Category Archives: Inspirational

7 Days of Rest, Jan. 1-7 2018 Global Event

January 1-7 2018, I was happy to participate in an awesome global event called, 7 Days of Rest. When a brilliant friend of mine in Jerusalem, Shelley Ostroff shared with me a vision she had for this idea of 7 Days of Rest, I thought it sounded amazing. What Shelley did to accomplish and manifest the 7 Days of Rest Global Event was nothing less than phenomenal. I was happy to support and promote this event far and wide with my social networks!

As it states on the 7 Days of Rest  website: The 7 Days of Rest, 1 – 7 January 2018, a Global Event for the Healing and Recalibration of the Planet and all its Inhabitants has brought together individuals and communities from across the world in service of a thriving world for all. We now move forward together to manifest our shared vision. 

There were several online webinars that honored 7 Days of Rest and focused on the sacredness of the animals, trees, water and the environment. I also had my first online recorded Zoom event that I participated in, learning how to connect to others via a webcam and a beautiful idea of consciousness becoming conscious. It was because of all that I was inspired by with 7 Days of Rest that I started a new Facebook Group, called Love Mother Earth. 

Love Mother Earth is a simple seed idea that is desperately needed in our world today. There are so many people who care deeply for our planet and bring hope, ideas, inspirations and solutions for the healing and restoration of our Earth. We need so many more people to understand the needs of our planet and especially, the need to do whatever we can to preserve and care for our planet for future generations.

It is so wonderful to  see so many exceptional women who are leading others to realize that is is our responsibility to do our part to love and cherish our Mother Earth. I sincerely hope that with our new Love Mother Earth group, that as we share, inspire and uplift our global family daily via our social networks that more people will realize the urgent need to connect to nature, to eat a plant based diet, and to deeply cherish and love our most fragile Mother Earth and all life thereon.

I am so grateful to be connected to a vast and growing network of people who inspire me and bring me hope. In the online opening ceremony and meditation, I was happy to learn more about the work of Cynthia Jurs, whose efforts with the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project brings healing and protection to the Earth by filling consecrated clay vessels with prayers and offerings, and ceremonially burying them in the Earth in collaboration with indigenous elders, young activists and grassroots leaders in places where healing and protection are most needed around the planet. An awesome organization,  that I am a grateful member of and which I love deeply is, TreeSisters, women seeding change. TreeSisters envision a world in which it is normal for everyone to protect and restore our planet. Loving Waters is a growing united global community of Water advocates providing connection, support, presence and focus for committed ‘Water Guardians’ in their broader actions by hosting this website, a monthly conference call, and with a lively social media networking presence. The Global White Lion Trust is doing so much to preserve, rescue and keep safe the small number of while lions still in the wild, such majestic creatures that have been slaughtered mercilessly by trophy hunters, and whose habitat has been diminished so greatly. It touches my heart so deeply to know that there are so many individuals and organizations who are doing their part to make our world a better place!

So deeply grateful to Shelley Ostroff, whose passion and efforts are an inspiration to us all. Learn more about Shelley’s work here via Together In Creation.

The Confidence Code Must Be Cracked

The Confidence Code The Science And Art Of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know’ is one of the most important books for women ever. Our world needs women leaders to have the confidence and to lead our world to a much better place. That requires confidence.  We need to know that we don’t need to be perfect, and it’s ok, even if we fail trying.  What girls and women have to say really matters, so please, find your voice and encourage your daughters to find theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We must stop being so hard on women who do take the lead.

When comparing a women and a man side by side, and having them present the same exact information, the women will be judged much more harshly that the man. Why is he driven and strong and the women is considered aggressive and a bitch?

When we are aware of our negative behaviors, perceptions and cultural conditioning on a global scale, that is when women everywhere are more likely to change things, in countless, positive ways. ~Rose 

Learn more about the the male/female double standard here:
http://blog.timesunion.com/…/why-is-he-driven-and-you…/1760/

Learn more about The Confidence Code by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay and take the Confidence Quiz here: http://theconfidencecode.com/

 

 

 

Souad Al-Shammary Must Be Freed!

