We Americans: A Message from Drunvalo to All Americans
A Message to Our Beloved Friends: From the Spirit of Ma'at
Bin Laden: A Political Criminal with a Plan by Tamim Ansary
Bomb them with Butter, Bribe them with Hope by Gregg Braden
Returning to the Skies: An absorbing account of the first flight to D.C. after 9/11.
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We Americans: A Message
from Drunvalo to All Americans

September 15, 2001

The message that follows this one is from all of us at the Spirit of Ma'at. We hope that perhaps the ideas it expresses can help to empower us in this moment of darkness.

But first — now that four days have slowly slipped by — my soul would like to speak to you, if you wish to listen, about something I see as a core issue in all that is happening.

We Americans have been watching life go by as though it were a surrealist movie. On TV, we see the flames of wars and watch them burn — Israel and Palestine, NATO, Kosovo, Iraq, Iran, India and Pakistan, Columbia and the drug guerrillas, North and South Korea, Russia, Chechnya, Ireland, England. We see the incredible pain. But it doesn't affect us directly. We have become numb to the violence. Numbness appears to be our only way of dealing with the tragedies of life. We feel very little in our hearts and bodies. In fact, most of us are barely in our bodies. We exist mostly in our minds and in the images.

It is all so removed.

And within our own society are ills that weaken us in our own eyes and in those of the world, and again, we are numb. We do not feel in our hearts the pain of the children who are raped, tortured, and made to serve the perpetrators of child pornography. We are numb to child abuse and people abuse, murder and violence on our streets and in our homes. We accept divorce as the natural order of things.

We witness the suffering of the world's people, the ravages of hunger and starvation. We face horrible diseases that threaten all life. And even more devastating, we see our Mother Earth herself dying, in her final gasps for life. CNN brings all of this to our eyes in massive doses, and we let it all into our living rooms, watching our little boxes, playing in our fantasy world, eating and drinking our fine foods and wines.

How could we allow ourselves to feel the true pain of it all? To feel such pain could almost kill us. So we don't feel it. It never happens to us.

What now? The pain is here. Not just at our doorstep, but here, within our homeland. What do we do now?

Whatever we do, I doubt if we will continue in the old way.

In the past, we have reacted to conflict with emotional violence of our own. In families, this almost always leads to pain and divorce. In the world, in this case, it leads to war. Real war, that will surely be fought worldwide, but this time, most likely, also in our own neighborhoods.

Supporting this war is one of our options.

But there is another option. It begins by first understanding why this is happening to us. I say this because I don't believe that we do understand. We really are too far removed from life.

I think we must learn to feel the pain that is worldwide. When we see a child burning in India or a little baby dying of starvation in Africa or bombs dropping on beautiful villages snuggled in the countryside, as a nation our hearts could respond as One. We could change this world by our love instead of our violence.

So I say that when we can understand and feel the pain of our distant brothers and sisters, then perhaps we will have the wisdom to know what to do about this horrible tragedy we have all just experienced as a nation.

The world can come together and say, "No more terrorism." We can let go of all terrorism, even our own, and find a way to make peace real. This seems to me to be the only answer. We create our world by our lives. We can create a world without terrorism if we wish and focus upon that.

But we do have to wish and focus upon a peaceful world — not stare at the TV in a coma. We have to come alive and do things that will make a difference.

The unity that we are all feeling now is a place of strength that could be the catalyst that alters the world in such a way that terrorism is a distant memory. Or it could become the energy that drives a lynch mob into chaos and perpetuates the pain and war, with the real possibility that this course could bring an end to civilization as we know it. It is our choice.

In a marriage — which is much like what we have now, since we cannot leave the Earth — the object is not to kill the other person, even if the other person may be making our lives uncomfortable or even painful. If we decide to solve our problems with murder, we are no different from those we consider evil. Finding a way where both people — both sides of any conflict — can live together and love and respect one another is probably the only response that will save the Earth.

For World War Three will almost surely take away the life of our Mother.

But before we can respond in a healthy manner, we first must feel, we must care, or there is nothing. We need to get out of our Lazyboys, stand up, and change our world into a planet of peace.

