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    Mike Schwager directly, e-mail:moschwager@aol.com
  • Recommended Books

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  • Animals

    “The Emotional Lives of Animals” by Marc Bekoff

    “Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation in America” by Nathan Winograd

    “Guardians of Being: Spiritual Teachings From Our Dogs and Cats” by Eckhart Tolle and Patrick O’Donnell

    “Angel Dogs: Divine Messengers of Love” by Allen and Linda Anderson

  • Business

    “The Evolution of an Entrepreneur: Featuring My 50 Best Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Business” by Jack Nadel

    “The BEST In Us: People, Profit and the Remaking of Modern Leadership” by Cleve W. Stevens

  • Creativity

    "The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity" by Julia Cameron
  • Diet / Food

    “Diet For A New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth” by John Robbins
  • Inspiration

    "The Art of Waging Peace" by Paul Chappell

    “Agape Love: A Tradition Found In Eight World Religions” by Sir John Templeton

    “The Measure of a Man” by Martin Luther King Jr.

    “The Global Heart Awakens: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love” by Anodea Judith

    "The Magic of Believing" by Claude M. Bristol

    "The Vision of Emerson" by Richard Geldard

    “Love Poems” by Pablo Neruda

    "Long Walk To Freedom" - The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

    "Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love and Courage" - by Richard Stengel

    "Conversations with Myself" - by Nelson Mandela and Forward by Barack Obama

    "Mandela: The Authorized Portrait" - by Mac Maharaj, Ahmad Kathrada, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Forward by Bill Clinton

  • Motivation

    “Why Do I Keep Doing That? Breaking The Negative Patterns In Your Life” by Dennis Wholey

    "The Portable Therapist" by Susanna McMahon, Ph.D.

    "Creating Money: Keys to Abundance" by Sanaya Roman & Duana Packer

    "Becoming A Life Change Artist" by Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan

  • Science

    “Creative Evolution: A Physicist's Resolution Between Darwinism and Intelligent Design” by Dr. Amit Goswami

    “Awakening Earth” by Duane Elgin

    “The Phenomenon of Man” by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

  • Spirituality

    “Kabbalah for Beginners” by Rav Michael Laitman

    “Care of the Soul” by Thomas Moore

    “Dark Nights of the Soul” by Thomas Moore

    “I And Thou” by Martin Buber

    “The Books of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life” by Deepak Chopra

    “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra

    "The Good Heart" by His Holiness The Dalai Lama

    "Anatomy of the Spirit" by Carolyne Myss, Ph.D.

    "The Healing Secrets of the Ages" by Catherine Ponder

    "The Taoist Inner View of the Universe and The Immortal Realm" by Taoist Master NI, HUA-CHING

    "The Art of Spiritual Healing" by Joel Goldsmith

Mike Schwager on “Your Mark On The World”

In this interview on “Your Mark On The World” Forbes.com contributor                   and “Champion of Social Good” Devin Thorpe interviews Mike Schwager                   (www.mediamavens.com and www.TVtraining.tv) about his representation of             humanitarian and non-profit organizations, and advice to do-good groups             about preparing for an interview on national TV, dealing with crisis situations.         Also tips on  speechwriting.  Mike also talks about a few of the heroes in               his life who have impressed him the most.  Mike also reveals plans for the         development of a new Internet spiritual/humanitarian/motivational radio           channel, The Enrichment Channel, and his  call for supporters and                 sponsors.  (Mike is reachable at 954-423-4414, or via e-mail at       moschwager@aol.com).

   

Forbes’ “Champion of Social Good” Devin Thorpe on Enrichment Hour

My guest on THE ENRICHMENT HOUR for Sunday, May 31st is DEVIN THORPE, an author, advisor and self-described “champion of social good” – and who as a Forbes contributor covers social entrepreneurship and impact investing. Devin’s not unambitious mission is “to solve some of the world’s biggest problems before 2045 by identifying and championing the work of experts who have created credible plans and programs to end them once and for all.”

Showtime on Sunday is: 5 PM Eastern, 4 PM Midwestern, 3 PM Mountain and 2 PM Pacific. To listen live, go to: www.WSRadio.com, then click on STUDIO B/Live at designated time zone hours. My interview with Devin will also be archived, and available on WSRadio beginning on Tuesday.

Among the issues we will talk about on The Enrichment Hour are the crisis in Nepal, and corporate social responsibility.

Devin Thorpe’s websites include: YourMarkOnTheWorld(dot)com, Forbes(dot)com/sites/devinthorpe, GoodCrowd(dot)info, MySocialGoodNews(dot)com, CrowdFundBeat, and http://devinthorpe(dot)com.

After being “let go” from the best job he’d ever had—as the Chief Financial Officer of third largest company on the 2009 Inc. 500 list—he and his wife Gail ended up living in China for a year where he wrote “Your Mark On The World” and embarked on the career he’d always wanted yet hadn’t dared dream. More recently, Devin completed his latest book, “Crowdfunding for Social Good: Financing Your Mark On The World.”

As an entrepreneur, Devin ran—at separate times—a boutique investment banking firm and a small mortgage company. He served as the Treasurer for the multinational vitamin manufacturer USANA Health Sciences years before becoming CFO for MonaVie. Over his career he led or advised on the successful completion of $500 million in transactions.

Devin squeezed in two brief stints in government, including two years working for Jake Garn on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee Staff and another year working for an independent state agency called USTAR, where he helped foster technology entrepreneurship.

Now, as an author, advisor and Forbes contributor, Devin is devoted full time to championing social good, writing about, advocating for and advising those who do good. He travels extensively, sharing inspiring messages as a keynote speaker, emcee, and trainer.

Devin is proud to have graduated from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, which recognized him as a Distinguished Alum in 2006. He also earned an MBA at Cornell University where he ran the student newspaper, Cornell Business.

Today, Devin channels the idealism of his youth with the loving support of his wife, Gail. Their son Dayton is a PhD candidate in Physics at UC Berkeley (and Devin rarely misses an opportunity to mention that).

To contact Devin, go to: www.YourMarkOnTheWorld(dot)com/contact

Enrichment Hour: Renewable Energy Alternatives for Homes and Businesses

Great interview on Sunday, April 12th on “The Enrichment Hour” with Dr. Richard Goodwin, founder of The Middle East Peace Network and supporter of renewable energy alternatives for homes and businesses; and Jason Haber, Director of Colorado’s Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) [website: www.aspencore.org].
Here is the link to Sunday’s show.  When you arrive on the page, scroll down just below the descript of the show, and you’ll see four segments, each with an arrow to the left.  Click on each arrow, starting with the first, one at a time, to listen to each of the segments.
Dr. Goodwin spoke of how CORE helped him retrofit his home – which eliminated the need for fossil fuels, saved him tons of money on his utility bills, and helped to create a cleaner environment. Alternative renewable energy sources provided by CORE include solar energy (thru panels), wind energy, and geothermal energy. Jason also mentioned another website for people interested in exploring alternative renewable energy in other parts of the country:www.dsireUSA.org.
 

Gatekeeper of The Temple of the Heart: Juliet Hollister

My dear friend Juliet Hollister passed away in 2001. She was 84, going on 24. I never really dwelt on her age, for to know her was to know a youthful spirit, though more than likely a very old soul. Forty years ago, from her kitchen in Greenwich, Connecticut, this then housewife and mother gave birth to a vision that became The Temple of Understanding, a United Nations sanctioned forum for the promotion of dialogue and understanding among and between the great religions of the world. Juliet’s friend, Eleanor Roosevelt, called it, The Spiritual United Nations.

