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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

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.

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

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 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. 

Mom – It Was An Honor To Be Your Friend

By Mike Schwager

My mother’s name was Sonny.  She was born as “Sophie” into a large Jewish family of nine children in the town of Wattenscheid, near the city of Dortmund, Germany, before Hitler’s rise to power.  Her father, Mendel, was a hard-working self-made man who rose out of poverty to become a wealthy merchant.  Her mother, my grandmother, Bertha, was a kindly and generous person who gave charitably to poor Jewish and non-Jewish families alike.

My Mom, who I affectionately called “Bubee,” passed away a few minutes after midnight on August 24th.   Her Hebrew name was “Seesel” – “Sweet”.  To me, and to those who knew her, she was very sweet.  She died, as she wanted, in her own home in Plantation, near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  It was my singular honor to live near her and become her friend and caregiver for the last eleven years of her life.

I was grateful that she didn’t go into a nursing home.  Both she and I had seen too many of these institutions filled with elderly, vulnerable people left virtually abandoned by their adult children living thousands of miles away – and they too often died, sooner than later, of loneliness.

When she was healthier, my Dad Owen had arranged a home health care plan for the two of them.  And so when Mom needed help, in addition to my own, we had a nurse with her every day for several years, part or full time.  It was the best decision Dad ever made.  And I complemented the nurse’s presence by visiting her several times a day.  I always interviewed these nurses and made sure they were not only competent but caring people too.

In 2002, I came from New York to be with her to help her through a medical crisis.  She had developed breast cancer, a quite virulent tumor – and she needed a mastectomy, chemo and radiation.  As she was transported into the operation room, I held her hand, seeing the fear in her eyes and hearing her sob gently as they rolled her away.  My heart truly went out for her.  If I could, I would have taken her place.  I loved her too much to see her have to go through this ordeal.

But then, upon her return from surgery, she lay in her hospital bed, completely alert, to the surgeon’s surprise, and doing arm exercises – arms out, arms up, arms in.  Bubee was quite a trooper.  She had always been a trooper.

During and after the chemo and radiation, I also administered an alternative remedy, Haelan, a fermented soy beverage from China that boosted the immune system by 600% – and I believe this helped her in her recovery quite a bit, especially in keeping possible future cancer from recurring.  Mom trusted me to find the remedies that could help her, even if she wasn’t convinced they would.  But she trusted me – for she knew that behind the trust was love – and she knew, I believe, how much I loved her.

Though her oncologist’s prognosis was only six months, even with surgery, chemo and radiation, Mom defied his prediction, and went into remission.  The cancer never recurred.

Later, though, her breathing became difficult and we learned that the valves in her heart were beginning to falter.  In the last two years, we brought in oxygen tanks, and Mom stayed on oxygen at home.

I did everything I could to support her – with massage, with adjusting her medications by coordinating carefully with her doctor, Dr. Pathak – by introducing her to alternative medicine, especially homeopathic remedies – by hugging her constantly – by buying her some of her favorite foods (though in the last few months she couldn’t eat much) – and by letting her know how special a human being she was.

The biggest healing factor, beyond nurse’s aides, beyond oxygen tanks, beyond medication and alternative remedies, was love.  I remember walking into her bedroom in the evenings, and her face lighting up.  “Thank God you’re here,” she would say.  “You have no idea how your presence lifts my spirits!”

As her condition worsened, three of her valves had become dysfunctional.  She only had one properly working valve, and a little past Midnight on August 24th, the fourth valve stopped working.  I hope and pray she was sleeping, after having taken her sleeping pill, a little earlier.  I had said good night to her at 11 PM, with my last words the same as every night – “Bubee, call me if you need me.”  She smiled.

Earlier in the evening, she said to me something she had said before, “Michael, I’m suffering.  I don’t want to go on any more.”  And though she had said it before, this time there was a little more edge to those words.  Earlier that day, she had the most difficult day of any previous day.   I was genuinely worried.  But she rallied, as she was prone to do – so I didn’t think that would be her last day.  But sadly, it turned out to be.

At 12:30, I received a call from our nurse’s aide.  She was crying.  “Michael rush over – your Mom isn’t breathing.”  I was there in two minutes – and administered mouth to mouth.  But I saw she was gone.  For four and a half hours, I sat with her, praying to God that she go into the Light, holding and caressing her hand – telling her how much I loved her – and letting her know she was free from pain now and could move on into the hands of heavenly caretakers and her beloved relatives, especially her Mother and Grandmother, and my dear father Owen, and sisters Susan and Heddy who had passed away in accidents years before.

