Seeds of Peace

Ina says “it has to start with the children”.

Kids? What do they know?

Watch this & then let’s decide:

http://vimeo.com/25539172

Working together is something these kids are learning but our society is built on competition.

These kids are talking about cooperation & sharing but our economy is built upon the foundation of self interest.

These kids are talking about compassion, love, sustainability but our culture is one of ‘there never is enough’.

How will our educational system, & their peers, impact these children as they mature?

What is different about this school & might it be a model?

War games are today’s popular videos.

Will this one get much distribution?

These questions depend on us.

Where are the seeds?

David

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September 29, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

Perception

Perception is our way of seeing the world. That perception is reality to us.

Perception comes from where we place our attention. At the end of this ‘thought’ you will see an 8 minute video that demonstrates this in a unique way – a pickpocket in action.

Folks will generally fight hard for the way they believe things are. That is whether they are right or wrong, it doesn’t matter. That is their/our world. That’s the way we ‘see’ it.

Even if that perception doesn’t line up with the facts, we will try to make the facts appear to do so. It will be our bend of the truth to correspond with what we believe.

Is bending the truth useful?

What is truth?

Truth is what we believe it to be!

We live in our dream. The world as we perceive it.

Perception is of the mind.

We live in our mind.

If our mind shuts down do we die?

Can the physical world of things disappear & we still live on?

Let’s check in with our pickpocket.

You will need to watch this right to the end to get a real surprise:

David

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September 22, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

Creativity and Commitment – ‘I Think Therefore I Am’

Yesterday, a young lady came to Pender to tell us about her idea to take the sterilization of medical equipment to under-developed nations.

“Rene Descartes’ ‘I think therefore I am’ also saw very clearly that all truths were linked with one another, so that finding a fundamental truth and proceeding with logic would open the way to all science. This basic truth, Descartes states in his famous “I think””. Wikipedia

It’s amazing to think that what we think is capable of physical realization, manifestation.

All of us think, do we all manifest?

We all have the creative genes but commitment to follow them through is another matter.

Our perception of what we might accomplish or not has quite a bearing on what we pursue.

Nike’s ‘Just Do It’ campaign is a good start. But what if we fail?

Fear definitely can be an immobilizer. We must accept failure. Failure is a great learning device.

Being attached to the results is also an inhibitor. Expectations can lead to negative emotional reactions if the results are not as hoped.

So how does this young lady that visited Pender yesterday, ‘think’ that she can change the situation in under-developed countries? She already is! She has planted a seed & a new non-profit has been born to the world.

She has made many people aware of the issue, so seeds are being spread throughout first world countries, those who are in a position to do something to help.

She has received the assistance of a major international health organization to support her efforts in Africa & the Congo Government has offered to work with her in their medical facilities in that country.

Typically, an autoclave which is a device used to sterilize equipment and supplies by subjecting them to high pressure saturated steam at 121 °C, is needed. Many countries don’t have the finances or the electricity to avail themselves of this technology.

This young lady, with a friend, has come up with substituting a pressure cooker. This equipment can do the job & solve the problem where no electricity is available, particularly the small rural villages.

This gal is committed!

Is she creative?

You decide.

David

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September 15, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

Ode to a Load

Another bright sunny day

On the soft shores of Mayne

As we line up at the ferry docks waiting

As the Cumbie slips in

To her berth number one

with the clanging tie hooks on the pilins.

 

With my orders all set

I am off to the west

To meet Phil on a mercy delivery

Where they’ve all heard the stories

of the wood choppers glories

Bringing warmth for the winter’s cold furies.

 

Well the ship was on time

With me first in the line

To set off to old Brentwood Bay

Down the Pat Bay I drove

Fast as Big White could go,

To our meeting place just past mid day.

 

At the top of the hill

There was our Phil

Compassion-Aire as some folks do call him

Waving me in

To our destination

Another load for the annals of choppin.

 

Well I had just backed and stopped

Phil jumped over the top

Throwing wood where our client had ordered

I joined in as we threw

For a minute or two,

Pretty quick, Big White was unloaded.

 

As we stretched and we yawned

After workin so long,

We noticed a man in a doorway,

“Well I’ll be” he said

As he scratched on his head

There’s truth to the Woodchoppers stories!

 

So where-ever you go

As a Chopper, you’ll know

That your names all carry great meaning

As we buck, chop and haul,

To help folks one and all,

We give praise to the great art of gleaning!

  – by Ian Dow

 

 

 

 

 

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September 13, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

The Gift Economy

“A gift economy, gift culture or gift exchange is a mode of exchange where valuables are given without an explicit agreement for immediate or future rewards” Wikipedia

I have been trying to get a handle on a different approach to an economy than the self interest based system we work under today.

I was trained in that system at University & really did not question it’s main premise for most of my professional life.

When I got back together with my grade three Sweetheart, she asked some questions of a development that I, along with others, developed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Those questions led to a six month journey in Todos Santos, Baja, that began the enlightenment process that continues to this day.

It seems to me that it is possible to create another system based on different values, a system that will provide well being as well as material wealth.

I thought of the topic ‘gift economy’ today & was somewhat surprised to find a definition in Wikipedia already. I believe they hedge the above quote later in the 1st paragraph on their page. You may want to go & read that paragraph & decide for yourself.

A good friend, here on Pender, called this morning & sent a webpage that he thought would interest me. I pulled up David Cadman’s page & saw his thoughts.

Amazing the close timing of these events. David appears to have a lot to say about, what he calls the ‘Good Economy’, so I will leave it up to you that are interested, to read it directly:

http://lovematters.uk.com/david-cadman/the-good-economy/

This path is an inner trip. It goes to the place where meaning shines through. It is not through the intellect but through the heart door, given to us when the gift of life arrived.

David

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September 9, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

‘Making Peace is a Marathon’

I’m going to suggest that you watch a 10 minute video before leaving this page.

This young female runner spent two years in hospital before pulling off an amazing event.

There are things which can pull us all together & she has found one.

If she, rising from her hospital bed, can do what you are about to see, then might any one of us pull off something similar?

We are the fountain of youth. We limit ourselves.

If we expand our thinking, look for solutions to problems, we can be the never ending flow of positive energy.

I’m not suggesting we don’t recognize problems, that’s where opportunities lie.

Broken but mending, this young woman let her thoughts fly.

She attempted the impossible & 60,000 came to the party.

Don’t limit your vision!

David

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September 1, 2013Permalink Leave a comment