ARE YOU READY?

Since the election of our present administration, many people have been thrown into standing up more fully to what they stand for. The progress we have made in caring for our planet, the environments of our health, our stand as leaders of the western world and as our own stand as members of a multiracial world with all it’s diversity. The concerns around our  US economy and our own personal stand as human beings in a world which has become more global in it’s needs and perceptions.

The fact that our current Administration is poised to possibly take apart the advances we have made in Environmental stewardship,specifically in this case, the financial support of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup, which time has been going really well with excellent results is at risk due to the President’s Executive order on reducing regulations.

Here is a link to the website.http://cbf.typepad.com/chesapeake_bay_foundation/2017/02/presidential-executive-order-on-reducing-regulations-how-it-could-affect-chesapeake-bay-restoration.html

 

OF NOTE:  We call the federal pollution limits and the state plans, together, the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint. The deadline for completing the Blueprint is 2025.

The Blueprint recognizes that millions of pounds of nitrogen land directly in the Bay from air pollution. That nitrogen comes largely from burning fossil fuels to, for example, provide electricity and power our cars. The Blueprint provides that new Clean Air Act regulations would limit nitrogen from those sources. Some of those regulations must be updated. Because of the order, however,  may not improve those rules and the amount of nitrogen from the air may not be decreased sufficiently to meet Blueprint goals and a restored Bay.

Source includes:  Chesapeake Bay Foundation website.

OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL FRONTS:  OUR UNDERGROUND WATER AQUIFERS

Save the water.org. There are a important facts at this site concerning the continuing pollution of our water supplies. Here’s the bottom line. “….even here in the U.S. where regulations are stringent, we find unacceptable levels of dangerous chemicals in our drinking water.”

Source of quote http://savethewater.org/2013/11/06/water-contaminants-sources/

Be involved. educate yourself, make a difference and speak up.

Last but not least I would like to address how important it is to align ourselves with the Divine. What the heck is that you well may ask!

There is so much Light coming to our planet at this time. Our world is going through a state of transformation to a State of Transfiguration. Thus the inflowing powerful new spiritual energies of the Light Alliance from our Galaxy and beyond  working closely with many humans is affecting our planet. The  dark Cabal is being shown to humanity.

I can only be responsible for my own spiritual strength by practicing meditation, my mantra and what forms I have been taught that do really strengthen and deepen my experience of Divine Love and real Peace within me. Are you ready?

The Holiday Season

It is for some, Christmas and others Hanukkah, still others, a celebratory meal, family gathering, perhaps for some it is a soup kitchen,or perhaps none of those. It is traditionally a time of sharing and giving.

We are in the consciousness of a human world complete with it’s foibles, fears, strengths and weaknesses.  Wars,bar fights and drunkenness, and addictions.  Wars between men and women, people, religion and ideas.

What  can  we do to heal our wounds? Bring peace to this world for those of us who might be interested in doing so. It sure won’t happen by fighting war with war. As this article  in the Earthjustice blog, an article written by Raul Garcia reads…

WE’RE MISSING 90 PERCENT OF THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE STORY

By Raul Garcia | Tuesday, November 22, 2016

He says when he went there to report and see the for himself what was going on. “We were missing how peaceful, respectful and solemn this struggle is.Even when we were talking about politics, the sacredness of it all was what tribe members conveyed as important. The respect of the people overcame any thought of animosity, and the solemnity of the place and the need to protect nature inspired peaceful unity. This indigenous vision of sacred air, sacred water and sacred land was striking to me.”He also said “he had not  seen a single story ( in the media) that elevates this type of story.”

An interview with the chairman of the Indian Sioux nations Dave Archambalt II, told of his insistence that all those gathered make their presence a prayer. “We are not here to fight, we are here to save our water through a prayerful presence.”

We all know what the outcome for at least the short term is for the Dakota Pipeline. Once the Trump administration gets in, well, that may be a different story. The point of saying this is that Mr Garcia went on to say and don’t we all know it, that in Washington DC where he lives “polarized rhetoric dominates the landscape.”