UPDATE: Our petition with Change.org got 78,147 signatures. We are so grateful to everyone who signed and shared the petition globally. Very happy to report that Souad Al-Shammary was freed Feb 2, 2015.

Here is a more recent article about Souad: A liberal mother of six jailed for challenging Saudi taboos

Souad Al-Shammary is a human/woman’s rights activist  who was recently arrested in Saudi Arabia. I was able to connect to Souad’s daughter who wanted to be a part of our Worldwide Women’s Support Circle petition/ campaign that Change.org has taken an interest in. Change.org has promoted this campaign and with their help the number of signatures has more than doubled in a few days, which is very important for our petition to make a significant difference.  Also within our petition site, there is a Saudi women to drive campaign link, since it was a woman activist for the driving campaign that put me in touch with the  wonderful and supportive Change.org representative. 

What came from the first draft of the petition to our latest draft is a plea from Souad’s daughter, which is very touching and powerful. To be able to connect to Souad’s daughter and to directly support her and her family is a miracle of todays technology.  Souad’s daughter shared directly with me that all she and her family want is for their mother to be released from prison. Connecting to Souad’s daughter and having such wonderful support from Change.org has touched my heart deeply and inspire me to do all I can to make sure that the world is aware of Souad’s arrest. https://www.change.org/p/saudi-government-???????-????????-help-free-my-mother-souad-al-shammary-prominent-human-rights-activist-and-women-s-rights-advocate

This brave woman, Souad Al-Shammary has done nothing wrong. She has challenged the system, and in the case of the female gender in Saudi Arabia and so many other places globally, the system must be challenged! Women aren’t children, and they shouldn’t be treated as such. They have thoughts, dreams, they are intelligent and amazing beings and their voices need to be heard. I recently came across this latest insanity to control the female gender in Saudi.  Saudi Arabia’s Religious Police Outlaw ‘Tempting Eyes’ The religious police in Saudi want a ban/law to enforce women to not have “tempting eyes.” This ridiculous idea, thanks to the media quickly spread to all parts of the earth. Who is going to be the judge of whether women have tempting eyes or not? How many girls and women will suffer from this ban by men who think its their duty to enforce this crazy idea? These religious police in Saudi want to use  fear and intimidation to stop women who have the courage to speak our against male guardianship laws, and for religious freedom and driving. These examples of human/women’s rights violations if not challenged, will put women even further behind than they are now. If these men get away with this, then how many other ultra conservative men will pick up on this, how many  girls and women who are already extremely oppressed, abused and who are suffering in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and  Africa, will suffer even more?

We need men to speak up. If the men don’t speak up for women in a place like Saudi Arabia, then who will? If men globally don’t become advocates for equality and freedom for our sisters, then they will continue to suffer in so many countless ways. We need people everywhere to say, “Enough is enough!”

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Women’s Empowerment: A Cause For Awareness

Women’s Empowerment is so very important to me. I was recently inspired to create an awareness video project that is especially for women’s empowerment. It all began when I first virtually met the most inspiring and empowering founder of the WWSC, Rose Winstanley-Trefz.   And Rose being her name is not just a name, she is in fact as sweet as a rose, though I’ve never met Rose in person.

Rose brought an awareness to me of how important empowering other women of the world is, especially in an age where society signifies men and belittles the female gender. Rose encouraged me to be part of this tremendous cause to empower women, that ultimately became an actual passion for me.

That also led me to create a Facebook group,  Saudi Women’s Support Circle since I live in Saudi Arabia.

I have been working on producing a youtube clip that actually took me about one year to create and finalize since it was first announced, due to many reasons.  One reason was the difficulty of finding participants and the continuous following up with everyone. Second was whether or not I should get a sponsor for the video.

However, my persistence and determination did not stop me as I was so keen on creating this video.  Even with these few participants, I realized how important the voices of these young university students are.

From the moment it was uploaded, this women’s empowerment video has been viewed and liked by many!  It is really rewarding to me, and I would love to share it with you.

This clip is about a group of girls united together for one purpose, to empower women. The aim of this clip is to simply raise awareness and to inspire more and more women to step into their own empowerment!

