The Indian Christian Ascetic – Sadhu Sundar Singh

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India, the country that gave birth to great religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism – continues to be a fertile ground for those seeking spiritual sustenance, a meaning to life, in general. The image of the Sadhu in his orange robes is a common sight. And it was this very image that I encountered the other day that brought to mind the life and times of the Indian Christian Ascetic – Sadhu Sundar Singh 1889-1929.

Here is a brief history of His Life and Times taken from http://www.tentmaker.org/biographies/singh.htm . This article was primarily written by Edward T. Babinski, with further editing and additions by Mercy Aiken.

Sundar Singh was lauded by 20th century evangelical Christians for converting to Christianity around the turn of the century. Even in the 1970s Sundar was highly thought of by evangelical Christians. At that time I heard a Christian radio dramatization of the story of Sundar’s miraculous conversion and his dangerous preaching journeys to India and Tibet, and I bought two books that told his story at evangelical Christian bookstores. The evangelical Christian apologist, Josh McDowell of Josh McDowell ministries, cited Sundar’s conversion in the first and second editions of McDowell’s book, Evidence That Demands a Verdict. While reading the evangelical versions of Sundar’s life and teachings, I never once ran across Sundar’s universalistic statements, not until I read Sundar’s own works, along with some of the in-depth biographies that had been written about him nearer his own day.

Sundar was raised a member of the Sikh religion. (Sikhism is a sect within Hinduism that was founded about 1500 A.D. that teaches belief in one God and rejects the caste system and idolatry.) Prior to his conversion, Sundar attended a primary school run by the American Presbyterian Mission where the New Testament was read daily as a “textbook.” Sundar “refused to read the Bible at the daily lessons…To some extent the teaching of the Gospel on the love of God attracted me, but I still thought it was false.” Though according to another testimony, Sundar confessed, “Even then, I felt the Divine attractiveness and wonderful power of the Bible.”

In the midst of such confusion and while only fourteen years old, his mother died, and Sundar underwent a crisis of faith. His mother was a loving saintly woman and they were very close. In his anger, Sundar burned a copy of one of the Gospels in public.

“Although I believed that I had done a very good deed by burning the Bible, I felt unhappy,” he said. Within three days Sundar Singh could bear his misery no longer. Late one night in December 1903, he rose from bed and prayed that God reveal himself to him if he really existed. Otherwise — “I planned to throw myself in front of the train which passed by our house.” For seven hours Sundar Singh prayed. “O God, if there is a God, reveal thyself to me tonight.” The next train was due at five o’clock in the morning. The hours passed.

Suddenly the room filled with a glow. A man appeared before him. Sundar Singh heard a voice say, “How long will you deny me? I died for you; I have given my life for you.” He saw the man’s hands, pierced by nails.

Jesus was the last person Sundar was looking for. After all, Jesus was the ‘foreign god’ of the Christian teachers at his school… Amazed that his vision had taken the unexpected form of Jesus, Sundar was convinced in his heart that Jesus was the true Savior, and that He was alive. Sundar fell on his knees before Him and experienced an astonishing peacefulness which he had never felt before. The vision disappeared, but peace and joy lingered within him.

To meet Christ was only the beginning for Sundar Singh. He was a Sikh. Sikhs had endured terrible persecutions in their early history. As a consequence they were fiercely loyal to their faith and to each other. Conversion to Christianity was considered treachery. Now every effort was made to woo or coerce Sundar Singh back to his ancestral faith.

Despite his family’s please, bribes, and threats, Sundar wanted to be baptized in the Christian faith. After his father spoke words of official rejection over him, Sundar became an outcast from his people. He cut off the hair he had worn long like every Sikh man. Against great opposition, he was baptized on his birthday in 1905, in an English church in Simla.

