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Animal Rights

I have just watched a film and I cannot share the title with you until another time.  It is a brilliant movie about animal rights.  For most of the Earth, animals are second class citizens, little more than chattel.  However, for many, animals are cherished and loved as much as their own families.  This movie depicts the plight of all kinds of animals.  It pointed out that one hundred humans were killed by tigers per year.  Ten people each year are killed by sharks.  Each year,  humans kill ninety-six billion animals, yes billion.  Seventy five million farm animals killed daily.

Most of you probably know about PETA.  It stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  With the help of a global army of kind people, PETA has revolutionized the way the world thinks about animal rights. Now, people aren’t just asking if the tanks at Sea World are too small—they know that it’s wrong to confine and display intelligent, sensitive orcas at all, and they’re speaking out about it. They aren’t just avoiding fur coats—they’re seeking out vegan leather shoes and vegan wool sweaters made of other materials. They’re not just decrying cruelty to dogs and cats but also demanding an end to the horrific cruelty that animals raised for food endure every day on farms and in slaughterhouses.

Sometime during the Neolithic age, we became farmers and we domesticated animals. So for the last several thousand years, the human race has dominated animals.  Now we are destroying the rest of the planet with our selfish decisions.  It is time for us to change this scenario.  It is time to take a stand for all animals of our planet.  We are the only voice that animals have.  We are the only ones who can do the loving and nurturing things, to help all these wonderful creatures.  Please join all the animal lovers of the world and do whatever you can to support and care for God’s precious beings!  From my hopeful heart to yours, Thomas

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Mea Culpa

An acknowledgment of one’s responsibility for a fault or error (Webster).  We were having a movie marathon today, there were ten of us watching some six hours of movies.  After each movie we would go around the circle and folks would give their opinion about the film.  On one occasion, there was a movie on which we were sharply divided.  I loved the movie and some of our group were quite critical of it.  When it came my turn, I shared my love for the film; I also said that when we are in our heads, we can be more critical and when we are in our hearts, less judgmental.  It was a less than loving thing for me to say.  There was a pretty strong reaction from the group and there should have been.  Sometimes, my scared self says things that are not what my higher self knows.  I didn’t get a chance to apologize for my misspoke, so I am doing it now to whoever was in the group, that reads this blog.  When I see those friends again, in person, I will also share my heart.

Having said that, we saw some other wonderful movies.  There is a movie about the Monarch butterflies and their migration to Mexico from Canada and return.  There once was one billion of them and ninety seven per cent have been destroyed.  The other aspect of the film is a small village in Mexico where the townsfolk are reforesting the land in which the butterflies migrate.  They replaced sixty thousand pine trees! These farmers work tirelessly and even guard the area 24/7 to keep out timber poachers.  Around the world, there are so many people doing wonderful things to save our Earth and it’s inhabitants.  We are all so blessed to be served by these kind and loving folks of Mexico.  From my humble heart to yours, Thomas


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Saturn Return

In the early seventies I became a professional astrologer.  I did it for several years and had some wonderful experiences.  There is an aspect of Astrology that is important to discuss.  When we are born, the planets in our solar system are in a position which is called our natal horoscope.  There are ten planets including Earth (third rock from the sun).  The planet Saturn, is the sixth planet from the sun. It takes Saturn 28-30 years to complete its orbit around the sun and through the Zodiac. It is masculine energy and rules both Capricorn and Aquarius, and the Tenth and Eleventh Houses.

The orbit of 28-30 years is significant.  When we arrive at the age of twenty eight to thirty in our life, we often get tested in a variety of ways.  Saturn doesn’t make things easy. That’s the role of the taskmaster of the zodiac. Saturn commands us to get to work and to work hard. Discipline and responsibility are important to this planet, yet if we’re eager to conquer the world, that’s okay, too.  People often change jobs, relationships, get divorced, get married, move to another place.  Our spirit is encouraging to check in with our life purpose.  Our astrology chart is a road map of our life.  It gives us directions on how to succeed at what our soul wants to accomplish.  We often get off track and Saturn is there to remind us of our mission.  This is the Saturn return.