LINK TO VIDEO: Women Empowerment – Awareness Video

Jawaher Zahran,   Saudi Women’s Support Circle

 

 

Women For World Peace

Women for world peace is a critical step for ending the violence and destruction that is taking place globally. Women must say, “Enough is enough!” Women globally must realize that it is up to us to make the world a better place! Come on ladies. Roll up those sleeves. We have a lot of work to do!

Peace, compassion, freedom, equality, abundance, and unity to all people!

Peace event starting 8/7 – Till the end of time.

Please watch this clip and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! : http://youtu.be/pBKG1ZqxAXs

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Violence Against Women Must End

End violence against women by signing this petition. Take action for ending the violence against girls and women in conflict situations. Let the world know that we will not stand for this violence any longer. These petitions work and are very effective in raising awareness of these issues.

Thank you for your support and for helping to transform our world!

SIGN HERE: http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/take-action-for-rape-survivors?utm_source=housefile&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Email

“And there’s one other matter I must raise. The epidemic of domestic sexual violence that lacerates the soul of South Africa is mirrored in the pattern of grotesque raping in areas of outright conflict from Darfur to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and in areas of contested electoral turbulence from Kenya to Zimbabwe. Inevitably, a certain percentage of the rapes transmits the AIDS virus. We don’t know how high that percentage is. We know only that women are subjected to the most dreadful double jeopardy.

The point must also be made that there’s no such thing as the enjoyment of good health for women who live in constant fear of rape. Countless strong women survive the sexual assaults that occur in the millions every year, but every rape leaves a scar; no one ever fully heals.

This business of discrimination against and oppression of women is the world’s most poisonous curse. Nowhere is it felt with greater catastrophic force than in the AIDS pandemic. This audience knows the statistics full well: you’ve chronicled them, you’ve measured them, the epidemiologists amongst you have disaggregated them. What has to happen, with one unified voice, is that the scientific community tells the political community that it must understand one incontrovertible fact of health: bringing an end to sexual violence is a vital component in bringing an end to AIDS.

The brave groups of women who dare to speak up on the ground, in country after country, should not have to wage this fight in despairing and lonely isolation. They should hear the voices of scientific thunder. You understand the connections between violence against women and vulnerability to the virus. No one can challenge your understanding. Use it, I beg you, use it.” ~Stephen Lewis

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A Computer Center Needed In Pakistan

It will take only $500.00 US to get a computer center up and running for a girls school in Pakistan. Recently gifted with three desktop computers, in order to get the computer center up and running, there are tables, chairs, some electrical work that needs to be done and a strong locking door installed to make this dream for Zephaniah and her schools children, come true. 

Zephaniah, an educator and women’s advocate from Gujranwala, Pakistan operates a free school for girls and women who cannot afford an education. Zephaniah offers education and sewing, embroiderary, hair and make-up artistry skills courses for women, an English language course and she provides career counseling.

In rural Pakistan, as Zephaniah says, “There is a danger and one thing that can ruin our world, and that is illiteracy. Only education teaches us to respect each other, to accept others as human beings, and gives us courage to encourage others around us. Education tells us that we should accept each other on the basis of humanity, not due to religion, cast, groups or nationality. So my fight is against illiteracy and I think everyone in the world should stand with me so that we can defeat this. I believe a perfect way to get peace and prosperity on the earth is to educate girls, because today’s girls are tomorrow’s mothers.”

Zephaniah’s concerns are that; “In her part of the world, women have to suffer all their lives, they are being tortured mentally and physically, they are not being given an education, they are not empowered, and child marriage and honor killings must be put to an end. There is only one solution to all our problems, and that is education and awareness of women’s rights. I want every girl to be educated, empowered and protected.”

To make a donation: https://wwsc.rosetrefz.twd/donate-wwsc/

Zephaniah started teaching the children in her village at the age of 13. In summer they sat under the blazing sun, in winter they sit under blankets. Her roof was the sky. At age sixteen Zephaniah started a job as a receptionist in a telecom franchise, where she was being paid $15.00 a month and this was the amount that she used as her initial investment towards buying stationary and other basic supplies for her school. Since then, Zephaniah continues to work her full time job to pay for the school.