Dr. Pathak had already told me there wasn’t that much time left, but I didn’t want to focus on that.  He told me, “let’s hope when her time comes, she’ll just pass quietly in her sleep.”  I hope that was the case.

A picture I have of Mom, at aged two, surrounded by her older siblings, depicted the cutest cherubic looking little girl in a tiny hooped skirt.  Another picture, when she was about 12, has her standing among these same siblings looking forlorn.  I intuited that she appeared so needing to be seen, and yet lost in a sea of faces.

Unlike my Dad’s family, who were poor with most destroyed by the Nazis, Mom’s family found ways to clandestinely flee Germany.  My Mom, and her brother David, escaped with the Torah from the Dortmund synagogue. They saved that Torah, along with their lives, and came to the Bronx, NY, where her family settled, before moving to Brooklyn.

Mom married my Dad Owen, who she knew in Dortmund.  Though they knew each other a bit in Dortmund, they really met when both had managed to escape to America.  And they married.

My Dad was a decorated war hero – having joined Darby’s First Ranger Battalion – part of Patton’s Fifth Army – and he was one of the few survivors in the First Wave Assault during the invasion of Anzio, in Sicily.  Upon returning home, he married my Mom.  They had three children – I was the eldest, followed by Susan, followed by Heddy.  [See HuffPost article, “Remembering My Father: His Greatest Lesson To Me Was His Life”  (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-schwager/remembering-my-father-his_b_614842.html)].

The Schwager family had its share of sorrow.  For my sister Susan, at age 23, died in a private plane crash with our first cousin Luba Lisa, a well-known singer and actress.  And my younger sister, dear Heddy, at age 36, died in a car crash.  Mom and Dad grieved intensely over both losses, as did I – but somehow, survivors themselves, they survived – but not without the emotional scars of these terrible losses.

When my Mom was younger, I remember a day – I think I was eight years old, when I was attacked by a gang of teenage thugs near our home in Bayside, NY.  Someone yelled, “Mrs. Schwager, Michael is being attacked.”  Well, within minutes, there was this little lady, with a broomstick in her arms, running like flash lightning to the scene, and summarily beating the boys with the broom ‘til they ran away in fear.  I never forgot that day.  I saw the warrior in my Mom.  I was so proud of her.

I also remember the day my Mom found her first job.  She was absolutely thrilled.  It was as a beautician.  And I remember her happiness when she brought her first tips home – nickels, dimes and quarters – and laid them out on the bed and started counting, with a smile.  You see, my Mom so longed to be productive, so longed for fulfillment.  Not just as a mother and housewife, but as a person of independence.  She found some of that as a cosmetologist – but not total fulfillment.  By the way, those nickels, dimes and quarters paid for my Bar Mitzvah, a wonderful Bar Mitzvah.  Thank you Bubee!

My Mom had many talents.  She could have been a great Interior Designer – or a Soprano Opera Singer.  I remember those wonderful family outings we had, where Mom filled the air with the joy of her beautiful voice.  And she was a voracious reader.  She loved novels, and could devour books faster than I ever could!  Sadly, like many of her generation, she was suppressed in her Dreams, as were her sisters, by a more old fashioned vision of what girls were supposed to do in life – be mothers and housewives – but not much more.  I always felt that was part of Bubee’s pain – the unfulfillment she felt – because there was so much talent inside her longing to be freed.

I feel sorry for so many women of that generation, and even later generations, who were suppressed in the expression of their God-given gifts.

I remember a story about the Dalai Lama, the great Tibetan Buddhist leader, who announced that we should have more women leaders of nations – for women have great compassion and would naturally find ways to prevent wars and conflicts.  And he also said he believed the next Dalai Lama should be a woman!  I really believe that would have put a smile on my beloved Mom’s face had she heard that story!

There is so much more to my Mom, as there is to every life.  She was a small person in size – but NOT in Being!  A redhead, she dressed impeccably, and her nails were always perfectly manicured – by her!  She was the most organized person I have every known in my life – and she had a great talent for interior design, as was evidenced by her beautiful home.

