Monday, April 22, 2024

The Now


My “season of listening” continues.

As I’ve mentioned previously, one writer whose words I’m using as a guide throughout this season is Eckhart Tolle, who in his book Stillness Speaks, writes the following.

On the surface it seems that the present moment is only one of many, many moments. Each day of your life appears to consist of thousands of moments where different things happen. Yet if you look more deeply, is there not only one moment, ever? Is life ever not “this moment”?

This one moment – Now – is the only thing you can never escape from, the one constant factor in your life. No matter what happens, no matter how much your life changes, one thing is certain: it’s always Now.

Since there is no escape from the Now, why not welcome it, become friendly with it?

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When you make friends with the present moment, you feel at home no matter where you are. When you don’t feel at home in the Now, no matter where you go, you will carry unease with you.

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The present moment is as it is. Always. Can you let it be?

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The division of life into past, present, and future is mind-made and ultimately illusory. Past and future are thought forms, mental abstractions. The past can only be remembered Now. What you remember is an event that took place in the Now, and you remember it Now. The future, when it comes, is the Now. So the only thing that is real, the only thing there ever is is the Now.

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To have your attention in the Now is not a denial of what is needed in your life. It is recognizing what is primary. Then you can deal with what is secondary with great ease. It is not saying, “I’m not dealing with things anymore because there is only the Now." No. Find what is primary first, and make the Now into your friend, not your enemy. Acknowledge it, honor it. When the Now is the foundation and primary focus of your life, then your life unfolds with ease.

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Putting away the dishes, drawing up a business strategy, planning a trip – what is more important: the doing or the result that you want to achieve through the doing? This moment or some future moment?

Do you treat this moment as if it were an obstacle to be overcome? Do you feel you have a future moment to get to that is more important?

Almost everyone lives like this most of the time. Since the future never arrives, except as the present, it is a dysfunctional way to live. It generates a constant undercurrent of unease, tension, and discontent. It does not honor life, which is Now and never not Now.

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Feel the aliveness within your body. That anchors you in the Now.

Eckhart Tolle
Excerpted from Stillness Speaks
Hodder & Stoughton, 2003
pp. 39-42



See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
A Season of Listening
Eckhart Tolle on Silence and Stillness
Eckhart Tolle on Going Beyond the Thinking Mind
To Be Still
Time to Go Inwards
A Prayer of Anchoring
Today I Will Be Still
Cultivating Stillness
Inner Peace
A Sacred Pause
Aligning With the Living Light
Mystical Participation
I Need Do Nothing . . . I Am Open to the Living Light
Stepping Out of Time and Resting Your Mind
In the Stillness and Silence of This Present Moment
The Beauty and Challenge of Being Present in the Moment
Resting in the Presence of the Beloved
Active Waiting: A Radical Attitude Toward Life
Threshold Musings
To Dream, to Feel, to Listen
The Most Sacred and Simple Mystery of All
The Source is Within You
Forever Oneness
In the Midst of the “Great Unraveling,” a Visit to the Prayer Tree
As the Last Walls Dissolve . . . Everything is Possible

Image 1: Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield, MN – Michael J. Bayly (4/22/24).
Image 2: Saaxiib Qurux Badan (“Beautiful Friend”), Minneapolis, MN – Michael J. Bayly (4/18/24).


Sunday, April 21, 2024

Urbanscapes


See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Urbanscapes – 6/28/23
Urbanscapes – 11/20/22
Spring Light in Skylight
“Smoke Plume” in Minneapolis
Storm Clouds Over Minneapolis
Moon Over Minneapolis
High-Rise in Afternoon Light
Photo of the Day – June 28, 2022
Photo of the Day – May 20, 2022
Photo of the Day – February 2, 2020
Photo of the Day – October 14, 2014
Photo of the Day – September 1, 2012
Photo of the Day – December 20, 2010
Photo of the Day – July 27, 2010
Photo of the Day – May 8, 2010
Sydney Sojourn
A Visit to Melbourne
Europe 2005: London
Europe 2005: Venice
Europe 2005: Rome and Florence
Europe 2005: Paris
Weekend in Chicago
Weekend in Kansas City
Road Trip to St. Louis
Puerto Vallarta

Images: Michael J. Bayly.


Naomi Klein’s Powerful Words on Israel’s and the West’s Ongoing Gaza Genocide

The following 6-minute video is an excerpt from a much lengthier interview that Yanis Varoufakis conducted with author Naomi Klein this past Friday, April 19, 2024.

