A Hope in The Language of DNA

Scientist Greg Braden, who is well-known for his many books and teachings about the connection between science and spirituality, has spent many years studying ancient civilizations:  their cultures, beliefs, languages, religions/spirituality, historical records, calendars, etc.  He has lived in remote places, among people in countries all over the world, in search of the oldest, most untainted records of these ancient civilizations.

Several years ago, in a hope to find scientific evidence of the unity of all Creation, Greg Braden began working with a team of scientists in their research and study of DNA.  This research team has already been successful in uncovering, what they believe is a secret, Divine pattern that lies hidden in the genetic code of all life.

These scientists have discovered that the numbers in DNA’s genetic code correlate with the number values of letters in the core, ancient languages. Using the corresponding letters in place of their respective numbers in the genetic code, the scientists have already uncovered and decoded the first layer of what Greg Braden calls an intentional message written within the genetic code of all life.

The English translation of the first layer of this intentional message is “God Eternal within the body”.   These scientists continue to decode the language and messages hidden in other layers of DNA.

I commend and am grateful for Greg Braden and his team of research scientists who continue their work in finding scientific evidence of the unity of all Creation.  People who believe in the unity of all Creation do not give up their cultural, religious, or spiritual beliefs.  Their beliefs expand.

I believe the more people recognize and accept the oneness of all Creation, the more people will be able to nurture, love, and have compassion for the Universe and all its inhabitants.

Even though many people  from diverse spiritual backgrounds may already have an awareness that “God Eternal is within the body”, this scientific evidence may verify and strengthen their faith and hope.  For those who have been uncertain about a Divine Being, these discoveries may give them a renewed hope to continue their search for answers about their belief.

Could it be that a Divine Higher Intelligence, a Divine Creator, placed The Creator’s designer label within the DNA of all Creation, so that all people and all Creation know who designed them?

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A Hope for Why We Are Here

If you or someone you love has ever questioned, “Why am I here?”, Recording Artist Alicia Keys wrote beautiful lyrics for a song she sings that I believe gives an answer to this question.  The words in Alicia’s song could be an answer for all of us who have ever questioned, “Why are we here?” 

The YouTube video below is a recording of The Today Show during which Alicia performs her song, “We Are Here”, which she wrote after someone asked her the profound question, “Why Are You Here?”

Suicide often occurs because people have lost hope or fail to see a purpose or reason for their lives.  Alicia gives a simple reason for why we are here, and that reason alone can serve as a purpose and a hope for people’s lives.

Please listen to the words and music to this beautiful song, and leave a COMMENT with your answer to the question, “Why Are You Here?”  Let’s get a dialogue started on this post.  Then, after answering the question, you may want to share this post with others you know. You might also want to read and share similar posts on this site such as:

A Hope for A Connected Life at http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/05/a-hope-for-a-connected-life/
A Hope for Global Thinkers at http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/02/12/a-hope-for-global-thinkers-2/
A Hope for Freedom at http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/31/a-hope-for-freedom/
A Hope in Human Diversity at http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/13/a-hope-in-human-diversity/
A Hope to Save the Planet: http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/03/03/a-hope-to-save-the-planet/
A Hope from Sandpipers: Unity at http://ahopefortoday.com/2011/12/21/a-hope-from-sandpipers/
A Hope for Usefulness: http://ahopefortoday.com/2011/12/20/a-hope-for-an-empty-pot/
Hug Award Guidelines: http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/

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A Hope from a Birth Song

With a hope to celebrate and honor each of the children of their tribe, one African tribe sings each child’s unique birth song to him/her throughout his/her entire life.

Prior to a child’s birth, the mother of the child is the first one to hear and learn her unborn child’s birth song.

When a woman wants to have a child, she leaves her village and goes off somewhere by herself. She sits down under a tree, and she listens until she hears the song of her unborn child. She then returns to the village to teach her child’s birth song to the man who will be the child’s father. Together, as they are conceiving the child, they sing the child’s birth song to invite the child to its birth.

Prior to a child’s birth, the child’s mother, the child’s father, and the midwives and old women of the village learn the child’s birth song. Later, when the mother is birthing the child, the child is warmly greeted and welcomed into the world by the midwives and old women who sing to him his birth song.

As the child grows up, the entire village learns to sing the child’s birth song, and; therefore, each child continues to hear his unique song throughout his life — when he is hurt, when he is wonderful, and when he goes through puberty. Later, during his marriage ceremony, he sings his own birth song.

The villagers sing the child’s birth song for the last time as the child is dying.