She was a real soul.  You could “feel” her presence, her self-containment.  She had real feeling and heart for other people.  I remember, during Dr. King’s crusade for civil rights, and the harshness he and so many African Americans endured during the marches, she would watch on tv and cry.  Having been a survivor of Nazi brutality, she deeply empathized with others’ struggles.  I remember her many times saying, “It’s time to come together as one human family.  Please God.”

Mom often would take care of her sisters when they were ill – or her friends here in South Florida – and if they were in hospital – visiting them often.  When my Dad became ill, and required a wheel chair, Mom drove him around on errands, lifting the wheel chair and putting it in the trunk of the car; and then removing it from the trunk – prodigious exercises for a person so small in physical stature.  But her will power was as big as her heart, and she could display a stoic, feisty and brave side.  That said, she also suffered from worries about loved ones, about her grandson Scott who she didn’t see too often, and her great granddaughter Emily, who she never physically met.  She was sad about that.  She worried about the precariousness of life, about the loss of her dear daughters, and she sometimes suffered from loneliness.

I know she loved me so much, and was grateful that I stayed by her and supported her emotionally and tangibly during her elder years.  She sometimes would say to me, “If you weren’t around, I wouldn’t be here.”

And now on this Mother’s Day, feeling the void caused by her absence, I know I can stand here and say, I was my Mom’s best friend.  I helped her.  And I am thankful to God for having been honored with that opportunity.  Bubee – I love you – and always will.  And I can say this, without reservation:  mothers are truly God’s greatest gift of unconditional love here on Earth.

Mike Schwager is a speech writer, publicist, media interview coach and reputation repair consultant (www.mediamavens.com, and www.TVtraining.tv.  He is host of “The Enrichment Hour,” a spiritual, humanitarian radio show (www.sedonatalkradio.com/the-enrichment-hour). His blog is here at www.EnrichOurWorld (dot) net.  E-mail:  moschwager@aol.com.

Re-Air of The Enrichment Hour: Sunday, April 27th

On “THE ENRICHMENT HOUR with Mike Schwager” for Sunday, April 27th. 10 AM to 11 AM Pacific; 1 PM to 2 PM Eastern; 12 Noon to 1 PM Central; and 11 AM to 12 Noon Mountain.Go to: www.WSRadio dot com, and click on STUDIO B/Live – at designated start-up time(s).  Can also be accessed through SedonaTalkRadio.com/the-enrichment-hour.  
Entrepreneurial great Jack Nadel returns to The Enrichment Hour in the first half hour. Jack is the author of“The Evolution of an Entrepreneur” (www.JackNadel.com), a crash course in entrepreneurship – and will talk about what it takes to be an entrepreneur.Joining Jack will be his wife and partner, Julie Nadel, who, prior to her marriage to Jack, took her skill sets as a very good cook and well organized person, to starting a catering business which within 12 years transformed from a Mom and Pop shop to a firm that was bought out by a New York Stock Exchange company. 

Julie shares her own story and gives advice to other women who may need a little inspiration to assess their own skills and what it takes to get over self-doubts and anxieties.

In the second half hour, Mike will be joined by Sam (Samantha) Bennett, author of “Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes A Day.” We all get the same 24 hours in each day, yet some people find ways to write bestsellers, create amazing art,design dresses, or start a new business. According to Sam Bennett, what those who finish projects have that others don’t is creative genius, which consists of clarity, motivation and the ability to get past their own anxieties to get their work out there.Sam will discuss:* The top three things to do to get over perfectionism:

* The tools you need in your creativity toolkit
* Building a daily creativity habit into a 24/7 world
* The superiority of “could-do” lists over dictatorial “to-do” lists
* Determining which of your 37 projects to tackle first

Enrichment Hour To Re-Run Interview with Film-Maker James LaVeck

BACK BY POPULAR REQUEST:

“THE ENRICHMENT HOUR” WILL RE-RUN INTERVIEW WITH AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKER, JAMES LAVECK, THIS EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 20th FROM 1-2 PM EASTERN (10-11 AM PACIFIC; 11-12 PM MOUNTAIN, 12-1 PM CENTRAL).

The Enrichment Hour airs every Sunday from 1 to 2 PM Eastern, 10 to 11 AM Pacific, and time zones in between at: www.WSRadio.com, click on STUDIO/B Live. It is also archived and can be retrieved on Tuesdays at WSRadio.com – then click on Lifestyles in right column, and scroll down to “The Enrichment Hour with Mike Schwager”.

James’ website at Tribe of Heart Productions is: www.tribeofheart.org.

