A Spiritual Publication
Issue # 21
January - April, 2006
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Were you one of the people who stayed up until midnight on New Years eve, just to make sure 2005 was really gone? I was awake though it was for equal part to welcome 2006 with all its promise. 2005 was good to us, it brought us to Southern California and we started a new chapter in our lives.
I hope you too are looking forward to 2006 with hope, not dread, with obtainable goals & dreams, not fears of war and disaster.
Even though there may be any number of shocking bumps in the road, the road is still the way forward. If there are terrorist attacks and natural disaster, it has ever been thus (how many people died per year during the great wars). Yet there is always reason for hope, new births, new life, new discoveries. Remember that the Universe responds to your thoughts. What you focus thought on, especially thought charged with strong emotion, is what you are empowering toward manifestation. May you find peace, have faith, and manifest your highest and best.
Welcome to 2006 !!!
We had a pleasant surprise when our daughter, Ashlee and our grandson, Austyn moved back to California in October. We spent a few days with them and Austyn is getting so big, he is quite the young man and we are very proud of both of them. It really feels great to have them 10 hours away instead of 4 days away.
I also had the opportunity to spend some time with my cousins that I had not seen in 30 years. We had so much in common, it was amazing and just recently I saw my Aunt for the first time in 31 years. She is a lot like my mother, who passed in 1988, they were very close and she is such a beautiful, pure hearted lady, I felt right at home.
On another note, I am urging those of you who have email access and are receiving hard copies of our newsletter to accept the publication by email. You can print out the newsletter from our website and actually get it in color. We would appreciate this as it does save us a lot of processing time and is cost effective. I wish you all an abundant, successful and lighthearted New Year.
With Love, Diane
Channeled by Diane
This year is prime for releasing old patterns and attaining new ways of expression. Your gifts are numerous and can be the precursor to present and future experiences that influence passion and fulfillment. We see many of you allowing your shields to crumble and validating the essence of who you are through unorthodox action. As the veil falls away ever so gently you will adhere to the path that is strewn before you. In some cases, without recognition as to what is happening until this paradigm unfolds.
It is a year of action followed by abundance. Become aware of your intentions, as they will manifest according to the energy that you give them. Life changing events will occur as you awake from the slumber of the old. You will find yourself evaluating present situations and determining whether it serves you now. Circumstances will be presented for growth and your response will determine your path of choice. As you move forward with pure intent and have faith in the process, doors open to opportunities that you may not have thought possible. In some, the analytical mind will attempt to sabotage the outcome. We ask that you feed it with problem-solving challenges or learn something new and balance with lighthearted play.
When your body requires rest, honor it. As an awakening occurs the emotional body starts changing and physical symptoms such as fatigue, skin crawling, and confusion are all signs of the process. Drink plenty of fluids and take mineral supplements to assist during this temporary phase. You may also require making a decision regarding a course of action that is for your benefit, instead of allowing your fear of movement to keep you complacent. Discomfort is a reminder, that you are being urged to do different, to indeed grow. Are you willing to live life or is it controlling you? Life does not have to be a struggle the choice is yours.
The viruses and bacterial plagues that are manifesting on your planet are beginning their ascent. Keeping your immune system healthy and eliminating stress is imperative for less down time. Pasteurized milk products are a significant source of bacterial and virus transfers. Your bodies will indicate to you what it likes and don’t like to sustain health. It is a benefit to listen to your bodies over media conjecture.
As your Spring approaches in all of its glory, it summons a vastness of creativity within all who care to participate. What is your passion? Are you talking about it or living it? Choices of the heart will speak loudly in this year of abundance... What choices will you make?
We wish you much love, health and
Serenity News Opinion Poll:
We asked some friends, "What's your New Years resolution?"
Cuddle more, I definitely will cuddle more in 2006.
No more midnight trips to the litter box for snacks! Kitty Roca is out for 2006.
No More... HIC!... I’m gonna stop... HIC! What was the question?
Oh I am going to dance, and dance, and dance.
Eight... huh ... Wazzit look like... nine...
Everybody Needs Love
NAIROBI (AFP) - A baby hippopotamus that survived the tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast has formed a strong bond with a giant male century-old tortoise, in an animal facility in the port city of Mombassa.