Born in Forest Hills, New York, Juliet studied comparative religion at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, but as she once told me, “It was not an easy matter at the time for a woman to pursue a career in theology.” After devouring books on the major religions of the world, she became convinced that there was much more that united the great faiths than divided them. She became a living testament to this conviction.

Juliet carried a natural dignity and patrician-like quality, yet was devoid of the all-too-well known nuisances of the ego. She was truly a person without guile, pretense, or condescension. Her personality exuded a great big huggable charm. She had a passion and kindness that combined with a keen intelligence and unusually intense interest in people. She was a kind of magnet, and her presence was felt the moment one found oneself in her company.

Juliet’s life and her magnificent vision were, in a word, simple. I use this word in the highest complimentary sense. The same word comes to mind as I think about one of her dearest friends, His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Ask the Dalai Lama who he is, and he will quickly reply, “I’m just a simple Tibetan monk, nothing more.” Ask the same of Juliet Hollister, and she would respond, “I’m just a simple little mother from Greenwich, Connecticut.” They shared the quality of authenticity. The privilege of meeting authentic persons is truly sweet and illuminating.

The first words I ever heard Juliet say were, “How can I help you?” She had just telephoned me after learning about an idea for a spiritual, human potential television channel I had been trying to generate support for. Before I knew it, she invited me to come to her cottage-like home in Greenwich for tea and to share my vision. She was herself a great storyteller. And the story she loved to tell the most was about her beloved Temple of Understanding, and how that vision became reality.

As she would tell it, “It all began on a day in 1960, sitting in the kitchen of my Greenwich home with a friend, snacking on peanut butter sandwiches, talking about what a mess the world was in, with the spectre of nuclear Armageddon not a remote possibility, when as if out of nowhere, a light turned on in my mind and I excitedly saw an antidote, an ongoing forum where dialogue and understanding could be promoted by bringing all the world’s religions together under one roof.” Juliet would later say that the energy of this idea was enormous, and “I was convinced that I had to do something to bring it into the world.”

She brought the idea to her husband, Dickerman Hollister, a well-networked partner in a Manhattan law firm. After fruitless meetings with foundation executives, Dickerman arranged for his wife to meet Eleanor Roosevelt, at one of the former First Lady’s well-known salons. When approached with the idea, Mrs. Roosevelt immediately became excited, and arranged for Juliet to share her vision with some of the great political, religious, and citizen leaders on a whirlwind ’round-the-world trip. Joined by her youngest son, Dickie, the Connecticut housewife and mother met privately with U Thant, secretary general of the United Nations; Pope John XXIII; President Nasser of Egypt and his vice president, a young Anwar el-Sadat; Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister; Dr. Albert Schweitzer; and the Dalai Lama. Juliet recounts that every leader greeted her idea with resounding and enthusiastic support, except for President Nasser. Though he wasn’t a very pleasant man, he was willing to hear about the idea, and “I remember Mr. Sadat, in an earlier meeting, a much more sympathetic person, as having liked the idea very much,” she recalled. “But in the President’s office, when I actually had the gall to suggest to Mr. Nasser, a vehement enemy of Israel, that it would be a feather in his cap if he initiated peace with that country, he immediately yelled for his security guards to put me and my little boy under arrest, and we were actually thrown into prison!”

The situation looked very bleak, she said, until her son Dickie, when asked by some guards why they were arrested, drew a circle on the dirt floor of the prison cell with his finger, with the symbols of the world’s great religions inscribed inside the circle. “See,” said Dickie, “we want to help bring all the religions together in peace and harmony.” Within the hour, sympathetic guards got word to Mr. Sadat, who gave permission to free Juliet and her son. They were quietly put on the next plane out of the country, unbeknownst to Mr. Nasser.

With the support and blessings of many of the world’s top leaders, Mrs. Hollister’s vision became The Temple of Understanding, which grew into an international educational group recognized by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization. From its Manhattan headquarters, and guided by her leadership and moving spirit, the group organizes symposiums, round-table discussions, educational projects, global forums, and spiritual summit meetings abroad. These summits became a meeting ground for the world’s major spiritual leaders.

The Temple of Understanding also played a key role in developing the North American Interfaith Network, an association of local, regional, national and international interfaith organizations, faith communities, and educational institutions. Conferences are now held annually.

In 1997, the board of directors of The Temple of Understanding created the annual Juliet Hollister Awards. The Award has been given in two categories: one for religious figures who have brought interfaith values into churches, temples, and mosques, and the other for secular figures who have promoted greater understanding of spiritual values in the arts, media, government, science, and law. The award recipients have included: Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; The Very Reverend James Morton; His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidananda; Maestro Ravi Shankar; Mary Robinson, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights; and His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama. In 1999, the Award was given to Nelson Mandela at the Parliament of the World’s Religions gathering in Cape Town, South Africa. And in subsequent years, other recipients included Chelsea Clinton, in 2010.

I attended the 1997 event, the first Juliet Hollister Awards banquet, at the United Nations. There was Juliet, beaming and resplendent in a blue and gold Indian sari, entering the ballroom to the wild and affectionate acclaim of the 1,000 guests. In 1998, in the magnificent palatial-like hall of the Cipriani Restaurant in Manhattan, sitting next to her beloved friend, the Dalai Lama, more than 2,000 guests stood to give her a long rousing ovation.

“If you love an idea, an idea that is larger than yourself, then love it with all your heart; love it enough to act on it,” she once told me. “Love it enough to put it into the world,” she said. “Don’t give up until you do.”

Juliet succeeded in making her overarching dream a reality. “One unfulfilled dream that I must leave to those who follow me to fulfill,” she said, “is to build and erect the physical Temple of Understanding on the land we purchased years ago in Washington, D.C. The architectural blueprint of the plans for the Temple, executed as well, are also awaiting the hands of the builders when the proper funding comes in,” she said.

After an appearance on The God Squad, the television show co-hosted by a rabbi and a priest on the Telicare Television Network of Long Island, Juliet began to soulfully reflect on the state of the world. “There is so much work yet to be done,” she said. “It is so clear to me that all we have to do is awaken to the fact that we are all ONE, or as my friend Father Thomas Merton has so rightly said, “We are already ONE . . . what we have to become is what we already are.” Said Juliet: “It seems so simple, doesn’t it? Yet so much more work to do. So much more work.”

Above all other places, Juliet loved Kashmir, “the most beautiful spot in all the planet.” She owned a houseboat there, and whenever she could, she would go there “to rest and luxuriate my soul in the sheer beauty of its sacred mountains and skies.” She knew that Kashmir was a place of political conflict and potential danger, yet it would never stop her from making her trips. “I feel the angels are protecting me, and when I go to visit, I always pray that the physical beauty of this God’s world will transform into a beauty experienced on a more ethereal level, penetrating into the hearts and minds of every human being, so that there is beauty too in all our dealings with one another.”

Juliet believed she could see through the veil between life on this side and life in the hereafter and that there was a continuity of consciousness that moved into another plane of existence.

“It’s so clear to me,” she often said, and she firmly believed that one day science would validate and confirm the existence of another side. Juliet was a member of an organization called INIT, comprising a number of leading scientists from around the world, some of them Nobel Laureates, who were conducting technical experiments to secure contact and verify communication from conscious entities who had departed the earthly plane. She claimed that in one of these experiments, she had actually received a visual and audio communication from her beloved husband, Dickerman, who died in 1983.