As of 2014, Zephaniah has helped teach and empower 500 girls. She has a small building used as the ‘Women’s Learning Center.’ She has a formal education program with up to 100 students, as well as an English language course.  And Zephaniah does all this for free for the poor of her local community.  Now, she needs to have this essential and life transforming ‘Computer Center’ that will connect her students via the Internet to all the important resources that will benefit their lives, their communities, as well as increase their learning potential in countless ways.

With the work that Zephaniah Free Education is doing, great strides forward have been made to eliminate practices against girls and women. When a woman knows her rights and has skills to enrich her life and that of her family, it increases the chances for the future of girls education and the understanding of their human rights. When the family and community sees first hand the progress and strengths of the individual female, and the financial contributions she can make towards the family, it will help increase future enrollment for schools in the regions and offer a better life to more girls.  Educating girls has many benefits, especially for their families, communities and countries. With an education, girls can make better choices for their lives.

It has been proven that an educated female population increases a country’s productivity and fuels economic growth. More educated women tend to be healthier, work and earn more income, have fewer children, and provide better health care and education to their children. Girls’ education literally saves millions of lives, according to UNICEF. ( http://www.globalpartnership.org/focus-areas/girls-education )

Gender based violence particularly against women has become a serious problem in Pakistan. One major factor that contributes this horrible trend is the lack of education and awareness about gender-based issues.

If  you would like to take part in transforming the lives of girls and young women in Pakistan, here is your opportunity to do so. 

If you can help us make this dream come true to get the Computer Center up and running for Zephaniah Free Education, here is the link to our Worldwide Women’s Support Circle donation page. Please know that your contribution will go directly to Zephaniah Free Education. 

CLICK TO DONATE: https://wwsc.rosetrefz.twd/donate-wwsc/

Please visit Zehphaniah Free Education Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/zephaniahfreeacademy

Thanks to all who are supporting our efforts to empower, uplift, educate and inspire girls and women. God bless you!

 

How To Empower The Female Gender

EMPOWER GIRLS AND WOMEN!

It is really important that we get this message out there and share it with as many people as possible, since this points out exactly what is undermining the female gender and doing so much harm. This also offers a perfect example of what empowerment looks like and what we can do to change things! T

“For as long as I can remember, hearing someone do anything “like a girl” was generally an insult, so how do you think it feels when you are an adolescent girl? Pretty insulting, right?

Always is trying to change all that with their new commercial #LikeAGirl, which shines the light on the confidence crisis currently affecting millions of young girls. Instead of creating a negative notion around doing anything “like a girl,” Always is flipping it completely on its head in this awesome commercial and making it into something amazing.

As Always says, “We’re kicking off an epic battle to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing it #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.”

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CLICK ON LINK HERE: http://blog.petflow.com/this-is-a-commercial-every-woman-should-see-im-blown-away/?f=1&utm_content=buffer0a8b8&utm_medium=Shared&utm_source=ilmd&utm_campaign=AZPost#sb9j5fbvOpBEPvqT.01

Awaken, The Time Is Now

“There is only one time when it is essential to awaken. That time is now ”  ~Buddha

 

 

 

 

 

AWAKEN, Children of the Earth. How much longer will it take for you to see and realize the brotherhood and sisterhood of all of humanity? How many prophets and teachers do we need before we remove the veils from our eyes and behold the universal essence that connects us as one human family? We must awaken to accept and appreciate the beauty of our diversity to evolve towards peace, compassion and unity for all people.

Universal energy is the energy of love.  This is the Truth, the greatest message ever told, the most essential moral and ethical code to realize, regardless of our cultural or religious background. If we broaden our perspective, this Truth crosses all boundaries, whether we refer to God as Father, Allah, Jehovah, Brahman or Atman.

When we internalize our quest for God as Love, when we see that the kingdom of Love is within, we will be led by the Spirit of Truth on a path of self-realization and integration to that place of grace, forgiveness, compassion and gratitude. This leads to a creative certainty of the harmony and oneness of all things.

When we are able to transcend our negative human qualities, and concentrate on our higher selves, and serve each other from the heart with compassion, for a higher good, we connect to that which is the source of everything. As we make this divine connection, then each individual is assured of their place in heaven or nirvana, the eternal abode of spiritual and loving energy.

