The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (aka the CBC) is a beloved Canadian institution that is under threat.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting
This past Monday, after strong encouragement from FRIENDS and engaged citizens like you, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage appeared to agree that the CBC has lost its way and voted unanimously to "undertake a full investigation of the role for a public broadcaster in the 21st century".
Starting in January, the Committee will hold hearings on Parliament Hill and around the country in order to gather the views of Canadians on the CBC's future.
As you may know, this investigation could not come at a better time. CBC's senior management is adrift. Its President is a lame duck, and this leaves the Corporation more fragile than ever before. However, the good news is that the opposition parties are now united in their support for strong public broadcasting and the Conservative government is divided.
We have discovered that Stephen Harper has a secret agenda for the CBC, and is preparing to change it beyond recognition, perhaps even shut it down, if he thinks he can get away with it politically. That's why he is waiting for a majority government to implement his hidden agenda.
Harper's CBC views draw fire (2004)
Mr. Harper told an audience in Winnipeg on Tuesday that the CBC's main television station and its Radio Two classical music service should be commercialized.
"I've suggested that government subsidies in support of CBC's services should be to those things that are not . . . do not have commercial alternatives," Mr. Harper said, according to a transcript of his comments. "And I think when you look at things like main English-language television and probably to a lesser degree Radio Two, you could look there at putting those on a commercial basis."
Though 3D reality may be "all an illusion" this doesn't mean consensus reality doesn't matter or that we should just sit around meditating and attempting to be empty all of the time. Though contemplation and solitude are good, so is focused action!
I've been listening to Mike Dooley's Infinite Possibilities CDs and I like what he has to say on this subject. According to him, the intangibles are what's real and worth focusing on, especially our beliefs, desires, emotions, and values (as opposed to worries, shoulds, regrets, etc.)
I also like this quote, "forget trying to be spiritual, just be yourself."
While it's important to have at least a general awareness of what's going on in the world around you, following all the crime and violence news in the papers, on TV, or the Internet really serves no purpose other than to make one feel more stress.
There will always be "bad" things happening, but is it really necessary to know about all the homicides that are going on in other places?
I used to have a job doing media monitoring (i.e. following the news for a living) and it made me nuts.
If you insist on following the news (some feel it's a civic duty) I suggest not doing it first thing in the morning. This will shape your entire day.
Even better: try a media fast for a week and see how you feel. If something really important happens, you'll hear about it.
Love globally, focus locally!
When a family member introduced me to Barbara Marciniak's "channeled" books about the loving and activated ETs known as the Pleiadians, I considered the whole story about aliens to be allegorical (i.e. it didn't matter if the whole channeled thing were true.) I was drawn into them because of the beautiful information within. I've found studying them to be very beneficial.
Here's a quote from another author's book I felt moved to share today:
Our thoughts, beliefs, feelings and attitudes toward ourselves and others are behind every destructive and unconscious act -- or behind the circumstances through which our planet and we ourselves can heal. It is our choice. These energies are constantly contributing to the cocreation of our world on every level. Thoughts are measurable energy, and movement of energy impacts everything around it. A thought was the beginning of Creation, and our thoughts are constantly recreating -- or destroying -- everything. The phrase 'think globally, act locally' really means that we must start by examining and changing ourselves; then our attitudes and actions will naturally spread to our loved ones, communities and beyond.
Once we are clear on the basics of being 'good' people, higher evolution continues. There is always a next step toward truly being the best we can be. It is this for which we are all ultimately responsible. Hopefully, the longing for -- and anticipation of -- becoming the best we are capable of being fills every day of our lives. This longing can motivate us to keep going and never become so satisfied that we become stagnant. Of course, acceptance of ourselves wherever we are, each moment of each day, is also vital to our growth. Without it, we languish in low self-esteem and self-punishment. Still, our spiritual longing for God, enlightenment, divine love, and an end to separation is the source of our achievements. It is our soul's only inspiration.