As one Facebook viewer notes: “Naomi Klein's analysis is indispensable [and] thorough, it heals you at the same time as it informs you. She crystallizes history.”

(NOTE: To view the full interview, click here.)





Related Off-site Links:
The Memory of the Holocaust Is Abused by Zionists as a “Weapon”: An Interview with Norman FinkelsteinTRT World (April 19, 2024).
Nicaragua Takes Germany to the World Court for Facilitating Israel’s Genocide – Marjorie Cohn (TruthOut, April 13, 2024).
“Genocidal Actions” Persist in Gaza as Israel Blocks Aid and U.S. Weapons Flow – Julia Conley (Common Dreams, April 12, 2024).
Journalist Abby Martin Explains Why She Considers Israel’s Actions in Gaza to Constitute GenocideMiddle East Eye (April 3, 2024).
Briahna Joy Gray Unpacks IDF Lies About the Slaughter of World Central Kitchen Aid Workers in GazaRising (April 3, 2024).
“A War Machine Out of Control”: Israel Keeps Attacking Aid Workers as Gaza Faces FamineDemocracy Now! (April 3, 2024).
Draft U.N, Report Finds Israel Has Met Threshold for Genocide – Brett Wilkins (Common Dreams, March 25, 2024).
As Israel Blocks More U.N. Aid, Gaza Is on the Brink of “Most Intense Famine” Since WW2Democracy Now! (March 25, 2024).
“Children Are Dying”: Doctor Just Back from Gaza Describes Severe Malnutrition and Preventable InfectionsDemocracy Now! (March 22, 2024).
U.N. Panel Says IDF Appears Set on “Physical Destruction of Palestinian Children” – Jake Johnson (Common Dreams, March 22, 2024).
There Is No Moral Argument That Justifies the Sale of Weapons to Israel – Mary Lawlor (The Guardian, March 21, 2024).
Former U.S. Diplomat Says “Collaboration” in Gaza Genocide Could Make Biden “Target of Prosecution” – Julia Conley (Common Dreams, March 21, 2024).
The West Is Complicit in Israel’s Genocide – Yanis Varoufakis amd Raoul Martinez (Novara Media, February 17, 2024).
Why Must Palestinians Audition for Your Empathy? – Hala Alyan (Salt Lake Tribune, October 29, 2023).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Outrage and Despair
“This Is a Genocidal Project”
“A Genocide Has Been Normalized”
Voices of Reason and Compassion on the Crisis in Israel and Gaza
More Voices of Reason and Compassion on the Crisis in Israel and Gaza
Josh Paul: Quote of the Day – March 28, 2024
Phyllis Bennis: Quote of the Day – March 28, 2024
Michael Fakhri: Quote of the Day – February 27, 2024
Sabrina Salvati: Quote of the Day – January 2, 2024
Christmas 2023 – Reflections, Activism, Art, and Celebrations
Jehad Abusalim: Quote of the Day – December 8, 2023
Ta-Nehisi Coates: Quote of the Day – November 2, 2023
In the Midst of the “Great Unraveling,” a Visit to the Prayer Tree
Prayer of the Week – October 16, 2023
Something to Think About – October 12, 2023
Eric Levitz: Quote of the Day – October 11, 2023
Phyllis Bennis: “If We Are Serious About Ending This Spiraling Violence, We Need to Look at Root Causes”
“Nothing About Today is ‘Unprovoked’”
“The Mistreatment and Discrimination Against Palestinians Is Not Unprecedented. It’s Baked Into the Foundation of the Political System in Israel”
Progressive Perspectives on the Ongoing Israeli-Palestinian “Nightmare” (2021)
Something to Think About – July 29, 2018
Noura Erakat: Quote of the Day – May 15, 2018
For Some Jews, Israel’s Treatment of Palestinians is Yet Another Jewish Tragedy
Remembering the Six-Day War and Its Ongoing Aftermath
David Norris: Quote of the Day – August 12, 2014


Friday, April 19, 2024

Outrage and Despair

I am an 83-year-old American Jew. Whole swaths of my family were wiped out in the Holocaust. When Israel was born, my community celebrated. Israel was a source of pride and elation for many years.

Slowly this glow began to dim, as facts came to light about the historic and ongoing Israeli mistreatment of the Palestinians who shared that land.

And now, Israel has turned the savage Oct. 7 terrorist attack by Hamas into an excuse to rain unimaginable destruction on the Gaza Strip. I feel outrage and despair.