The process of ascension, the opportunity to become better human beings, is an adventure leading to ultimate consciousness and the true meaning of union with that incredible force of energy that runs through every person on this planet and all things. Through the power of Spirit, (we can also refer to this Spirit as, chi or kundilini, which is the vital force lying dormant within until activated, which leads one towards spiritual transcendence and realization of  our unity and oneness), we are provided tools for living on our beautiful planet and the opportunity to pursue this awesome quest.

When our focus and desire for union of our spirit to that which is sacred, with the simple approach of children, we can utilize the powerful tools of gratitude, compassion and a pursuit of peace in our world, this in turn brings the aspect of grace, and with these basic tools, we have a firm foundation for tuning into the kingdom within on which to build and grow.

Until we begin to let fall the veil of prejudice, until we go beyond the false superiority within each religious sect, we will be bound to the darkness of unconsciousness, and we will not evolve. Until we move beyond the separation of color and creed, we are bound to remain in a place of distrust towards our fellow human beings, and the “us and them” mentality that continues to delay our progress toward world unity. We must open our eyes to see the beauty of diversity, open our eyes to love and compassion, not fear and separation. May we open our eyes and see the many reflections of the one source of Light and Energy, that which is the eternal, timeless and all inclusive and begin the process of change and acceptance that will lead to healing and wholeness for mankind and our world.

As we tune into the frequency and dimension of that which is the divine heavenly source of energy, we begin to resonate with that same energy. When we begin the process of finding peace within, through forgiveness, gratitude, compassion and love, we build on a firm foundation to embrace the concept of oneness for all mankind. This leads us to move beyond our ego and materialistic nature and tune into our essence, our inner divine nature. This is a step-by-step, moment-by-moment process.

Learning the art of forgiveness, striving to make our lives more purposeful and meaningful, finding ways to serve others, using our skills and talents, this is the goal of our lives. Realize; the past no longer has a hold on us, neither does the future, all we have is this moment right now. When we embrace each moment as precious, as an opportunity to generate positive energy, we find that each moment is a treasure in itself.

Regardless of religious background, creed, or color, we know that the ultimate concept of love, is to love on a universal scale. When we strive to go beyond our weaknesses, our frailty, our personal struggles, the Energy of Love draws us ever nearer. As we are drawn nearer to this powerful source of Energy, we begin to experience the peace which passes all understanding, the comfort and loving embrace that is there for all. We are called individually, with an inherent desire, which was placed in our hearts from our birth in this life, which is for this love, the love of a parent for a child, the love that is experienced as a lover for their beloved. As we approach the level of our most loving nature, as we mature in our love, this embrace is the source of all contentment and hope for all we could possibly want in this life and more. Hence, the we fulfill the live enhancing quest toward the ultimate unity, unfathomable, omniscient, incomprehensible, the mysteries of mysteries, the peace and happiness just waiting to be discovered for all.

What joy there is in seeing the limitless possibilities of union with that which we call God or this Source of amazing energy that underlies everything! What comfort and consolation there is to find in all the beauty of this vast universe and our lovely little planet Earth. What a relief to move into the realm of light and love, to bypass the illusions of this world to a higher place, where we begin to see clearly through the lens of perception that lies beyond our egos and the duality of this world. This Spirit, this energy that brings to us the capability of seeing things in a positive light, cutting through the darkness of our senses, and touching something at the core of who we are and the reveals the reason for our existence. This is the call is to awaken. Awaken that which is asleep within us. Awaken to our higher selves, our natural state, that which is Love. Love for all things which are made from energy, light and love. That which is brightest, even in the midst of the darkness that we perceive to exist. As we awaken to our divine call, we have added divine purpose, meaning and great value to our lives.

What does each child need to survive? Love. A child who does not receive love either dies or is handicapped emotionally or physically in some way. What does each person want?  That which is searched for in this world in vain, that which cannot be found on the darkness of our streets. That which cannot be found in our crowded cities, in our governments, in bottles, that which can rarely be found unconditionally in this world. We have failed to evolve what we know to be the Truth that is deep within our souls. That is, the art of loving kindness, forgiveness, compassion and mercy towards ourselves and each other.

