« A Native American Message | Main | Rebuilding A Rainforest »

April 30, 2008

Comments

Grace

Signed. THANK YOU, Simon, for this post!

Grace

Signed!

Sue Ann Edwards

The Earth Itself can maintain 10 Billion people at the rate of our energy usage right now. We will reach that figure in about ~25 years.

If consciousness has not accelerated its expansion by bringing in technology and wisdom to see to the problem of food, then 'things' will start happening in terms of disease and disaster, that will start culling our numbers down, to a level the earth can support.

Sue Ann Edwards

Since we live in "oneness", with "balance" maintained at all times, can you see the "oneness" and the "balance" between people starving to death and the shovel fulls of food consumed by the "obese" and "fat"?

Harmony

Thank you Simon for being who you are in the world. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
your fan,

Liara Covert

Whenever human beings focus on crisis, they will get more of the same. It makes more sense to be solutions-oriented, from the conception oof thought, to the spoken and written word. When I question my thoughts, I ask what someone like Mother Theresa or the Dalai Lama would or wouldn't do. They are peace and love-oriented. To me, the solution lies in that kind of mindset. Anything else simply takes us further from what we want.

Chase March

I think that when there are starving people on the earth, we can't possibly think about using possible food products to fuel our cars. It is ridiculous. I hope people wake up and come up with a better solution than biofuels.

Mark

Thanks for creating more awareness to this global plight.

Simon

Grace – And thank you for signing!

Sue Ann – ‘Technology and wisdom’: yes! The two need to go hand in hand. In our recent history, we seem to have had a lot more of the former than we do of the latter.

Sue Ann again – I think it is more about ‘imbalance’ than ‘balance’ at the moment. And the more we experience oneness, the more we will be aware of that imbalance. Once upon a time, it was easy for us to put the starving people in the world into a little box in our heads that we didn’t need to think about very much. That is going to get increasingly harder for us – and thank goodness for that…

Harmony – Thank you – you say the nicest things! I’m kind of a fan of yours too! ((If you haven’t already done so, do take a look at Harmony’s blog…))

Simon

Liara – Thanks for your comment. I welcome your input on this. Something that came up on the Eckhart-Oprah webcasts the other week was the problem of working to change – and motivate others to change – the problems in the world, but also to come from a place of stillness, a place of connection to All That Is. It can be a difficult balancing act.

Looking back over my post in the light of your comments, I can see that it might have been better to replace the emotive word ‘crisis’ with the descriptive word ‘shortage’ in the title. Other than that, I still think I got it about right. I took care in the way I phrased it. I put in the bit about not blaming our leaders because I wanted to provoke action, not anger. All too often, when we read something like this, we are looking for someone to blame. And the post *is* solution-oriented. It is focussed on asking people to sign the petition to promote awareness and bring about further action.

I agree that approaching the situation with a loving mindset – and perhaps focussing on the concept of ‘plenty’ rather than ‘shortage’ - will also be beneficial. But as I said, there are times when action is needed too. It is all too easy for those of us who are spiritually aware to forget about that bit. This is a mistake which many people make when trying to apply the law of attraction. They think it is all about thinking the right thoughts and using our imagination. But it is also necessary to do what needs to be done.

When the change in human consciousness comes – when we all awaken to the way things really are – it will be so much easier to solve humanity’s problems, because we will be coming from a place where we have our collective welfare in mind instead of our individual self-interest. But it won’t be a case of just sitting down and thinking harmonious thoughts. We will need to take that harmonious mindset with us as we go out into the world - and use these bodies we have been given to do what has to be done to put things right.

Simon

Hi Chase! The problem is complex and I suspect there will still be a place for biofuels in our efforts to slow down climate change. Although I used the phrase ‘world shortage of food’, I’m not sure it is entirely accurate. It is more an economic problem, in that relative scarcity is forcing up prices beyond what many people can afford. In Haiti, where they are eating mud, there is plenty of food in the markets. It’s just that people can’t afford it. What our leaders need to do is to fully appreciate the complexities of the situation, rather than simply setting simplistic targets. Unfortunately, in our world of sound bite politics, complexities often get overlooked.