Why are we so addicted to sensation and the negative? How can we have a world of Peace? Perhaps it is an individual story. Raising our own personal vibration to one of that of Peace. A peacefulness that knows no boundaries. I can only be responsible for my own self. My own vibration and I know that by meditation, breath work and mantra, dancing and chanting, I find my vibration is raised and it feels good as well.

I have a daily practice of meditation and chanting and mantra. I love my practice. It is a delight and a place of true rest and rejuvenation. A prayerful Presence.

Whatever we want in our lives it pales to the scope of this work. We well may ask ourselves why we came to this planet, why we took birth now, when all the signs say the great transformation is at hand. The Hopi call it the coming of the Fifth World.

The Hopi prophesies also predict a nuclear holocaust. The Hindu calendar predicts Peace. A Golden Age of Peace.

Are you ready? Are you up for the real fight? Your strength of heart and mind, your alignment with your soul? Alignment with the  Divine Light? Here then, is the invitation.

 

 

Nicaragua Calling

I am a woman who is blessed in so many ways. My trip to Nicaragua in February of this year was also a very real healing trip for myself as well.My experiences with our wonderful group of women that I travelled with who gave their time and talents to this project and the ProNica partners attending our workshops had a profound effect. Experiencing their bravery, the work they all do is wonderful. I am very grateful I was able to join them on this trip and I look forward to going again sometime.  Oh, did I mention, we travelled to Managua on my birthday! We went with a humanitarian Group called ProNica. Here is Bette’s article from the ProNica Summer Newsletter.

A JOURNEY OF HEALING AND RENEWAL WITH PRONICA PARTNERS
Warm breezes welcomed our team of six healers to Managua on Feb 18, 2016. The group settled in at Quaker House where we were greeted with a delicious meal and hugs from ProNica staff. The team included massage therapists, yoga teachers, a psychologist and a sex therapist. For several team members it was their first visit to Nicaragua. Our mission was to lead workshops and retreats on trauma healing for ProNica staff and partners in various parts of the country.

The first day the team visited sites in the city of Managua and listened intensely to the history of the country. It was important to understand the context of the country and the inter-connectedness of our nations. The tree-lined Salvador Allende Bolivar brought us to present times as we admired the “trees of life” that were created by first lady, Dona Rosario Ortego. The well-lit metal structures loom tall and powerful on the avenue and around the city. Political billboards proclaiming the strength and goodness of the Ortega government are everywhere. A tourist might surmise there were no other political parties in Nicaragua.

Our first workshop was a one-day AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) training on trauma healing held at the Kairos Center. ProNica partner, Harold Urbina, and other AVP facilitators from around the country enjoyed the intense “advanced” workshop experience. For most of our team, it was an introduction to AVP and the popular education modality.
Next we traveled to the Centro de Retiros La Palmera in Diriamba to spend the next few days with Los Quinchos staff. Initially, we visited the children and were entertained by a visiting circus working with the former street children for a month. Our team was excited by the holistic approach of Los Quinchos to the traumatized street children. We observed them learning new skills (like sewing or drumming), cooking together and a cooperative family approach.

“The best part of the experience for me was working with Los Quinchos staff. It was amazing to see their resilience, desire to learn and help in spite of all they had been through themselves. “Sometimes I feel jaded about the world, and working with them boosted my sense of hope.” This statement is from Melanie Ricaurte, one of the team members. Her reflection was shared after several days in retreat with the amazingly resilient and resourceful staff of Los Quinchos.
Our third – and final- retreat was held in San Ramon at the Sueno de la Campana Retreat Center. Retreatants came from ProNica’s northern partners, and some traveled for many hours by bus to join us. Casa del Nino, Casa Materna, Rio Blanco Women’s Network were all well represented at the retreat.

