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a personal call for peace
let it flow through me
easing the tears
easing my fears
washing me with love
to feel stillness within
knowing, trusting
all is meant to be
even when it seems absurd
feeling so much horror
when I know we torture
and are so cruel to each other
I also know a depth of love flows
through our hearts and souls
so this is a personal call for peace
hoping my heart's troubles will ease
knowing so much blessing has come to me
grateful for being part of the incredible energy
spiralling through the spirit of humanity
feeling at our core is unity
mixed with so much grieving
praying peace will be an easing
of our pain and sorrow
so we can welcome tomorrow
so our love can be
so our lives can flow freely
and peacefully
so we can treat each other
and our beloved planet
and truly lovingly
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Posted: 8/21/2009 6:07:21 AM

brilliant K!!!!!
Thank you so much for sharing this here!
I pray this epidemic becomes systemic!!

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Posted: 11/7/2009 3:32:39 AM
^^'Countdown to the Charter for Compassion' on November 12th....thank you for sharing that, k.....two things come to me that I will try and find and re-post small, one much longer...both originally posted August, '08....

"Natural Wonders"....

'All of the leaves on a single tree will open on the same day.
Similarly, all of the flowers on the Japanese Cherry tree will open at the same time.'

Perhaps it is like that with the hearts and minds of people.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

this list below was originally pasted and posted by another poster on a thread that was closed, but he gave me permission to re-post it wherever I is the most complete list I have seen showing how 'the golden rule' can be found in almost every path of Spirit or religion.....I am re-posting it here because, first, I think it's fascinating, but also because I imagine it might connect with the 'Charter for Compassion' being published in five days...the link that k has shared above....

Bahá'í Faith: "Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not." "Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself." Baha'u'llah
"And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself." Epistle to the Son of the Wolf

Brahmanism: "This is the sum of Dharma [duty]: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you". Mahabharata, 5:1517 "

Buddhism: "...a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?" Samyutta NIkaya v. 353
Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful." Udana-Varga 5:18

Christianity: "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." Matthew 7:12, King James Version.
"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." Luke 6:31,

King James Version.
"...and don't do what you hate...", Gospel of Thomas 6. The Gospel of Thomas is one of about 40 gospels that were widely accepted among early Christians, but which never made it into the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).

Confucianism: "Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you" Analects 15:23
"Tse-kung asked, 'Is there one word that can serve as a principle of conduct for life?' Confucius replied, 'It is the word 'shu' -- reciprocity. Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.' Doctrine of the Mean 13.3
"Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence." Mencius VII.A.4

Ancient Egyptian: "Do for one who may do for you, that you may cause him thus to do." The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant, 109 - 110 Translated by R.B. Parkinson. The original dates to 1970 to 1640 BCE and may be the earliest version ever written. 3

Hinduism: "This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you." Mahabharata 5:1517
"Listen to the essence of Dharma. Having listened, focus on it, and establish it in your mind. Do not do any thing to others which you do not want to be done to yourself" Vedas

Humanism: "(5) Humanists acknowledge human interdependence, the need for mutual respect and the kinship of all humanity."
"(11) Humanists affirm that individual and social problems can only be resolved by means of human reason, intelligent effort, critical thinking joined with compassion and a spirit of empathy for all living beings. " 4
"Don't do things you wouldn't want to have done to you, British Humanist Society. 3

Islam: "None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." Number 13 of Imam "Al-Nawawi's Forty Hadiths." 5

Jainism: "Therefore, neither does he [a sage] cause violence to others nor does he make others do so." Acarangasutra 5.101-2.
"In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self." Lord Mahavira, 24th Tirthankara
"A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated." Sutrakritanga 1.11.33

Judaism: "...thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.", Leviticus 19:18
"What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 31a.
"And what you hate, do not do to any one." Tobit 4:15 6

Native American Spirituality: "Respect for all life is the foundation." The Great Law of Peace.
"All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One." Black Elk
"Do not wrong or hate your neighbor. For it is not he who you wrong, but yourself." Pima proverb.

Roman Pagan Religion: "The law imprinted on the hearts of all men is to love the members of society as themselves."