How can a people who have known so much pain throughout history turn around and inflict it on others? It is a betrayal of all the humane Jewish values that I was brought up with.

Incredibly, the U.S. continues to support this catastrophe. We provide Israel with arms and funds and hinder the efforts of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) to provide relief.

As the lives and safety of Gazans are imperiled, Israelis and Americans imperil their souls.

Grace Bertalot
Letter-to-the-Editor
Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2024


The official death toll in Gaza is nearing 34,000 Palestinians killed, over 14,000 of them children. Thousands more are missing and presumed dead under the rubble. Nearly 77,000 have been wounded. That’s 100,000 Palestinians killed or wounded since October 7th.

– Saher Alghorra

The first five images included in this post are from the Gaza Collective Photo Essay project, one entitled “Gaza’s Carnage Through the Eyes of Palestinian Photojournalists.” Without doubt the photographs that feature in this project are hard to view. At the same time they are essential to view as the world must awaken to not only the humanitarian crisis but also to what's been called a “crisis of humanity” taking place in Gaza as a result of the Israeli government’s “genocidal project” against the Palestinian people. It’s a genocide in which many western nations, including the U.S., Britain, and Germany, are complicit.

The Gaza Collective Photo Essay project was coordinated by Charlotte Cans, head of photography for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). For an informative interview with Charlotte, in which she talks about the photos featured in this post, click here.

– Jehan Kawera

– Belal Khalel

– Mahmud Hams

– Mohammed Salem

Yesterday, Reuters photographer Mohammed Salem won the prestigious 2024 World Press Photo of the Year award for his image of a Palestinian woman, Abu Maamar (35), cradling the body of her five-year-old niece Saly in the Gaza Strip (above). The picture was taken on October 17, 2023, at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis in southern Gaza, where families were searching for relatives killed during Israeli bombing of the Palestinian city.


Related Off-site Links:
“Fear and Terror”: Gaza Photographer Ahmed Zakot on Documenting the Carnage of Israel’s AssaultDemocracy Now! (April 19, 2024).
U.N. Photo Collection Shows Gaza War Through the Lens of Palestinian JournalistsDemocracy Now! (April 19, 2024).
Reuters Photographer Mohammed Salem Wins World Press Photo of the Year With Poignant Shot From Gaza – Thomas Adamson (AP News, April 18, 2024).
Nicaragua Takes Germany to the World Court for Facilitating Israel’s Genocide – Marjorie Cohn (TruthOut, April 13, 2024).
“Genocidal Actions” Persist in Gaza as Israel Blocks Aid and U.S. Weapons Flow – Julia Conley (Common Dreams, April 12, 2024).
In Gaza and Beyond, War Itself Is the Problem – Robert C. Koehler (Common Dreams, April 6, 2024).
Journalist Abby Martin Explains Why She Considers Israel’s Actions in Gaza to Constitute GenocideMiddle East Eye (April 3, 2024).
Briahna Joy Gray Unpacks IDF Lies About the Slaughter of World Central Kitchen Aid Workers in GazaRising (April 3, 2024).
“A War Machine Out of Control”: Israel Keeps Attacking Aid Workers as Gaza Faces FamineDemocracy Now! (April 3, 2024).
Trump Breaks with Pro-Netanyahu Corner; Tells Israeli Media He Supports Ending War in GazaRising (April 2, 2024).
Draft U.N, Report Finds Israel Has Met Threshold for Genocide – Brett Wilkins (Common Dreams, March 25, 2024).
As Israel Blocks More U.N. Aid, Gaza Is on the Brink of “Most Intense Famine” Since WW2Democracy Now! (March 25, 2024).
“Children Are Dying”: Doctor Just Back from Gaza Describes Severe Malnutrition and Preventable InfectionsDemocracy Now! (March 22, 2024).
UN Chief Says It’s Time to “Truly Flood” Gaza with Aid and Calls Starvation There an Outrage – Samy Magdy, Amr Nabil and Sam Metz (AP News, March 22, 2023).
Sen. Bernie Sanders: “The Netanyahu Government Should Not Receive Another Penny from the U.S.”Common Dreams, March 23, 2024).
U.N. Panel Says IDF Appears Set on “Physical Destruction of Palestinian Children” – Jake Johnson (Common Dreams, March 22, 2024).
There Is No Moral Argument That Justifies the Sale of Weapons to Israel – Mary Lawlor (The Guardian, March 21, 2024).
Former U.S. Diplomat Says “Collaboration” in Gaza Genocide Could Make Biden “Target of Prosecution” – Julia Conley (Common Dreams, March 21, 2024).
“Everyone in the World Needs to See This”: Footage Shows IDF Drone Killing Gazans – Jessica Corbett (Common Dreams, March 21, 2024).
British Surgeon Describes Children Suffering “Appalling Injuries” in Gaza, Demands Immediate CeasefireDemocracy Now! (March 21, 2024).
The West Is Complicit in Israel’s Genocide – Yanis Varoufakis amd Raoul Martinez (Novara Media, February 17, 2024).
Why Must Palestinians Audition for Your Empathy? – Hala Alyan (Salt Lake Tribune, October 29, 2023).
Israeli Society Is Fascist: An Interview with Abby Martin of The Empire Files

