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Affirming The Positives

How often have you been overwhelmed with a headful of, ‘no, don’t do it,’ messages?

When you stop and calm yourself, another voice permeates your mind. This one is often calm and certain and you can trust this voice from your sub-conscious. Perhaps better known as intuition, it knows things not always accessible to the ego out there in the conscious mind.

No, I’m not having a go at the ego; it is only trying to protect you but it isn’t in possession of the whole story.

Your intuition is great at sending signs. How often have you seen that advertising banner and ignored it? No reason really, it just hasn’t grabbed your interest. Today though, something has changed. That poster stands out, intrigues you, and other signs have arrived recently and point in the same direction. They might not carry the specific message from the poster but you know the repeated signs relate. Something has to be done to follow a new road in pursuit of your goals.

How often have you felt an odd pull to do something different? Nothing dramatic; I’m talking about getting off the bus a stop earlier than usual. That pull might lead you to an opportunity that wouldn’t have occurred if you got off at your regular stop. It might just be clarity of thought, bumping into an old friend or helping somebody to cross the road. You don’t need a clear reason to leave the bus a stop early; let your feet do the walking. See where they take you.

Every week, I try to do something new. Often it’s not of any great consequence (sometimes it is) but it’s amazing how new opportunities present because of it. Starting a chat on another person’s blog can lead to new opportunities or ideas for example. It doesn’t have to be earth shattering but it has to be a regular activity, whatever that might be.

Making new connections can change your life, the way you do something, find you a new friend. The possibilities are there for the taking if you are brave enough to make the step of connecting. If you have a feeling you should connect, trust your intuition, go for it.

Have you ever been told to follow your dreams? I tell our children to do just that frequently. Don’t wait for New Year to make resolutions you can’t keep or think that just because you have achieved a major goal you should stop. Make a plan, build slowly, revise, work your way up to the big ones but, most of all, don’t stop following your dreams.

Lot’s of people use affirmations. I do it every day . . .

  • I wish Peace, Love and Happiness to my family this day
  • I will achieve my goals today
  • I will connect with a new person on Social Media who has an interesting profile today

You might have a more general longer term affirmation . . .

  • I will do whatever I can to contribute to peace for all on the planet

The important thing about affirmations is that you keep them in your mind, on your wall, screen. Keep them close, they amazingly influence you and the people around you.

So why am I writing about these things? Simple really; I practice and believe in them and know they make a positive difference. You will find them in my writing too, in the things I post on Social Media. They are not magic or mumbo jumbo but they do have an incredible effect on my life. By sharing, I hope they will lead to positivity in yours too and, the world needs plenty of that.

Write a letter; Change a life

The Winter 2017 edition of Amnesty Magazine, (pp 15 – 23) explains how a few minutes of your time can make a difference to peaceful people arrested or tortured, activists fighting against forced evictions, or refugees left in limbo rather than offered a place of safety. Your few minutes can provide people with some of the strength they need to carry on.

This winter Amnesty supporters around the world will send millions of messages of Solidarity as part of “Write for Rights.”

Don’t let them shut off innocent voices.

Since 1967, Israeli authorities have arrested and detained hundreds of thousands of Palestinians under military order 101, which punishes West Bank Palestinians for peaceful political expression.

In the city of Hebron, 200,000 Palestinians are effectively held hostage by 800 Israeli settlers who invade houses with the military, attack the children of Palestinians, throw Molotov cocktails at houses. . .  Ambulances are not allowed in without special permits. There are roadblocks and checkpoints everywhere, there are water shortages and municipal services are restricted.  Seventy-seven per cent of the shopping area (1800 shops) is closed. There are 1000 empty Palestinian apartments because the Israeli’s force people to leave through their ‘quiet transfer’ policy. Yet, Israeli’s and tourists are allowed to wander Hebron freely.

People who resist are guilty until proven innocent and face up to 10 years and / or, a hefty fine. Virtually all cases end in conviction. Amnesty International is also being penalized by the Israeli ministry of finance through the controversial anti-boycott law.

What can you do?

Ask Amnesty International for your Free Copy of their Write for Rights booklet.