Conventional Indian churches were willing to grant him a pulpit, but their rules were foreign to his spirit. Indeed, he felt that a key reason the gospel was not accepted in India was because it came in a garb foreign to Indians. He decided to become a sadhu, so that he could dedicate himself to the Lord Jesus. He was convinced that this was the best way to introduce the Gospel to his people since it was the only way which his people were accustomed to. As a sadhu, he wore a yellow robe, lived on the charity of others, abandoned all possession and maintained celibacy. In this lifestyle, he was free to devote himself to the Lord.

Dressed in his thin yellow robe, Sundar Singh took to the road and began a life of spreading the simple message of love and peace and rebirth through Jesus. He carried no money or other possessions, only a New Testament.

“I am not worthy to follow in the steps of my Lord,” he said, “but like Him, I want no home, no possessions. Like Him I will belong to the road, sharing the suffering of my people, eating with those who will give me shelter, and telling all people of the love of God.”

Sundar journeyed much. He traveled all over India and Ceylon. Between 1918-1919, he visited Malaysia, Japan and China. Between 1920-1922 he went to Western Europe, Australia and Israel. He preached in many cities; Jerusalem, Lima, Berlin and Amsterdam among others. Despite his growing fame, Sundar retained a modest nature, desiring only to follow Jesus’ example: to repay evil with kindness and to win over his enemies by love. This attitude often caused his enemies to feel ashamed of themselves, and caused even his father to become a Christian later in life, and to support Sundar in ministry.

He was quite independent of outward Church authority in all his religious life, thought, and work. He dropped out of a Christian seminary that he briefly attended. Neither did he attach much importance to public worship because in his experience the heart prays better in solitude than in a congregation. He was also highly displeased with what he found when he toured western nations that for centuries had the benefit of the Bible and whose central figure of worship was Jesus. Sundar proclaimed almost prophetic denunciations upon Western Christianity, and laughed at the way the West looked down upon religious men of the East as mere “pagans” and “heathens.”

“People call us heathens,” he said in a conversation with the Archbishop of Upsala. “Just fancy! My mother a heathen! If she were alive now she would certainly be a Christian. But even while she followed her ancestral faith she was so religious that the term ‘heathen’ makes me smile. She prayed to God, she served God, she loved God, far more warmly and deeply than many Christians.”

On another occasion, Sundar said, “I have seen many Christian women, but none of them came up to my mother.” And, conversing with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Sundar said: “If I do not see my mother in heaven, I shall ask God to send me to hell so that I may be with her.” Sundar also made plain his view that, “There are many more people among us in India who lead a spiritual life than in the West, although they do not know or confess Christ. It is of course true that people who live in India worship idols; but here in England people worship themselves, and that is still worse. Idol-worshippers seek the truth, but people over here, so far as I can see, seek pleasure and comfort. The people of the West understand how to use electricity and how to fly in the air. The men of the East have sought the truth. Of the three Wise Men who went to Palestine to see Jesus not one was from the West.‘”

He travelled India and Tibet, as well as the rest of the world, with the message that the modern interpretation of Jesus was sadly watered down. Sundar visited Tibet every summer. In 1929, he visited that country again and was never seen again.

Sundar’s Faith for All Mankind

Few Christians know that Sundar was not afraid to raise his voice in favor of “universalism.” He could never deny to all non-Christians the possibility of entering heaven. In 1925 Sundar wrote, “If the Divine spark in the soul cannot be destroyed, then we need despair of no sinner… Since God created men to have fellowship with Himself, they cannot for ever be separated from Him… After long wandering, and by devious paths, sinful man will at last return to Him in whose Image he was created; for this is his final destiny.”

In February, 1929, the year Sundar disappeared on his final missionary trip to Tibet, he was interviewed by several theology students in Calcutta, India, where he answered their questions:

(Question #1) What did the Sadhu think should be our attitude towards non-Christian religions?The old habit of calling them ‘heathen’ should go. The worst ‘heathen’ were among us [Christians]…

(Question #2) Who were right, Christian Fundamentalists or Christian Liberals? — Both were wrong. The Fundamentalists were uncharitable to those who differed from them. That is, they were unchristian. The Liberals sometimes went to the extent of denying the divinity of Christ, which they had no business to do.