The Zodiac has twelve houses in it.  Each one represents two years time.  Saturn takes about 2.4 years to pass through each house which is ruled by one of the twelve signs of the Zodiac.  When Saturn transits the Zodiac it creates reminders to our souls, by creating energy to which we respond.  Often the lessons seem to be difficult.  They can be challenging, because we resist our agreement with our soul, that we made prior to incarnation.  The twelve houses of the Zodiac are the areas of our life that father Saturn shares his reminders.  So each person’s chart is in position to allow us to succeed with our soul’s mission.

If you are near 28, 56, 84 you will be awakened to how you are doing.  It is then that we can glance at our natal road map and stay on our personal interstate highway or perhaps take a detour or two.  As in other decisions in life they are all perfect and on purpose, that’s the way we designed it!  Safe travels, from my exploring heart to yours,  Thomas

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Making a Difference

We are getting further into our film selection for the Illuminate Film Festival.   Our team looks at some 500 films before we choose just twenty two to be at the five day event.  Now we are looking at the last fifty to one hundred and narrowing down our choices.  As I work through this process I am excited that so many filmmakers care about our life on Earth.  They are making films about a wide variety of causes and issues that affect most of us all the time.  There are positive and uplifting movies about saving the environment, saving animals, helping drug addicts, war veterans, homeless folks, unhealthy people, mentally challenged.  A wide expanse, covering almost every aspect of mind, body, spirit in our culture.

I reviewed a film today about the 24,000-year equinoctial cycle, measured by the Autumnal Equinox, which is divided into an Ascending Arc and a Descending Arc. Each Arc consists of 12,000 years, and during the Ascending Arc human consciousness gradually advances, while during the Descending Arc human consciousness gradually declines. Within each Arc fall four Yugas, or Ages, called: Kali Yuga/the Iron Age, Dwapara Yuga/the Bronze Age, Treta Yuga/the Silver Age, and Satya Yuga/the Golden Age.

Some years ago, it was common knowledge that the earth was flat. We laugh at how silly that notion seems now, yet at that time it seemed equally silly to think of the earth as round. The world as we know it is quickly approaching a similar paradigm shift: the evolution of human consciousness is not linear as we have long assumed, but is cyclical. The sun is part of a binary star system and our solar system is in orbit around another star. This binary orbit is the real cause of the precession of the equinoxes (the time/date twice each year at which the sun crosses the celestial equator, when day and night are of equal length) and the 24,000-year cycle of this orbit coordinates with the state of human consciousness in measurable units of time: the Yugas.

Luckily, today we are embarking upon the great journey upward! We are about 315 years into the Dwapara Yuga on the Ascending Arc heading toward the Golden Age of Enlightenment. The constellations make it possible to chart the current cycle’s progression. The Autumnal Equinox is now falling in Virgo, and we find ourselves at the beginning of the Dwapara Yuga/Bronze Age.

I know that it seems like we are in the middle of a challenging time.  However when seen in the grand scheme of things our incarnations are short.  The film festival team that Lou Ann and I are part of are discovering that all hope is not lost.  That consciousness is working it’s way through this phase.  A few generations down the road and the world will be living in the Golden Age.  And what we do right now supports creating it.  Remember that we are all vital to one another.  At our core no one can be in total joy if one of us is in pain and sorrow.  Now is the time to do all we can to make this the best space craft in the Milky Way Galaxy!  We incarnated now for a purpose. To lay the groundwork for the coming times of prosperity and love.  From my hopeful heart to yours, Thomas


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I don’t know how many of us have been to a Satsang.  It is a traditional activity in the East Indian spiritual context, meaning “being with good/righteous companions.” Satsang is a sitting together with an enlightened person who usually gives a short speech and then answers questions.