Bill Moyers, a member of The Temple of Understanding, once said, “I used to think that The Temple of Understanding was an act of sentiment. Now I believe it is an essential strategy for survival.” And for Juliet Garretson Hollister, it has also become her living legacy to a world so very much in its need.

Mike Schwager is host of the Internet radio show, The Enrichment Hour, on WSRadio(dot)com. He is editor of two spiritual blogs, www.Enrichment(dot)com, and www.EnrichOurWorld(dot)net. Mike is also a communications consultant, serving organizations as a speech writer, media interview trainer and publicist (www.mediamavens(dot)com, and www.TVtraining(dot)tv). E-mail him at: moschwager@aol.com.

Richard Goodwin, Middle East Peace Dialogue Network, on Enrichment Hour

My guest on THE ENRICHMENT HOUR for Sunday, March 22nd is DR. RICHARD GOODWIN, Chairman and Founder of the Middle East Peace Dialogue Network, Inc. (www.MEPDN.org), who has focused on making Middle East peace a reality since the early 1980′s. He has supported more than 75 Jewish and Palestinian groups in Israel that promote dialogue, cooperation and tolerance throughout the years.

Show airs at 1 PM Eastern, 12 Noon Central, 11 AM Mountain; and 10 AM Pacific. To listen live at designated time zone hour, go to: www.WSRadio(dot)com, then click on STUDIO B/Live. The show will also be archived starting Tuesday, 3/24.

One of these groups is Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the “Oasis of Peace” (http://www.nswas.org). Richard sits on the Board of Directors of this community of 60 families. Located mid-way between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, NS-WAS is half Palestinian and half Jewish, all with Israeli citizenship, democratically governed by two elected committees. The village’s mission is to demonstrate that Jews and Palestinians can live together.

Richard was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1928. He resides in Snowmass Village, Colorado. He has one daughter, two sons and three grandchildren.

In 1948, Richard graduated from Drexel University with Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce and Engineering. He entered the building business in association with his father and brother in 1950. During the 1950′s, the company constructed single-family homes in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. In the early 1960′s, they expanded into land development, sewer and water company and neighborhood shopping center construction, becoming Goodwin Enterprises.

Ramblewood on the Green, the company’s major project, broke ground in Mt. Laurel Township, New Jersey in 1960. The project began with single-family homes built adjacent to Ramblewood Country Club. Townhouses, apartments and condominiums followed in the 1970′s.

Over several decades, Goodwin Enterprises built more than 5,000 homes and apartments as well as developed 15,000 lots for other builders. In the 1970′s, the company expanded into southeastern PA where they built 600 HUD townhouses and 400 conventional apartments. Richard became the sole owner after his father’s death in 1974. His brother left the company in 1962.

Richard served his local and state Home Builder’s Associations as President. He served the National Association of Home builders as Vice President. He is a founder of the National Housing Endowment. He is the creator of the Ethel Lawrence Endowment at Rutgers University Law School honoring the “Mount Laurel Decision” that spread affordable housing throughout America.

Richard has been a long time fundraiser for the United Way of Burlington County, New Jersey and is a member of the Million Dollar Roundtable. He is the founder of the Goodwin Holocaust Museum of Delaware Valley, the Goodwin Holocaust Education Center in Cherry Hill, NJ, and a founder of the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia. He is the benefactor of the Richard C. Goodwin College of Professional Studies at Drexel University which awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters. Richard also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam. He is a member of J Street’s Advisory Council.

As founder and chairman of the Goodwin Foundation, Richard has supported more than 100 organizations, programs and institutions throughout the United States. He has raised more than $1 million for prostate cancer research and is the benefactor of the Richard C. Goodwin Daycare Center at the Maasai Heritage Preservation Foundation in Kenya, Africa.

The vision of The Middle East Peace Dialogue Network believes that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is essential to Israel’s survival as the national home of the Jewish people and as a vibrant democracy. It believes that supporting dialogue, reconciliation, and tolerance activities and programs which encourage Israeli-Palestinian interaction is essential to long term peace.

* Promote a comprehensive Regional Peace Plan based on the recommendations of the Geneva Accords, the Geneva Annexes and/or the Arab Peace Initiative as a road map to a negotiated two state solution.
* Support voter identification, education and mobilization campaigns in preparation for Israeli Elections Identify, support and promote emerging pro-Israel, pro two state solution leaders in Israel and the United States
* Support joint Israeli/Palestinian dialogue groups, activities, programs and events promoting recognition and understanding of the other side’s narrative, needs and rights
* Challenge stereotypes, mistrust and fear by bringing together Israeli/Israeli Arab children for social encounters and interactions focused on community and cooperative activities

Richard Goodwin’s Dream is that out of the mist will appear a huge conference table. Representatives of the 22 nation Arab League and the new state of Palestine will be sitting around the table, Israel in the middle of the group. They will all be signing “Peace Agreements,” exchanging Ambassadors, Trade Agreements, Mutual Defense posts, arranging cultural exchanges of people and ideas, the list goes on.

Also at the signing will be representatives of the United Nations and NATO to establish DMZs and, where appropriate, preparing plans to monitor them.

In the center of the table will rest a giant peace purse — $100 billion Peace Prize. It will help support the economy of the new state of Palestine and help Israel to pay for its “peace expenses.” The money will be raised and distributed by an International Commission. This Peace Prize will use the Marshall Plan model established after WWII, a combination of loans and grants for peace.

Shelley Spector, Founder of Museum of PR, on Enrichment Hour

[TO LISTEN, go to:   http://enrichourworld.net/shelley-spector-founder-museum-public-relations-enrichment-hour/  and scroll down to four segments.  Click on arrow to left of each segment, one at a time]

My guest on THE ENRICHMENT HOUR for Sunday, March 15th was SHELLEY ZUCKERMAN SPECTOR, the Founder with her husband Barry of The Museum of Public Relations (www.PRMuseum.org), and by the same name on Facebook.  Shelley’s own PR website is at:  www.SpectorPR(dot)com.  Shelley was a close friend of Edward Bernays, considered “The Father” of modern Public Relations, and the nephew of Sigmund Freud.
 
Shelley and Barry met Edward Bernays in 1985.  He asked them to build a Museum of PR.  After his death in Mar 1995, his family donated artifacts, books and papers to help us start a museum in NYC.  The museum of PR is the only such museum in the world. Its Facebook page has 4200 followers from 52 countries, many with Public Relations industries first developing, such as Vietnam, Iraq, Slovenia and Indonesia.

Known widely as the creator of the “Big Idea” approach to public relations, Shelley is called upon frequently by corporations and industry groups throughout the U.S. to speak about the transformative power of breakthrough PR strategies. For the past six years, she has served as an adjunct professor at NYU and will soon join the corporate communications faculty at Baruch College. She has also guest-lectured at the Harvard Medical School, Syracuse University and American University, among many others. 
 
Before founding the firm in 1991, Spector served in executive roles at Hill and Knowlton, Ruder Finn and the American Stock Exchange, where she was director of press relations. 
 
The museum resides in Manhattan at Baruch College’s Newman Library Archives and Special Collections (Baruch College CUNY, 151 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, with offices at 61 Broadway, Suite 1050, New York, NY 10006).   It is open to the public by appointment for tours, guest lectures and research. She was a close friend of Edward Bernays, considered the “Father” of the public relations field, and nephew of Sigmund Freud.  I personally had the honor to interview Mr. Bernays in the late 1980’s on my then-radio show on WOR Radio in New York.
 