Through prayer and inner peace, and then through taking the kinds of action that come from a peaceful heart, we can change this world. I have great faith in us and in America. I believe with my whole heart that we will find the right way.

In love and service,


A Message to Our Beloved Friends

For three days this week, the skies over our little Arizona town were empty and still. And we, also, have been still, with heavy hearts, searching inside, not knowing what to say.

And as we waited for guidance, we realized that the sound of planes in our skies might never again have the same meaning. We will think not only of hijacked planes, and towers bursting in flames, but of another kind. Military planes, that will carry to our hearts the message of war and rumors of war. Their sound will be the harbinger of one kind of "solution" to the tragedy that has struck close to so many of us.

It would be easy and safe, and perhaps popular with some, for us to stand behind the governments who seek to crush terrorism once and for all. But we cannot support war in any form. What our governments propose is, quite simply, a larger and more fearful form of terrorism.

Going to war leads only to war. It can never be the answer to finding peace. This "solution" cannot be ours.

Instead, we would like to ask you two simple questions:

"Will You Change This?"

frozen water crystals, before and after remote prayer"Will you change this?" is a quote found in the Bible Code.

A year ago last month, in our premiere issue of the Spirit of Ma'at, we devoted every page to one thesis: We can change this world through prayer. And we proved this thesis through hard facts — scientific research and a wealth of compelling examples. We showed in actual photographs how the emotions arising out of Love and Oneness create beautiful forms in the very structure of physical reality, and how the emotions that arise out of fear and polarity create physical chaos.

If you have not done so, we urge you to read our August 2000 issue. You might wish to begin with
The Inner World of the Human Spirit Changing the Outer World of Everyday Experience. Here, you will find our thesis stated, with leads to the important articles in support of our individual and collective power to create miracles. We especially recommend that you read the Gregg Braden interview, When the Three Become One, and the life-transforming information contained in Conscious Water Crystals: The Power of Prayer Made Visible. This is not wishy-washy, gushy, love-everybody New Age spirituality we are presenting here. It is science. It is cutting-edge technology for creating the world we choose.

World Initiation

The Force that creates worlds and transforms them cannot be found in bombs or bullets, but only in our own hearts. The battle between the Western World and terrorism is, truly, a battle between Love and fear, between Oneness and polarity within our own psyches.

We are all familiar with the tests of initiation that meet us on our own, individual paths. Today, the world itself is facing a Test of Initiation. And as the song says, "We Are the World."

Many of us have become skilled at meeting tests of this kind. We know enough not to argue, make wrong, or try to change those who seem to disagree — whether they are Arabs, coworkers, or members of our own families. We know that when we are coming from Love and Peace, our actions will be guided by a higher force. We know that when we have conquered fear and polarity within our own hearts, we can return Love and Oneness to the situation with a vision of miracles — and that the miracles we envision will come to pass.

Upcoming Prayer Vigil

In this connection, the Spirit of Ma'at wishes to announce that we have just become the sponsors of WorldPuja — a prayer site for world peace. We will join our collective energies in the cause of recreating a new world out of the ashes of this current conflict. We are planning a live broadcast soon, to pool the collective energies of all of us toward the one goal of Peace. We will let you know as soon as we have a firm date. But first, and most important, find within your own heart the compassion without which our prayers cannot rise.

Out of the chaos that seems to surround us, we see a breathtaking World Miracle in the making. We invite you to participate in creating this Miracle.

May God have mercy upon us all.

The staff at the Spirit of Ma'at

An Afghani-American States the Problem
and Gregg Braden Proposes a Solution

What follows is Afghani-American writer Tamim's Ansary's take on the current situation in Afghanistan. And then, Gregg Braden's compassionate and stunning proposed solution.

Bin Laden: A Political Criminal with a Plan

by Tamim Ansary

Make the Afghans suffer? They're already suffering. Level their houses? Done. Turn their schools into piles of rubble? Done. Eradicate their hospitals? Done. Destroy their infrastructure? Cut them off from medicine and health care? Too late. Someone already did all that."