I believe the children of this African tribe are very blessed. The people of the village bless their children every time they sing their birth songs to them. The saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” is very applicable to this village because they truly help raise each of their children.

What a wonderful tradition this is, and what a wonderful way to celebrate and honor each child’s worth and place in her tribe, village, or community.

“People take on the shapes of the songs and the stories that surround them, especially if they don’t have their own song.”  ―    Neil Gaiman,    Anansi Boys

As a former family violence prevention program coordinator and Olweus bullying prevention trainer, I question if a child’s self-esteem and social emotional learning skills could be changed forever by hearing a village or community sing her birth song throughout her entire life.

Could people awakened to know that children are their greatest resource sing children’s birth songs as a tool to build a community…an awakened community in which the repetitious singing of children’s birth songs help abolish hate, prejudice, and violence?

I question, “In a world where we don’t even know the names of our neighbors’ children, what could be the global impact of knowing and singing children’s birth songs?”

I wish I would have known about the birth song tradition before each of my children was born. I would have loved to have given each of them a birth song. That is why, before I wrote this article today, I sent each of my children the link to the YouTube video below.

I urge other parents to do the same for each of their children. Some may also decide to send a birth song to other children they know, especially orphaned, abandoned, neglected, or emotionally, mentally, or sexually abused children. I urge you to find a song, a poem, etc. that will help each child/person know how special she is, or find something that tells each of them what you wish for him. Then send it or give it to each person.

During this holiday season, such a birth song could be an awesome, life-changing gift for someone you love. This gift could make a real difference in a person’s life.

As a way to honor Christ’s birth, those of you who celebrate Christmas may also enjoy sharing one of Christ’s birth songs, which were known to the prophets and/or his parents before his birth.

YouTube video with Rascal Flatts singing “My Wish”.

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Reference:
Welcoming Spirit Home: Ancient African Teachings to Celebrate Children and Community New World Library

A Hope in The Art of Blessing

Because humanity has learned there is much hope in the art of blessing things and people, many ethnicities, cultures, and religions around the world share this art.  The words in the following photo are an example of an Irish blessing.

Blessing is also a core Biblical concept, and The God of Israel actually told the people of Israel that they could choose between life and death, good and evil, and blessing and cursing.

If choosing God’s blessing is a personal choice, then blessing other things and other people is also a personal choice.

Even though people cannot always verbally bless others, people can always bless others in their thoughts, prayers, attitudes, and actions.

At a time in history when schools are beginning to forbid children to say “bless you” when another child sneezes, the art of blessing others is important to teach our children and grandchildren.

The following content about blessing things and people is copied with permission from a little book called The Aloha Spirit by Serge Kahili King:

“To bless something means to give recognition or emphasis to a positive quality, characteristic or condition, with the intent that what is recognized or emphasized will increase, endure or come into being…”

“First of all, the positive focus of your mind stirs up the positive, creative force of the Power of the Universe. Secondly, it moves your own energy outward, allowing more of the Power to come through you.

Thirdly, when you bless for the benefit of others instead of directly for yourself, you tend to bypass any subconscious fears about what you want for yourself, and also the very focus on the blessing acts to increase the same good in your life.

What is so beautiful about this process is that the blessing you do for others helps them as well as you.

Blessing may be done with imagery or touch, but the most usual and easy way to do it is with words. The main kinds of verbal blessing are:

Admiration – This is the giving of compliments or praise to something good that you notice. E.g., “What a beautiful sunset; I like that flower; you’re such a wonderful person.”

Affirmation – This is a specific statement of blessing for increase or endurance. E.g., “I bless the beauty of this tree; blessed be the health of your body.”

Appreciation – This is an expression of gratitude that something good exists or has happened. E.g., “Thank you for helping me; I give thanks to the rain for nourishing the land.”

Anticipation – This is blessing for the future. E.g., “We’re going to have a great picnic; I bless your increased income; Thank you for my perfect mate; I wish you a happy journey; May the wind be always at your back.”

In order to gain the most benefit from blessing, you will have to give up or cut way down on the one thing that negates it: cursing. This doesn’t mean swearing or saying “bad” words.

It refers to the opposite of blessing, namely criticizing instead of admiring; doubting instead of affirming; blaming instead of appreciating; and worrying instead of anticipating with trust.

Whenever any of these are done they tend to cancel out some of the effects of blessing. So the more you curse the harder it will be and the longer it will take to get the good from a blessing. On the other hand, the more you bless the less harm any cursing will do.

Here, then, are some ideas for blessing various needs and desires. Apply them as often as you like, as much as you want.

