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Vaclav Havel’s Star is Still Shining

One of the most significant events during my lifetime is known as the Velvet Revolution that took place in what was then Czechoslovakia in 1989 and ended over 40 years of communist rule without a shot being fired, which followed a period of spiritual awakening in that country. Adding to the personal significance is the fact that my grandfather came to the United States of America from Czechoslovakia in 1907 in the month that my father was born in this country. The Velvet Revolution inspired me to be on the lookout for situations where spiritual ideas provided a significant focus to drive human history. Until recently I did not appreciate the role that Vaclav Havel had played in the Velvet Revolution and other events still playing out in the world today.

Initially Havel was a part of the Prague Spring that took place in 1968 and ended with Russian tanks rolling into Czechoslovakia to shut it down the open expression of artist and political freedom that were breaking in and around Prague. I was in college at the time and since my grandfather was from Czechoslovakia, I thought seriously about going over to fight the imposition of a repressive regime. For a variety of reasons I did not go, but my heart I was with the spirit of the Prague Spring.

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Steps Toward Peace at Green Acre

When is it appropriate to take steps on behalf of peace?  When is it appropriate to show support for peace?  What about during a war?

Here is a report of some events that took place at Green Acre Baha’i School in Elliot, Maine during the First World War to illustrate answers to there questions.  They occurred after Sarah Farmer had passed on and Henry Randall was the school administrator.   It was reported in Green Acre on the Piscataqua (Baha’i Publishing Trust, 2005, pages 67-68). Continue reading

Elisha, Master Peacemaker and Angels for Today

One of the prophets of the Old Testament in the Bible was Elisha, and he was a towering example of peacemaker and is relevant for us today.  The sixth chapter of II Kings describes how he took part in and witnessed the quick and harmonious end of what looked to be a protracted war between Israel and Syria.  It states that the king of Syria made war against Israel and sent his army to pursue their army.  Through his prayer Elisha was able to discern their plans and warned the king of Israel at least three times where the Syrians were in order to avoid them.

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Doing the Impossible

When I think about some of the world’s largest problems including war-torn hot spots, I am tempted to be overwhelmed.  The underlying problems seem so enormous and they have gone on for so long with cycles of violence and revenge that a solution or resolution seems impossible.  Even knowing where or how to begin seems beyond reach.

As a child and a young adult although I felt safe in a loving and protective family situation, there was one area of great concern to me which felt totally overwhelming.  My parents, especially my dad, were collectors of everything imaginable.  His thought was grounded in his experience of coming out of school during the Great Depression.  He believed that having things was of great advantage in case you need them, especially if they came to you on sale or from a local retail store dumpster or from things that other people have thrown away that were still useable.

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Thoughts on Libya and Muammar Quaddifi

I would like to point you to this post in James Early’s blog “The Bible Speaks to You”   He tells of how he was healed of fear and hatred, but more importantly, he experienced a sense of love he had never felt before.

http://thebiblespeakstoyou.com/2011/02/

Spiritual Diplomacy

I would like to point you to Dave Hohle’s blog post titled: “Spiritual Diplomacy.”  He states: “We can all contribute PRAYERFULLY to harmonious international relations!” His post outlines other specific prayerful and practical steps we each can take to see peace come to the world step by step.

http://spiritualview.org/2010/04/16/spiritual-diplomacy/

Holding to firm ground

As we look at Libya today, we witness a dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, trying to survive using cruel and unprincipled tactics including intimidation and murder of his own people.  Yet we know that right now God is governing his creation absolutely and that his government is totally good.  How do we distinguish what we know to be true in the spiritual domain with what is happening on the human scene?

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Egypt: the next steps

I’m overjoyed with the events that have taken place in Tahrir Square in Cairo and throughout Egypt. With Mubarak agreeing to step down, the voice of the people calling for freedom and dignity has been heard. I am glad to see that these weeks of public demonstrations and calls for the resignation of Mubarak did not culminate in widespread violence. I am even tempted to call this the Velvet Revolution II. (See post dated, February 7, 2011) I am comforted to know that the spirit that was alive in what is now the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1989 is alive today in Egypt.

When Joseph, a young Hebrew man, interpreted the Pharaoh’s dream many centuries ago, he was given a leadership position in Egypt as they prepared for seven years of famine. (Genesis 41) He was given authority to administer the preparations and was able to store enough food not only to feed the Egyptians, but those in surrounding countries as well including his family. What happened in Egypt over the last several weeks can also be a model and provide inspiration for others as they deal with similar situations: thus expanding the good.

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Finding peace in the world – the first steps

I yearn for peace in the world today and to know how to make a difference.  Yet there are times when we must take a firm stand for what is right.  You may feel the same.  I had a series of experiences which led me to understand that there are things that I can do.  

As a young man in school, I learned that the country (now Czech Republic and Slovakia), where my grandfather was born, was being overrun by a powerful and oppressive outside regime.  My first thought was to leave school, travel to that country and become part of the resistance movement.  At that time I decided to continue with my schooling in part due to the thought that it wouldn’t make a difference.

About 20 years later I visited this country with an aunt which was still under the rule of the oppressive regime.  By that time I had begun to understand that there are spiritual laws governing the universe and I was attempting to learn more about these laws and how they operate.  I was struck by one statement by Mary Baker Eddy in her publication The First Church of Christ Scientist and Miscellany where she states, “The First Commandment in the Hebrew Decalogue – Thou shalt have no other gods before me, — obeyed, is sufficient to still all strife”  (279:11-13).  I was looking for peace in this situation and stilling all strife fit this goal perfectly.

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I found this, is it yours?

Not long ago while shopping in the supermarket, I was wrestling to understand the meaning and reason for a situation that have occurred. In desperation I asked God or divine Mind to show me what I needed to understand. Immediately my eyes fell upon a $5 bill that had been dropped. I picked it up and looked around for anyone who looked like they were missing something. I asked a number of people in the aisles whether it belonged to them. Everyone said, “No.”
 
Then I walked up to the front of the store where the checkout registers were and in front of the registers and asked, “Has anyone lost this $5 bill?” Immediately everyone in line pointed to a man in another line and said, “He did.” When I walked up to him, he was dressed quite slovenly and his smile revealed a lack of dental care. If I had seen his in an aisle, I could easily have tip-toed past him as far to the side as possible.

 

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