I've been hearing a lot of talk about "bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone Age." Ronn Owens, on KGO Talk Radio today, allowed that this would mean killing innocent people, people who had nothing to do with this atrocity, but "we're at war, we have to accept collateral damage. What else can we do?" Minutes later I heard some TV pundit discussing whether we "have the belly to do what must be done."

And I thought about the issues being raised especially hard because I am from Afghanistan, and even though I've lived here for 35 years I've never lost track of what's going on there. So I want to tell anyone who will listen how it all looks from where I'm standing.

I speak as one who hates the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. There is no doubt in my mind that these people were responsible for the atrocity in New York. I agree that something must be done about those monsters.

But the Taliban and Ben Laden are not Afghanistan. They're not even the government of Afghanistan. The Taliban are a cult of ignorant psychotics who took over Afghanistan in 1997. Bin Laden is a political criminal with a plan. When you think Taliban, think Nazis. When you think Bin Laden, think Hitler. And when you think "the people of Afghanistan" think "the Jews in the concentration camps." It's not only that the Afghan people had nothing to do with this atrocity. They were the first victims of the perpetrators. They would exult if someone would come in there, take out the Taliban, and clear out the rats nest of international thugs holed up in their country.

Some say, Why don't the Afghans rise up and overthrow the Taliban? The answer is, they're starved, exhausted, hurt, incapacitated, suffering. A few years ago, the United Nations estimated that there are 500,000 disabled orphans in Afghanistan — a country with no economy, no food. There are millions of widows. And the Taliban has been burying these widows alive in mass graves. The soil is littered with land mines, the farms were all destroyed by the Soviets. These are a few of the reasons why the Afghan people have not overthrown the Taliban.

We come now to the question of bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone Age. Trouble is, that's been done. The Soviets took care of it already. Make the Afghans suffer? They're already suffering. Level their houses? Done. Turn their schools into piles of rubble? Done. Eradicate their hospitals? Done. Destroy their infrastructure? Cut them off from medicine and health care? Too late. Someone already did all that.

New bombs would only stir the rubble of earlier bombs. Would they at least get the Taliban? Not likely. In today's Afghanistan, only the Taliban eat, only they have the means to move around. They'd slip away and hide. Maybe the bombs would get some of those disabled orphans, they don't move too fast, they don't even have wheelchairs. But flying over Kabul and dropping bombs wouldn't really be a strike against the criminals who did this horrific thing. Actually it would only be making common cause with the Taliban — by raping once again the people they've been raping all this time.

So what else is there? What can be done, then? Let me now speak with true fear and trembling. The only way to get Bin Laden is to go in there with ground troops. When people speak of "having the belly to do what needs to be done" they're thinking in terms of having the belly to kill as many as needed. Having the belly to overcome any moral qualms about killing innocent people.

Let's pull our heads out of the sand. What's actually on the table is Americans dying. And not just because some Americans would die fighting their way through Afghanistan to Bin Laden's hideout. It's much bigger than that, folks. Because to get any troops to Afghanistan, we'd have to go through Pakistan. Would they let us? Not likely. The conquest of Pakistan would have to be first. Will other Muslim nations just stand by? You see where I'm going. We're flirting with a world war between Islam and the West.

And guess what: that's Bin Laden's program. That's exactly what he wants. That's why he did this. Read his speeches and statements. It's all right there. He really believes Islam would beat the West. It might seem ridiculous, but he figures if he can polarize the world into Islam and the West, he's got a billion soldiers. If the West wreaks a holocaust in those lands, that's a billion people with nothing left to lose, that's even better from Bin Laden's point of view. He's probably wrong, in the end the West would win, whatever that would mean, but the war would last for years and millions would die, not just theirs but ours.

Who has the belly for that? Bin Laden does.

Anyone else?

Bomb Them With Butter,
Bribe Them With Hope

by Gregg Braden

A military response, particularly an attack on Afghanistan, is exactly what the terrorists want. It will strengthen and swell their small but fanatical ranks.