(Question #3) Did the Sadhu think there was eternal punishment?There was punishment, but it was not eternal…Everyone after this life would be given a fair chance of making good, and attaining to the measure of fullness the soul was capable of. This might sometimes take ages.”

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

Virginity tests by Egyptian army, shameful!

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I have just received an email from Robert Scheer, Editor in Chief, Truthdig, with the attached appeal from Amnesty International. Is this what those in Tahrir Square died for? This is the aftermath of the the popular uprising. Nothing has changed. Women in Egypt are still subject to inhumane abuse. Shameful.

Message from Amnesty International TAKE ACTION NOW !

Egypt’s military may have just hit a disturbing, new low. At least 18 women who were arrested during a peaceful protest in Tahrir Square on March 9 were forced to take “virginity tests.”

Women were threatened with prostitution charges if they “failed” virginity tests. One woman, who said she was a virgin but whose test supposedly proved otherwise, was beaten and given electric shocks.

Make no doubt about it, this is torture. The purpose of this test is to degrade women because they are women. Unacceptable.

DEMAND Egyptian officials investigate allegations and stop this shocking, degrading treatment of women. Call on Secretary Clinton to use her influence to demand immediate action.

The protests that began on January 25th did not occur so that Egypt could replace the shocking and degrading behavior by one regime with that of another.

Call for an immediate investigation into the forced ‘virginity testing’ and other acts of torture and ill-treatment committed against women in Egypt.

Egyptian women took a stand to demand an end to repression.
Stand with Egyptian Women — Investigate & Stop Forced Virginity Testing!

In Solidarity,
Geoffrey Mock
Country Specialist, Egypt
Amnesty International USA

Let us help protect the Women of Egypt from their own Army!

Jews in Israel – Natalie Wood speaks from Galilee

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This is Part One in a series of interviews with a cross section of Jews living in Israel. It is an attempt to break through the barrier of disinformation, misinformation and putrefying incestuous politics of the Middle East. This is dedicated to some fine young people I met, last year, on Havelock island – Aharon, Gelad, Sarah, Hargal, Doris and Omer.

Natalie Wood, Galilee

Shukreya Natalie for agreeing to this interview. Your candid answers are informative and refreshingly truthful.

(The rules of engagement are simple. Eight questions are presented and these have to be answered in writing. The answers are NOT edited).

Why is antisemitism taboo in the West, whereas anti- Muslim or anti-Christian views ‘appear’ to be acceptable, generally speaking?

You must be joking! Antisemitism is alive, well and bites you on the cheek!

For a short time after World War 2 in Britain it was considered well mannered to be nice to ‘the Jews’. The community had acculturated without losing its identity and had already done much to make its mark in society. However when I was child in the 50s and early 60s, it was thought correct to be a Jew at home and an English person elsewhere. There may have been a sense of the friendliness being superficial and this has been proven many times since the 1967 Six Day War when opinion formers like The Guardian newspaper overturned a previously ardent pro-Israel policy in favour of the Arab world.

The same story has been repeated elsewhere in Europe and in the United States despite its massive Jewish population. Even in Germany where Nazism and antisemitism are officially outlawed there continue to be dozens of examples of the vilest anti-Jewish behaviour.

I don’t believe there is real anti-Christian sentiment, except among radical Islamists who hate everyone who does not follow their form of Sharia Law. Many people in the west appear vaguely apathetic to Christianity whereas their loathing of Islam is generated largely by radical Islamists’s gross behaviour. This has grown increasingly with the constant and increasing spate of terror attacks worldwide since 2001. Until recently I accepted the view that the situation would be corrected only by a modern version of the Medieval Battle of Tours but seeing what’s happening within the Arab world even as I write, I believe the Arabs’ exquisitely wrought house of cards will eventually implode. The genie, all differences considered, is well and truly out of the bottle!

