Please join us for our Annual End of the Year channel. I’ll be joined by astrologer Robin Cordova, presenting an overview of this very special day, Winter Solstice 2020, and hear words of wisdom, hope and inspiration from the Party for 2021.
Here’s wishing you all a very merry and safe holiday season!
As a part of St. John’s UCC Madeline Island’s September Series “Faces of Faith, Tales of Transformation” I did a talk about my mother. Lorna died in April 2018, but her life and death are the epitome of faith, perseverance, and self-transformation. I hope her story inspires you to remember that sometimes, when things appear to be the worst, they could be on their way to being the best.
Since we began the Transcendence series in January, the world has undergone an unfathomable transformation. Throughout those changes, our exploration of transcendence has taken us into pragmatic, creative, inspiring, sacred, physical and emotional landscapes in search of how to live in the world but not of it. I speak for many of you, I am sure, when I say, I am not the same person I was when we started. If anything, I feel I am more myself than I’ve ever been before.
As the old structures of government and society unravel at an unprecedented pace, so are individuals and their relationship to themselves. Everything feels to be coming apart at the seams, including our mental, spiritual and emotional health. But these failing internal structures are giving us a chance to build new, self-loving, sustainable, community-oriented selves to then mirror into the world.
Humans, without a perceivable future, are coming face to face with themselves on every level. The good, the bad, the ugly—all out in the open to be witnessed and transformed. Without being able to see a predictable future, it surely does feel like death, the moment when we have to let go of it all and go on to the next mysterious level of consciousness.
Join us Saturday as we explore how to commit to that mystery and gain a new sense of self, navigating together through this enormous change.
On this day in 1955, Bertrand Russell, et al held a press conference in London. They originally reserved the lower, smaller room at Caxton Hall, a local community center. But as people started to arrive, Russell moved upstairs to the much bigger room to accommodate the press who were coming from around the world.
The Russell Einstein Manifesto was Albert Einstein’s last great public message to the world. He signed it nine days before he died. These were his last burning questions that he took with him to the grave.
Another of the authors was Joseph Rotblat, a nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan project until asking to leave on the grounds of personal conscience. Rotblat believed that scientists should always be concerned with the ethical consequences of their work and became one of the most prominent critics of the nuclear arms race, dedicating his life to campaigning against nuclear weapons.
Although the Russell–Einstein Manifesto was launched in July 1955, this was the result of several months of discussion between those who became the signatories. These visionaries’ words about the dangers of weapons of mass destruction read today with even greater depth than when they were first voiced in 1955. All the while we have moved closer to deciding which way we will go.
What can us ordinary people do? Make choices as we are being advised: find creative solutions to our conflicts without fighting or war. Become that change that we want so badly for the world. Be an inner and outer peacemaker. Make decisions to work for the good of the whole. We must get to know ourselves and where we may inadvertently be contributing to the conflicts around us.
Then get to work in one of the many arenas that are bringing together concerned citizens to be the change. Below is some information on “presidential first use of nuclear weapons,” including a short video on topic of “Presidential First Use of Nuclear Weapons. Is it Legal? Is it Constitutional? Is it Just?” from a conference held November 4, 2017 at Harvard University.
The longer I work with my Imagined Einstein and this Party, the more I am convinced that they really have reached us from beyond the grave and are working with us for world peace, one person at a time, starting with ourselves. It is an honor to serve.
The next in our continuing series on transcendence will be an in depth look at the energy of Emotion, its function and relationships to the other Human Dimensions, and practical ways to revolutionize your relationship and understanding of your own emotions in everyday living.