Shinto: "The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form"
"Be charitable to all beings, love is the representative of God." Ko-ji-ki Hachiman Kasuga

Sikhism: Compassion-mercy and religion are the support of the entire world". Japji Sahib
"Don't create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone." Guru Arjan Devji 259
"No one is my enemy, none a stranger and everyone is my friend." Guru Arjan Dev : AG 1299

Sufism: "The basis of Sufism is consideration of the hearts and feelings of others. If you haven't the will to gladden someone's heart, then at least beware lest you hurt someone's heart, for on our path, no sin exists but this." Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order.

Taoism: "Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss." T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien.
"The sage has no interest of his own, but takes the interests of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind; he is also kind to the unkind: for Virtue is kind. He is faithful to the faithful; he is also faithful to the unfaithful: for Virtue is faithful." Tao Teh Ching, Chapter 49

Unitarian: "The inherent worth and dignity of every person;"
"Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.... "
"The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;"
"We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." Unitarian principles. 7,8

Wicca: "A'in it harm no one, do what thou wilt" (i.e. do what ever you will, as long as it harms nobody, including yourself). One's will is to be carefully thought out in advance of action. This is called the Wiccan Rede

Yoruba: (Nigeria): "One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts."

Zoroastrianism: "That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself". Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5
"Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others." Shayast-na-Shayast 13:29
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Posted: 11/7/2009 3:51:56 PM
Quaker: " Come walk cheerfully over the world answering to that of God in everyone." founder George Fox, 1659
"We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fightings with outward weapons for any end or under any pretence whatsoever. And this our testimony to the whole world. The spirit of Christ will never move us to fight and war against any man with outward weapons neither for the kindgdom of Christ nor for the kingdoms of this world." George Fox, 1661
"People everywhere are children of God and members of one family. We value the worth of each person. We cannot be easy in our own lives when others suffer indignity, injustice or want. We are ready to put ourselves at one another's side and share each other's burdens. As we are true to the divine within ourselves so do we respond to the divine in others." from Faith and Practice, North Pacific Yearly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends, 1993
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Posted: 12/1/2009 8:12:43 AM
i will walk
in a peace march
as a response
to the ungodly troop surge that
barack obama
will announce
this evening.
it is non-godly,
in any religion.
we will walk,
my friends and i
from the campus heart
of w.w.u.
to the office of u.s. rep. rick larsen
in downtown bellingham.
many of us have learned
that war
is not
the answer
to war.
we must open our hearts,
we must love one another.
all of the children
on the earth
are my children
and yours.
we are all
sisters and brothers.
we are all
until we know that
we will respond with war
and our support of war.
today, in your town
or in your heart,
please walk towards love.
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Posted: 12/2/2009 4:24:25 AM
thank you lipo for sharing your passionate mission..."walking towards love"....i pray it was a blessed day and the message is carried far.....
and lessjames....gratitude for the quotes you've brought here. thank you.

sometimes i live peacefully
but then there's no guarantee
the tide turns and i might suddenly be
struggling with something troubling
mentally, physically, emotionally
or even spiritually
that beckons to bother me
often changing the energy
to a state of negativity....

thankfully these waves pass quickly....usually

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Msg: 82
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Posted: 12/3/2009 9:01:13 AM
the moon, positive & negative

the tao te ching
is at heart a simple book.
it's a vision
of what our lives
will be like
if we are like
the dark, new moon.
the dark
can always
become light
and contains the otential
for growth
and long life.
can only become dark
and brings with it
decay, and early demise.
lao-tzu chose long life,
he chose
the dark of the moon.

written by red pine,
nudged by lipotufu
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Posted: 12/3/2009 7:50:10 PM
appreciate your nudging, me lots to think about.....