My first experience was with a lady named Gangaji, twenty eight years ago here in Sedona.   At Satsang, we gather together and sit quietly without speaking.  Many of the gathering, meditate and allow themselves to find the silence within.  Then the Guru or teacher comes in and we continue in silence.  Usually the teacher will begin speaking extemporaneously and share whatever is in their heart.  After they stop, people often get up and ask questions.  They are sometimes stuck in their perceptions about life and the teacher will listen and lead them to a place of understanding.

It is hard for me to put into words the feeling that I have during this whole experience.  In short, I feel at home.  I resonate with the words shared by the teacher but even more with their presence.  My inadequate words are; I am filled with joy and love and possibilities.

I was reviewing a possible film for our festival tonight and it was about Mooji.  Mooji’s teachings are simple and he encourages his followers to avoid the mind’s influence.  Then, abide in the Self which is the witness of all phenomenal existence. It is before any “thing,” including thoughts and all that is perceived with the five senses.  He teaches that to be in your spiritual heart, the part of you that knows.  The world does not need the ego’s help.  Truth and freedom occur at the end of striving.

If he were here tonight he might say:  there is nothing to do, there is nowhere to go, you are already there.  Once we give up the notion that we need to do or accomplish, we begin to connect with the essence of who we are.  It is then we can live in peace and let life flow from us and through us.   Simply put, we are what we have been searching for and have found our way home.  From my peaceful heart to yours, Thomas

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We had a wonderful Illuminate team meeting tonight.  So many, giving lots of hours of creativity and energy, to make a difference in the world.  We had fun posting on Facebook about our favorite film and seeing how others responded.

On March 19th in Sedona at the Mary D Fisher theater, the movie Almost Sunrise will be featured.  It is being sponsored by the local mental health coalition and the theater and Illuminate. Almost Sunrise tells the inspiring story of two young men, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, who, in an attempt to put their haunting Iraq combat experiences behind them, embark on an extraordinary journey – a 2,700 mile trek on foot across America.  I saw the trailer and it is thrilling.

We have been looking at a lot of films about service personnel who have PTSD.  We have sent these men and women off to kill other humans to support our country’s policies.  And to support the military industrial companies that get rich off of these young folks.

Enough!  We need these young Americans to be here in our country, living long, productive, happy and prosperous lives.  Too many leaders of our country have sent these brave young people to their deaths.  And then thousands return home with horrible memories of doing something against the nature of our souls.  Let us do all we can to take care of these wounded heroes.  Let us also take a stand in any way we can for peace.  Let us find a way and work together for peace on Earth!  From my peaceful heart to yours, Thomas

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Let Your Light Shine

The Sedona International Film Festival is complete, so now I can get to bed at a decent hour.  It was a wonderful experience for me.  I love being around the energy of folks making a difference on our planet.  These talented artists and creators are giving all of their energy into what they believe.  They are like shining lights in the darkness.  They are not any different than you and I though.  They remind me of that exciting quote from Marianne Williamson:Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Sometimes we get caught up in a pattern of not letting our light shine.  We are all unlimited at the spiritual level.  We only believe that we are not.  We have forgotten who we are.  And it is never too late.  No matter what our choices have been in life.  No matter what we have created that doesn’t seem to support us.  In the very next minute we can change by bringing up the feelings we are experiencing that are less than helpful.  Once we access them, say the word “change”.  Do this anytime you feel stuck in any way.  You can reprogram the mind and let go of the blockage.  This one small step can help us begin to break through our self imposed limitations and our lights will be able to shine again!  From my shining heart to yours,  Thomas

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I saw a wonderful movie today at the Sedona International Film Festival.  It is titled Snapshots.  It is a sensuous, stirring, loving, romantic, candid love story.  I don’t want to give away the plot.  When you get a chance, please see it.  It is so heart felt it will make you cry.  It is directed by Melanie Mayron. She played the role of Melissa Steadman in Thirtysomething.  She also played Steve Martin’s paramour in My Blue Heaven.

