Make it a Better World

One of my other inspirations: Dr. Maya Angelou. I love this message.

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“Try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity.

Take up the battle.

Take it up.

It’s yours.

This is your life.  This is your world.

I’ll be leaving it long before you under the ordinary set of circumstances. You make your own choices. You can decide life isn’t worth living, and that would be the worst thing you can do. How do you know, so far?

Try it. See.

So pick it up. Pick up the battle, and make it a better world.

Just where you are.

Yes, and it can be better, and it must be better, but it is up to us.”

–Thank you, Dr Angelou.

“Maya Angelou” Oprah Presents Master Class. OWN, 2011.

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Standing Together in a BIG WAY

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This is the sign I carried to the Women’s March where I live in Oregon. The rain soaked through it, and several times people asked to see what it said. I saw others present with the exact same sign as mine, and a young girl was carrying another famous quote of Dr. Martin Luther King on her sign:

“We must learn to live together as brothers (and sisters) or perish together as fools.”

Yes, January 21, 2017 was a big day! I had the great pleasure of being part of a local Women’s March in Oregon. No one anticipated the incredible turn out. We could not hear speakers. It was pouring down rain. None of it mattered. We checked out each other’s signs, and laughed at some. We all just smiled because we got to hang out together. All kinds of people were there: women, men, children, GBLT folks, people in wheelchairs, bikers, young, old, even babies, Asians, Latinos, Blacks, Native people, East Indians, people from the Middle East and of Arabic background, did I leave out anyone? Oh, they were present, too. Religion did not matter, nor did social status nor wealth. That is the point. Everyone was welcome. We were welcome to stand together knowing that ALL of us deserved Equal Rights and Respect.

I went by myself, and ran into friends who were at the gathering place. When we talked, we kept sharing how inspired we felt. The entire program had to be changed, because there was no venue we could walk close enough to the meeting place to where all of us would fit to listen to speakers. Nobody seemed angry about it. While I was standing for nearly an hour with several thousand people, I only saw one police officer.

While we waited before the speeches to start that we couldn’t hear, a mylar pink heart balloon blew up into the sky. It rose and rose. That balloon was apropos for the day. Our hearts were joined together. It was a day of ONENESS, and you readers know how much like talking about that.

After nearly an hour standing and there was no obvious march happening, I left the two friends I had met at the meeting place and decided to walk back to my car, more than a half mile away. I was under the impression that I would be walking with a few people back to my car. No, I ended up walking with a few thousand people because a spontaneous march broke out in the direction of where my car was parked. We chanted some, and at one time, some one was playing “St. Louis Blues” on a trumpet. A few of us started singing along. At one point, we all cheered together. Everyone talked to everyone else. We were brothers and sister in this life together, so we smiled. I can’t speak for others, but I felt HAPPY being a part of this spontaneous, love fest or party which required NO ALCOHOL. We stood together about 10,000 strong, which is good for a city with about 200,000 of us. All that was required for all of us to be there was to be human! For me this Women’s March was not marching AGAINST anyone except the haters and people who promote division between people; it was about marching FOR ALL of us.

This is what was said about some of the sister marches across the USA and in LA:

http://www.snopes.com/2017/01/22/hundreds-thousands-attend-womens-march-los-angeles/

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Only Light Can Drive Out Darkness

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

These days it is sometimes hard for me to listen to the news. I do NOT have TV, but I listen to the radio. What I am trying to do now is NOT deny what is happening, but to look for what I can do that is positive. I believe that I need to seek the light in my world. I also believe that everything has a vibration and that if I can work towards something positive, then my own vibration is raised. Sure I will have negative days and events that I will work to process, but I will work not to keep myself miserable nor send hateful thoughts toward others. I feel that does NOT help any of us in this country or the world.

The power of our thoughts is elegantly demonstrated in the experiments that Dr. Masura Emoto who prayed, emoted, and did things like playing music over water and then froze that water. When he prayed peace or love over the water, the crystals in the water once it froze after three hours were organized and beautiful. When people thought hate or felt anger towards the water, it did not form organized crystals, or those crystals were not beautifully structured.

Here is a video or some of Dr. Emoto’s photographs of the ice crystals:

These experiments showed me the power of our thoughts.

Today many things happening in politics have led me to shake my head and ask myself, “What is he/she thinking?” I have to stop myself and ask:
What good do those thoughts or utterances do to help any situation or even myself? I don’t have power over things like this in my life. I do have choices of how I respond to what I may be witnessing for the next four years. My conclusion is to work more locally with things I might be able to change or at least have a voice to speak about. I like to work with kids, so I found through a friend a way to volunteer my time. I may spend some time working with animals, particularly, cats because I may adopt one in the near future. I can work with others who have similar beliefs about supporting immigrants or the homeless in my area. In other words, I am going to search for the opportunities in my life where I can see what I am contributing and who is receiving what I am giving.