the 'light can only become dark'....
yet too much light can blind and shock
so the dark can temper the light
to become just perfectly bright
enough to see at night
or when one wants to stay
out of sight
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Msg: 84
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Posted: 12/3/2009 9:47:05 PM
this evening
an amber moon
lifted herself
above the snow peaks.
she knows beauty
without knowing it.
she rises to her urges.
we do that, you and i,
rise with beauty inside us
and we color the high snow
and the sweet person
we love. breath.
touching her neck.
her fragrances,
even in winter,
are spring.
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Posted: 12/4/2009 2:41:53 AM
even in winter
one can find spring
watching the deer walk here
and bright green grass appear
peaking through the melting snow
reminders of life below...
summer carries hints of autumn
in the darkening cool evening
hearing fairies whispering
and listening....
the moon will show
reflections of the sun
with her lunar light aglow
a golden orb to beckon one
to walk beneath...find inspiration
ponder life....take a lover
together gaze upon her
see beauty in the universe
let stillness guide us
feel the pulse of her heart
though we're miles apart
then let her magic heal
all that is tragic...
let it be real
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Posted: 12/4/2009 4:22:57 PM
after the shoulders of night
had hidden the sun's meadow
the moon's eye, color of corn,
slowly opened wideeyed
above the great mountain.
she watched me
slide across the open sea
for a few minutes
parked quietly
on a small boat
loaded as best it could
with the cars of neighbors.
i watched the moon's eye,
the color of wild maize,
in the rearview mirror.
already the glaciers on mount baker
and the waves
curling away
from the northeast wind
were muted white light
as they waited
for the moon
to find herself.
an hour or two later
i stood in front of my house
and relished her,
her gentle aromas soft,
her song was the song of an owl,
and she watched me.
there was not a wisp of battlefields
anywhere, or the tears of afghan widows,
or calendars, past and future,
with the explosions of bombs penciled in.
this is peace, you & i & the moon
with our arms around our families
and our neighbors, caring for one another
and ourselves.
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Posted: 12/7/2009 3:02:51 PM
^ beautiful, lipotufu....thank you....
it feels as if it transmits peace as one reads it....feeling grateful.

our calling for peace
in a chaotic world
where energy
seems to be
in a swirl
and yet
a boy
and girl
who like
each other
can find time
to write a rhyme
peacefully together

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Posted: 12/24/2009 3:46:47 AM
thought to bring this here from first line, last line, written this morning....

a sense of completion - peace of mind
the times I've been genuinely loving and kind
though this sea-saw is rocky with waves so high
when I lose my patience peace waves good bye
and in its place is a scary face
determined to speak its mind
when I can see this is destructive energy
creating what makes me instantly unhappy
but peace is floating far behind
waving to me, saying see?
I'm here with you if only you'd let me be

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Posted: 1/19/2010 3:55:19 PM
nearly three weeks into the new year
filled with major catastrophes and natural disaster
almost as if there's never going to be an ever after
almost as if we might never re-member happiness
almost as if we've lost our soul to destruction and sadness
where the horrors of war grow more and more each day
deepened humility with this week's earthquake in haiti
bringing us to stop and hear humanity's call
as the shock of this news is a blow to us all
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Posted: 2/25/2010 8:24:51 PM
a gale force wind is howling
down my chimney it blows
while here, in my lap, asleep is my cat
her peacefulness within me grows....

so serene....a peaceful energetic flow...
until her brother appears, creeping low..
I can see he's feeling cheeky
and suddenly peace is but a memory

he pounces quick and she jumps ship
scratching my legs as she goes
the pain is sharp but, more, my heart
is thumping as blood starts to show

so, once again, my sense of peace
has so quickly come to cease
reminding me it can too often be
just temporary....

so the trick is to find
a peaceful mind
no matter the pain
or if someone's unkind

the goal is to stay
in a peaceful way
through all the chaos
of our lives today

the search is to see
peace internally
and slowly....or quickly...
peace will be felt externally...


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Posted: 2/26/2010 5:21:57 AM

shared with each other
awakening peacefulness
flowing heart to heart

Haiku Connection....
Posted: 2/24/2010 3:05:30 AM
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Posted: 5/26/2010 4:21:44 AM
I have been singing this song for the last two won't leave my psyche,
so thought to bring it here....with an intro....

