
>of us as long as they respect our strength. After all
>we have the means to blow this world to pieces since
>we are the only surviving super-power. I question
>whether we want other countries to respect us the way
>school children respect a bully. Is that our role in
>the world? If a bully is wha
>t we want to be then we must be
> prepared to face the same consequences that a
>school-yard bully faces. On the other hand we cannot
>tell the world leave us alone. Isolationism is not
>what this world is built for.
>
> All of this brings us back to the question: How do we
>respond nonviolently to terrorism?
>
>The consequences of a military response are not very
>rosy. Many thousands of innocent people will die both
>here and in the country or countries we attack.
>Militancy will increase exponentially and, ultimately,
>we will be faced with other more pertinent moral
>questions: What
>will we gain by destroying half the world? Will we be
>able to live with a clear conscience?
>
> We must acknowledge our role in helping to create
>monsters in the world, find ways to contain these
>monsters without hurting more innocent people, and
>then redefine our role in the world. I think we must
>move from seeking to be respected for our military
>strength to being respected for our moral streng
>th.
>
> We need to appreciate that we are in a position to
>play a powerful role in helping the other half of
>the world attain a better standard of life not by
>throwing a few crumbs but by significantly involving
>ourselves in constructive economic programs.
>
> For too long our foreign policy has been based on
>what is good for the United States. It smacks of
>selfishness. Our foreign policy should now be based on
>what is good for the world and how can we do the right
>thing to help the world become more peaceful.
>
>To those who have lost loved one's in this and other
>terrorist acts I say I share your grief. I am sorry
>that you have become victims of senseless violence.
>But let this sad episode not make you vengeful because
>no
>amount of violence is going to bring you inner peace.
>Anger and hate never do. The memory of those victims
>who have died in this and other violent incidents
>around the world will be better preserved and more
>meaningfully commemorated if
> we all learn to forgive. Let us dedicate
>our lives to creating a peaceful, respectful and
>understanding world.
>________________________________________________
many other articles:
info/discussion at
www.actionforum.com/forum/index.html?forum_id=220
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an <the shock and its impact on us - our energy systems -
and how to deal with this.

<September 11, 1992 Hurricane Iniki arrived on Kaua'i bringing
167 mph to 227 mph for 5 hours. I had never been in a hurricane.
I did not know what to do.

September 11, 2001 a traumatic disaster occurred in the
continental United States. I have never experienced this kind of
disaster in my lifetime. I want to share with you some of what
I learned from being in a disaster and how to keep your balance
and life moving in a healthy way.

1. Whatever you are feeling is "normal for you right now".
There is no "normal" feelings for conditions like this because
this is not a normal condition.

2. You are in shock, mentally, physically and emotionally.
Unless you have previous experience of this kind of condition
your neurological system has no reference point on "how to
handle" this condition. When an unknown of this magnitude
occurs, our body produces "shock" so we can gradually
wake up to the experience we have just gone through when
we are emotionally capable of handling it. As the shock wears
off you may feel "let down". This is a common feeling that may
occur as your emotions begin to create a new balance. It is
important during this time of recovery to be respectful of your
physical needs - rest, exercise, food, water, comfort, and
nurturing. This is not a good time to force yourself to keep going
when your body says "REST".

3. Every thing is Energy and Information. All life is interconnected.
No matter what city or state you live in your life has been traumatized
by this experience. Be considerate and patient with your self in
the next 6 - 8 months if you notice you feel differently; life does not
have the same

meanings and values as before this incident, your relationship with
yourself and others may change as well as your work,
you may feel more emotional than is usual for you, your children
and partner may seem different to you, etc. This is all a mental,
physical, emotional and spiritual calibration going on in all levels
of your life to adjust to a new "norm" in your world.

4. Your life will never be the same. You cannot "go back" no
matter how much comfort that thought brings you, it is impossible.
Therefore you must train your self to focus on this moment, your
choices that will support you to go forward in your life in a healthy
balanced way. Your healthy balanced way may not look like any
one else's. Trust yourself to know how to properly care for your
needs.

5. Any "unknown or unfamiliar" situation or condition in life is
registered by the limbic part of the brain as "unsafe" which
generates a feeling of fear. Because for most of us, war in
our homeland is unknown or unfamiliar, this can generate
random "fear storms" going off in your body, for seemingly
no reason. The moment you are in may not be fearful and if
you experience a "fear storm" it may be your neurological
system releasing the fear that got locked up when you really
registered how this incident affects you personally.

6. Crisis prioritizes life in a meaningful way. If you will give
yourself permission to take the time to listen and re-evaluate
what is truly important to you now, your heart has been so
deeply influenced by thistragedy and will reveal your next steps.
Prioritize these values that you recognize are important to you
now and take steps of action to implement them as your
lifestyle. . .one baby step at a time. There is no rush.
It is just important to begin and keep moving with your new life.

7. Talk story with others. Everyone can de-escalate their
shared trauma if they talk it out with others.

8. Reach out and love someone, now. . . .
you may never get the same chance.

We are NEVER alone, love connects every heart, we all share
the same breath, and our Angels are always on duty loving and
supporting us.

Mahalo for being in my life.
Aloha and blessings to you,
Kay Snow Davis>>




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