The Museum of Public Relations is a 501(c)(3) educational institution chartered by the New York State Board of Regents to serve the world’s growing community of public relations students, educators, researchers and practitioners. Founded in 1997, the museum is considered the field’s primary repository for documents covering the evolution of the field over the last century. Its archives include more than 600 significant books (many first editions and signed); dozens of artifacts; correspondence; photographs of historically significant people and events; examples of old media technologies; and a digital archive of video taped oral histories. It is considered the world’s largest collection of materials documenting PR history.
 
The Museum contains one-of-a-kind collections and historical artifacts from the field’s most important pioneers and programs.  The online museum has become the world’s most visited educational resource for PR history.  The Museum and Library are chartered by the NYS Education Department.  Together, they represent the world’s largest collection of historical resources and writings documenting the evolution of the public relations field.
 
The mission of The Museum of Public Relations is to provide the international PR community with an appreciation for the history of the field; to serve as an educational resource to the world’s growing community of PR students; to demonstrate not only the history of the field, but how the PR field has shaped history.

President Obama’s Great Oration on 50th Anniversary of Selma

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVAZp1j0tKc

This is in my opinion the greatest speech of the Obama Administration – and one of the greatest presidential speeches of all time, a love letter to the next generation.  It covers the American story with all its pain, yet transcended with the overcoming of its great struggles, a speech of inclusion and realization of the American Dream. A great patriotic speech, in the best sense of the word “patriotic.”  This speech matches Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream Speech” – Lincoln’s Second Inaugural.  It will be published in all the future textbooks, in my view. A great oration!!

[If you need support with the writing of an inspirational speech, e-mail me - Mike Schwager - at moschwager@aol.com, or phone 954-423-4414.]

MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOUL

by Mike Schwager

The soul is that aspect of Consciousness become individualized on this plane as you and me. The soul is “immortal” and transcends materiality. The soul is an aspect of Source, the Great Spirit (as the Indians say) – The Unified Field – God – the ONE – Unity Consciousness – and is multi-dimensional and manifests not only on this plane but in other dimensions too. The soul is, as the Jews/Hebrews say, “Ain Soph” – without End (and without beginning). The Great Spirit is, as IT told Moses, “I AM”.  It is AMNESS.  IT creates but is not absorbed by ITS Creation.  And so who we are is indeed that Amness too, holographic-like fragments of the One.   DesCartes was wrong when he said, “I think therefore I am.” My experience in meditation tells me that “I Am -Therefore I Think.” Amness is Pure Awareness which when it focuses on the objects of Creation, is Consciousness. And so I AM pure Awareness become Conscious. I AM the Universe become Aware of Itself through Consciousness. And as an individuated and “free” Being, I evolve in States of Awareness, Being, Serving, Co-Creating, as individual and as one who grows into convergent states with other Beings. In this Great Process, we are involuting (complexity centricity) and evolving into transcendent states.  All this has meaning and purpose, in Source’s plan for the fulfillment of the Universe.  Love is the driving Glue of Evolution.

Religion Scholar Nathan Katz on The Enrichment Hour

(Sunday, February 1, 2015) – Wonderful conversation today with religion scholar Dr. Nathan Katz on THE ENRICHMENT HOUR.   Topics included Hindu-Jewish dialogue; Jain-Jewish dialogue; the Jews of Cochin, India; Tibetan-Jewish dialogue (including an historic dialogue hosted by The Dalai Lama at his palace in Dharamsala, India); an understanding of the benign nature of Judaism and its contributions to the monotheistic religions; spirituality vs. religiosity; and an upcoming documentary on Muslim-Jewish dialogue and relations. That documentary is entitled, “Is There Room at the Inn: Muslims, Jews and the Holyland”.

First viewing will take place at The Jewish Museum of Florida/FIU, Sunday, February 15th in Miami Beach.  The film features a conversation and dialogue among cutting edge Muslim and Jewish scholars asking the question, “What if there were guidelines in both Torah and Quran, and their commentaries, on how to live in peace?”

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 3rd, this interview will be archived at:http://wsradio.com/…/the-enrichment-hour-with-mike-schwager/

NBC News Correspondent Martin Fletcher on Enrichment Hour

My guest for the full hour on The Enrichment Hour for Thursday, January 22nd AND Sunday, January 25th will be NBC News Special Correspondent MARTIN FLETCHER.

Showtime is 1 PM Eastern; 12 Noon Central; 11 AM Mountain; and 10 AM Pacific. To listen, go to: www.WSRadio(dot)com, then click on STUDIO B/Live. Show will also be archived on WSRadio starting Tuesday, Jan. 27th.

Martin Fletcher is an author and former NBC News’ Middle East correspondent and Tel Aviv Bureau chief. He left NBC News after 32 years to work on his fourth book (and second novel). He returned to NBC in 2010 as a freelance Special Correspondent. He also reports for PBS Weekend Newshour.

Born in London, he graduated from the University of Bradford in 1970. He worked as a French and German interpreter for the Common Market. He began his career as a television news programming writer for VisNews in the UK in 1970. He joined the BBC, writing on the main evening news program, the 9 O’Clock News, until returning to Visnews after teaching himself to be a news cameraman. After four years in Belgium, Israel, and Rhodesia he joined NBC News.

He started with NBC News as a cameraman in 1977 in South Africa; he began his Tel Aviv assignment as network correspondent in 1982. He added Bureau Chief to his duties in 1996.

He has received five Emmy awards for his work on the first Palestinian uprising, the second Palestinian uprising, Rwanda, Kosovo, and trauma medicine in Israel. He has received numerous other awards including the television Pulitzer, the duPont from Columbia University, five Overseas Press Club awards, several Edward R. Murrow awards, a Hugo gold medal for a documentary on Israel which he shared with other NBC staffers, and an award from the Royal Society of Television in Britain.

He is the author of “Breaking News,” published in New York by St. Martin’s Press in 2008. It has received universal recognition as one of the best books ever on the work of a foreign correspondent. His second book, “Walking Israel: A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation,” was published in October, 2010 and won the American National Jewish Book Award. His first novel, “The List,” published in 2011, was selected as the One Book One Jewish Community book of the year . His second novel, a Holocaust survivors’ novel, “Jacob’s Oath,” was released in October 2013.  He has a new book, “War Reporter: A Novel,” coming out in the Fall.

Martin lost family in the Holocaust.

DORON LIBSHTEIN, FOUNDER OF MENTORS CHANNEL, TODAY ON ENRICHMENT HOUR

THE ENRICHMENT HOUR for Sunday, December 7th will air at a special time: 4 PM Eastern, 3 PM Central, 2 PM Mountain, and 1 PM Pacific. Click on www.WSRadio(dot)com, then click on STUDIO B/Live.

My guest, calling from Israel, will be Mentor and Entrepreneur, Mr. DORON LIBSHTEIN, Founder, Chairman and CEO of the MENTORS CHANNEL (www.mentorschannel.com), an international platform that presents world-renowned Mentors who offer inspiration, healing, empowerment and growth in the areas of meditation, spirituality, health & well-being, wealth & success, love & relationships, happiness and relaxation, and healing music.

Mentors Channel is for people who want to live a fuller, richer life doing what they love. It’s more than just a site where you can download PDFs and buy CDs. It’s a site that allows you to work interactively with the best mentors and coaches in the world.

