With Lisa Er, Standing in for Tim Lynch in Mobilising Consciousness
IT IS TIME for us to do more than just talk about problems or propose band-aid solutions.
IT IS TIME for us to stop addressing the symptoms that impede healthy, dynamic, sustainable, equitable, loving connections.
It is time for us to get serious about the transformation of our systems and cultures.
If we do not do this, our impeding patterns will keep us all locked in place.
Increasingly, people, communities, organisations and even political systems are becoming aware of the need to build connection to each other and to the greater whole to address the issues and crises we are facing today.
Paradoxically, while many are becoming more aware, they are also stuck in systems and structures that are dysfunctional, toxic and stressful creating mistrust, alienation and frustration. These negative patterns develop and spread, making it very difficult to affect positive change.
Sharif Abdullah visited New Zealand on his last stop of a global journey to examine the ancient roots of sacred civilization in search of the keys for creating a world that works for all living beings.
In response to the fact that we are collectively killing the planet he says, “The revolution is in CONSCIOUSNESS. Once you change your consciousness from Breaker to Mender, your actions will change. Trying to change behaviour, without changing the underlying consciousness that causes the behaviour, has always failed to achieve lasting change”.
Sharif Abdullah, J.D., is a consultant, speaker, author and advocate for societal transformation. His mission is to bring currently dysfunctional systems and structures into alignment with our common human and spiritual values, to create a world that works for all living things.
He describes the principles of inclusivity in his books The Power of One: Authentic Leadership in Turbulent Times, the award-winning Creating a World That Works for All, and the visionary Seven Seeds for a New Society.
Often at the invitation of government, business and religious leaders, Sharif has worked with people from over 100 different cultures in over 30 countries on 5 continents. He has received international recognition for his ground-breaking work including the Martin Luther King Lifetime Achievement Award (US), Sarvodaya Vishvamitra/ Universal Friend Award (Sri Lanka) and the Hero of Humanity Award (India).
The Commonway Venture, founded by Sharif and Leslie Hamilton, provides individual, group and organisational development to move beyond traditional pathways to unleash engagement, diversity and resilience.
For more information: http://www.commonway.org
This programme is sponsored by: http://www.theawarenessparty.com
See previous interview when in April 2012 I interviewed Peter Daley and obtained 24,000 hits on this site alone.
http://www.greenplanetfm.com/members/greenradio/blog/VIEW/00000001/00000193/Peter-Daley-on-the-Fuku shima-Radiation-Cloud-over-Australia--NZ.html#00000193 With mainstream media still blacking out information it's only the deteriorating situation in the last month, with steam vents escaping being evidence of criticality's in the underground coriums (a lava-like molten mixture of portions of nuclear reactor core), as iodine 131 and xenon detections have now been revealed in cities around Japan as well as in the air in South Korea.
The rising of ground water levels at the nuclear site, show that this water is now highly contaminated equaling billions and trillions of bacquerrells of activity, this due to the Japanese building a dam to stop the contaminated water from flowing into the Pacific ocean. But, this dam has caused the water table to rise and if water rises to ground level, it becomes fatal to workers walking around as well as making the site inoperable. i.e no remediation can ever be done.
As Japan is situated on an active earthquake zone and you have many buildings on top and with ground water rising you get liquefaction and this turns the ground into a liquid mud (as in Christchurch) and this is now under the reactor buildings that have super hot multiple reactor cores stored in 'so called' cooling pools and if these slip away in a minor earth movement, a nuclear fire could engulf the buildings sending radioactivity back up into the atmosphere.
Also, the 1,000 low quality storage tanks, which are storing radioactive water that they are holding to prevent getting into the Pacific ocean are showing signs of breakdown (some are actually leaking already) and could also crack open and spill their radioactive contents all over the site.
Mainstream media are playing this down so we have to wonder if there are any truth tellers out there at all. The few who are doing it are extremely courageous.
But the Pacific Ocean is still constantly having radiated water flow into it. Water columns of radiation - where plankton, fish, salmon and tuna have now bio-accumulated significant amounts of cesium. Health authorities have changed the maximum amount of radiation we can take from 1 milli-sievert now p to 20 milli-sievert and it has all been hushed up.
And there is a huge difference between external dose and internal. Once any radioactive atoms enters our body, radiation can become trapped there. A top Japanese professor resigned over this, due to the distortion of this issue of increasing to 20 milli-sieverts, especially for children, because it was far to high for them.
The greatest danger is breathing in radiation and getting it trapped in our lungs.
The safety of flying in the Northern hemisphere, best to limit it, and not fly at all between North America and Japan 'across the Pacific' and by default to Korea and China too.
Learn how the body distributes radiation, it does not distribute it evenly, but radiation gathers in the bones and the thyroid gland … listen and learn a little about strontium and cesium and plutonium and its effect on the human body.