-- Amora Quan Yin from The Pleiadian Workbook: Awakening Your Divine Ka
The Pleiades star cluster is also known as "The Seven Sisters" which I like :)
gorgeous image of the Pleiades from NASA
It's been stormy here on the Wet West Coast lately. Yesterday I went into Vancouver and for the first time I could actually feel the motion of the ocean on the big ferry. For the first time in my experience, they asked everyone to stay seated "for our safety."
The storms seem to be carrying through to the rest of my life too. Every day brings new surprises and more than ever before, a sense of "anything could happen next" is with me. I'm fueled by the faith that somehow, everything is indeed working out perfectly, I'll always know what to do next intuitively in the moment, and over and over my reality delivers a reflection of that.
I'm getting strong with staying calm in the face of uncertainty and letting go of worrying about the past or what's next. As Abraham says, "Worrying is using your imagination to create what you do not want." Focusing on the positive as much as possible (in thought and speech) is key.
A few years ago I needed "security" and "stability" (both are illusions by the way) and I would have been a lot more anxious with so much turbulence. Today I feel energized, and somehow what might look like a precarious situation is making life more fun, though I have moments where I lose stability.
At the very least, boredom is no longer an option :)
This adaptation of the story was very well done, from costumes to acting, to fully exquisite sets and scenery.
The story is a full on romance, written back in the day when women were totally dependent on their husbands and had very few other options for improving themselves other than marrying up. If she was lucky he would also a half decent guy who actually loves her. Many women married for convenience, money, or necessity. As Charlotte says when she announces her engagement, "I am not romantic, you know. I never was. I ask only a comfortable home."
The film gave me a lot of perspective on how good I have it as a female living at these time/space coordinates. I can work, I can love who I want, and I enjoy a greater freedom than most times in the past (and most places on Earth in the present!) It gave me inspiration to really make the most of it. Thanks Jane Austen!
Of course no movie can ever equal what a book can be. I love the florid descriptions in gorgeous early 19th century English...
Elizabeth, feeling all the more than common awkwardness and anxiety of his situation, now forced herself to speak; and immediately, though not very fluently, gave him to understand that her sentiments had undergone so material a change, since the period to which he alluded, as to make her receive with gratitude and pleasure his present assurances. The happiness which this reply produced, was such as he had probably never felt before; and he expressed himself on the occasion as sensibly and as warmly as a man violently in love can be supposed to do. Had Elizabeth been able to encounter his eye, she might have seen how well the expression of heartfelt delight, diffused over his face, became him; but, though she could not look, she could listen, and he told her of feelings, which, in proving of what importance she was to him, made his affection every moment more valuable.
I have been going through a lot of intense feelings lately and am getting better and better at just observing them, dropping the stories, soaking in them, and letting them pass like weather.
I'm also getting better at forgiving myself in those moments I lapse & learning the obvious lessons within those dramas.
How to Transform Your Painful Emotions Into Joy With the Eight Step Emotional Transformation Recipe
Normally, people resist their painful emotions with intense energy, which only keeps them festering and in pain for hours. By allowing yourself to feel in a spirit of openness and acceptance, you can learn your lessons quickly.
A fantastic side benefit is that you now have a powerful new belief in place! You can grow more in a few weeks than you have in the past years by practicing this process diligently.
note to Self:
the grasping ego
works extra hard to take charge
when it knows its time is almost Up
flickering in and out of consciousness happens
but somehow the drama that ensues
seems like poetically timed
yay, lessons for everyone!
forgive yourself and everyone else
visualize even the "dark" stories
as gift wrapped opportunities for schooling
each a rare privilege to receive
imagine extra fancy wrapping paper and ribbons!
then let the stories go
return to here
remember to breathe
it is obvious
the lesson today is:
Now is an urgent yet favourable time
to amp up the effort
keep this in mind
it is undefined
however it's something
as calm as I can be
today I choose to wait and see
fog levels clear exponentially
before I jump
into any Sea