Doron is CEO of Coaching Interactive Endeavour. He works with people like Deepak Chopra, Byron Katie and Robin Sharma on Interactive Best Seller Programs that help people to practice the wisdom from the books in their lives.

Doron is also Chairman of ReStart LTD. This company helps people rebuild their careers in a meaningful way. Research has shown that when someone has been laid off, or is out of work, the incidence of cancer, heart attack, or some other kind of disease is enormously higher than the normal population. In fact, when a person lives a happy life, studies show they live 7.5-10 years longer than an unhappy person.

Based in Israel, Doron served as Chairman of the leading Israeli Internet portal Tapuz for six years. He traded on the TASE (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange) and acted as director in other publicly traded companies such as Maayan Ventures and CET. Prior to that, Doron served as a top executive for Microsoft for 14 years, and was the Founder and CEO of MSN Israel.

Will Tuttle’s “World Peace Diet” on Enrichment Hour

On THE ENRICHMENT HOUR on  Sunday, November 16, my guest for the full hour was Dr. Will Tuttle, a visionary educator, who has spoken widely throughout North America and worldwide. A vegan since 1980, Will is the author of the #1 Amazon best-selling book The World Peace Diet and is a recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award and the Empty Cages Award. He is the editor of the newly-released book, Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice.

Dr. Tuttle discussed the main ideas in his best-selling book, The World Peace Diet, which has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century. It provides the foundation of a new society based on the truth of the interconnectedness of all life. Dr. Tuttle will make explicit the invisible connections between our culture, our food, and the source of our broad range of problems—and the way to a positive transformation in our individual and collective lives. Anyone wishing to understand the big picture of our culture and why we have the unyielding dilemmas we face, and how we can solve them, will be fascinated by these provocative, challenging, and ultimately inspiring ideas.

To listen to interview at WSRadio archives, go to:  http://wsradio.com/111614-world-peace-diet-truth-interconnectedness-life

Websites:  http://worldpeacediet.orghttp://worldpeacediet.com,www.circleofcompassion.org, and http://willtuttle.com

“Enrichment Hour” for Sunday, Sept. 21st

THE ENRICHMENT HOUR for Sunday, September 21st on www.WSRadio.com(at 1 PM Eastern, 10 AM Pacific, 12 Noon Central and 11 AM Mountain [click on STUDIO B/Live at designated hour]) – my guest in the first half hour is Robyn L. Reynolds, author of “Let Them Know…That I Am Here.” This is a remarkable story of life after death, demonstrated with beautiful spirit photography from around the world. It is also a story of the preciousness and meaning of life, brought to Robyn through the loss of an only child. For more information on Robyn, visit “robynlreynolds(dot)com” and “thetravelingsoulpress(dot)com”.

My guest in the second half hour is renowned speaker and author Bob Lenz, author of “Dignity Revolution: Standing Up for the Values of Every Person.” It is co-authored with award-winning educator, Deborah Tackmann. “Dignity Revolution” is a culmination of Lenz’s three decades of leading assemblies in over 3000 public schools on the issues of bullying, self-harm, suicide and substance abuse. Since 1982, Lenz has reached an estimated four million youth in the U.S. and around the world. Bob Lenz says he hopes the book will begin a national movement among middle and high school students.

“If this book does one thing, I hope it will teach people how to stop judging others by how they look or what they can or cannot do, but instead, see each individual as someone that needs love and deserves respect,” says Bob. For more information on “Dignity Revolution,” visit: www.dignityrevolutionpledge(dot)com. For more information on Bob Lenz, visit: www.LifePromotions(dot)com.

To contact Mike Schwager, e-mail me at: moschwager@aol.com.

Defending Reverence for Life as an Abiding Principle for Humanity

by Mike Schwager

[Published by The Huffington Post, September 9, 2014]

One of the saddest recent images seen in a long time was the video of a truckload of several hundred young men of the Shiite faith being transported to a field, where they were shot and killed. Just prior to their execution, many, appearing to be teenagers and adolescents, were on their knees begging for their lives. It was heartbreaking to watch. And then…piles of bodies.

To witness young boys and men, just starting out, to have their lives brutally extinguished in this way, was almost beyond comprehension.

And then another heart-wrenching image — to view the photo of a boy and his mother of the Yazidi religion, having just jumped into the cargo hold of a plane, escaping the threat of oncoming terrorists — and to see the face of the terrified crying boy and the look on his mother’s face as she beheld her son, each not only afraid for their own lives, but perhaps even moreso, of the life of their beloved.

As the Yazidis were hiding out on a mountaintop, and before food and water were brought to them, there were the distressing images of young women and girls lying on the ground, starving, crying out with fear from the pain that malnourishment and severe thirst can bring. Somehow, these images evoked for me a haunting image I shall never forget: that of a terrified young mother and her children huddled on a dirt floor, with others, awaiting execution by a Nazi shooting squad at the infamous Babi Yar, the ravine in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. There, on September 29th and 30th 1941, 33,771 Jews were killed in a single operation, the largest single mass killing in the history of the Holocaust up until that date.

To become aware of man’s inhumanity to man as we witness mass shootings and beheadings now by radical extremists in Iraq and Syria or to be aware of the atrocities of the past, whether it was at the hands of the Nazis, or in places like Rwanda or Cambodia, or the suffering of Africans on slave ships en route to involuntary servitude, is to make one acutely conscious of the dark side and tyranny of our species when Mind operates without Heart — and living beings are so completely objectified and dehumanized, that words like empathy, or kindness, orfeelings simply do not register with the perpetrators.

As we seek to understand the reasons for such cruelty of humans against humans, or rather those who have bought into the notion that those they exterminate are not humans, and as the Nazis were prone to say, “untermenschen” (lower than human) — the possible “explanations” are myriad in number. They include anger and rage; feelings of worthlessness, or loss of identity or pride or purpose in life; or hopelessness; or economic hardship or chronic poverty; or futility.

The artificial “remedy” for all these conditions tragically result in blame and projection of one’s resentment onto others – others who are seen as different — others who are objectified into “things” and “not people.” Consequently, there is no contact with the “other” as individual person – but the hatred, which is really a deep self-hatred and self-disgust — gets projected onto the “collective other” — the other ethnicity, the other religion, the other politics.

The dimensionless survival mind, the negative ego, feels threatened; and so extinguishing the perceived enemy seems by this mind to be the only solution. There is no room for words like humanity, or heart, or empathy – it is simply “us versus them” — and “them” becomes consigned as “not human, not life, but anti-life.” Out of the desperation the perpetrators feel, there is no desire or willingness to understand another and work together to solve problems, but rather to act quickly and ruthlessly to wipe out the enemy — the “enemy” who is in truth no one more or less than a fellow human struggling and dealing with life’s complexities as everyone else.

One day, in a sweep of the Jewish section of Dortmund, Germany, the Nazis dragged people out of their homes, to deliver them by truck to trains headed for places like Auschwitz and Treblinka. My father’s mother, my grandmother, and her four children, were among those apprehended; and in a vain effort to save her children, this diminutive-in-size but hugely brave woman was bayoneted and killed by her perpetrators in the street. I will never forget the anguish my father felt over the years as he mourned for his mother, and the way in which her life came to a brutal and terrible end. To the Nazis, she and millions like her — hardworking, God-fearing, loving people — had lost their status of personhood. They had been objectified into “untermenschen” — along with one of the most tragic episodes in human history.

