|TROUBLE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
JULY 1, 2010
"The Fourth World shall end soon, and the Fifth World will
begin. This the elders everywhere know. The Signs over many
years have been fulfilled, and so few are left."
- White Feather - Hopi Elder
If you've been aware of the ongoing catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf, then you know how huge and important this is. I felt compelled to share my thoughts about this and to see it as a great opportunity.
Normally Chant Club breaks for the summer, but this year a group of enthusiastic regulars have convinced me otherwise. Please come and join us on Wed., the 7th. Also, my 5th year hosting a Sacred Sound weekend at Unicamp is happening July 2 thru 4. Last but not least, I'll be participating in a peace concert in Guelph on July 10th. More details below.
As I mentioned in the last newsletter, I hope to be offering some great week-long retreats in Costa Rica this coming winter, in conjunction with some of my colleagues. We've already received a lot of interest in this idea. We are committed to making these retreats very affordable and joyful, using the beauty of that land to enhance the content of whatever program is being offered. More details will be available in future newsletters.
If you'd like to access past newsletters containing the earlier articles on the
Big Shift, as well as articles on the Physics of Mysticism, Magic, the Power of Mantra and other topics, please
visit the 'newsletter' page of my website: whyislife.com
Peace and love, Dennis.
UNDERSTANDING THE SHIFT
TROUBLE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
by Dennis Gaumond
The oil spill in the Gulf is probably the worst natural disaster and the most important event we've seen in a long time. Not only is it a huge mess and a metaphor for the challenges we face on this planet, but it is also a huge opportunity.
It is a mess because of the obvious things that have been reported by the media, i.e. the livelihood of fishermen, the ecological consequences, etc. It is also a mess because of what is rarely reported on the news, that this may only be the tip of the iceberg. This could be the start of a much larger catastrophe - huge clouds of toxic gases, possible explosions, the virtual death of the oceans world-wide and more. A search of the internet will result in tons of this type of info. (see links at the end of this article).
Another thing that is poorly reported on in the mainstream media is that this mess, like the financial meltdown, is a direct result of legislation allowing de-regulation - the idea that corporations have the intelligence and responsibility to regulate themselves. No wonder there are protests at G-20 meetings. Our leaders continue to put the 'economy' at the top of their agenda even in the wake of such an enormous catastrophe. Corporate and political leaders ignored warnings from scientists and experts long before this episode came to pass. It is the end result of a string of negligent and irresponsible decisions and probably represents the biggest corporate crime of all times.
One of the things getting a lot of attention these days within the alternative information community is the Hopi prophecies. The Hopi are amongst a huge number of prophecy sources that talk about the end times. They have a list of 9 'first signs' that tell of the coming of the end-times. Here is the 7th of those signs: "You will hear of the sea turning black, and many living things dying because of it." Could this be referring to the gulf disaster? (For more about the Hopi prophecies, see links below.)
The mess in the gulf is a metaphor for the challenge that we all face - to make choices that do not threaten the planet's ability to sustain life, choices that show compassion for our world and its residents. It is not only the oil companies behaving irresponsibly. We must all take responsibility for the choices we make. When we buy something, we vote for it. We need to support the right things and demand change. We need to wake up.
The main thing that I'd like to talk about is the opportunity that this presents. We can remind ourselves that the physical reality of which we are all a part, is only a piece of the whole story. This situation needs to be understood from a 'vibrational' point of view. More important than the consequences of the gulf situation itself, are the consequences of our reaction to it. It is very difficult not to react to it with frothing anger and disgust - I know it has been difficult for me. But a dark room cannot be made light by bringing in more darkness. Alternatively, we could choose to send light into the darkness, we could send love and compassion to those that need it the most.