UPDATES: Naomi Klein’s Powerful Words on the Gaza GenocideEye of the Storm Podcast (April 19, 2024).
CNN Report Shows Tragedy of Children Killed By Israel – Novara Media (April 20, 2024).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
“This Is a Genocidal Project”
“A Genocide Has Been Normalized”
Voices of Reason and Compassion on the Crisis in Israel and Gaza
More Voices of Reason and Compassion on the Crisis in Israel and Gaza
Josh Paul: Quote of the Day – March 28, 2024
Phyllis Bennis: Quote of the Day – March 28, 2024
Michael Fakhri: Quote of the Day – February 27, 2024
Sabrina Salvati: Quote of the Day – January 2, 2024
Christmas 2023 – Reflections, Activism, Art, and Celebrations
Jehad Abusalim: Quote of the Day – December 8, 2023
Ta-Nehisi Coates: Quote of the Day – November 2, 2023
In the Midst of the “Great Unraveling,” a Visit to the Prayer Tree
Prayer of the Week – October 16, 2023
Something to Think About – October 12, 2023
Eric Levitz: Quote of the Day – October 11, 2023
Phyllis Bennis: “If We Are Serious About Ending This Spiraling Violence, We Need to Look at Root Causes”
“Nothing About Today is ‘Unprovoked’”
“The Mistreatment and Discrimination Against Palestinians Is Not Unprecedented. It’s Baked Into the Foundation of the Political System in Israel”
Progressive Perspectives on the Ongoing Israeli-Palestinian “Nightmare” (2021)
Something to Think About – July 29, 2018
Noura Erakat: Quote of the Day – May 15, 2018
For Some Jews, Israel’s Treatment of Palestinians is Yet Another Jewish Tragedy
Remembering the Six-Day War and Its Ongoing Aftermath
David Norris: Quote of the Day – August 12, 2014

Image 1: Belal Khalel.
Image 2: Saher Alghorra.
Image 3: JehanKawera.
Image 4: Belal Khalel.
Image 5: Mahmud Hams.
Image 6: Mohammed Salem.


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Jean Houston on What We Can Learn From the “Awesome” Eclipse of April 8

I’m on the mailing list of author, philosopher and all-round visionary thinker Jean Houston. Earlier today I received the following message from her. It resonates with me; perhaps it will resonate with you too.

April 8th, was a day unlike any before it. Millions of people looked towards the heavens to discover what many called a spiritual experience. For in the dance between light and dark, we had come together as citizens of a powerful and humbling cosmos.

All that had divided us, was subsumed by a rare and precious sense of belonging to an extraordinary home of land, sea and stars. We were drawn into the mystery of light and dark by a childlike awe that initiated us into an unexpected relationship of community, reverence and possibilities.

I couldn’t help but feel this sky ritual as a metaphor for the light of your presence often being overcome with events that challenge the belief in yourselves, each other, and in our societies’ futures. We witnessed the symbolic dance of light and dark, just as our lives alternate between promise and anxiety.

Spontaneous cheering welcomed back the return of our brilliant sun. Those joyous voices were the sounds of the victory of light, hope and the return of all that sustains our collective lives.

For me, you are that light, offering yourself, against all odds, against all challenges, to a holy world.

Sometimes your light may be overshadowed by outdated old patterns, by challenging situations, by witnessing unnecessary tragedies or by an overwhelming fatigue at the foolishness of decisions being made at every level.

When your Light emerges again it can be filled with a powerful new energy, one creatively and spiritually prepared for this extraordinary time of transformation. Against all odds, you can help wisdom and good prevail, and use your imagination, experiences, allies and actions to make your visions a reality and help create a better world.