Health – Bless healthy people, animals, and even plants; everything which is well made or well constructed; and everything that expresses abundant energy.

Happiness – Bless all that is good, or the good that is in all people and all things; all the signs of happiness that you see, hear or feel in people or animals; and all potentials for happiness that you notice around you.

Prosperity – Bless all the signs of prosperity in your environment, including everything that money helped to make or do; all the money that you have in any form; and all the money that circulates in the world.

Success – Bless all signs of achievement and completion (such as buildings, bridges, and sports events); all arrivals at destinations (of ships, planes, trains, cars and people); all signs of forward movement or persistence; and all signs of enjoyment or fun.

Confidence – Bless all signs of confidence in people and animals; all signs of strength in people, animals and objects (including steel and concrete); all signs of stability (like mountains and tall trees); and all signs of purposeful power (including big machines, power lines).

Love and Friendship – Bless all signs of caring and nurturing, compassion and support; all harmonious relationships in nature and architecture; everything that is connected to or gently touching something else; all signs of cooperation, as in games or work; and all signs of laughter and fun.

Inner Peace – Bless all signs of quietness, calmness, tranquility, and serenity (such as quiet water or still air); all distant views (horizons, stars, the moon); all signs of beauty of sight, sound or touch; clear colors and shapes; the details of natural or made objects.

Spiritual Growth – Bless all signs of growth, development and change in Nature; the transitions of dawn and twilight; the movement of sun, moon, planets and stars; the flight of birds in the sky; and the movement of wind and sea.

The previous ideas are for guidance if you are not used to blessing, but don’t be limited by them. Remember that any quality, characteristic or condition can be blessed…”

There is an old Christian hymn that says, “Count your blessings.  Name them one by one…”  When people intentionally take the time to notice, appreciate, name, and bless the things and people in their lives, it increases their awareness of the many blessings that are part of their every day lives.

In other words, people need not only to take time to smell the roses, but take time to bless the roses.  When people choose a life of blessing, they choose lives in which they want themselves and everything and everyone around them to prosper and thrive–not just survive!

If you enjoyed this article, you may also enjoy reading A Hope in A Greeting, Word, or Phrase at http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/20/a-hope-in-a-greeting-word-or-phrase/.

YouTube video below of Bing Crosby singing “Count Your Blessings.”

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A Hope for a Bologna Sandwich

For me today, a hope for a bologna sandwich was a hope to satiate a craving; not to satisfy my hunger or keep myself from starving.

Bologna Sandwich

A couple of days ago, for no reason I knew, I started craving a bologna sandwich.  Even though I craved a bologna sandwich– until I went to the grocery store today–I had no bologna.

Upon returning from the grocery store, one of the first things I did was make myself a bologna and cheese sandwich with lots of dill pickles.  Fresh tomatoes are not in season, so “solo” dill pickles had to do.

Then, of course, I had to have some of my favorite potato chips to eat with my bologna sandwich.  So, when I finally sat down, put my feet up in my recliner chair, and ate my bologna sandwich, I slowly entered a realm of paradise.  Everything tasted so good, and I satisfied my craving and my hunger!

With heart-felt gratitude for my sandwich and chips, I reminded myself of the millions of people in the world who do not have the food they crave, nor the food they need to satisfy their hunger and possibly sustain their lives.

The world is facing a hunger crisis

unlike anything it has seen in more than 50 years.

925 million people are hungry.

Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes.

        That’s one child every five seconds.

To feed our growing population we need to increase food production

by 70-100 percent by 2050.

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Can We Feed the World and Sustain the Planet?

is the title of an article by Jonathan A. Foley found at http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-we-feed-the-world

This article is about a five-step global plan to end hunger, double food production by 2050, and do both while drastically reducing agriculture’s damage to the environment.

The proposed five steps are: 1) stop agriculture from consuming more tropical land 2) boost the productivity of farms that have the lowest yield 3) raise the efficiency of water and fertilizer use worldwide 4) reduce per capita meat consumption and 5) reduce waste in food production and distribution.

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There were 1.4 billion people in extreme poverty in 2005. The World Bank estimates that the spike in global food prices in 2008, followed by the global economic recession in 2009 and 2010 has pushed between 100-150 million people into poverty.

One in seven people in the world will go to bed hungry tonight.  Source: World Food Programme, 2009.

 You can learn more about world hunger and find hunger fact sheets at http://www.worldhunger.org/learn.htm#Hunger.