Awaken, children of mistaken ego identity. Awaken, for we have been sleeping for too long. We are children of light, children of the divine spark, that element of creation, that which is first and foremost love; the only reality worth pursuing, the only peace which exists, the only altruistic path to follow.

Awaken, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, and Hindu. You are not these separate and isolated ideologies. You are of one source. You are all children of Eternal Oneness. Look at one another as equals of creation. Stop seeing yourselves as superior and unique for your belief systems. We must evolve to a new level of understanding and acceptance. The divine light of God is expressed uniquely through each individual. Our beautiful planet is struggling under the weight of delusion and separateness, with the result being confusion, and frustration which leads to unhappiness and which diffuses humanity’s  inherent positive energy.

Our little world is a speck in the midst of the vastness of this universe. Besides our own galaxy, other comparable galaxies stretch as far in space as our current telescopes can see. Mankind’s mistaken self-importance in the cosmos is foolish and unwise. If we bypass our nationalistic and separatist tendencies, we will be freed from many of the problems that have plagued mankind for countless generations

How many wars have to be fought before we see the uselessness of such acts? How long until we stop using labels to falsely distinguish ourselves from one another? Look into a mirror, and then look at everyone around you. Then look at all those who you perceive to be different from you. What do you see, in truth? Look deep, and yet truly you do not need to look deep at all, for it is right there in front of you. That which you perceive to be different is the same.  We all have the same basic needs; to require food and water to survive, we desire personal contentment, we yearn to be free from desires that weaken us, free from pain and suffering, but no greater desires exist, but that need for love. We require it as a flower needs sunlight and water. We require love and nurturing as we do our next heartbeat, our next breath to stay alive.

How fortunate you are if you have been loved and nurtured. But look around you. How many people do you sense need love, attention and affection, those that need recognition and verification that they too matter? What does it take to be kind and accepting towards others, to smile at a passing stranger, to regard others with respect? It is in loving service towards each other as individuals that we can bring about the greatest changes in our lives, communities and the world.

Without hope and the assurance of a deeper meaning in this world and beyond what is there? This is where much loneliness and emptiness enters into our lives. The truth is: When you take your last breath in this life, you can’t take the material things you’ve acquired with you. All you will have is your spiritual or deeper qualities that you have mastered in this lifetime.

Awaken parents of our children. If you are not building a strong spiritual foundation upon which your children will grow, what will become of them as they encounter the storms of life? Who or what will they turn to when they have to face the realities of this world? There is no greater responsibility a parent has than to teach their child right morals and proper conduct. This is not the responsibility of our schools; this is not going to be learned from the negative influence of watching television.

There is no substitute for teaching our children that there is deeper meaning in life that can only found in the spiritual realms and in the knowledge that even children can make tremendous contributions in making our world a better place. There are many organizations that cater to raising awareness, of initiating creative solutions to helping our planet. This creates a community environment, an extended family that will be a haven in which to turn in times of joy and sorrow. Many parents, due to their own failed experience in a religious environment of their childhoods, carry this into their adult lives, and instead of seeking and finding a nurturing spiritual or community, or communing with nature, they reject this most essential step in their children’s development. This is only one of the symptoms of disharmony which leads to problems of living in our current age.

In today’s society, many people are turning to physicians, instead of turning to spiritual teachings, practices and concepts which are a greater means for healing. Many prescription drugs that are available help to relieve depression and other spiritual maladies can be a great aid in times of distress and may promote healing.  They do not replace the necessary steps we must often take in order to be whole, integrated, healthy individuals. Taking a more challenging, but long term path of healing is that of forgiving those that may have hurt us in the past or releasing that which has a negative hold on us and going beyond our preconceived notions of who we are, to tuning into our authentic selves. This path is the path of self-realization. Often we neglect the most obvious means to bringing about a sense of wholeness in our lives. If we are living in healthy, balanced ways, the healing of body, mind and spirit are inevitable. We have yet to discover what the long term effects of artificial remedies that dull our senses will have. Beware of the pharmaceutical companies and the power they our wielding in our lives. Do not neglect the divine healer within you and the healing which can be found simply through proper diet and exercise and having a positive attitude daily. Simply saying, “thank-you” first thing in the morning as you open your eyes to a new day and having a grateful attitude can change your life.