Do you think that ‘outsiders’ confuse the Jews with the politics of the State of Israel? And why so?

Of course outsiders confuse Jews with the politics of the State of Israel. It is natural that they should do so. It was established as the Jewish state and offers a near-total Right of Return to all Jews wishing to live here. If I were a disinterested – non-biased – non-Jew reviewing the situation I suspect I would also confuse the two.

It has been said that Jews are God’s chosen people, please clarify.

I could reply with a smart Jewish joke but under the circumstances I’ll treat the question with the serious respect it deserves! Rabbis and Jewish scholars explain that we were not ‘chosen’ by the Almighty but that we elected to follow the teachings of His Torah (the body of Jewish sacred writings and tradition including the oral tradition); to become a Kingdom of Priests, holy and separate from other peoples and to be “a light unto the nations.” Too often we fall sadly short of this ideal.

Is Israel the sole democratic State in the Middle East? (Please expand on percentage of different faiths in the state as well as freedom of speech, civil rights etc. in Israel).

Even before I check the facts I insist that Israel is still the sole truly democratic state in the M.E. – albeit sorely flawed. Until the recent flood of local revolutions, despots and villains ran the regimes on and near Israel’s borders without fear of reckoning or redress – unless they were overthrown by equally unpleasant personalities. I am unsure whether any current regime changes will alter the situation as I fear that the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood will rush to fill the various vacuums.

In Israel there continue to be risibly awful instances of corruption – and worse – even among its highest officers of state but most of them are apprehended and punished. This is true democracy in action. This same energy is shown by the happy existence of many extreme left-wingers fighting for civil rights and conversely by the racism espoused by others on the right.

According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, the population in 2008 was 75.4% Jewish, 20.6% Arab, and 4% minority groups. The religious affiliation of the Israeli population as of 2005 was 76.2% Jewish, 16.1% Muslim, 2.1% Christian, and 1.6% Druze, with the remaining 4.0% not classified by religion.

There are gaps in Civil Rights, largely because the Orthodox rabbinate holds so much influence but organisations like the Progressive Israel Religious Action Centre campaign for social justice and have won many battles both for individuals and groups.

Further, Israel permits entry to thousands of non-Jewish refugees and is the only country in the area where there is full freedom for gays, bisexuals and trans-genders.

Does a Class System prevail in Jewish Society? For instance are Yiddish speaking Poles ‘lesser’ then those that speak Hebrew? And is there a preference for Ashkenazis over Jews from Yemen or Iraq?

Do you mean ‘Jewish’ or ‘Israeli’ society? If you mean both, the short answer must be that the class system prevails in Israel just as it does in Jewish society, despite any contrary protests.

Jewish people and their Arab neighbours prize knowledge as much as material success. I was surprised to learn recently for example, that a modern Bedouin sheik now values a woman’s scholarship as much as a traditional dowry.

But while many of the traditional prejudices like those you cite are fading, others are taking their place. Israel, a society under semi-permanent siege, can be both harsh and driven. People work long hours for low wages while food and goods are often ridiculously expensive.

A fellow immigrant has observed that in employment-terms, there are many layers with native Israelis at the top. Surprisingly, it is often new Jewish immigrants – not Arabs – who are at the bottom and the theory is that they must wait their turn to be accepted in order to gain work. Certainly immigrants are often dismissed erroneously as fools. This is due to problems of communication and acculturation.

How do Israeli Jews who are multinational and multicultural in nature blend into a cohesive force? For example, an Indian Jewish family as compared to a family from Russia?

This may be your most important question. I am only six years younger than the State of Israel and while my family was never actively ‘Zionist’, its existence was burned into my brain from earliest childhood. Indeed that my maternal great-grandfather made a failed attempt to settle in ‘Palestine’ from England during the 1930s is part of family lore.