"From a Distance" by Julie Gold

Recorded by Bette Midler in 1990, the "anthem of the Gulf War" won the Grammy Award in 1991 as Song of the Year for 1990.
It was first written in 1985 by Julie Gold who said: "I grew up in the sixties and I have vivid memories of all that was happening then:
the Vietnam War, the Civil rights Movement, the Women's Movement, the Space Program, the Beatles.
When I recall those memories, I recall the songs that were popular at the time, and it's as if those songs actually orchestrated those events.
All my memories come with a soundtrack. I wrote From a Distance in 1985. It was the culmination and outpouring of all my vivid memories and experiences.
I am honored to receive all the loving responses it has elicited over the year, and I hope I am managing that love in a responsible way.
It thrills me to think that a little song I wrote in a one-room apartment right before my thritieth birthday has brought so much joy
to children of all ages all around the world.
Maybe someday we will all live in a world that has no guns, no bombs and no diseases--that's my hope of hopes."
(Julie Gold quoted in The Book) Julie Gold received a Minute Man Award in 1991 from the United States Army for inspiring the troops during the Gulf War;
a citation from the Governor of Pennsylvania; and an award from BMI, certifying her song has been played on the radio over two million times.

'From a distance the world looks blue and green,
And the snow-capped mountains white
From a distance the ocean meets the stream,
And the eagle takes to flight
From a distance, there is harmony,
And it echoes through the land
It's the voice of hope, it's the voice of peace,
It's the voice of every man
From a distance we all have enough,
And no one is in need
And there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease,
No hungry mouths to feed
From a distance we are instruments
Marching in a common band
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace
They're the songs of every man
God is watching us, God is watching us
God is watching us from a distance
From a distance you look like my friend,
Even though we are at war
From a distance I just cannot comprehend
what all this fighting is for
From a distance there is harmony,
And it echoes through the land
And it's the hope of hopes, it's the love of loves,
it's the heart of every man
It's the hope of hopes, it's the love of loves
This is the song of every man
And God is watching us, God is watching us,
God is watching us from a distance
Oh, God is watching us, God is watching
God is watching us from a distance'
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Posted: 2/13/2012 5:36:38 AM
bringing here a post i wrote the other day, adding one more verse....
reminded me of this thread long forgotten, yet the subject is still current....
perhaps we CAN make a difference....

will we have another year
this planet's in such crisis
we can feel a rise in fear
where's our light of isis

if we created all that's here
from birth to death's grey ashes
while we stay lost in war and beer
world keeps turning on her axis

peace is not just a wishful word
it's needed for survival
we're dying off fighting negative thought
so let's create a peace revival

or choose to stay in denial :(
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Posted: 3/29/2012 7:29:46 AM
I'm new to the forum and just want you to know that your poem is very touching..
We are one in the spirit..we are one in our Universal Lord and I pray that our unity will one day be restored..weare_allone, when will we ever takes time for any greatness to be realized..
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Posted: 3/29/2012 1:58:19 PM
hi peacefullion, thank you and welcome! all are welcome to write here....

been letting peace settle
in my being
been letting peace settle
from my being
helping me
to be
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Posted: 4/16/2012 2:15:56 PM
echoes of my mind.....

why oh why
did it take 'til now
to see
i all too easily
would take out my sword
and slice through you

why oh why
did it take 'til now
to see
i all too easily
would take in my sword
and slice through

thinking i was free
knowing it caused
knowing it was

needing to prove me right
and you wrong

taught from very young
an argument must be won
or at least fight
as if one's life
depended on it

how wrong could i be

i have come to see
i could never be free
never live peacefully
as long as my sword
was still getting
still wielding it with all my might
still needing to be right
while all along being wrong
and justifying it
so easily

take each thought
and question it
see if it's really true
turn it around if i find
it's still trying to convince me
i must be right

right, wrong
judging all along
as if that is the way
to peace

release the hold
of the ego
telling me
don't let go
stay in judgement
it's alright really
the part of me
that would usually
fight to be right

i finally see
if i really want
to be
peace fully
if i want to live
then question
my thoughts
that strike out painfully
that cut through me
silently screaming
to be free
silently crying
love me
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Posted: 4/17/2012 6:33:02 AM
more meanderings...

i have come to see
whatever i thought
you could give me
could only be
when i could hear me
calling from me for me
to love me

for are we not really
our own best friend?
always in our company
sometimes losing harmony
with each re-discovery
understanding more deeply
who we really be
how we really see
and who we love
most deeply

is it not part of all therapy
you can't love others 'til you love yourself
and part of all religions and spirituality
treat others as you would yourself...
maybe we are meant to take this literally
and turn it around to see
it's me that needs to love me
me that's here for me
me who's eyes i see
from within
often with compassion
sometimes hurt reaction
which always comes back to me
hurting me

if i could be my own best friend
if i could be the most loving company
with me
then maybe i could be
with you