James’s mission in his films is to awaken compassion and deepen each individual’s understanding of the interconnectedness of all life. His vision, and the vision of his significant other, Jenny Stein, is to help build a world free of violence and full of beauty.

Tribe of Heart is also a charitable organization that empowers caring people everywhere to become agents of peaceful social change. Its members consist of a global community of people from all walks of life, dedicated to living with kindness and respect for all living beings.

One of the hugely impactful documentary films produced and directed by James are “Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.” With strikingly honest interviews and rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of animals most often viewed as living commodities, this groundbreaking documentary shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most surprisingly, farm animals themselves.

Another award-winning documentary film, The Witness, tells the story of a construction contractor from a tough Brooklyn neighborhood become an impassioned animal advocate. Eddie Lama explains how he feared and avoided animals for most of his life, until the love of a kitten opened his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned animals and bring his message of compassion to the streets of New York. With humor and sincerity, Eddie tells the story of his remarkable change in consciousness.

The Witness has been an official selection in 32 film festivals where it has received eight awards for Best Documentary and two for Best of Festival.

Film Documentarian James LaVeck on Enrichment Hour

by Mike Schwager
My special one-hour guest on The Enrichment Hour this Sunday, April 13th is award-winning documentary film producer James LaVeck of Tribe of Heart Productions (www.tribeofheart.org).  Showtime is from 1 to 2 PM Eastern, 10 to 11 AM Pacific, 12 to 1 PM Central, and 11 AM to 12 Noon Mountain.
 
James’s mission in his films is to awaken compassion and deepen each individual’s understanding of the interconnectedness of all life. His vision, and the vision of his significant other, Jenny Stein, is to help build a world free of violence and full of beauty.
 
Tribe of Heart is also a charitable organization that empowers caring people everywhere to become agents of peaceful social change. Its members consist of a global community of people from all walks of life, dedicated to living with kindness and respect for all living beings.
 
One of the hugely impactful documentary films produced and directed by James are “Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.” With strikingly honest interviews and rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of animals most often viewed as living commodities, this groundbreaking documentary shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most surprisingly, farm animals themselves.
Another award-winning documentary film, The Witness, tells the story of a construction contractor from a tough Brooklyn neighborhood become an impassioned animal advocate. Eddie Lama explains how he feared and avoided animals for most of his life, until the love of a kitten opened his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned animals and bring his message of compassion to the streets of New York. With humor and sincerity, Eddie tells the story of his remarkable change in consciousness.
 
The Witness has been an official selection in 32 film festivals where it has received eight awards for Best Documentary and two for Best of Festival.
 
The Enrichment Hour airs every Sunday from 1 to 2 PM Eastern, 10 to 11 AM Pacific, and time zones in between at: www.WSRadio.com, click on STUDIO/B Live. It can also be accessed via www.SedonaTalkRadio.com/the-enrichment-hour.
The Enrichment Hour is archived and can be retrieved starting Tuesdays at WSRadio.com – then click on “Lifestyles” in right column, and scroll down to “The Enrichment Hour with Mike Schwager”.  

“The Enrichment Hour” for Sunday, March 30th on WSRadio.com

Today on THE ENRICHMENT HOUR, on www.WSRadio.com (click on STUDIO B/Live) from 1-2 PM Eastern (10-11 AM Pacific) my guests are:

In the first half hour, HALL OF FAME Entrepreneur JACK NADEL, author of the award-winning “The Evolution of an Entrepreneur: Featuring 50 of My Best Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Business.” Jack and I will discuss the employment and underemployment crisis in America, and the solution that lies in starting one’s own business. Jack now has an offering on his website (www.JackNadel dot com) to secure his eBook and new inspirational streaming video within seconds – a Direct Author-to-Consumer campaign, with information that can empower you to turn your life around.

In the second half hour, animal advocate and motivational speaker JOE DWYER will be with us. Joe, known for rescuing DANIEL THE DOG, who survived a horrific gas chamber attempted execution, has been a change agent for outlawing the gassing of animals in Pennsylvania – and is now working with lobbyist Maurice Aguirre of the DG Group in Washington to create legislation that will outlaw gassing throughout the nation. Daniel’s Facebook page: DanielTheBeagleDwyer. His website:www.DanielTheBeagle.com. Joe’s motivational website:www.JoeDwyerSpeaking.com. Joe is also the author of “Shelby’s Grace” – the story of Shelby the pitbull, who was rescued from abuse as a baitdog, and is now a therapy dog who travels to schools as Joe talks about a burgeoning national problem: bullying. Joe is also a board member with www.ChristianMinistry.org, a dedicated group of Christians who are compassionate towards animals.