Nonetheless I feel quite different from, if most respectful towards those immigrants from other countries. Yet Israeli society is beginning to cohere slowly if strongly. This will happen more swiftly as people from separate backgrounds marry and also as the Hebrew language continues to develop. Even now, less than a century since his death, I am sure that Eliezer Ben-Yehuda would find it hard to recognise the pure Hebrew he pioneered as a modern language. I think it will take at least another 60 years for Israel to cohere in full and I must reflect most sadly that several more wars will help to solidify that congruity.

Are there any cultural exchanges between Israel and the Arab world? Do you feel people to people cultural exchanges can bring about a change in the mindset of your neighbours?

Mark, that is an absolutely wonderful idea! But first, we have to persuade too many of our Arab neighbours that Jews are neither dhimmi (second class) nor animals to be loathed and slaughtered. I am delighted to have made personal friends with a couple from an Arab village next to Karmiel and also to have been acquainted with a non-Jewish European who has married a local Arab. It is from such personal contacts that wider understanding grows.

I maintain that – writing in ‘broad strokes ‘– Jews and Arabs have far more in common than either of us do with our gentile counterparts.  There are the life-cycle customs like circumcision, swift burials and the similarities between the kosher and halal dietary laws. Both traditions have a form of religious marriage contract and there are many Middle Eastern delicacies we both enjoy…

Lastly, do women have equal rights in socio-economic and religious spheres of your society?

I have a feeling this will be a bone of contention long after the Arab-Israel conflict is healed! Israel is a M.E. society and therefore still most patriarchal. While Israeli law prohibits discrimination, (Employment (Equal Opportunities) Law, 1988 ) too many men, Jewish or not, still see women as adjuncts, despite all the women who have reached the top in Israeli society. Perhaps this is why a man like the cashiered former President Moshe Katsav thought most naively that he would escape justice for his crimes of rape, sexual assault and other sexual abuse.

As yet women do not have full rights across the board as they are known in the west, neither in the workplace where the battle for complete equal rights and equal pay continues, nor religiously, where they are treated as inferiors – no matter how much Orthodox women may deny this.

I belong to a ‘Masorti’ congregation whose religious customs are Orthodox but which is run on egalitarian principles. This means that women take a full part in synagogue life, helping to lead services and serving also on the management committee. Indeed a woman recently became the congregation’s chairman.

Natalie Wood was born in Birmingham, England, U.K. and began working in journalism a month prior to the outbreak of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. She continued in regional Jewish journalism for more than 20 years and left full time writing to assist her husband open a bargain books business. Later she launched “WoodPerfect”, offering a full range of home based virtual office services. A year ago, Natalie emigrated from Manchester to Israel where she works from her home in Karmiel, Galilee.

She can be contacted on any of her following blogs :
http://www.alwayswriteagain.blogspot.com
http://www.perfectlywriteasrain.blogspot.com
http://www.perfectlywriteingodsvineyard.blogspot.com
http://my.telegraph.co.uk/perfectlywriteinisrael/


God’s La Petite Mort

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Is the earthquake and Tsunami God’s La Petite Mort ?

From the moment we are born we begin dying
And in death, we have eternal life

So why grieve for the dead
When life is but a celestial thought
Fleeting moments in cosmic time
Then forgotten for eternity?

Let us rejoice while God uses us for his pleasure.

 

(La petite mort, French for “the little death”, is a metaphor for orgasm)

US Govt. Spends US$ 2b a week on wars but cuts funding for museums!

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The US Government spends US$ 2 billion per week on wars in foreign countries while its citizens struggle to keep open the doors of museums and cultural centers due to government cuts.

The Industry of War gets priority over preservation of the Arts. This is shameful. Republican Senator Michael Baumgartner are you listening?

This is an online interview with Karen Mobley, a museum trustee, a long time volunteer for the art committee of the museum, an artist whose work has been in the art auction and in the museum’s sales and rental program. She is a donor, member of the museum’s Legacy Society, which means she has promised a portion of her estate to the museum. A special thanks to Candess M.Campbell for arranging this interview.