Jean goes on to talk about an upcoming online program she’s offering. Entitled “Against All Odds,” this program will offer participants opportunities “to expand their consciousness, step into interdependent relationships with the physical and non-physical worlds, grow new dimensions of intuition and creativity, and explore deeper responses to the critical choices and challenges of our times.”

For more information about “Against All Odds,” click here.


See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Light and Dark: “Both Holy, Both Life-Giving”
Dark Light
Honoring the Darkness While Remembering the Light
Being the Light
Shining On . . . Into the New Year
Aligning With the Living Light
The Light Within
Chadwick Boseman and That “Heavenly Light”
The Sun Is All Around You
How the Light Comes
Like the Sun
In the Chill of Winter, a Prayer of Light and Love
I Need Do Nothing . . . I Am Open to the Living Light
Love’s the Only Dance
“There’s Light in Love, You See”
Morning Light
Afternoon Light
The Light of This New Year’s Day
A Sacred Journey, a Pilgrim Path

Image: Photographer unknown.


Monday, April 15, 2024

The Real Question


Anyone who walks out of your life, this is a gift.
You do not want people who are half in, half out.
And you are such a lovely and beautiful person
that anyone would be lucky
to have you in their life.

And so, you must not let those
who fail to see your worth or appreciate you,
distract you from seeing those who do not.

And though you may gaze back
at the door where they left and ask yourself
“Why didn’t they stay?”
The real question you must ask is
“Why would I want someone to stay in my life
who doesn’t want to be there?”

And once they leave,
be grateful that they have made space
for someone whose love is not half-hearted
but who will love you as much as you love them.
And appreciate that it was only
a small time that they remained in your life
rather than a lifetime,
as with each person who exits,
you are closer to finding the one
who will wish to stay.

And with each person who leaves,
you must remember that love
is merely a portal to the divine,
which can come in many forms,
and no one person can ever compare to
or come close to replacing your connection
with the ultimate source of love.

And there is never only one person
who is destined to be in your life.
And so, you must not overvalue one person
but remember that everyone
is beautiful and special
and what you experienced with them,
you will find again: It has shown you
what is possible for you.

And though when you were young,
you may have confused love for being
someone you must chase and beg to stay,
in time, you will come to appreciate
that it is exactly the opposite:
it is someone who feels like home.
Someone who will not hesitate to stay,
and will never look twice at the door.



See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Walking Away
Taking the High Road
Jeff Foster on the Healing Power of “Holding Space”
Like a Sure Thing
What We Crave
Something Worth Remembering
Passion, Tide and Time
The Empty Beach
Wendy Matthews: Free, Like the Wind
Dew[y]-Kissed
Intimate Soliloquies
The Gravity of Love
Awakening the Wild Soul
The Soul’s Beloved
Love Is My Guide
The Path Ahead

Image: Saaxiib Qurux Baden (“Beautiful Friend”) St. Paul, MN – Michael J. Bayly (11/12/23).


Thursday, April 11, 2024

For Marianne Williamson, One Season Passes and Another Begins

Earlier today author and activist Marianne Williamson joined the We the 66 podcast to discuss her experience as an “outsider” presidential candidate in the Democratic Party. It will probably be one of her last interviews as a candidate, as with Biden having secured the necessary delegates to clinch the nomination and the final state primaries taking place in the next few days, Marianne is winding down her campaign by visiting a number of those last states where she’s on the ballot.

As Marianne reminds us, “People can still vote for our agenda in every state left where I’m still on the ballot: New Mexico, Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, Guam, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Maryland, and DC. While those votes won’t win the nomination, they continue to impact the ethers and shine light on the fact that millions of people in America still wish to forge a better way.”

In her appearance this morning on We the 66 (a reference to the 66% of Americans who do not trust news media), Marianne shared her thoughts and insights on a range of topics, including why the Democratic Party establishment is so hostile towards her, how being a woman has made her candidacy more difficult, why her father took her to Vietnam when she was 12, and the biggest health issues facing Americans today.

We the 66’s 54-minute interview with Marianne is below. It’s followed by Marianne’s latest substack piece in which she reflects on both the ending of her campaign and what’s next for her.

“The universe is recalibrating itself in all of us, giving rise to new portals of possibility,” she writes. “If we’re alert, we see changes in both our circumstances and in ourselves. But there is a mystery to change and we should respect it. Sometimes we have to let go of what is no longer ours in order to receive what is calling to us now.”