Saw another film tonight that was quite disturbing.  It is called Poisoning Paradise. It is a documentary about the Island of Kauai.  It is produced and directed by Pierce Brosnan’s wife Keely Shaye Brosnan.  There are four giant chemical companies conducting toxic spraying of pesticides next to places where the local Hawaiians live and near their elementary school.  There has been an effort by local folks to ask the companies to just explain what they are doing.  They have refused to provide any answers .  The local families are suffering from diseases as a result of the contamination.  The local politicians as well as state of Hawaii politicians have been bought off by the giant chemical corporations. There was a Hawaiian bill passed by the legislature #2491.  The bill was only asking for the companies to reveal what they are doing. It also asked to have studies about how the spraying was affecting the lives of the people and the affect on the environment.  It was overturned by the ninth district court.

Of course, this is going on in a lot of places all over the world.  This case may be a very important one because there is a lot of public support for the Kauai Island people.  If those of us who care can make our voices known, we could turn the tide.  If we could overturn the judgment that ruled in favor of the chemical giants; it could be the beginning of a domino affect that would help our planet.

Lou Ann and I have been to Hawaii many times including Kauai.  We are going to insist that the HTA take action to support the Kauai local families.  If they do not take action to support their people, we are not going to visit Kauai.  We are going to encourage all of our friends to boycott the Island as well. Visitors to Kauai spent 14 billion dollars there last year.

I am inviting all of you to help out.  Here is the contact information for the Hawaiian Tourism Authority:

Hawaii Tourism Authority
(Located in the Hawaii Convention Center)
1801 Kalakaua Avenue, 1st Floor
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Telephone: (808) 973-2255
Fax: (808) 973-2253


Here is a simple and easy way to make a difference.  Please contact the HTA and tell them that you will not travel to Kauai unless bill # 2491 is reinstated.  From my concerned heart to yours, Thomas

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I went to a party at the Sedona International Film Festival tonight.  I love being around filmmakers.  They are like grandmothers.  I meet them and ask them what their film is about.  Their whole countenance lights up!  Not unlike grandmothers when you ask them about their grandchildren.  They get so passionate about sharing their movie.  It is their child of sorts.  They give it all of their time, money and energy.  It is central to their purpose in life, a lot of times.  We should all be so lucky.

Find what you love to do and give it everything you got.  Your days will feel longer and more fulfilling.  In fact, you may not even know what time it is, at times. You will feel there is a special reason for you doing what you love.  And only you can do it in your unique way.  There is a book by Barbara Sher called Wishcraft, How to Get What You Really Want.  She says: “If you’ve been waiting for a job that rewards you with more than a  paycheck…or for the perfect moment to take that “long-lost” dream off  hold…it’s time to stop waiting and start creating a life you can truly love!”

My wish for all of you is, that your whole life feels like the heart of a grandmother.  From my wishful heart to yours, Thomas

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Our beliefs are our reality.  In 1989 Wayne Dyer wrote a book titled “You’ll See It When You Believe it”  It is profoundly true! Simply one of the most important books you’ll ever read. If you’re struggling to survive or to thrive, Mr Dyer will show you the way. One observer said “Just read it I dare ya!”  It was a landmark book in my life.

There is a landmark movie titled “What The Bleep do We Know?  There is a scene in that movie where they explain that the native Americans who inhabited this continent were partially defeated by the fact that they had never seen an ocean ship.  When the Spanish came to the shore they had a distinct advantage before landing.  The only warning the natives might have had was from a wise leader who could see the ships because they were part of his belief.

Right now there are probably billions of things we cannot see and they are only not visible because of our limited beliefs.  One of the ways to personal freedom is to radically shift our limited beliefs.  When we take time to let go of those thoughts and understandings that hold us back, miracles can occur.  The moment you shift your belief, you realize that what you’re chasing has been right in front of you. What are your limiting beliefs?  One of mine is I won’t achieve what I planned to do before I incarnated. Take some time and just write down a list of any of your beliefs.  When you are finished, look at the list and check off those that are limited.   Then draw a line through them and declare that they no longer have power over your life!

From my believing heart to yours, Thomas