Father Frank Mann on Discovering Compassion for Animals

Father Frank Mann, a Roman Catholic priest in Queens, New York City, talks about reverence for animal life and his discovery of animals’ intelligence and feelings, and that they are deserving of kindness and compassion.  Through this discovery, Father Mann has come closer to understanding his mission in life:  that through kindness to animals, humans can gain a depth of soul enabling them to be kinder to ALL life – and building a kinder world.

The priest is, on a personal level, trying to keep his beloved cat Newman alive. Newman, who was the first animal to open the Father’s heart about the preciousness of animal life, has chronic medical problems and needs regular veterinary care. Father has a webpage where donations can be made to meet his beloved Newman’s medical expenses: www.GoFundMe.com/7kvers

As a priest, Father has taken a vow of poverty, and therefore your donation will help him keep his beloved pet alive.  He does so much for others.  Perhaps you will consider a donation to  Father Frank.  Thank you!

God Is Universal

by Mike Schwager

If there is a God, there is only ONE God – for me, for you and for everyone else. It is the same God for my Muslim friends, for my Jewish friends, for my Christian friends, for my Hindu friends, for my Buddhist friends, for my Deist friends, for my theosophical friends, for my agnostic friends, and for my atheist friends. That different people worship God in different ways, with different labels, simply means that the ineffable ONE is so vast, so awesome and so mysterious that He/She came to different people’s eyes, ears, Hearts and Minds in ways they could comprehend through the prisms of their cultures and their Weltanschauungs (their worldviews). Sometimes God comes to people as a Presence, an unmistakable Presence that transcends the peculiarities of their backgrounds, and is felt as Pure Spirit, Pure Energy, Pure Power and Pure Love. Then we know that “God” doesn’t carry an ID card – He/She loves all Creation in one magnanimous unconditionally loving way – and that God is so transcendent that we can know that He/She created us but is not absorbed by Its Creation. And if God created us, then it also has to be that God is not only without, but within.  The Presence we sometimes encounter vibrates for us, because It also lives within us.  For each of us.  God IS – and will always be, throughout eternity and beyond.

On “The Enrichment Hour” for Sunday, March 2nd

On “THE ENRICHMENT HOUR with Mike Schwager” for Sunday, March 2nd. 10 AM to 11 AM Pacific; 1 PM to 2 PM Eastern; 12 Noon to 1 PM Central; and 11 AM to 12 Noon Mountain.Go to: www.WSRadio dot com, and click on STUDIO B/Live – at designated start-up time(s).  Can also be accessed through SedonaTalkRadio.com/the-enrichment-hour.Entrepreneurial great Jack Nadel returns to The Enrichment Hour in the first half hour. Jack is the author of “The Evolution of an Entrepreneur” (www.JackNadel.com), a crash course in entrepreneurship – and will talk about what it takes to be an entrepreneur.Joining Jack will be his wife and partner, Julie Nadel, who, prior to her marriage to Jack, took her skill sets as a very good cook and well organized person, to starting a catering business which within 12 years transformed from a Mom and Pop shop to a firm that was bought out by a New York Stock Exchange company.

Julie shares her own story and gives advice to other women who may need a little inspiration to assess their own skills and what it takes to get over self-doubts and anxieties.

In the second half hour, Mike will be joined by Sam (Samantha) Bennett, author of “Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes A Day.” We all get the same 24 hours in each day, yet some people find ways to write bestsellers, create amazing art,design dresses, or start a new business. According to Sam Bennett, what those who finish projects have that others don’t is creative genius, which consists of clarity, motivation and the ability to get past their own anxieties to get their work out there.Sam will discuss:* The top three things to do to get over perfectionism
* The tools you need in your creativity toolkit
* Building a daily creativity habit into a 24/7 world
* The superiority of “could-do” lists over dictatorial “to-do” lists
* Determining which of your 37 projects to tackle first
 

The Pig Farmer: A Story of Transformation

By John Robbins

[EnrichOurWorld editor’s note:  John Robbins, author of the international bestseller DIET FOR A NEW AMERICA, FOOD REVOLUTION, THE AWAKENED HEART, RECLAIMING OUR HEALTH and other books, is a powerful spokesperson in the world for a sane, ethical and sustainable future.  This story, which depicts the unbearably cruel treatment of pigs in a slaughterhouse, ends in a note of hope and transformation.  Those of you who read this, and who eat pork products – please understand this treatment occurs every day across our country, 24/7, 365 days a year.  If  you are touched by this story, you may consider refraining from buying and eating pork – and beyond that, consider a change of lifestyle, to vegetarianism or veganism.  Of course, it’s up to you. Please open your heart.]