The 650 pound hippopotamus was swept down Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean , then forced back to shore when tsunami waves struck the Kenyan coast on December 26, 2004, before wildlife rangers rescued him. According to the ecologist for the Lafarge Park, Paula Kahumba: “It is incredible. A-less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise, about a century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a ‘mother’”.
“After it was swept and lost its mother, the hippo was traumatized. It had to look for something to be a surrogate mother. Fortunately, it landed on the tortoise and established a strong bond. They swim, eat and sleep together,” the ecologist added.
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A young man raging at the wheels of progress, and the destruction of nature by the rich, acts out and commits an act of vandalism. He affiliates himself with friends who belong to a radical organization, that the FBI calls homegrown eco-terrorists. Later he distances himself from them because he sees that they do not value human life.
The FBI in a time of real terrorist threats is finally rounding up the mostly young and disenfranchised people who belonged to this organization.
Now enter the friends and roommates of the young man I mentioned first. They see their friend as the most honest, chivalrous, and loyal guy they know. And the FBI arrives at their door, to serve a subpoena on the young man.
Suddenly their world has changed, a mysterious black suburban drives by every 30 minutes. The boys are afraid in their own home, not of terrorist attack, but of our own government.
The young eco-terrorists are wrong of course, but the government in its zeal to prosecute this “Terrorist” organization, takes us further down that slippery slope of loss of civil liberty.
Ben Franklin warned that those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserved neither and lost both.
Now let me state this about my views. I am an independent. I see the War in Iraq as our Nation’s karmic payment for creating powerful oil dictatorships. I even supported, in theory, the recently controversial wiretaps of the NSA. Conservatives are all for those questionable actions while Liberals who rant for impeachment forget that Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton committed the same acts, in their defense of our nation. I’m just glad that the eavesdropping came to light and we are debating these actions.
During the cold war, elements of our government condoned the discharge of deadly radioiodine from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the name of national security. Those discharges lead to serious birth defects and illnesses to civilians downwind.
I personally know of people who committed assassinations, for reasons of national security, and in one case, I feel he did the right thing, in others I don’t know.
I don’t trust the government to do the right thing. Clearly, we must be on top of our government’s activities or it will be on top of us.
Recently, the federal government went to Google to get their database to see who was going to what porn sites, in an effort to support the anti internet porn law before the Supreme Court. But, what safeguards are there that some in our government won’t misuse that database. Might a right wing person with access to this info, blackmail a left wing person or politician who “googled” a gay porn site, or vice versa?
Keeping kids from accessing porn is a good idea, but now “Big Brother” will also know who went to alternative health sites. We already know of alternative health people being persecuted by the FDA, a federal agency that is literally paid directly by the multi-billion-dollar Pharmaceutical industry.
So I call again for my readers to be active in their government, and to ask questions. It is not unpatriotic to question one’s leaders, and patriotism has been the last refuge of tyrants. Don’t just buy the opinions of anyone, especially those with a political agenda. Read, research and follow your heart.
So I leave you with the words of Albert Einstein. In the 30’s a major women’s group attacked him as a “Radical pacifist who should be deported”. Later, J. Edgar Hoover thought he was such a subversive (for his support of Civil rights before Dr. Martin Luther King came on the scene) that he had a 1800 page dossier on the man. You may have seen the first half of this quote, but the whole is more important.
“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”
If you caught the front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle on: Thursday, 15 Dec 2005, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spiderweb of crab traps and lines. Weighted down by 100s of pounds of traps, with 100s of yards of rope wrapped around her tail, torso, and a line tugging in her mouth, the whale was struggling to the surface for breath.
A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her - a very dangerous proposition; One slap of the tail could kill a few rescuers.
They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around - they believe she thanked them... Some say it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eye was following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.
This article really touched Diane and I on many levels. In 1996 we had our own encounter in an aquarium with the killer whale known as Keiko, the star of the Free Willy™ movies. We were on vacation and visited Keiko at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. You couldn’t help but feel the presence of this whale.
