What keeps people in poverty? Aren’t the minimum wage and the benefits enough to live off? Why are there 285,000 children in New Zealand being raised in poverty? Surely it is mismanagement of money, and the fact that people have too many children. People are lazy and want to stay on government hand outs.
These are the excuses that some New Zealanders trot out to excuse turning an uneducated blind eye to the suffering of our fellow countrymen / women.
Where is the understanding and compassion that should come in an egalitarian society, where we all respect and care for each other?
Emily Garden is the Project Officer for the Family 100 Research Project – a ground-breaking project that followed 100 Auckland families living in long-term hardship. Family 100 seeks to give a voice to these families in order to understand what factors work to keep people in hardship while others are able to move on to lead more secure lives. Emily has a Masters in Sociology from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a background that includes tertiary teaching and community mental health.
Emily explains that many of the Family 100 Research Project participants spoken to describe having to choose between keeping warm or eating. One of the clients described it as a juggling act. One mother tells that she and her husband went without meals many times, just for the fact of knowing that their kids are fed. “We always put the children first. If it means we have to go without so they can have it, well so be it”. Another client described the stress that she goes through, and the everyday feeling of being overwhelmed. She said “I more or less thought there was no light at the end of the tunnel, I felt like I was knocking my head against a brick wall”.
Horrific pictures of the atrocities in Gaza have filled the news and distressed many people recently. However in the short time the news media have to report, there is little time for discussion as to why Hamas fire rockets into Israel, and why Israel responds or initiates as it does, with such disproportionate force.
On August 19th 2014, after a month of war, the Gaza death toll stands at 2,016, 70% of whom were civilians, in the small densely populated coastal territory. 10,000 people have been reported injured. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel have been killed.
In this interview Tuma Hazou, explains the background to the 2014 Israeli incursion into Gaza within an historical perspective. Tuma was born and educated in Jerusalem. He then joined the BBC Arabic Services in London. He worked as a radio and TV journalist, a filmmaker in Jordan contributing to the BBC, UPI, ABC, and as special advisor to Prince Hassan, then Crown Prince of Jordan. Subsequently he worked in UNICEF’s regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa in Amman, as Chief of Information and External Relations.
Tuma speaks openly and compassionately about his concern for his people and the hopeless situation that they are in. He tells of the rise of Hamas and how it was partly funded by the Israelis.
It is notable that Hamas is not considered a terrorist organization by:
South Africa: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa
Iran : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran
Arab nations: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab
Famously known over 40 years ago for his mystical journey up beyond this 3rd dimensional plane into what is perceived as the ‘angelic hierarchy or realms’, James Hurtak continues to share insights and information to awaken us to our life’s purpose as well as connect to our higher self and more.
Covering vast themes as futurism, archaeology, theology, quantum realms, sound, remote viewing and the development of consciousness, this seems at odds to the nightly news of political intrigue, crime and the terrible mayhem and savagery that’s happening in so many countries on earth today.
Yet, both he and his wife Desiree acknowledge, like many of us, that there is also an upward spiral taking place in the field of consciousness and expanding ones awareness … and they see NZ as being a mystical island country, that initiated the template for woman to gain the right to vote, freeing up the divine feminine and anchoring this much needed - balancing archetype.
Also, that NZ being a country that instituted so many early social reforms that in many ways due to our isolation from the rest of our planet, allowed us to become an embryonic catalyst for new ideas, consciousness and spiritual insight. The emerging microcosm for the planetary macrocosm.
Though the book ‘Keys of Enoch’ was written over 40 years ago, and has coded in it layers and layers of information that takes many years of self-reflection, meditation, prayer and silence to decode, they have between them just completed a new book called the ‘Over Self Awakening’ of our higher (spiritual) self, which is an integral part of us, but at a higher level. This higher self, which we have forgotten or dissociated from for as long as we can remember is the key to our coming into alignment with our spiritual purpose so that we can in this life, finally manifest a destiny that breaks the spell that we have previously found ourselves in.
John Coombs interviews Richard Margesson on the new Mindpath, rewire your brain programs, discussing Richard’s life and work.
Richard has led an adventurous life.
Brought up between a dairy farm in upstate New York and the bustling streets of Manhattan, he gained a BA (Hons) degree in the UK before joining an elite infantry Regiment in the British Army.
He has paced through the halls of Buckingham Palace, marched in the Queen’s Birthday Parade, trudged through the sands of The Gulf, led humanitarian convoys in Bosnia, started a restaurant in a war zone, rehabilitated former child soldiers in Africa, married his Yoga teacher, lost his boots to a dingo at Ayers Rock, built up two hypnotherapy clinics and slept under cabbage trees while walking the length of New Zealand.
Adventures can come at a cost, however.
Richard has gained first-hand experience of how stress can either enhance or degrade performance at work and home. With his wife and business partner Rosa, he founded MindPath to coach executives, business owners and their teams to overcome mental and emotional obstacles.