Ironically, we see in history the capacity of those who seek to gain control, power and dominance by justifying their acts of dehumanization as religiosity in the name of God. But this is not religion, or any kind of spirituality that speaks to most people’s understanding of the purpose of religion — to teach and foster unconditional love, reverence for life, brotherhood/sisterhood and kindness on the Earth. All of the world’s great wisdom religions, Christianity, Islam (Sunni, Shia and Sufi), Judaism, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Native American spirituality, and the Shamanic traditions, stood and stand for these great values. But those who seek to imprison others in the trap of their own ideology while exercising disrespect for life are no friends of humanity – or the Earth.

As the great humanitarian, theologian and philosopher Albert Schweitzer has enunciated in his view of Reverence for Life, respect for the life of others becomes the highest principle and the defining purpose of humanity.

A great document, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, inspired by the American Declaration of Independence, embodies the sanctity of life and the human rights of all peoples, individually and collectively. The Lebanese philosopher and diplomat Charles Malik called it “an international document of the first order of importance.” Eleanor Roosevelt stated it “may well become the international Magna Carta of all men everywhere.” Pope John Paul II called it “one of the highest expressions of the human conscience of our time.”

The UDHR has become the basis for much international law. The first six of its Articles state:
• All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
• Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
• Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
• No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
• No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
• Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

We owe it to ourselves, our ancestors and our posterity, that the principles enunciated in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the fundamental spiritual principle of Reverence for Life, be upheld and honored everywhere, and for all future generations. For the sake of humanity. For the sake of Freedom. For the sake of human creativity and potential. For the sake of Life on Earth.

Mike Schwager is a speech writer, publicist and media interview coach. He contributes to The Huffington Post on spiritual and humanitarian themes. He is also host of the Internet radio show, “The Enrichment Hour” on WSRadio(dot)com, and editor of www.Enrichment(dot)com, and www.EnrichOurWorld(dot)net. His media relations sites are at: www.mediamavens(dot)com, and www.TVtraining(dot)tv. Mike can be reached via e-mail at: moschwager@aol(dot)com.

 

Social visionary/Futurist Duane Elgin on “The Enrichment Hour”

August 3, 2014 — My guest for the full hour today on “THE ENRICHMENT HOUR” was DUANE ELGIN, an internationally recognized futurist/social visionary, speaker and author who looks beneath the surface turbulence of our times to explore the deeper trends that are transforming our world.

Starting Tuesday, August 5th, the show can be heard via archives at:  http://wsradio.com/category/lifestyles/the-enrichment-hour-with-mike-schwager

The “Enrichment Hour” airs live every Sunday,  on www.WSRadio.com, click on STUDIO B/Live. 1 PM Eastern; 12 Noon Central; 11 AM Mountain; and 10 AM Pacific.

In 2006, Duane received the International Goi Peace Award in Japan in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.”

His books include: The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? (2009); Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future (2000), Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich (2010, 1993 and 1981), and Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness (1993). With Joseph Campbell and other scholars he co-authored the book Changing Images of Man (1982). In addition, Duane has contributed chapters to twenty-two books, and has published more than a hundred major articles and blog posts.

In the early 1970s, worked as a senior staff member of a joint Presidential-Congressional Commission on the American Future looking ahead from 1970 to 2000. He then worked as a senior social scientist with the think-tank SRI International where he coauthored numerous studies of the long-range future; for example, Anticipating Future National and Global Problems (for the President’s Science Advisor), Alternative Futures for Environmental Policy (for the Environmental Protection Agency), The Future of the Automobile (for the Ford Motor Co.), and Limits to the Management of Large, Complex Systems (for the President’s Science Advisor).

As a speaker, Duane has given more than 300 keynotes and workshops with audiences ranging from business executives and civic groups to churches and college students.

For the past three years, he has been the executive director of a project that has brought together more than a dozen “Great Transition Stories” that offer new cultural narratives for our collective imagination and that can serve help guide us toward a sustainable and meaningful future. He is now developing a growing number of collaborations with organizations in business, film and media, colleges and universities, and more.

He has an MBA from the Wharton Business School, an MA in economic history from the University of Pennsylvania, and an honorary Doctor of Philosophy for work in “ecological and spiritual transformation” from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA.

Over the past thirty years, Duane has co-founded three non-profit organizations working for media accountability, citizen empowerment, and a trans-partisan ‘community voice’ movement using the television airwaves legally owned by the public.

Duane is married to Coleen LeDrew Elgin, and he is also a father and grandfather. Duane and Coleen have collaborated on various projects such as the video overview of Duane’s book, The Living Universe and a book they co-authored, Living Legacies.

Duane’s professional websites are at: www.GreatTransitionStories.org, andwww.DuaneElgin.org.

The Enrichment Hour: with Guest Thomas Moore

On “THE ENRICHMENT HOUR” for Sunday, July 20th:  a full hour with spiritual advisor and bestselling author THOMAS MOORE, author of the new book, A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.Thomas Moore is a renowned spiritual advisor and bestselling author of books like Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul.  
On www.WSRadio.com, Click on STUDIO B/Live.Something essential is missing from modern life. Many who’ve turned away from religious institutions—and others who have lived wholly without religion—hunger for more than what contemporary secular life has to offer but are reluctant to follow organized religion’s strict and often inflexible path to spirituality. In A Religion of One’s Own, bestselling author and former monk Thomas Moore explores the myriad possibilities of creating a personal spiritual style, either inside or outside formal religion.Two decades ago, Moore’s Care of the Soul touched a chord with millions of readers yearning to integrate spirituality into their everyday lives. In A Religion of One’s Own, Moore expands on the topics he first explored shortly after leaving the monastery. He recounts the benefits of contemplative living that he learned during his twelve years as a monk but also the more original and imaginative spirituality that he later developed and embraced in his secular life. Here, he shares stories of others who are creating their own path: a former football player now on a spiritual quest with the Pueblo Indians, a friend who makes a meditative practice of floral arrangements, and a well-known classical pianist whose audiences sometimes describe having a mystical experience while listening to her performances. Moore weaves their experiences with the wisdom of philosophers, writers, and artists who have rejected materialism and infused their secular lives with transcendence.

At a time when so many feel disillusioned with or detached from organized religion yet long for a way to move beyond an exclusively materialistic, rational lifestyle, A Religion of One’s Own points the way to creating an amplified inner life and a world of greater purpose, meaning, and reflection.

A Religion of One’s Own can be purchased at this link:
http://www.amazon.com/Religion-Ones-Own-Creating-Spirituality/dp/159240829X/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

After the live show, this and other shows can be heard on archives at:
http://wsradio.com/category/lifestyles/the-enrichment-hour-with-mike-schwager/

Arab Spring and the Israeli enemy

by

ABDULATEEF AL-MULHIM

Published — Saturday 6 October 2012 in Arab News

[NOTE:  This article is being posted on EnrichOurWorld because its author is an Arab and Muslim who sees a greater benefit for peace between Israel and the Palestinians than ongoing conflict.  Mr. Al-Mulhim is courageous, and we need such courage  to be able to move to the next level - a level that offers hope to both Palestinians and Israelis. - Editor].

Thirty-nine years ago, on Oct. 6, 1973, the third major war between the Arabs and Israel broke out. The war lasted only 20 days. The two sides were engaged in two other major wars, in 1948 and 1967. 

The 1967 War lasted only six days. But, these three wars were not the only Arab-Israel confrontations. From the period of 1948 and to this day many confrontations have taken place. Some of them were small clashes and many of them were full-scale battles, but there were no major wars apart from the ones mentioned above.