Each person was scheduled to receive a massage and got called from the circle when their turn came. Again we explored types of trauma with a popular education format. We spoke of stages of grief and how to deal with them. There was ample time to share stories and learn some new information as well. For many the five circles of sexuality were a welcome way to explore issues of relationship and violence. The circles include: sexualization, sensuality, intimacy, sexual identity and sexual health and reproduction.
In addition to leading the three retreats, the team had time to swim at Laguna de Apoyo, stroll along the lakeshore waterfront park in Managua, and have a mini-retreat at La Garnacha near Esteli.
The healers were all pleased to participate in this project. They were deeply moved by their interactions with ProNica partners who are so deeply committed to the work of social change. Several described a deep healing that happened to them during the experience as well.
Understanding the historical and political context was crucial for the healers in addressing the origins of trauma in the country. We hope and trust that out healing work with ProNica partners affected them as much as it did us. Just Peace Circles, Inc plans to return with another team of healers in February of 2017, as way opens.
By Bette Hoover, Just Peace Circles Inc. & Baltimore Yearly Meeting

 

Happy New Year 2016 HANG on we’re OFF

It is 2016, this year in February I am going to Managua, Nicaragua, to do  various kinds of healing on the many healers in that area giving their lives, devoting their lives to the care and healing of mankind in one form or another. My friend Betty has been doing this kind of work and service for many years in such places as Honduras and Nicaragua. She has honored those who have little in war torn nations. We are going to work with the folks that run an orphanage, among one of the places we will be visiting  There are many orphans in Nicaragua after the wars and slaughter that have taken place there. Such a need. We are going under the auspices of an organization that has worked with the Quaker Community over the years to bring Peace in whatever way they can to this nation, so torn and weary and now somewhat for sale to the highest bidder seemingly. If one can hear the tyrant words of the Chinese Businessman wanting to put through a canal similar to the Panama Canal. It would cut a  swathe through farmland, rain forests and  the largest natural inland lake, tearing asunder natural vegetation and water levels and stripping good farmland from many farmers.

Change is difficult for any nation and weighing the pros and cons of any large project that seemingly decimates natural lands without adequate studies in view of the possible destruction of a major natural lake and so many farms and well I already said it, the question is why? how can this benefit. We have already seen oil companies come in and devastate communities, spilling oil on delicate land, ecosystems and peoples turned to slave labor. We don’t hear much about the consequences, NBC is not reporting it. Unless you are listening to some news reports outside of the general American airwaves you will not hear those reports.

No, America is made out to be too perfect, however I digress. So I am going to Nicaragua with 5 other healers and we are going to be presenting Trauma healing workshops and massage and energy healing and body movement among our combined modalities, to these women and men to help and to support their healing.

We are going to be traveling through the countryside and drinking in the beauty of Nicaragua. Listening to the song of birds and water, wind and the green that is everywhere there. The heat and the sun. We are going to listen to the voices of her people and her land and we are going to be living there and listening.I pray we can truly make a difference. Many of the people we will be working with have been victims of the war machine, rapes and murders of family members, rape of themselves, their own body and deep loss. Deep deep loss.

This I have learned and it is a simple fact, that when  you ask the Divine to come through you and allow you to serve in some sweet way, the Divine says yes as much and more, as deep and as willing as you are to say yes, the Divine says Yes even louder and so much deeper.

All About Meditation

In 40 years I cannot begin to tell you what an honor it is to have this deep experience of the Divine within my heart. How long have I waited. How grateful am I and I have to tell you that after sitting with the Divine Mother in the form of Sai Maa I am feeling so loved and empowered. That Life and Light is all here with me now. Maa says now is the time.

She is not kidding. So loved. In am so grateful in your Divine Love  so cleansing, so perfect, so healing.

My Love, call me home to our heart of hearts.

Come come come be with me now…

My Beloved…

and Light to you.

In these recent days I have been doing some guided meditations  and they have been so powerful and so beautiful. How so? A time where the room was still so quiet even with the 5 or 6 people who have joined me for these events. A quietness and a real dance with the Divine has been going on.