Regarding the safety of NZ from atmospheric radiation, at present it is estimated that we are getting probably 5 times less than the Northern hemisphere is.
Hear that in the USA, Europe and Japan, government radiation monitoring stations are being turned off when a major 'event' happens and or adjusting their equipment to not actually show up the radiation levels, plus manipulating the data so as not to alarm the public. In Japan, they have been caught out manipulating the data on the screens.
This interview also covers the monitoring of radiation in Australia and NZ by aware honest people, privately doing it. The Government keep this data under wraps.
Bio accumulation of radiation accumulates in areas and particular currents - being eaten up the food chain from plankton to larger organisms to fish that end up being eaten by larger fish - up to human consumption and studies show it can increase up to 100,000 times and even a million times in certain circumstances.
North Pacific sea food like tuna and salmon being very questionable, and fish that swim also into the Southern Pacific.
Korea is banning fish from areas in Japan and some in China are calling for the same.
Well worth NZers checking out with our local orthnologists.
Godwits migrating to Alaska/Siberia and Japan could be 'canaries in the global coal mine.'
Mutton Birds (Titi = Shearwater). Evidently 33% disappeared after summer near Fukushima — Those making it back 'were in a poor condition' says New Zealand Govt researcher. A study near Auckland has found a third [...] failed to return this summer after spending the southern winter in their northern hemisphere base near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Department of Conservation researcher Graeme Taylor says the birds that did return were in a poor condition. April 2012. Where is 2013 research?
Humpback whales and grey whales what is their health like? And the huge reported die off of seals in Alaska, and salmon, herring, is also a worry.
The multiplier effect …
Studies of radiation point to the North Pacific ocean becoming 10 times more concentrated off the coast of North America than off the coast of Japan, that through wave action and wind this radio activity can become airborne and be blown inland, especially into the large coastal cities on the western seaboard where the people breathe it in.
The weakening of the human immune system, and what we can do to strengthen it. Pneumonia epidemic in Japan last year and a rubella one this year - are they connected to weakened immune systems? There is a reported hypothyroid increase of 28% in North America, is there a connection? Many deaths in the USA straight after the disaster in March 2011, were hushed up and were linked to the highly radioactive iodine clouds that initially came through.
Do your own research!
Food Lab has been organized by Peter in Australia.
He advises us to buy southern hemisphere food. To read the labels (note in NZ the labels say 'local and overseas' content. We have let the NZ Govt get away with this).
It is important to strengthen and reinforce our immune systems. Important to seek medical advise re iodine intake on a regular basis of any form.
Bentonite clay and zeolite … be wary … get expert advice
Ginger, garlic, vitamin c, Lyprinol are important.
Scientists have been silenced …. establishment has locked everything down - info only from private investigators is coming through.
Peters' monitoring equipment of atmosphere is quite sophisticated at recording data every 60 seconds and puts it all together 24/7, 365 days a year.
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Christina Barruel, New Zealand Cool Schools National Manager & Trainer, Donna Hourigan-Johnston of Mt Roskill Grammar (a peer mediation coordinator) and Del McFarlane-Scott of Ranui Primary (Cool School peer mediation program co ordinator).
In the early 1990s, Yvonne Duncan in association with the NZ Peace Foundation embarked on a innovative World First, to introduce to every school in NZ a skills based method to teach children how to resolve conflict and reconcile differing points of view, be it in the class room, or playground.
With this unique system been introduced to over 2,000 schools throughout the country since its inception, this could be a global game changer, albeit over a number of generations. Building upon relationships towards a Win Win World.
Could New Zealand become a 'world leader' in conflict resolution… and have hundreds if not thousands of trained emissaries skilled in the art of peaceful resolution of conflicts? These professional peacemakers would get invited to live alongside other peoples, within their cultures, and model in novel, innovative ways, goodwill and peaceful processes in action.
What has come out of this unique program is:
Students are the agents of change if you give them responsibility - their innate genius and creativity comes up with new ideas, (reflected from up to 70 different cultures that can be present in many of NZ's urban schools) as well students voluntarily taking on the mantle as ambassadors of social justice, being positive role models and standing up against bullying and harassment.
Some schools have a very high percentage of students who are trained as peer mediators and they are everywhere within the school grounds. Within these schools this has become a very popular 'service' and with a lot of mana attached to it. At Mt Roskill Grammar, around 250 students apply every year to be trained as it empowers them with a large array of life skills to assist them in negotiating existence, which in the eyes of the trainers is a brilliant service to offer any human being.
Virtually all young people, have at heart the ideal of hope, that things will eventually change and that keeping hope alive will ultimately evolve positive change - plus the sense of belonging (team spirit) for the common vision, inspires us all to involve ourselves. This knowledge empowers students to take responsibility to make schools a safer, and more peaceful place - where social justice becomes part of the every day atmosphere resulting in good local and global citizens too.