One Season Passes and Another Begins
The Mystery of How Things Change

By Marianne Williamson

Transform
April 11, 2024

Tomorrow I go to New Mexico, then Oregon. I will end the trip with a talk in Baltimore and then finit! Politically, I will have said my piece. I’ll have done all that I can do this political season to suggest to the American people that there might be a better way.

Now for healing, grieving, processing, forgiving, and moving on to the next chapter of life. In May I have a book coming out, which I wrote two years ago and then asked my publisher to please delay publishing while I went off to run for President. Actually that was my request to them about the same book when I ran in 2020! Deep thanks to Harper San Francisco for their patience and understanding.

My last campaign event will be April 21st, and the book will be published on May 7. I do wish, as I’m sure they do as well, that we had a bit more time to transition from my political to my spiritual offerings. But such schedules work the way they work, so we have seventeen days to switch from one part of the brain to the other.

Maybe it’s my Gemini ascendant that’s responsible for the way I go back and forth between two different mental operating systems. In my mind they’re not contradictory, however. As Martin Luther King said, “The desegregation of the American South is the political externalization of the goal of the civil rights movement, but the ultimate goal is the establishment of the beloved community.” He was a movement leader and also a Baptist preacher, saying it was “time to inject a new dimension of love into human civilization.” He, like Mahatma Gandhi before him, urged inner as well as outer change. By both realms of life I am intrigued, and to both I’m equally devoted. We need horizontal change that transforms our politics and vertical change that transforms our souls.

The universe is recalibrating itself in all of us, giving rise to new portals of possibility. If we’re alert, we see changes in both our circumstances and in ourselves. But there is a mystery to change and we should respect it. Sometimes we have to let go of what is no longer ours in order to receive what is calling to us now.

The French philosopher Blaize Pascal said “all the world’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Only in silence can we hear the whispers of destiny. We receive the deeper answers in life when we take the time to ask deeper questions.

All of us would do well to ask ourselves such things as this . . .

What in your life is ending, and what is trying to begin? Are you seeing beyond appearances, to recognize the larger patterns at work in your life?

What needs to be laid down, and what needs to be embraced? What needs to be atoned for, and what needs to be forgiven?

What season of your life is passing away, and what season is preparing to dawn? Are you willing to see how deeply life is working through you, and stand in awe before forces so much greater than yourself?

There was such a mystical hush during the eclipse on Monday, reminding me of when our electronics are on the fritz and we turn everything off for a few seconds to let the system reset itself. Surely the world is trying to do that. We are trying to change. We are trying to renew ourselves. One season passes and another now begins.

Marianne Williamson
Transform
April 11, 2024



Thank you, Marianne! . . . Thank you for all you’ve done in running for president. I trust you made a difference . . . and will continue to make a difference; it’s just who you are. You certainly continue to inform and inspire me.

Through your presence, words, and actions on the campaign trail, you not only advanced a much-needed progressive agenda but also embodied the shift in consciousness that I believe the Sacred is calling all of humanity to manifest in and through our individual and communal actions.

It’s a shift that invites all to consciously choose love over and above fear. You remind us, Marianne, that when such a choice is realized in our politics as well as in our individual lives, we will bring to birth in our world an era of justice, peace and healing.

So, again, thank you!


Related Off-site Links:
One Season Passes and Another Begins – Marianne Williamson (Transform, April 11, 2024).
Marianne Williamson, Still in Democratic Presidential Bid, Says Campaign Isn’t About Winning: “There’s More Than the Horse Race” – Isabella Murray (ABC News, March 29, 2024).
Why I Keep Going – Marianne Williamson (Transform, March 16, 2024).
In Hopes of a Future Harvest – Marianne Williamson (Transform, March 13, 2024).
How Marianne Williamson’s Name Became the Placeholder for “Uncommitted” Protesters in Arizona – Alex Tabet (NBC News, March 19, 2024).
Primary Purpose and Power – Marianne Williamson (Transform, March 12, 2024).
Marianne Williamson Surprises by Coming In Second in Multiple States, Leapfrogging Dean Phillips – Timothy H.J. Nerozzi (Fox News, March 6, 2024).
I Remain in the Race – Marianne Williamson (Transform, March 6, 2024).
Marianne Williamson Returns to Presidential Race, Saying Biden Is Vulnerable Against Trump – Anders Hagstrom (Fox News, February 28, 2024).
Biden and Other Centrist Democrats Keep Bragging About the Economy. But Here’s the Problem – Perry Bacon Jr. (The Washington Post, February 20, 2024).