One day in Iowa I met a particular gentleman—and I use that term, gentleman, frankly, only because I am trying to be polite, for that is certainly not how I saw him at the time. He owned and ran what he called a “pork production facility.” I, on the other hand, would have called it a pig Auschwitz.

The conditions were brutal. The pigs were confined in cages that were barely larger than their own bodies, with the cages stacked on top of each other in tiers, three high. The sides and the bottoms of the cages were steel slats, so that excrement from the animals in the upper and middle tiers dropped through the slats on to the animals below.

The aforementioned owner of this nightmare weighed, I am sure, at least 240 pounds, but what was even more impressive about his appearance was that he seemed to be made out of concrete. His movements had all the fluidity and grace of a brick wall.

What made him even less appealing was that his language seemed to consist mainly of grunts, many of which sounded alike to me, and none of which were particularly pleasant to hear. Seeing how rigid he was and sensing the overall quality of his presence, I—rather brilliantly, I thought—concluded that his difficulties had not arisen merely because he hadn’t had time, that particular morning, to finish his entire daily yoga routine.

But I wasn’t about to divulge my opinions of him or his operation, for I was undercover, visiting slaughterhouses and feedlots to learn what I could about modern meat production. There were no bumper stickers on my car, and my clothes and hairstyle were carefully chosen to give no indication that I might have philosophical leanings other than those that were common in the area. I told the farmer matter of factly that I was a researcher writing about animal agriculture, and asked if he’d mind speaking with me for a few minutes so that I might have the benefit of his knowledge. In response, he grunted a few words that I could not decipher, but that I gathered meant I could ask him questions and he would show me around. (more…)

Let There Be Peace on Earth and May You Fulfill Your Dreams

by Mike Schwager

New Year’s Wish for 2014:  Let there be Peace on Earth – and May You Honor and Fulfill your Dreams. Each of us is an individualized creative expression of the Universe, and collectively we ARE evolution becoming aware of itself.  And your dreams?  They are the dreams of the Universe, manifesting through you and as you.  May you reach out to others with love, kindness and understanding. May you own your own power and your own voice. May you be blessed with divinely perfect good health and true abundance – both material abundance and spiritual abundance. May you be sheltered in a beautiful aesthetic environment that gives you peace of mind and comfort. May you remember the less fortunate and know that “here but for the Grace of God go I.” May you honor your mother and your father, if they are still with us; and honor our elders. May you remember the animals and be kind to them – those in the shelters and on the farms. May you know you are worthy of receiving; and may you do and give unto others as you would have them do unto you.  May you stand up for a clean environment, and stand up for a safer planet.  May you — and we — strive to advance dialogue and mutual understanding.  May you encourage and inspire our children to work for a better, kinder world – and to acknowledge them for their innate brilliance and talents and goodness.  And may we all give thanks for our country and our freedom; and pray for the freedom, happiness, fulfillment and well-being of all people everywhere.

Andrea Bocelli Sings “The Lord’s Prayer”

Merry Christmas everyone!  Andrea Bocelli sings The Lord’s Prayer with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  Whatever your faith, this touches the soul.  Transcendent.

Animal Advocate Gary Yourefsky in Eloquent Plea for Kindness to Animals

[EnrichOurWorld editor’s note:  This remarkable YouTube features animal activist Gary Yourevsky, in an eloquent plea for kindness to animals, and an end to meat eating.  Gary is a Vegan.  The presentation begins with an animation which seems at first a fun cartoon – though one quickly realizes it is a very serious message depicting man’s inhumanity to animals.  Gary then proceeds to present his case – and one is struck with his powerful oration.  Gary speaks to groups all over the world – and this appearance is from Jerusalem.  Though he appears in casual clothing, Gary Yourevsky is considered by many one of the greatest living speakers of all time.  His message is worth your consideration – and EnrichOurWorld embraces his message of kindness to animals, an important indicator of our kindness to ALL life – including our kindness to our fellow humans.]