The Arab-Israeli conflict is the most complicated conflict the world ever experienced. On the anniversary of the 1973 War between the Arab and the Israelis, many people in the Arab world are beginning to ask many questions about the past, present and the future with regard to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The questions now are: What was the real cost of these wars to the Arab world and its people. And the harder question that no Arab national wants to ask is: What was the real cost for not recognizing Israel in 1948 and why didn’t the Arab states spend their assets on education, health care and the infrastructures instead of wars? But, the hardest question that no Arab national wants to hear is whether Israel is the real enemy of the Arab world and the Arab people.

I decided to write this article after I saw photos and reports about a starving child in Yemen, a burned ancient Aleppo souk in Syria, the under developed Sinai in Egypt, car bombs in Iraq and the destroyed buildings in Libya. The photos and the reports were shown on the Al-Arabiya network, which is the most watched and respected news outlet in the Middle East. 

The common thing among all what I saw is that the destruction and the atrocities are not done by an outside enemy. The starvation, the killings and the destruction in these Arab countries are done by the same hands that are supposed to protect and build the unity of these countries and safeguard the people of these countries. So, the question now is that who is the real enemy of the Arab world?

The Arab world wasted hundreds of billions of dollars and lost tens of thousands of innocent lives fighting Israel, which they considered is their sworn enemy, an enemy whose existence they never recognized. The Arab world has many enemies and Israel should have been at the bottom of the list. The real enemies of the Arab world are corruption, lack of good education, lack of good health care, lack of freedom, lack of respect for the human lives and finally, the Arab world had many dictators who used the Arab-Israeli conflict to suppress their own people. 

These dictators’ atrocities against their own people are far worse than all the full-scale Arab-Israeli wars. 

In the past, we have talked about why some Israeli soldiers attack and mistreat Palestinians. Also, we saw Israeli planes and tanks attack various Arab countries. But, do these attacks match the current atrocities being committed by some Arab states against their own people. 

In Syria, the atrocities are beyond anybody’s imaginations? And, isn’t the Iraqis are the ones who are destroying their own country? Wasn’t it Tunisia’s dictator who was able to steal 13 billion dollars from the poor Tunisians? And how can a child starve in Yemen if their land is the most fertile land in the world? Why would Iraqi brains leave Iraq in a country that makes 110 billion dollars from oil export? Why do the Lebanese fail to govern one of the tiniest countries in the world? And what made the Arab states start sinking into chaos?

On May 14, 1948 the state of Israel was declared. And just one day after that, on May 15, 1948 the Arabs declared war on Israel to get back Palestine. The war ended on March 10, 1949. It lasted for nine months, three weeks and two days. The Arabs lost the war and called this war Nakbah (catastrophic war). The Arabs gained nothing and thousands of Palestinians became refugees.

And on 1967, the Arabs led by Egypt under the rule of Gamal Abdul Nasser, went in war with Israel and lost more Palestinian land and made more Palestinian refugees who are now on the mercy of the countries that host them. The Arabs called this war Naksah (upset). The Arabs never admitted defeat in both wars and the Palestinian cause got more complicated. And now, with the never ending Arab Spring, the Arab world has no time for the Palestinians refugees or Palestinian cause, because many Arabs are refugees themselves and under constant attacks from their own forces. Syrians are leaving their own country, not because of the Israeli planes dropping bombs on them. It is the Syrian Air Force which is dropping the bombs. And now, Iraqi Arab Muslims, most intelligent brains, are leaving Iraq for the est. In Yemen, the world’s saddest human tragedy play is being written by the Yemenis. In Egypt, the people in Sinai are forgotten. 

Finally, if many of the Arab states are in such disarray, then what happened to the Arabs’ sworn enemy (Israel)? Israel now has the most advanced research facilities, top universities and advanced infrastructure. Many Arabs don’t know that the life expectancy of the Palestinians living in Israel is far longer than many Arab states and they enjoy far better political and social freedom than many of their Arab brothers.

Even the Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip enjoy more political and social rights than some places in the Arab World. Wasn’t one of the judges who sent a former Israeli president to jail is an Israeli-Palestinian? 

The Arab Spring showed the world that the Palestinians are happier and in better situation than their Arab brothers who fought to liberate them from the Israelis. Now, it is time to stop the hatred and wars and start to create better living conditions for the future Arab generations.

— This article is exclusive to Arab News.
almulhimnavy@hotmail.com

What I Believe

by
Mike Schwager

I believe that through deep and honest dialogue and communication between cultures, races, genders, religions and ideas, mutual understanding and the discovery of our common humanity and aspirations can and will be found. This is a dialogue that cannot be realized only through the intellect, but even more important through the feelings of the Heart.

I believe that through an honoring of the richness of our diversity, and our diverse views and values, a pathway to our fundamental unity can also be revealed. Through an appreciation and acknowledgement of our common struggles and needs, as viewed by one towards another, a heartfelt empathy and appreciation of the vulnerability and preciousness of each of us may be achieved.

In all of this is a vision that sees the potentiality of a convergence of all peoples towards a higher plane of unity, love, creative possibility and fulfillment; and the realization of a next step for humanity on Earth.

Under no illusions, it is understood that there lurks within each of us the brewing of the survival mind – the possibility to become overwhelmed by fear, to descend into intolerance, cruelty, excessive greed, violence and limiting, destructive beliefs. I believe, however, that sometimes through the process of human struggle, compassion can emerge when people are encouraged to see themselves in others, and others in themselves. I also believe that through the power inherent in each of us to choose and to focus our consciousness on the light rather than the darkness, that the seeds of kindness, love, hope, understanding, freedom with responsibility, and encouragement can be planted and sewn.

I choose to believe that genuine creative and spiritual fulfillment is each person’s birthright, and that constructive self-empowerment can take the place of hopelessness, despair, suppression and repression. I choose to believe that a poverty of consciousness and materiality can be supplanted with a consciousness of life’s sweetness, of its preciousness, abundance, creative potential and unlimited possibility.

I choose to believe that a new light of promise and hope can be enkindled, illuminating the way for a truly brighter and better future for everyone.

We’ve come to a fragile and vulnerable point in our evolution. Technology can be a tool for great and unparalleled achievement, communication, comfort and convenience, but without the guiding hand of wisdom and compassion, it can be the instrument for terrible destruction and suffering.

Let us choose technology, as here, to advance our heartfelt and soulful connection as humans. Let us be open to listening to one another. Let us be open to agreeing to disagree. Let us agree to soften our hardened positionalities of “us versus them.” And as humans, let us pledge to enter into communication – dialogue – recognizing we are members of one human family, on one planet Earth. When we do this, let us be open to seeing that the outcome of this coming together is that we have much more in common than apart.

Walking Down A Tree-Lined Lane with Pope Francis

[As published in Huffington Post]:

by Mike Schwager

Your Holiness — and I say that in deference to the exalted position you hold among millions of Catholics around the world — I am upset with your utterance that reinforces the sanctity of marriage and children in juxtaposition to the diminution of animals as pets.

Understand — I am not upset with you as a standard bearer for the Church’s position on the sanctity of holy family. What displeases me, and disappoints me, is a devaluing of love for our unconditionally loving animal friends. Do you not realize the impact of your words upon so many people on planet Earth?

This is particularly ironic, your Holiness, since you bear the name of one who was in communion with the pure hearts of animals — and who animals befriended because they sensed his own pure heart.