One friend said” I have not been able to stand up straight for years, because of my cerebral palsy, but I felt I was standing up straight and it was magnificent.”

Others reported a deep sense of peace and others a joy just bubbling and delicious.

I would love to share that guided meditation with you all soon. Yes, yes how lovely…

Love and Light to you,

Sue

AUTUMN COLORS ON THE BLUE RIDGE

As summer slipped away I found myself at first resisting the autumn chill yet no sooner did the lovely colors arrive and I said a quick hurray and went on. I drive east to Annapolis along the beautiful Rte 70 quite often and the trees there truly put on a show. So I decided to invite a friend and we went for a days drive down to Skyline Drive entering at Front Royal Virginia and wending our way along. We stopped at several of the overlooks. At the lower altitudes the trees were so colorful and as we drove higher the cloud cover blotted out the views and the air got wetter. We had a nice lunch at a store with a lunch counter  on the drive then we went on a bit, but the predicted rain was getting heavier and we decided to return home so we could beat the rush hour traffic.

What a glorious drive. The traffic was light and it was easy to pull

Skyline Dr, VA

Skyline Dr, VA

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Skyline Dr , VA

Skyline Dr , VA

over at the overlooks jump out,  take some photographs and enjoy the vistas and move on.

Today on NPR I heard the Skyline Dr recommendation for Fall colors. Yes I second that!!

Skyline Drive, VA

Skyline Drive, VA

Juan Felipe Herrera at The Library of Congress Sept 15th Our New Poet Laureate

Dr James H Billington started the program speaking of the choice of  Juan Felipe Herrera as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. He also spoke of previous Poet Laureates and their choices of projects that they achieved during their tenure. Wonderful  Projects like the favorite poem project by Robert Pinsky in 1997 and Ted Kooser’s project to create space and presence for poetry in American Culture by providing  a free  weekly column for newspapers and periodicals and Natasha Tretheway’s project of exploring societal issues through poetry’s lens in a series of reports with PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown, as part of the show’s Poetry Series just to name a few.

Juan Felipe calls poetry Freedom and he is right. This is what he said to NPR

“Poetry is a call to action and it also is action. Sometimes we say, “This tragedy, it happened far away. I don’t know what to do. I’m concerned but I’m just dangling in space.” A poem can lead you through that, and it is made of action because you’re giving your whole life to it in that moment. And then the poem — you give it to everyone. Not that we’re going to change somebody’s mind — no, we’re going to change that small, three-minute moment. And someone will listen. That’s the best we can do.”

I was honored to be at this wonderful reception and reading by our new Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. I was able to get some photographs of Juan Felipe during the reception and also later at his reading. There was a wonderful Balada and spoken word performance which was put together in an earlier ballad class presented by Juan Dies, Juan Felipe’s friend. The words were written  by the attendees of the class:   I have recorded most of the words spoken by Juan Felipe here accompanied by the beautiful guitar music of Juan Dies who often frames Juan Felipe’s own poetry in just this way :

I want to sing about it about a woman who died   her name was Sandra Bland they say she committed suicide.  It was the 10th of July in Texas the police arrested her just because she didn’t blink the lights right and took her to jail. She was a brave African American she who knew her rights she was a great  activist and she stood up against the police. Brian was a mean man he thought too much of himself and he abused Sandra Bland and now everybody knows. Sandra knew about all the dangers of discrimination, she shouted out “Black Lives Matter” and that was her doom. When Brian told Sandra, “Put out that cigarette” she said “no sir, I know my rights.”

Brian was so upset he just yanked her out of the car with violence and with pushes and with force he arrested her. She was in jail for three days no one knew what had happened to her with a plastic bag they say she committed suicide. “Please everybody you know, violence is going to continue even though you have a video that may not save you.”

There was more, unfortunately my iPhone photo app was suddenly full, so I missed the last bit. It wasn’t much longer, but so beautiful and I am going to put up what I have on You Tube.