Instead, bomb Afghanistan with butter, with rice, bread, clothing, and medicine. It will cost less than conventional arms, poses no threat of US casualties, and just might get the populace thinking that maybe the Taliban don't have the answers. After three years of drought and with starvation looming, let's offer the Afghani people the vision of a new future. One that includes full stomachs.

Bomb them with information. Video players and cassettes of world leaders, particularly Islamic leaders, condemning terrorism. Carpet the country with magazines and newspapers showing the horror of terrorism committed by their "guest." Blitz them with laptop computers and DVD players filled with a perspective that is denied them by their government. Saturation bombing with hope will mean that some of it gets through. Send so much that the Taliban can't collect and hide it all.

The Taliban are telling their people to prepare for Jihad. Instead, let's give the Afghani people their first good meal in years. Seeing your family fully fed and the prospect of stability in terms of food and a future is a powerful deterrent to martyrdom. All we ask in return is that they, as a people, agree to enter the civilized world. That includes handing over terrorists in their midst.

In responding to terrorism we need to do something different. Something unexpected... something that addresses the root of the problem. We need to take away the well of despair, ignorance, and brutality from which the Osama bin Laden's of the world water their gardens of terror.

Returning to the Skies

The following letter was written by a professional women, relating to her friends the details of her return flight to D.C. on September 15.

Dear Friends:

I just wanted to drop you all a note and let you know that I arrived safe and sound into Dulles Airport tonight at about 6:00. It was an interesting flight.

The airport in Denver was almost spooky, it was so empty and quiet. No one was in line for the security check point when I got there so that went fairly quickly, just x-ray of my bags and then a chemical test to be sure nothing explosive was on them.

Then I waited 2 1/2 hours to board the plane. What happened after we boarded was interesting and thought I would share it with you.

The pilot/captain came on the loudspeaker after the doors were closed. His speech went like this:

"First I want to thank you for being brave enough to fly today. The doors are now closed and we have no help from the outside for any problems that might occur inside this plane. As you could tell when you checked in, the government has made some changes to increase security in the airports.

"They have not, however, made any rules about what happens after those doors close. Until they do that, we have made our own rules and I want to share them with you. Once those doors close, we only have each other.

"The security has taken care of a threat like guns with all of the increased scanning, etc. Then we have the supposed bomb. If you have a bomb, there is no need to tell me about it, or anyone else on this plane; you are already in control. So, for this flight, there are no bombs that exist on this plane.

"Now, the threats that are left are things like plastics, wood, knives, and other weapons that can be made or things like that which can be used as weapons.

"Here is our plan and our rules. If someone or several people stand up and say they are hijacking this plane, I want you all to stand up together. Then take whatever you have available to you and throw it at them. Throw it at their faces and heads so they will have to raise their hands to protect themselves.

"The very best protection you have against knives are the pillows and blankets. Whoever is close to these people should then try to get a blanket over their head--then they won't be able to see. Once that is done, get them down and keep them there. Do not let them up. I will then land the plane at the closest place and we WILL take care of them.

"After all, there are usually only a few of them and we are 200+ strong! We will not allow them to take over this plane.

"I find it interesting that the US Constitution begins with the words 'We, the people' --that's who we are, THE people and we will not be defeated."

With that, the passengers on the plane all began to applaud, people had tears in their eyes, and we began the trip toward the runway.

The flight attendant then began the safety speech. One of the things she said is that we are all so busy and live our lives at such a fast pace. She asked that everyone turn to their neighbors on either side and introduce themselves, tell each other something about your families and children, show pictures, whatever. She said "for today, we consider you family. We will treat you as such and ask that you do the same with us."

Throughout the flight we learned that for the crew, this was their first flight since Tuesday's tragedies. It was a day that everyone leaned on each other and together everyone was stronger than any one person alone. It was quite an experience.

You can imagine the feeling when that plane touched down at Dulles and we heard, "Welcome to Washington Dulles Airport, where the local time is 5:40 pm."

Again, the cabin was filled with applause.

Last night I saw a program with college students where one of them said that at their campus there are no more hyphenated titles, i.e., African-American, etc., everyone is just an American. No one will ever be able to take that pride away from us.

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