See also: Marianne 2024 Official Site | About | Issues | News | Events | Donate


For The Wild Reed’s coverage of Marianne Williamson’s 2024 presidential campaign, see the following chronologically-ordered posts:
Marianne 2024
Marianne Williamson Launches 2024 Presidential Campaign
Progressive Perspectives on Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Run
More Progressive Perspectives on Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Run
Ben Burgis: Quote of the Day – March 10, 2023
Despite the Undemocratic Antics of the DNC, Marianne Williamson Plans on “Winning the Nomination”
The Biblical Roots of “From Each According to Ability; To Each According to Need”
Marianne Williamson on The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton – 05/30/23
Marianne Williamson’s Economic Bill of Rights
Three Progressive Voices on the War in Ukraine
Marianne Williamson: Quote of the Day – June 27, 2023
Marianne Williamson on The Issue Is with Elex Michaelson – 07/20/23
Voters, Not the DNC, Should Choose the Nominee
Marianne Williamson in New Hampshire
Marianne Williamson: “Repairing Our Hearts Is Essential to Repairing Our Country”
Marianne Williamson on Trump’s Day in Court
Marianne Williamson on NewsNation – 08/25/23
Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson Joins NYC’s March to End Fossil Fuels
Marianne Williamson on Your World – 10/6/23
Marianne Williamson’s “Radical Idea” of Putting People First
Marianne Williamson: “We Need to Disrupt the Corrupt”
“We Are Surging”
“Let the People Decide”: Marianne Williamson on the DNC’s Efforts to Deny and Suppress the Democratic Process
Democratic Presidential Debate: Marianne Williamson and Dean Phillips – 1/8/24
The Democrats Challenging Biden
Bannering for Marianne
Campaigning for Marianne Williamson in New Hampshire – Day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Marianne Williamson: “I Have Decided to Continue”
Marianne Williamson in Nevada – 2/4/24
Forever Grateful
What Marianne Williamson Learned from Running for President
Marianne Williamson: Playing It Big
Minnesotans Launch Super Tuesday Push for “Suspended But Not Ended” Candidate Marianne Williamson
A Welcome Return
This Super Tuesday, Don’t Be “Uncommitted” . . .
Super Tuesday in Minnesota
Marianne Williamson, the Cassandra of U.S. Politics, on the “True State of the Union”
Marianne Williamson in Arizona – 3/17/24
“This Is the Moment”
Marianne Williamson on Washington Journal (4/2/24) and The Letterhack (4/4/24)

See also:
Marianne Williamson: “We Must Challenge the Entire System”
Marianne Williamson on the Current Condition of the U.S.
Marianne Williamson’s Politics of Love: The Rich Roll Interview
Now Here’s a Voice I’d Like to Hear Regularly on the Sunday Morning Talk Shows
A Deeper Perspective on What’s Really Attacking American Democracy
Marianne Williamson on the Tenth Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street
Marianne Williamson on How Centrist Democrats Abuse Voters with False Promises
“Two of the Most Dedicated and Enlightened Heroes of Present Day America”
Deep Gratitude
“A Beautiful Message, So Full of Greatness”
Marianne Williamson: “Anything That Will Help People Thrive, I’m Interested In”
Caitlin Johnstone: “Status Quo Politicians Are Infinitely ‘Weirder’ Than Marianne Williamson”


Tuesday, April 09, 2024

How Everything Changed . . .


Related Off-site Links:
The Truth About the American Economy – Robert Reich (RobertReich.org/, May 29, 2011).
The Great Prosperity: What Does It Mean? – Dave Manuel (DaveManuel.org).
The Great Regression – Sam Pizzigati and Chuck Collins (The Nation, February 25, 2013).
The Great Regression: America in the Last 50 Years – Robert Zaller (The Triangle, March 1, 2019).
The True Story of Reaganomics in 9 Simple Graphs – Leon Trout (eBaum’s World, December 19, 2019).
The Great Recoil of Neoliberal Globalization – Paolo Gerbaudo (Roar, October 23, 2021).
The Great Regression: All Hail Our Globalist Overlords – Victor Davis Hanson (The American Mind, July 5, 2022).
The Great Prosperity and the Great Regression: 5 Charts – David Ruccio (Real-World Economics Review, September 7, 2011).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Capitalism on Trial
The Biblical Roots of “From Each According to Ability; To Each According to Need”
Bernie Sanders: Quote of the Day – February 16, 2023
Richard Wolff on the Necessity of Transforming Capitalism
The Good and Just Society
Cornel West: Quote of the Day – December 3, 2020
Paul Field: “This Crisis Is Not About the Virus”
Marianne Williamson: “Anything That Will Help People Thrive, I’m Interested In”
The Neoliberal Economic Doctrine: A View from Australia
Four Spot-on Responses to the United Airlines Debacle
Hope, History, and Bernie Sanders
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Democratic Socialism
Pope Francis: Quote of the Day – November 28, 2014
Something to Think About – November 26, 2013
Jonty Langley: Quote of the Day – August 17, 2011
Joseph E. Stiglitz: Quote of the Day – April 5, 2011
Terry Eagleton: Quote of the Day – March 28, 2011
David Sirota: Quote of the Day – February 10, 2011
In a Blow to Democracy, U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Corporate Personhood
A Socialist Response to the Financial Crisis
Remembering the “Radical Ethic” of the Catholic Worker Movement
John Pilger on Resisting Empire
John le Carré’s Dark Suspicions
R.I.P. Neoclassical Economics