We both hung back from the window and observed, as he showed particular interest in a little girl at the viewing window. Keiko came down to where his eye was right at the little girl’s level, only a few inches of glass water and air separated the great animal from the little girl. It gave us both goose bumps.
Diane tried an experiment. We felt like there was a bond, a form of communication but all I felt was love. So Diane asked, “ I understand that you can hear our thoughts, so if you can, please swim to the top of the pool and roll three times. Keiko had been back and forth from the window to the far end of the small pool playing with a giant red ball, but this time he swam to the far end of the pool turning three barrel rolls along the way back. He then came back to the glass and looked again at the kids who were crowded up against the window, then he swam over to the end of the window where Diane was looking through and met her gaze as she stood behind the crowd.
That day we realized that a whale named Keiko, was living a life of service, his ministry was one of communicating love from his species to ours.
A press photographer from “The Observer,” of Charlotte, North Carolina, noticed this pregnant red Doberman in the distance looking at the exhausted fireman who several minutes earlier had rescued her, before he went on to fight the fire. He saw her walking straight toward the fireman and wondered what she was going to do. As he raised his camera, she came up to the tired man who had saved her life despite his fear (he didn’t know Dobermans and didn’t know how she would react under stress). The photographer snapped this picture as the thankful future mother kissed her rescuer.
All Things Are Relative, Even Weather
60 degrees - Southern Californians put their sweaters on.
50 degrees - Miami residents turn up the heat, Vermont residents go to outdoor concert.
40 degrees - You can see your breath, Southern Californians shiver uncontrollably, Minnesotans go swimming.
32 degrees - Water freezes, Italian cars don’t start, you plan your vacation in Australia .
25 degrees - Ohio water freezes, Southern Californians weep pitiably, Minnesotans eat ice cream, Canadians go swimming.
20 degrees - New York City water freezes, Politicians begin to talk about the homeless.
15 degrees - French cars don’t start, cat insists on sleeping in your bed with you.
10 degrees - You need jumper cables to get the car going, Minnesotans go fishing.
0 degrees - American cars don’t start, Alaskans put on T-shirts.
-10 degrees - German cars don’t start. You can cut your breath and use it to build an igloo, Arkansans stick
tongue on metal objects, Miami residents cease to exist.
-20 degrees - Japanese cars don’t start, Minnesotans shovel snow off roof, cats insist on sleeping in pajamas
with you, politicians plan to do something about the homeless.
-30 degrees - Too cold to think, you need jumper cables to get the driver going, Swedish cars don’t start.
-40 degrees - Southern Californians disappear, Minnesotans button top button, Canadians put on sweater, cat helps you plan your trip South, Alaskans close the bathroom window.
-100 degrees - Congressional hot air freezes, Politicians do something about the homeless, Hell freezes over.
WHO PACKS YOUR PARACHUTE
Charles Plum, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was a jet fighter pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected & parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured & spent six years in a Communist prison.
He survived that ordeal & now lectures about lessons learned from that experience.
One day, when Plumb & his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up & said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!”
“How in the world did you
know that?” asked Plumb.
“I packed your parachute,” the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise & gratitude. The man pumped his hand & said, “I guess it worked!”
Plumb assured him, “It sure did, if your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.”
Plumb couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, “I kept wondering what he might have looked like in a Navy uniform, a dixie cup hat, a bib in the back, and bell bottom trousers. I wondered how many times I might have passed him on the Kitty Hawk. I wondered how many times I might have seen him and not even said good morning, or how are you, because you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.”
Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know.
Now, Plumb asks his audience, “Who’s packing your parachute?’ Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. He points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down. He needed his physical parachute, his mental, emotional, and his spiritual parachutes.”
So take care of the folks who pack your chutes. When crisis comes, it is often the acts of a stranger that save us. If any stranger may be an angel isn’t it best to treat all strangers as such?
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I just wanted you to know that I’m already seeing proof of what you told me in our session. You were right on target with the guy I’m seeing. I totally opened up and he loved it and we got some things on the table and I was completely honest about what I wanted! (A huge step in validating myself). Things are looking really really good. Also, I just got a call saying there’s a real possibility of a job offer going out of town just like you said (New York!) for the musical I did last year. I’ll let you know. Thank you so much!
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