As we walk down this tree-lined path together, Francis, can you feel the trees reaching out to us with their love? What’s that you say? “Yes, Michael, I can.”

I’m happy for that, Francis, for it shows me you are in tune with the vibration of nature’s creation, and that says to me that you have reverence and feeling for all life, which includes human life but does not exclude the other beings who emanate out of God’s pure Love. Neither you nor your Church have stood up for the animals. Don’t you think it’s time?

Do you know the unconditional lovingness of a dog, your Holiness, or a cat, or a horse, or a dolphin?

Do you know the tragedy of a system in America and most other countries around the world that disposes of these creatures in shelters dedicated to killing, rather than adopting? If you’ve experienced their innate lovingness, and intelligence, and great hearts — can you not stand up for them too?

Do you not know how they contribute to the loving wholesomeness of human homes — whether the occupants are married with children, or not? Have you not seen how they heal the hearts of the lonely in nursing homes and among the sick in hospitals? Are you not aware of their bravery and heroism in standing with our soldiers on the fields of war?

They are truly, your Holiness, God’s gifts to humanity and the world. They are of inestimable value in the beauty of their own inherent beingness and right to life — and in the quality of life of humans, who so often suffer with such great complexity of mind. The companionship of these loving souls makes a huge difference in the life of humans. Your namesake, St. Francis, knew this.

And can your heart extend further, your Holiness, to speaking out against the suffering of the farm animals? The huge suffering of the little lambs, and calves, and cows and pigs. And the unspeakable pain the chickens endure, stuffed in cages for life until their execution. Why must we eat them? Why must we torture them until they are slain? When the Bible spoke of our dominion over the animals, surely it isn’t speaking of cruelty towards animals, but responsibility and stewardship. And implicit in stewardship is love and caring. Isn’t that so Francis?

And in the world of entertainment, can you not speak out against the pain of the great whales, who are confined into spaces that cause them terrible emotional and psychological suffering — all for the sake of the entertainment and pleasure of the humans who come to see them, oblivious of what they are enduring?

Last but not least, your Holiness, please speak out against hunting. How can people such as you who are representative for the sanctity of Life — condone the killing of benign and innocent deer, or of noble and immensely intelligent creatures such as elephants?

Francis –your Holiness – I beseech you, and appeal to you — to become a standard bearer for life! Don’t you think that is what the enlightened being whose name you revere — Jesus — would want you to become? Not just a sacred representative of humans, but of the creatures who walk and share this Earth with us?

Ah — it’s a beautiful day today, is it not Francis? Can’t you feel the great trees on this glorious path we walk energetically embracing us? And do you hear the birds singing their hearts out to us, in celebration of our unity with them and all life? Almost as if the Spirit of God embraces us?

“Yes, I can Michael. Yes I can.”

___________________

Mike Schwager is a speech writer, media coach and publicist (www.mediamavens (dot) com, and www.TVtraining (dot) tv). He is also host of The Enrichment Hour on WSRadio (dot) com, and editor of the spiritual blog, www.EnrichOurWorld (dot) net. E-mail: moschwager@aol.com.

The Enrichment Hour for Sunday, May 25th

My guests on THE ENRICHMENT HOUR for Sunday, May 25 are, in the first half hour, renowned homeopathist SANFORD LAPEDIS; and in the second half hour, a dear friend, HENRY KAVETT, presently a college advisor helping young people fulfill their dreams – and in the past, someone with a distinguished career in radio and television. The Enrichment Hour airs every Sunday, from 1-2 PM Eastern, 10-11 AM Pacific, 11-12 PM Mountain, and 12 – 1 PM Central. Listen live on www.WSRadio (dot) com, click on STUDIO B/Live.

Sanford Lapedis became dedicated to homeopathy after he himself was cured at the age of 22 by a homeopathic practitioner. He received his MDHS from the International Academy of Homeopathic Science, and holds a degree in Naturopathy, and is a license Naturopath with the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists.

He specializes in classical constitutional homeopathy and founded the Homeopathy Solutions Clinic, and is committed to implementing his skills and experience to help his patients lead healthier, happier and more productive lives. 

Sanford Lapedis has treated conditions that have been diagnosed as incurable, or life-long conditions, such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, fatigue, autism and ADHD, etc. He was part of a team of Naturopathic practitioners at the prestigious Integral Health Clinic in downtown Ottawa. He has taught and trained students of homeopathy at the Academy of Health Sciences & the Canadian Institute of Homeopathy in Ottawa. 

Sanford has written a variety of articles on homeopathy and health, and has been a lecturer, guest speaker and attendee at a variety of international forums and venues. Most recently, in 2009 and 2010, he presented on “A Taste of Health” cruise along with various distinguished speakers, such as Dr. Neal Barnard (founder & president of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine), Dr. T. Colin Campbell (researcher & author of the China Study), Dr. Will Tuttle (composer, speaker & author – The World Peace Diet), and Christina Pirello (Emmy award-winning host of Christina Cooks), to name a few. 

He was the director of the department of homeopathy at the charity AMI hospital in India for 13 years, and has successfully treated patients from all over the world, with all types of acute and chronic disorders. 

Of his mission, Sanford Lapedis says: “In order to uplift society and the general well-being of humankind, the focus of our efforts must begin with the physical and mental health of each individual.”

Sanford’s website is at:  homeopathysolutions (dot) com.  He is based in West Palm Beach, Florida.  His toll-free number is: 888-838-1949.

My guest in the second half hour is HENRY KAVETT. 

After many years in the communications industry, Henry Kavett found his passion: helping young people find their direction and voice. He has been an independent college advisor for about 20 years—and now exclusively devotes his time in service to others. This year, 30 of his students will graduate from the world’s leading universities, including MIT, Harvard, Cornell, UPenn and Yale.

It turned out that the same kind of preparation in aiding top executives in communicating their objectives is used in developing winning college essays and applications. So at this point in his life, Kavett has what most strive for: a clear sense of purpose and the opportunity to see the fruits of his labors as his students gain admission and then achieve their goals.

Previously…Henry was involved with WYD Media Management in New York, assisting in generating new revenue streams for shows like THE STPEHANIE MILLER SHOW and DAVID HARTMANN SHOW. Prior to that, he was a Senior Consultant to major communications corporations, including entertainment companies and technology networks.

And before that, Henry has a distinguished communications background that includes: Senior Vice President of Utilicore, the telephone and communications services group; President and founder of The Independent Group of Companies, Inc. (IGC), which created strategic marketing, advertising and public relations programs for clients like GE Capital, Group W Television, John Blair & Company, Showtime/Viacom Networks, NBC-TV, NBC Olympics and CNBC cable network and Weichert Realtors.

Henry and I met when we were both Broadcast Media Specialists at the large public relations agency, Burson-Marsteller, in New York.

Henry was also: Broadcast news editor & writer for DOW JONES/Wall Street Journal Radio Networks; Director, Information & Public Relations, ABC Radio Division (ABC Radio Networks, ABC Owned Stations Group, ABC Radio News); Network News Writer/Producer for NBC News/NBC Radio Networks/NIS, New York; and News anchor/reporter at radio and television stations – such as WBBF (Top40), WBFB/WNWZ (all news format, anchored evenings and weekends, WROC (operations manager, produced AM & PM news blocks, one hour nightly call in talk show on NewsTalk station), Rochester, NY; WUTR-TV, Utica, NY; WTKO, Ithaca, WHLW radio, Lakewood, NJ, WBNG-TV, Binghamton, NY; and news stringer, Associated Press.