The other thing I can keep on doing, is improving myself. I shall continue with the inner journey as I get to learn who I AM and am trying to be the kindest person I can be to others and myself. This new year already delivered me an opportunity to notice, for instance, on last Monday how much I dismiss myself and lack good self-care. I noticed I could have made a different choice than I did for myself. It took me a day, but I was able to get to the root of WHY I had been dismissing myself. Learning what I did has helped me to respect my own body more. Love of self and others is opening even more for me. I feel so incredibly grateful.

Since a lot of the inward journey is helping me to be more in the “light” and think positive thoughts, I found another website that shows in a different way of how our emotions and our personal “vibration” are interlinked.

When you get to this website, you may have to scroll down a bit to get to the part about emotions and your personal vibration.
http://www.themagicofquantum.com/review.php

Whether I choose to try to live and think more in the “light” with a higher vibration is really my choice in every moment I am alive and am a citizen of this country and this planet. I welcome my fellow travelers in this life to strive alongside me with this commitment.

What I find amazing, too, is that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. knew about positive thinking intuitively when he spoke the words I quoted at the beginning of this blog. All of us, including me, need to be thinking like he did every day! We would have a different country and world if we did.

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A Few Cracks

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“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”
Leonard Cohen

I love this Leonard Cohen quote because it gives me hope. Recently, I have been hearing several different stories where different native tribes have won cases that have gone through years of struggle and brought the tribes positive outcomes. One of those I already wrote about recently in the blog called “Standing with and Working Together” about the Lakota Sioux tribe of Standing Rock and their present success in stopping the pipeline from polluting their water.

I have heard two other recent successes where two other tribes in the Northwest have finally gotten social justice in regard to litigation that went on for 20 to 100 years on behalf of their tribes. These are a “few cracks” of hope I have that finally native people are starting to get restitution from the terrible past that white people in the USA have inflicted upon them. These native people are finally getting the legal and cultural respect and consideration due to them. Incidents I will bring up in this blog, as well as, besides what happened for the Sioux people in North Dakota give me some hope that some of us white folk are changing our behavior from the past ignorance and delusion that we had been living in.

In a blog from this summer that I wrote called “Working Together II” I wrote about the Paiute tribe.

After 100 years of not being able to fish for salmon in Burns, Oregon, many members of the Paiute tribe there, were finally able to fish for salmon on the Malheur River. The Paiute had had the cultural tradition of fishing for salmon on the Malheur River, prior to the dams. The Oregon fisheries manager, Erica Maltz, worked with tribal chairperson, Charlotte Rodriguez, to truck in and reintroduce 200 salmon beyond the dams that are on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, so that tribal members could fish for the salmon once again.
You can hear this story on Oregon Public Broadcasting radio:

http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkoutloud/segment/ron-wyden-at-dnc-salmon-reintroduction/

This next story has to do with finally acknowledging a skull found in the Northwest that was found and dated to be over 9,000 old. It took over 20 years to prove that it origins came from northwestern native people.

Here is an article about the Kennewick man from Smithsonian Magazine last year.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-9000-years-later-kennewick-man-will-be-given-native-american-burial-180958947/

Here is a further story which has finally allowed the Umatilla tribe in Washington to bury Kennewick Man.

And this is a story near the end of December that was on OPB:
http://www.wnyc.org/story/122016-kennewick-man-goes/

This is a case where I am very thankful that Senator Patty Murray stood up for the rights of native people. That has not happened very often in the USA. Also I find the disrespect of “scientists” towards this tribe appalling.

When I searched the web for other victories for native people, I did NOT find them. We white folk still have a long way to go to respect the native peoples who were the first inhabitants of this USA before it was even a nation. I will continue to stand with native people and all people. They are my brothers and sisters. I will not let fear or division separate me from them. I will continue to look for a few cracks, so that the light can shine through for all humanity.

I am also a person who believes in karma, so that what you put out in the world you get back. For me, it is time that native people got their due and that the injustices of the past end. We, Caucasian Americans, started out our history in the USA killing native people, taking their land, moving them, destroying their food and water sources, etc. We are a new generation. This is the 21st century. We white folk do NOT have to repeat the sins of our fathers and mothers. I know better, and I believe there are others who feel the same as I do.

Since I also believe in numbers and the saying “three times is a charm”; last year we got our three times is a charm, as far as native people in the USA is concerned. I hope and believe it is time to turn the page and not continue to relive the horrific past we white folk have perpetrated on native people. It is time to grow up. We no longer have to be a white nation of thieves stealing native people’s land, food sources, water, and even their dead (through Kennewick Man), so that we (white folk) can have and do what we want with what is rightly theirs!

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