Here are a few hunger organizations, which are listed on the world hunger site:

  Bread for the World is a national Christian grassroots organization that seeks justice for the world’s hungry people, including people in the United States, by lobbying Congress and other U.S. decision makers.
  RESULTS is an international citizens’ lobbying group whose purpose is to create the political will to end hunger and poverty. In the United States, its volunteers have campaigned for programs that  combat domestic poverty, as well as for international programs such as  microenterprise lending.  See Hunger Notes urges its readers to join Results
  The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is a leading national organization working to improve public policies to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. Founded in 1970 as a public interest law firm, FRAC is a nonprofit and nonpartisan research and public policy center that serves as the hub of an anti-hunger network of thousands of individuals and agencies across the country. It provides news and legislative updates, research materials, and other support services to organizations throughout the United States. It is not a membership organization.

Women make up the majority of the agricultural workforce in many areas of the world.  In the Feed the Future video below, narrator Matt Damon discusses the importance of increasing food production around the world and notes the importance of equipping women with the right tools, training, and  technology to see as much as a 30 percent increase in food production.

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A Hope to Save The Planet

Earth Hour is an annual global campaign to help save the planet.  Native American Chief Seattle said, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors.  We borrow it from our children.”  This year I challenge everyone around the world to participate in Earth Hour as a commitment of hope to help save our earth for our children and grandchildren.

EARTH HOUR 2012 – MARCH 31, 2012

 

DARE THE WORLD TO SAVE THE PLANET

“We only have one planet.  You can help protect it. Participate in the world’s largest single campaign for the planet: Earth Hour.

It starts by turning off your lights for an hour at 8:30 pm on March 31, 2012 in a collective display of commitment to a better future for the planet.  Think what can be achieved when we all come together for a common cause.”

Earth Hour 2011 took place in 135 countries and more than 5,200 cities – it had a global reach of 1.8 billion and a digital footprint of 91 million.

You can join Earth Hour by clicking on one of the links below:

Facebookfacebook.com/earthhour Twitter:  twitter.com/earthhour YouTube:  youtube.com/earthhour Flickrflickr.com/earthhour_global Tumblrearthhour.tumblr.com Google +:  gplus.to/earthhour

Participate in Earth Hour

Pledge your support:  Click on a category below to sign up to participate and turn off all non-essential lights from 8:30-9:30 pm local time.

Go Beyond the Hour

This Earth Hour we invite you to do more than switch off your lights. We want you to dare the world to save the planet. “I Will If You Will” is a simple promise and a challenge. Dare anyone (your Facebook friends, co-workers, celebrity crushes) to accept your challenge and help protect the Earth or accept the challenge of someone else.

Click here to Visit “I Will If You Will” to see all the challenges and create your own.

All text about Earth Hour-Dare the World to Save the Planet was copied from www.earthhour.org.  Please leave a comment below to let me know that you plan to participate in Earth Hour this year on March 31, 2012.  Thank you, Connie Wayne

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A Hope for Inner Peace from Peace Pilgrim

Mildred Norman Ryder, better known as Peace Pilgrim, had a mission to help promote peace by helping others find inner peace.  She said,

“Peace is an idea whose time has come.”

She backed her words with action as a spiritual teacher, non-violence advocate, and a peace prophetess who lived from July 18, 1908-July 7, 1981.

In order to direct the attention of United States’ citizens to her desire for peace in the world, Peace Pilgrim began her first coast-to-coast pilgrimage across the United States on January 1, 1953.

She said of that day, “On that day I became a wanderer relying upon the goodness of others. It would be a pilgrim’s journey undertaken in the traditional manner: on foot and on faith. I left behind all claims to a name, personal history, possessions and affiliations.”

When she was not on the road, she was busy speaking and gathering signatures for the three petitions she carried in her satchel–one petition with a plea for immediate peace in Korea, and one petition for the President and congressional leaders requesting the installation of a Peace Department.

The third petition she carried was a plea to the United Nations and the world leaders for world disarmament and reconstruction:

“If you would find the way of peace you must overcome evil with good and falsehood with truth and hatred with love. We plead with you to free us all from the crushing burden of armaments, to free us from hatred and fear, so that we may feed our hungry ones, mend our broken cities, and experience a richness of life which can only come in a world that is unarmed and fed.”

She presented the petitions to officials at both the White House and the United Nations at the end of her first walk across the country.

Throughout her twenty-eight year pilgrimage, she honored the same commitment with which she began.  She walked until she was given shelter, fasted until she was given food, and went without money.  The only possessions she had were the clothes she wore, a toothbrush, and a comb.

Peace Pilgrim’s pilgrimage covered “the entire peace picture: peace among nations, peace among groups, peace within our environment, peace among individuals, and the very, very important inner peace.”  She talked about inner peace most often because she felt that was where peace begins.