Write to the ambassador for Israel in your country or the Israeli Prime Minister.

Israel is not the only nation on earth persecuting innocent people.

Violence and death threats are used against Honduran’s, Chilean’s and Madagascan’s.

Write to the ambassadors in your country or, the heads of state.

Lethal Force is used by police in Jamaica where public safety is threatened by those who are supposed to uphold it.

Truth and Justice have become strangers in Turkey where human rights defenders face “Trumped up terror charges” and face possible 15 year sentences.

In the UK prolonged separation of refugee families is having devastating effects on peoples lives. A second reading of a parliamentary bill will be read on 16 March 2018. What you can do? Urge your MP to attend the reading and let Amnesty know what response you get.

Failing that, reblog, repost, Tweet links to this article and urge people in your networks to take action. Together we can be a force for change.

This is our planet, it is about all of us.

Your words are powerful

‘Letters from Amnesty supporters…were really powerful and helped me to stay strong. They protected us because the authorities knew thousands of people were watching.’

(Fred Bauma, pro-democracy activist in Democratic Republic of Congo)

It only takes a few minutes to write a letter or postcard but for someone enduring prison and torture just for protesting peacefully; or someone fighting forced eviction, or for refugees left in limbo it can provide the strength to carry on.

A message of solidarity tells someone like Fred, they’re not alone. It lets their abusers know the world is watching.

Following release of my next novel (details out soon), the subsequent novel follows a traveller through hostile terretories as he tries to right the wrongs suffered by innocent people. Watch this blog for forthcoming news.

Namasté dear people of Las Vegas

I’ve just finished editing a difficult chapter of my work in progress (wip). Four central characters diverted from their road-trip route by a fictional road traffic accident with loss of life. There was a sound reason for this and it may be a difficult scene for anybody with real-life experience of similar events. Editing the chapter contributed to my current spiritual low-ebb.

From fiction to fact, my characters visited a place called Oradour Sur Glane in France. Toward the end of the Second World War the population of the entire village was massacred. Possibly because of one man, kidnapped by the local resistance. Nobody really knows the truth except that 642 men, women and children were murdered.

If you visit Oradour Sur Glane, the old village is preserved as it was on 10 June 1944. The doctors’ car is still in its parking space. There is a sewing machine, babies’ pram and evidence of unnatural destruction.

Not for the first time yesterday (02/10/2017), I spotted a news alert on my computer. Intuition told me not to go there but something over-rode it and I opened a news page on my browser to discover the latest tragedy in The USA. Las Vegas, at least fifty dead, hundreds physically wounded and I dread to think how many psychologically damaged following the actions of one individual.

Something drove that man to that point, we may never know what, but one thing is certain, a range of powerful weapons were at his disposal. He may have had licence to own them and he put them to devastating use.

There is but one road to peace in this world and it does not involve mass-murder whether government sanctioned or not. Power will never bring peace. Only the internal peace of individuals who share their inner-strength can do that. It’s a matter of choice to seek internal peace; it takes courage and confrontation with many of the things we thought we knew. The potential for greatness is within all of us, it comes pre-installed and I don’t mean in a way that nourishes the ego.

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What Inspires You?

If inspiration is the engine, motivation is the fuel that powers it. Yes, of course there are potential arguments in that opening sentence. Every reader might interpret it in a slightly different way. But, if something inspires me, it also motivates me to do something about it.

Personally, I don’t support any religeous dogma because I believe for one that dogmatism denies development and two, we are children of the universe and we are born to follow the path of the soul and share the love we came with.

Hang on, I hear the blank slate argument raising its head. On that, I only agree that we are born as blank slates in the ways of the world and then, unfortunately, race disconnects us, religeon separates, politics divides and wealth classifies.

In response to the question; what surprises you most? HH the Dalai Lama said, “Man because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices his wealth to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Lots of philosophical debate starting to generate here but rather that, allow yourself to relax and take a look at the pictures in my Facebook ‘Motivate’ album. In my life, in one way or another, they are all relevant. What do you think? I would love to know and I welcome additions to the family. Post links in the comments and I will tag you in when I add them.

We all come across challenges that threaten our motivation so re-motivate with some great motivational photos

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