Awaken youth of our precious little planet. You are the carriers of the torch of a new light, the light of hope. Awaken youth to the higher way of awareness, acceptance of your true selves and each other. Awaken to the mistakes and failures of the previous generations and perceive the whole truth and nothing but the truth, for the truth will set us all free.

Awaken youth to the evils of war, and the devastation of our planet. Awaken youth that vitality of a new generation, recognizing the highest concepts and morals of all our spiritual and religious beliefs. See the great opportunities you can contributute in this world by proclaiming unity, the brotherhood and sisterhood of all mankind. Know that the highest ideal of all is to learn acceptance, love and understanding for one another. As we collectively progress with this as our goal, we will continue to experience deeper levels of spiritual awakening. We can do this by sharing, and helping each other, even in the simplest and smallest ways. Learn to accept others in all the diverse and beautiful ways we have of expressing our humanity. Awaken youth, and reverse the order of things. Go beyond this age of unawareness into the Age of Enlightenment. You are the bridge and hope for our future. Realize that you are living in an age in which we have never before in the history of the world been able to connect due to the technology we have at our fingertips, and the opportunity to connect to one another on a global scale!

The kingdom of heaven is within each and every person on this planet, regardless of our level of consciousness. As we progress, as we move forward, all mankind, will, as magnets be drawn together in more positive states of awareness. Each and every individual has this power. When we remove fear, negativity, hatred and lack of understanding and acceptance from our lives, we will begin to see clearly beyond the realm of ego and we will move into a homogeneous state of unity. Then we can change darkness into light, weakness into strength, fear into love, war into peace, hunger into the spiritual food that will discover ways to feed everyone.

Awaken children who know despair, awaken children who falsely perceive darkness, awaken children of hopelessness. If you can only recognize that many of the problems of this life are self-created. If you can realize how many resources are available to help you overcome your pain, suffering, and weaknesses, then you may see that our problems are very often opportunities to learn and grow, to become stronger and more courageous individuals.

Helping others less fortunate can give us the perspective to see how truly blessed we are. If we are grateful for the very basic things we have to survive on a daily basis such as; food, clothing, shelter, the list goes on and on, we can see things more positively. If we can go beyond our own self-centered existence and reach out to others, it provides such gratification, creates blessings for ourselves and others which leads to a sense of abundance and wealth in our lives. Step from the shadows into the Light, and experience the joy and freedom that awaits you.

Awaken prisoners of the media. Awaken from terror, greed, manipulation and falsehood.  If you turn on the television or open a newspaper first thing in the morning, do not be surprised if you are dismayed and unhappy. We have become convinced that it is important to be “informed.” Perhaps this is true to a degree, but what good is it doing in your life? Is it motivating you to go out and do something positive to change the world and make it a better place, or do you just shake your head and complain about how bad things are, which just creates more negative energy? A much more important step in healing our world and our lives is through positive action and intention. Generating positive energy through prayer, meditation and positive thinking or doing something to help others is a thousand times more effective than the unsettling affects of just being informed.

Awaken governments, rulers and politicians. Awaken to your responsibility to have integrity and bring hope to your people. With all the tools available to us today, can’t we begin to find other solutions to our worlds problems other than war? Can you imagine how much good could be done if so much money wasn’t wasted on tools of warfare, but tools to help the people of this planet by educating and raising the quality of life? With all our knowledge and technology, we can develop constructive ways of negotiating the affairs of this world. Choose the way of justice, freedom and peace. This is the only way if mankind is to progress and survive.

Awaken Christians. If we were following Christ’s teachings, our world would be a far different place to live in.  How can war come from followers of the Prince of Peace?  Can you imagine the world if we truly followed the scriptures and loved the Lord with all our heart, mind and soul, and if we loved each other as Jesus loved us? Can you imagine a world where we “love our enemies?” (Mt 5:44) Destroy the boundaries that separate you from your brothers and sisters. “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Mt. 7:1-4) Live the ideal and strive for love towards one another. By spreading the gospel, by demonstrating our love, respect, and care for each other, the entire world will see that the Spirit of the resurrected Christ is alive in each and every one of his followers.