I was moved to tears more than once by the poetry of Juan Felipe. It is so real and so deep, so honest and so free. The son of Mexican migrant workers Juan Felipe was encouraged to use his voice by his 3rd grade teacher who had him get up in front of class and sing. When he finished his song she told him what a beautiful voice you have Juan Felipe and so his journey with words began.

This wonderful woman was present for this event along with Juan Felipe’s family and friends from Riverside CA. Recently has been the California State Poet Laureate.

The poetry of Juan Felipe Herrera speaks to the richness of color and life of the earth and her bones, he writes of the journeys of man, the war and famine the soldier and suicide, the soldier and mental illness… ” all those lives    never go away      they burn they burn ”       He writes with a kindness and gentleness, with a scream and a rhythm that is this life. He writes with honesty and the freedom of the gritty and the Light.

The first photo is of myself and Grace Cavalieri at the Library of Congress.

 

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This is what Juan Felipe read as his closing poem. He wrote this poem for the event.

SO I WILL SPEAK OF IT

Let it begin – you say, crimson fibers &

solar epoch rise up at the broken spoke of

the life highway

bones of ragged singers the ones you find painted in

street shadow life

 

the ones made of sugar, black coffee, tin can drink

asleep by the mountain scar – they

still keep songs woven on brown-off-white belts

 

let grandfather fire Tatewari tear himself

for the ache sweet waters of mother waves Aramara

teal glaze ocean – red beads sea speak here

 

speak here:

long and ancient strings splintered

tiny guitar plywood sanded down

sit here – this corner by Fanta machines teetering

gas pump road to Guadalajara —

Who

will

listen?

 

COMING CHANGES IN CONSCIOUSNESS

Here I am down the road a few years from where I started trying to say a few things to those who might listen or argue or be somewhat entertained by my thoughts about acupuncture,  5000 years of Chinese practice might mean something! Acupuncture had saved me from terrible, lousy, allergies.

I also spoke of energy healing and the fact that there was more than one galaxy.

The fact that we ( our consciousness at that time) didn’t really know it all.. Meditation and Yoga!! Yes all this, so powerful, and such a contribution to our society at that time and now today it’s all normal!!! Such a difference. It’s all mainstream.

So I at one point got discouraged gave up and let go and now I’m back, meditation and Yoga, I have lost that weight, and my Beloved Teacher Sai Maa who brought me home, home again, to what you ask,  to the Divine within, that’s her lovely lovely work in this world. To bring us back to that experience of the Divine within.

My first trimester of pregnancy with my third child just about wiped me out with upper respiratory congestion, trying to breathe at night, asthma, wheezing and  the whole breathless catastrophe. Oh man, imagine my relief when I was finally treated by the best acupuncturist in the Washington DC area. We made a trade, I would work as a receptionist Saturday mornings and he would treat me.

What a difference, 6 weeks of treatment and I was no longer sneezing or congested. I was breathing easily and walking tall! Soon after I started studying with Dr Wu and doing energy healing work which was my specialty with some of his clients. What a gift to study with such a great Master Acupuncturist.

To this day I am still practicing energy healing and I am my self a Master Healer.

At 71 I am a happy, healthy and delighted Human Being.

My teacher today, Sai Maa, teaches us the Divine state of being and as an Enlightened Master and a living Saint raises our vibration and what I know now is that, that is the job of a teacher….to raise our vibration, to inform us and heal ourselves in that exchange.

Maa as a living saint has a signature program called the Journey of Profound Healingwww.sai-maa/profound healing.com during which she cuts the roots of those haunting and injurious traits that run from  generation to generation, such as depression and suicide which runs in my family, could be abuse and heavy alcoholism whatever……  You can find out more about Maa at  http://www.sai-maa.com

I would like to acknowledge my poetry teacher and mentor, Grace Cavalieri. I do so love words and the art of poetry. Grace has been a tremendous contribution to my life as a poet, as a woman and for her tremendous contributions to the lives and words of all the many poets she has made eternal by her recordings with their interviews at The Library Of Congress at “The Poet and the Poem.” www.thepoetandthepoem.com

You can find my interview along with my fellow West Virginian and dear friend, the poet Sonja James at Part 2 at this address www.thepoetandthepoem.com 

How I love you, My Maa and how I love you Dearest Grace. I am so grateful for you. Your appreciation and encouragement of my poetry craft.Your guidance and editing. I am so grateful.