Peace Pilgrim said, “The situation in the world around us is just a reflection of the collective situation. In the final analysis, only as we become more peaceful people will we be finding ourselves living in a more peaceful world.”.

The following is The Summary of Steps Toward Inner Peace written by Peace Pilgrim:

“FOUR PREPARATIONS        

1. Assume right attitude toward life

Stop being an escapist or a surface-liver as these attitudes can only cause inharmony in your life. Face life squarely and get down below the froth on its surface to discover its verities and realities. Solve the problems that life sets before you, and you will find that solving them contributes to your inner growth. Helping to solve collective problems contributes also to your growth, and these problems should never be avoided.

2. Live good beliefs.

The laws governing human conduct apply as rigidly as the law of gravity. Obedience to these laws pushes us toward harmony; disobedience pushes us toward inharmony. Since many of these laws are already common belief, you can begin by putting into practice all the good things you believe. No life can be in harmony unless belief and practice are in harmony.

3. Find your place in the Life Pattern.

You have a part in the scheme of things. What that part is you can know only from within yourself. You can seek it in receptive silence. You can begin to live in accordance with it by doing all the good things you are motivated toward and giving these things priority in your life over all the superficial things that customarily occupy human lives.

4. Simplify life to bring inner and outer well-being into harmony.

Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. Many lives are cluttered not only with unnecessary possessions but also with meaningless activities. Cluttered lives are out-of-harmony lives and require simplification. Wants and needs can become the same in a human life and, when this is accomplished, there will be a sense of harmony between inner and outer well-being. Such harmony is needful not only in the individual life but in the collective life too.

FOUR PURIFICATIONS           

1. Purification of the bodily temple.

Are you free from all bad habits? In your diet do you stress the vital foods – the fruits, whole grains, vegetables and nuts? Do you get to bed early and get enough sleep? Do you get plenty of fresh air, sunshine, exercise, and contact with nature? If you can answer “Yes” to all of these questions, you have gone a long way toward purification of the bodily temple.

2. Purification of the thoughts.

It is not enough to do right things and say right things. You must also think right things. Positive thoughts can be powerful influences for good. Negative thoughts can make you physically ill. Be sure there is no unpeaceful situation between yourself and any other human being, for only when you have ceased to harbor unkind thoughts can you attain inner harmony.

3. Purification of the desires.

Since you are here to get yourself into harmony with the laws that govern human conduct and with your part in the scheme of things, your desires should be focused in this direction.

4. Purification of motives.

Obviously your motive should never be greed or self-seeking, or the wish for self-glorification, you shouldn’t even have the selfish motive of attaining inner peace for yourself. To be of service to your fellow humans must be your motive before your life can come into harmony.

FOUR RELINQUISHMENTS           

1. Relinquishment of self-will.

You have, or it’s as though you have, two selves: the lower self that usually governs you selfishly, and the higher self which stands ready to use you gloriously. You must subordinate the lower self by refraining from doing the not-good things you are motivated toward, not suppressing them but transforming them so that the higher self can take over your life.

2. Relinquishment of the feeling of separateness.

All of us, all over the world, are cells in the body of humanity. You are not separate from your fellow humans, and you cannot find harmony for yourself alone. You can only find harmony when you realize the oneness of all and work for the good of all.

3. Relinquishment of attachments.

Only when you have relinquished all attachments can you be really free. Material things are here for use, and anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you. You can only live in harmony with your fellow humans if you have no feeling that you possess them, and therefore do not try to run their lives.

4. Relinquishment of all negative feelings.

Work on relinquishing negative feelings. If you live in the present moment, which is really the only moment you have to live, you will be less apt to worry. If you realize that those who do mean things are psychologically ill, your feelings of anger will turn to feelings of pity. If you recognize that all of your inner hurts are caused by your own wrong actions or your own wrong reactions or your own wrong inaction, then you will stop hurting yourself.”

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For twenty-eight years, Peace Pilgrim’s message was, “This is the way of peace–overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.”

She also said, “The Golden Rule would do equally well. There is nothing new about that except the practice of it. But I consider it the lesson for today and so it becomes the message of the peace pilgrimage. Please don’t say lightly that these are just religious concepts and not practical.”

“These are laws governing human conduct, which apply as rigidly as the law of gravity. When we disregard these laws in any walk of life, chaos results. Through obedience to these laws this world of ours will enter a period of peace and richness of life beyond our fondest dreams.”

“The key word for our time is practice. We have all the light we need, we just need to put it into practice.”

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