Some of you are very concerned with the “end times.” You are wasting precious energy. Jesus said, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.”(Mt 6:34)  Let us use our energy to feed the hungry, care for the poor, the sick, and the needy and to do what we can to repair our broken world. This should be the focus and our main objective. “Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me,’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” (Mt. 25:34)

Each child on this planet is our child to care for, to nurture, and to love. As we look at the millions of starving and needy children in our world, we need to realize that they are our responsibility. There are those of you that are so generous, and able to send a check to a worthy organization, but this is just the beginning of what needs to be done. We need to consider all the children of this world as our own, for they will be the caretakers of this planet and our hope for the future. Education is the first step toward change in all the parts of the world and in our diverse cultures. If even a fraction of what is spent of warfare were instead spent on building schools and making education available to every child, the level of awareness and consciousness in our world would raise dramatically.

We must live that which we proclaim to be higher truths. Let us strive as never before to develop our compassionate nature and connect to that divine consciousness that exists in the heart, mind and spirit. As we utilize the positive qualities mankind possesses, as we consider ourselves as a part of a global community, we, as individual’s become living examples to show what the potential is, a microcosm which can awaken those around us to show the possibilities in our families, communities and the world. We are connected to one another globally as never before, since the dawn of time. We can move forward together, in ways never utilized or ever thought possible. Then we can and will make advances in unity, consciousness, wisdom and in peace. With a new approach, the possibilities for our children and our children’s children are endless.

AWAKEN, Awaken!  Now is the time. A small beam of light can cut through the darkness.     We can initialize an understanding of eternal truths and the ultimate co-existence for all mankind. With compassion for each other based on the ideal of love, we can strive for peace. With patience and persistence, we can try to improve our incredible world. Let us show our love and appreciation as being the best we can be, a positive expression of Divine Love. Let this day be the end of our unconsciousness, and an awakening to the light of a new dawn. The endless possibilities and potential for our bright future are in your hands.

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE

The most important first step you can take is to find peace within. There are many things that contribute to disturb peace. The first step is to identify what those things are that no longer serve to enhance your life, but drain energy, enthusiasm, and create stress and make necessary changes. In recent studies on health and well-being, one critical factor always comes into play, and that is diet and exercise. There are many books and information is readily available to pursue this important step.

In the fast paced world we life in, one other very crucial step to finding peace within, and which is found in every spiritual tradition is the importance of meditation and stillness. We must take time to stop, to be in the moment, to breathe the life giving air, to simply relax and let go. As we move through our day, taking moments to be conscious of breathing brings us right back to a place of balance and serenity.

Gratitude is becoming aware of all that we have, not focused on what we don’t have. If you life in a society that has running water, for example, and you have the basic necessities of life, such as food, clothing and shelter, you must realize how rich you are. We often take for granted how rich we are, especially those who live in the western world, when the majority of the world lives in poverty or below the poverty line. When you see that even the simplest things in life are great blessings, and give thanks daily, you will change the dynamic of your life entire life. If the first words you say or think when you wake in the morning are; “Thank You” you will draw more of what you are thankful for into your life. When you follow thankfulness with a desire to spend your day generating the energy of love, you will. It is as simple as that. This is activating the Law of Attraction in its finest sense.

Forgiveness is another crucial step. If you can forgive yourself for past mistakes, and forgive others that may have hurt you, if you go beyond a sense of being a victim, you go to a place of empowerment.  When you let go of past pain and anger that no longer serves to enhance life, but drains away energy, it is like removing a heavy burden that weighs you down. Realizing you are free, knowing that nothing or no one has the power to hurt you, unless you give away that power, creates a lightness of being. Positive energy will flow more freely.

Ask yourself, “What is my purpose in life?” No matter what your age, having a purpose in life is a motivating force that gives meaning to all that you do. When you discover what it is that you would like to accomplish while here on this earth, in the short span of one lifetime, it can bring lasting fulfillment and a sense of adventure, and takes living beyond mediocrity to living a life filled with significance.

Everyday is an opportunity to do something for others. Whether it is volunteerism, making a phone call to someone who is alone, taking care of your home, yourself and your property, cleaning up a park, helping a neighbor, random acts of kindness, if we are creative, there are countless ways that we can make our world a better place daily.

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© Rose Winstanley-Trefz 2014