So In september there will, I hear, be a huge influx of energy to our beloved Mother Earth. This to raise the energy, enliven and enlighten the consciousness of the planet. God knows we need it.

With so much of our world stuck in we versus them it is time to go to work. Raise your own vibration through meditation, dancing and the enjoyment and self expression of our lives in gratitude for this life. Somewhere you agreed to come here to this earth at this time to bring in a world of Peace and Prosperity.

A state of joy and Knowledge of our own individual Divinity.

Are you ready to roll? Come on Come on!!

Grace Cavalieri with the Poet Laureate  Charles Simic.

Grace Cavalieri with the Poet Laureate Charles Simic.

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Grace with Sue Silver and Sonja James  at the Library of Congress, Washington DC  The Poet and The Poem 2014

Sia  Maa in India

Sia Maa in India

The love of my Beloved Sai Maa, heals the world.

Here is one of my poems written at a wonderful workshop with the poet and neurologist Frederick Foote.

DEVELOPED FROM THE DREAMTIME

I am from infant failing to thrive

saved by intramedullary feedings

saved with Mother’s milk.

I am from always the new person

on the block.

From unknown to maybe you’re OK,

milk bottles delivered to the house

air raid drills under the desk

Rock ‘n Roll and Elvis

I am from the ocean, clean salty swell, surfing the waves

on 8 foot boards at Piha beach, black sands and riptides,

sweet parties at the Surf Club, 1960’s

Scuba diving, in the caves of the Poor Knights Islands

I have travelled on the Oronsay to this new home down under

the land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand,

the Maori. Mother’s friends and family.

I am from divorce and decree, Catholic school and rules,

writing, writing and my first Brownie camera.

Poetry, stories and photographs

The Newmarket Swim club, sunburn and swim meets.

I am from the red phone box, press button B to speak

the sailboat adventures with friends, on the 36 foot sloop with ketch rigging,

winning the race at the Akarana yacht club,

nightime sailing in the cold, warmed with coffee and a drop of rum,

I am from Scuba diving in caves at the Poor Knight’s Islands.

Nursing school and Post graduate studies , the Ann Arbor riots

I am from Meditation, Kriya Yoga, energy healing and growth

Soul retrieval,

Transformation

Travelling through profound healings.

THE WEDDING

Hillary's sister and Maid Of Honor with Hillary and Danica. Such beauties !!

Hillary’s sister and Maid Of Honor Philippa Miller with Hillary and Danica. Such beauties! 

Hillary Topping and Thaddeus Stamps my daughter and her love Thaddeus recently married at a lovely ceremony at the Carrollton Inn, Baltimore, MD. www.1840scarrolltoninn.com/.  What a lovely setting for a very beautiful ceremony planned and executed in 10 days by my dear daughter Hillary and her Beloved,Thaddeus.

It was a lovely gathering of close friends and family in such a unique place. Lots of photos here.

This is Mr and Mrs Thaddeus and Hillary Stamps, Their children Danica and Decimus Stamps and her friends. Decimus and Grayson, Pip and Hillary and Danica.I love my dress

At the Reception

At the Reception

Throwing the Bouquet

cutting the cake together as we will share  our lives deeply  in love and Light  always my love

cutting the cake together
as we will share our lives
deeply
in love and Light
always my love

on the left, my grand daughter with two friend at her parents wedding.

getting kind of tired

getting kind of tired

Danica Stamps

Danica Stamps

More DanicaMonk, Thaddeus and Hillary

Monk Topping, Hillary’s Dad, Thaddeus and Hillary.

Decimus and Grayson in the second from the top photo. Just lovely. Lovely lovely, lovely.