A 5 year old can even learn these skills and take them back to their family and whanau and show the larger family what they have learned at school and how to use these skills in a family setting - about listening and understanding and respecting each other.
Data in schools that have 'this program' is clearly showing that bullying falls away in the play ground. This is important, and there is a need for a champion like the Prime Minister and Parliament to get in and language the benefits of Cool Schools across NZ as often as possible so as to evolve our country into being more 'conscious' as an 'aware society.'
If many of those who are in prison had learnt these skills at school to resolve conflict, they would never have gone before the courts to end up in jail.
Imagine being taught these skills 50 years or more ago, how many more boy friends and grill friends one would have, plus far less divorces and the emotional upset, and financial stress. Think about it ...
This program also keeps students in school, as school become a safe place to be. Students can utilize their skills of being a mediator in a holistic framework to negotiate agreements on a daily basis, wherever they are, which assists them to grow and learn. Resulting in the preparation of a citizen for the world. Someone who can also cope with change in a fast changing globalized reality. It's prepping children for the future.
And the gift of teaching conflict resolution is that when the teachers of the Cools Schools program meet their students many years later in the outer world the students inevitably come up to them and thank them dearly, for teaching them these skills, as it has helped them across the board to resolve so many challenges that have come their way, like studies, job, family, relationships etc. A major Win / Win, for both teacher and student and all other 3rd parties.
I urge you to listen to this radio show as it will give your heart a chance to catch up on itself. You can feel the excitement of this studio gathering that it is actually palatable where the vibe carries forward such an optimistic view of how things can be.
peace, respect in diversity, paying it forward, goodwill in action, random acts of kindness, planting seeds, developing empathy, building self esteem, warm hearted citizens, character building, community
Today, about 2 fifths of the global population are classified as peasants and Ross feels moved to help label the collective aspirations of global peasantry, back into a relationship with each other, the land and ecology - where the world really works. This being in so many ways an antidote to the methodical ways of todays corporate machine - the so called 'NeoLiberal Agenda.'
'NeoLiberalism' isolates the poor and it invisiblizes them and so they drop of the bottom and they then turn into a problem for society to deal with, and instead of being an integral part of a cohesive and supportive community they become the rejects of society.
And they are growing in number …
This intriguing and provoking interview covers a very broad subject range:
People = peasants, producing food, on the land for the betterment of their community. Healthy food, from healthy land, produces healthy 'aware' peasants. Ross sees the relationship of food, land and society and how we relate to each other as community, as the 3 main 'interdependent' components that can tie us with a common thread.
Based on finding solutions of how individuals understand what it is to be an 'aware' peasant wanting to work in alignment with nature, while cohabiting in a world of todays fast moving mechanical, chemical, technical, corporatized monolith.
Covering the premise that the world is in great trouble and that we the people are the cause both unconsciously and consciously. This is resulting in the greatest threat to wellbeing and freedom everywhere that can now be laid at the door of 'corporate ambition' and its addiction to unbridled growth and expansion, within the context of our straining biosphere.
However, the greatest threat to this 'corporate ambition' is a well informed public! The challenge yet again is for the 4th estate, our media, to give us the information, truth and wherewithal to make informed decisions so as to act. Fortunately alternative media via the web is growing to fill this void.
Ranging over how we in NZ were 'Programmed' by Treasury & Rogernomics & the Hijacked 4th Labour Govt.
We were told that there was going to be a:
And middle & working NZ have never recovered from this, especially that NZer's who think they own their own house, are in reality just tenants for the Bank.
The plusses of living as an 'aware' peasant translate to:
Urban Farming in the USA, do a web search for growing your own food.
http://www.ripenear.me An excellent Australian site to plug you into community.
http://www.ooooby.org Very good initiative here in Auckland.
There's a term in Europe called peasantisation, where farmers are going back to simple localised growing and selling and farming as an artist or artisanal farmer.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan www.heligan.com
The world-renowned restored productive gardens and pleasure grounds. The pioneering Wildlife Project offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in how the estates of old were organized.
http://www.joelsalatin.com.au World best farmer … incredible production per acre.
http://www.viacampesina.org La Via Campesina : International Peasant Movement
Translates to: The road of the Peasant, is in over 20 countries, with a membership of over 200 million families.
Challenges for Peasants.
The land grab of Africa, where the Europeans and corporations are buying up much of Africa including Goldman Sachs, the UN is in there too 'and on the wrong side of the average African' plus, China taking-over this vast continent!
Search Shock Doctrine by Naomi Cline on South America and the gripping story of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world.
See Bryan Bruce’s latest brilliant and insightful TV3 documentary:
Ross's YouTube evenings in West Auckland cover subject matter such as Fracking, Smart metros, cancer, water, and corporate water etc with a discussion afterwards.
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What is it that we can do, that will make the world become better?
Organic gardening and mediation and what else?
Getting organised and doing it is the key.
Being a micro high tech peasant is another component too.