Monday, April 08, 2024

Quote of the Day

As a transwoman, I am told by [the new Vatican document, “Dignitas Infinita: On Human Dignity”] that I am playing God and misapplying my moral freedom. This is not the reality of my life. My journey to self-acceptance was through realizing my self-worth as God’s creation. My choice to transition and affirm my gender was rooted in my search for existential dignity and social dignity.

This document classifies my identification as “determining one’s identity and future independently of others, without regard for one’s membership in the human community.” This could be nothing further from my truth. I made one choice and that was to live. This choice has let me continue my membership in this living human community. For a document that condemns the death penalty, I can’t help but mourn the irony of church leaders wanting to doom me and others like me to a life headed toward a serious mental health crisis instead of affording me the moral dignity to find my truth as reflected in the diversity of love God’s image holds.

I wish the Vatican would see my inalienable dignity and move with respect and love for us transgender and non-binary folks.



Related Off-site Links:
Vatican Condemns Surrogacy, Gender-Affirming Surgery, and Gender Theory in New Doctrinal Note – Christopher White (National Catholic Reporter, April 8, 2024).
Vatican Document on Human Dignity Fails LGBTQ+ People – Francis DeBernardo (New Ways Ministry, April 8, 2024).
The Strawman of “Gender Theory” in the Vatican’s New Document – Fr. Daniel Horan (New Ways Ministry, April 8, 2024).
A Letter to Catholics About the Vatican’s “Dignitas Infinita” (“On Human Dignity”): We Are With You – The Board and Staff of DignityUSA (April 8, 2024).

UPDATES: New Vatican Document Condemns Gender Transitions and Undefined “Gender Theory” – Robert Shine (New Ways Ministry, April 9, 2024).
What Transgender Catholics and Their Allies Are Saying About “Dignitas Infinita” – Robert Shine (Bondings 2.0, April 10, 2024).
“A Painful Lack of Understanding”: Theologians Respond to Vatican’s Latest Declaration – Brian Flanagan (New Ways Ministry, April 11, 2024).
Gender Identity Should Be on Synod Agenda – And It Is Now, Writes Paul Elie – Robert Shine (New Ways Ministry, April 15, 2024).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Angela Kade Goepferd on the “Manufactured Controversy” Targeting Gender-Affirming Care
The Bigger Box of Crayons We All Deserve
Transgender in America Today
Accounting for the Backlash
Celebrating Every Body
Three Radical (Religious) Ideas for Queer Liberation
Gabbi Pierce on the “Evolution of Gender”
Judith Butler on the Reactionary Movement and Fascist Trend Opposed to Diverse Ideas About Gender
Francis DeBernardo: Quote of the Day – September 21, 2016
Terry Weldon: Quote of the Day – August 20, 2015
Samantha Allen: Quote of the Day – August 14, 2015
Catholics Recognize and Celebrate the Truth of Transgender People: “Their Quest for Authenticity Is a Quest for Holiness”
Lisa Leff on Five Things to Know About Transgender People
Trans 101
Putting a Human Face on the “T” of “GLBT”
Shannon Kearns’ Transgender Day of Remembrance Message: “We Are Beloved Children of the Universe”
Beyond the Hierarchy: The Blossoming of Liberating Catholic Insights on Sexuality
When “Guidelines” Lack Guidance

Image: Maddie Marlett proclaiming the Gospel and delivering the homily at Dignity/New York’s 2023 annual Pride Liturgy at St. John’s in the Village Church, West Village, NY.