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Posted: 10/27/2012 5:49:52 PM
been a while since finding my way here
yet tonight, in this moment, sitting quietly near
thought to open this thread
see what's already been said
see where my head was at
not so long ago....

questioning my thoughts
questioning the quest
wondering was it another test
knowing it went too far
lost perspective, opened a scar
opened it wide for a sort of strange guy
so tonight in the dim light, gotta ask why....

'twas three weeks minus a day
seemed we had so much to say
seemed there was a true connection
seemed there was a recognition
seemed whatever challenge that came our way
seemed no matter what we'd keep it gay (no, not that way)...

three weeks minus a day
seemed so close, now far away
felt my spirit fill with curiosity
felt a strange sort of luminosity
felt high and a strong surge of energy
sparked a flash of such intensity....

found my center going out of whack
should have known there'd come an attack
started to question all that had been
realized it was doomed, but couldn't give in
wouldn't let up for some unknown reason
lost the key to the peaceful kingdom....

so here i sit on my little ship
sailing back to the haven of me
and next time i go wandering
must do it much more carefully....

must never forget it's my life i beget
that i hold the key to my happiness
must never forget nothing is separate
but beware when i'm losing my peacefulness
and must remember when i have too much to say
it's probably a sign i'm losing my mind
and not in a very good way....
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Posted: 10/28/2012 4:41:56 AM
when egos collide
not much can survive
except perpetuating the lie
for the ego will strive to stay alive
to stop the essential other side
from blossoming
from connecting
from illuminating
from enlightening.....

we all have all sides
sometimes hiding behind lies
and when facing a symbolic gun
it's the ego who feels it has won
using imaginary ammunition
when it feels threatened
and especially when
it sees the other side

for where there is love
anger and fear will disappear
but ego can't live without despair
or pretending it's the only soul here
the only one who has some wisdom
in this infinite web of timeless continuum....

so it becomes quite a puzzling conundrum
to know what is the real origin
of our thoughts and feelings
for sometimes the ego flies low
under the radar it's determined to go
desperate to sneak in and begin
its destruction....

but it's all illusion
causing great confusion
the 'mind-made me' is a casualty
pretending to be real when it's imaginary
sneaking in and blowing the deal
much too easily becoming angry
saying things that always shock
hard to control, unable to stop...

determined to be right it must feel
doesn't care if it blows the deal
desperately trying to be real
in a world where the light is bright
where love and joy is our true plight
where everyone wants to give up the fight
and not be ruled by fight or flight
for within us all is a shining light
that is eternal....

so fighting really is futile
and despite how it appears
who we fight with is our own fears
since we're all mirrors everywhere
all reflections of the one
where separation is the illusion
again causing such confusion
sometimes just refusing
to believe it's not real....

love is the real deal
the light that turns the wheel
the waves upon the ocean
flowing in gentle motion
sometimes strong creating a storm
allowing for fluctuations
that sometimes appear
always when a lesson is near....

a re-minder of what we're doing here
to recognize the illusion of fear
and let love be in all we see
let love do what it is meant to
for we are love, it flows in our blood
it's what we feel when we watch a dove
bring peace with its flight
re-membering no need to fight
even in the darkening light
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Posted: 10/28/2012 8:37:00 AM
bringing one here i wrote last year on the food for thought thread....

"how to relax dynamically"
sounds a bit like an anomaly, actually....

but, really, I do relax dynamically....
when I'm dancing and drumming joyfully
or when I'm singing in my car
letting the sound carry far
or when I'm walking in the snow
feeling ice crunching below
or when I'm standing in the rain
letting the water ease my pain....

even when I lie in the sun
there's a dynamic interaction
between the elements and me
like waves of strength from eternity
feeling the warmth enter my skin
melting my heart and raise my compassion
feeling the earth support from beneath
a mother to all who carries our grief....

it's in these moments I'm at peace
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