When the huge tsunami hit a few years back, it was a disaster on the physical level, but on the vibrational level it resulted in a huge outpouring of compassion. It was an opportunity. This recent disaster is a more challenging opportunity. We can choose not only to send light to those who have been most affected by it, but also to those who caused it. It is an opportunity to remember that we are not helpless victims, that we have a huge power at our disposal. Our consciousness itself has power. We can pray, we can meditate, we can send positivity in whatever way. We can raise the vibrations and not lower them. There may be many more calamities headed our way - all will be opportunities to choose love and compassion over fear, anger and disgust.
This gulf situation has inspired many initiatives, many vehicles by which we can send our positive vibrations. Some of them are calls for prayer from right wing organizations, some for meditaions from new age groups, eastern religions and many other groups. Googling will take you to many from which to choose. These links will take you to some of them:
BUDDHIST PEACE FELLOWSHIP
DEFENDING THE TRUTH
|Prophecy of the Hopi Elders:
Here is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift,
that there are those who will be afraid,
who will try to hold on to the shore,
they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know that the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore,
push off into the middle of the river,
and keep our heads above water.
And I say see who is there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history we are to take nothing personally,
least of all ourselves, for the moment we do,
our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
For we are the ones we have been waiting for.
more Hopi prophecies via Frank Waters: HOPI
|GUELPH CHANT CLUB
Looking forward to chanting with my friends.
WED., JULY 7, 2010 Guelph, Unitarian Church
7:45 to 9:30 pm Ontaro
The Unitarian Church is on the corner of
Harris and York Streets in Guelph.
For more detailed directions, check out guelph-unitarians.com
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"This is my 5th year doing this retreat. It's a lot of fun. Please join me for
AND MEMORABLE WEEKEND GETAWAY!!
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Join Dennis Gaumond
A WEEKEND OF
SACRED SOUND and a celebration of
THE BIG SHIFT
Friday, July 2nd to Sunday, July 4th
"Don't miss this
opportunity to experience the healing power of Sound in a beautiful natural
environment - hiking, swimming, canoeing and more."
- Learn how
to access your Sacred Voice for healing and transformation.
Experience the healing power of chanting and toning
the ancient art of OVERTONE SINGING
the sound of the crystal bowls to sooth and transform you.
your open heart in a respectful, loving space
This year the Sound program will be augmented by a discussion and celebration of The Big Shift. It will help us to understand what is happening to our planet and to rejoice in this great cosmic opportunity.
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It is located
near Honeywood, just north of Shelburne, 90 minutes from Toronto, Barrie or
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|A WEE POEM
I had a strange dream last night which left me with this strange poem. I thought I'd share it with you.
HURTLING THROUGH SPACE AT AN INCREDIBLE PACE
By Dennis Gaumond
I was out walking when someone threw a stone
It went whizzing by my ear
I decided to catch up to it so I began to run
I ran as fast as I could
Soon I was abreast of it
The stone went faster - I went faster too
Hurtling through space at an incredible pace
We were going so fast that the landscape began to blur
Forms were dissolving, scenes became streaks and smears
New forms started taking shape - a new landscape was born
After a while it seemed like the stone and I were standing still
I forgot that we were
Hurtling through space at an incredible pace
The stone forgot too
I've been invited to participate in this free peace concert in Guelph. There'll be a host great artists. I'll be accompanied by my friends Mike Dragoman and Dom Denino. We're on at 4:30. Please come and join us.
COME AND CELEBRATE THE CREATION OF A HARMONIOUS & PEACEFUL PRESENCE ON EARTH THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE.Andrew McPherson http://www.andrewmcpherson.ca/ PERFORMERS:
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Theo Simms http://www.theosimms.com/
Prince Bamidel Bajowa - http://www.princebamidelebajowa.ca/
Heidi Ann Crocini http://www.sensualdanceart.com
Charlotte Fielden - http://www.cfmbooks.com/
Tomy Bewick http://www.myspace.com/tomybewick
Dennis Gaumond http://www.whyislife.com/
WHEN: July 10, 11am to 8pm
WHERE: Concert Bandshell - Riverside Park, Guelph, ON
PRICE: This is a FREE CONCERT!!