Thanks, Mark! Like I say, I think it’s important to do what we can to get this further up the news agenda. People need to be made aware of the situation.

Thanks for all your comments!

AngelBaby

Wow this is great, I signed the petition. I hope this helps.
As always your site has the most amazing and beautiful posts on it. Thank you for sharing this.
I have something for you on my site.

Love and Blessings,
AngelBaby

liveforever

Regarding the biofuel…

We know someone who has a double-decker red London bus and takes unwanted left-over cooking oil from McDonalds and makes bio-diesel from it and travels around Australia going to festivals - spreading knowledge about alternative fuels (he also has solar and wind power). It's great!

- Robin

Liara Covert

I agree people indeed get wrapped up in thinking about what they can do to persuade others to change. Such effort may also reinforce a sense of helplessness. Taking steps that enable you to feel good, that enable you to reinforce a collective conscience, can take into account the implications of your behavior. Whether or not other people follow your example doesn't make it any less meaningful for your self- reflection and ongoing journey to personal transformation. We can learn from everybody and everything.

Simon

Hi Angelbaby – Thanks for your lovely comments – and thanks for signing the petition!

Simon

Hi Robin/liveforever – As I mentioned above, I’m sure there’s a place for biofuels as long as we plan things properly – and your story illustrates this point wonderfully. If we could all run our cars on the food that goes to waste instead of taking it out of the mouths of other people, we’d be talking about a whole different ball game. I’m sure there’s scope for turning this sort of idea – and other similar logistical challenges - into reality. What we need is the will to tackle the necessary complexities: to do the work that’s needed to make it happen.

Simon

Hi again Liara – It’s like everything else. It’s best not to get attached to results. To do so can indeed make us feel helpless. The thing to do is to do what feels right – in this case, make information available – and then simply trust. It may later feel right to take further action – or it may not. It is a question of doing what feels right to us, rather than acting out of some imagined obligation.

Liara Covert

Some people might go to the extreme and begin to assume that all their perceived obligations are illusions. In some sense we all live a dream. Its ironic part of the human-created world is 'results-oriented.' Individuals may focus on an end rather than the means and journey that really count for what goes on inside and in the form of energy fields.

Simon

I think most of we humans spend most of our time focussed on the end result of what we are doing. I'm not sure it's a dream exactly - more like sleep! We can live our lives without paying attention to the present moment at all, our minds full of an intended outcome which seems all-important until we achieve it. Then it seems rather hollow, and we need to find something else to distract us from the experience of actually living our life.

And it is worth asking ourselves, perhaps, what our leaders are focussed on? Creating a favorable headline or solving the problems of the planet? The latter may require them to stay awake.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Bestselling Downloads

Search this site...

Subscribe now to receive new posts by email!

  • Dont worry - I won't give your email address to anyone else!

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Click here to give food for free...

  • The Hunger Site

Google Adsense....

Amazon.com....

Audio Books I Like....

  • The Missing Secret
  • Reclaiming Your Spiritual Power
  • The Power of the Mind to Heal
  • The Highest Level of Enlightenment
  • Speaking the Lost Language of God

Some Favorite Quotes

  • "The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone like us to come along - people who will appreciate our compassion, our encouragement, who will need our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. It is overwhelming to consider the numerous opportunities there are to make our love felt." - Leo Bascaglia
  • "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." - Sir Winston Churchill
  • "My life has been filled with terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened." - Michel de Montaigne
  • "Take any fear. Call it out. Actually make an appointment: I'll meet you face to face to get this settled once and for all at 'such-n-such' time. Tell it you'll even meet it in its own space: a dark room. And you'll find nothing will ever come to meet you..." - Sue Ann Edwards
  • "Your mind is the interference to experiencing the bliss of this moment." - Dr Joe Vitale
  • "A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive." - Albert Einstein

Widgetbox

Blog powered by Typepad

Google Adsense

If You Live Near Me...

Looking For Other Blogs?

  • My Blogroll follows. Also check higher up the sidebar, where you'll find links to my shiny new mini blog directories!

Donations Welcome!