Can you share with the readers a short history of The Mac?

MAC stands for Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.
Eastern Washington is a unique region of the country. In 1918, state government recognized this distinction designating a second historical society—the Eastern Washington State Historical Society—to compliment the mandate of Washington State Historical Society established in 1891 and ensure a full representation of Washington’s diverse heritage.  MAC’s collecting encompasses generational diversity of Washington citizens amplifying voices of those who are not always heard.  The informal exploration, discovery, and connections with ideas and people that occur within programs unique to museums is empowering and equalizing for Washington citizens.

Founded in 1916, is the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest with 5 underground galleries, the historic 1898 Campbell House, Joel E. Ferris Library & Archives, an orientation gallery, café, store, education center, community room and the Center for Plateau Cultural Studies.

The MAC campus (expanded in 2001 with a $30 million renovation) also includes an auditorium and outdoor amphitheater.  The exhibits and programs focus on three major disciplines: American Indian and other cultures, regional history and visual art.

Our collection, with over 39,000 American Indian, 22,000 regional history, and 1,500 art objects including the 252,109 records archive is nationally renowned.

Attracts over 100,000 visitors annually including nearly 4,000 K-12 students.

The Kirkland Cutter designed Campbell House, one of the most popular museum attractions, is our largest artifact, with student and public tours staffed by trained volunteer docents, consistently our most popular attraction.

The MAC’s educational programs include vibrant student and family learning experiences such as Living History Day, the Plateau tribes Living Legacy tour and learning laboratory, Campbell House exploration and hands-on art activities in the art studio.

The MAC is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and one of the first museums in the United States to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.

What is the importance of the MAC ?

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest.  The MAC is a repository of the artifacts from all of the Northwest Plateau tribes, many objects from the history of Spokane and a huge archive of photos from the region, the MAC has one of the few collections of art by Eastern Washington artists and is a gathering place for arts and history aficiandos from all around the west.  The exhibitions at the MAC change.  Right now the museum is gearing up for a travelling exhibition of inventions and reproductions of works by Leonardo DaVinci which opens in June of this year.  The exhibitions are listed on  http://www.northwestmuseum.org

MAC is an important contributor to the region’s economy.  Cultural travelers stay longer and spend more than other visitors. Event-related spending pumps revenue into restaurants, hotels and retail businesses. The MAC is the first non-metro market to land the international blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius exhibit opening June 3, 2011.The exhibit is expected to attract 40,000 new visitors to the region. The MAC helps recruit and maintain businesses, serving as a barometer of the region’s quality of life. The MAC contributes an estimated $10 million to our region’s economy.  The American Indian objects and sacred room will be unavailable to tribal members, which will cause significant cultural turmoil.  The building will closed  to the public, its collections inaccessible.   An unoccupied facility creates the potential for vandalism and theft and will subject the neighborhood to unwarranted blight.

Why is it in danger of being shut down?

The MAC is basically a state agency – about 60% of its budget comes from the state of Washington and about 40% comes from local sources such a grants, contributions, sponsorship and from the endowment.   The whole state is having big budget challenges.  The museum is not uniquely being targeted. There are also cuts to education, support to indigent people through health care and other services.  It is a difficult time.  The elimination of the state portion of the budget is way too much for the local community to absorb.

Karen Mobley is the Arts Director City of Spokane (Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius) since June 1997.  Prior to this she was the Director of the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, WY and Gallery Director for University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University.  She is a board member for the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, a member of the Spokane Public Radio Steering Committee, a Deacon for Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ and active in the Washington State Arts Alliance and Rotary 21.   Karen is a working artist and poet. Her art work is represented in Spokane by Art@Work (the sales and rental program of the MAC).. She reads and performs poetry at events through the region.

She likes cats and is currently working to make the longest cat hair rope in the world.

If you want to help keep the Arts alive, please contact
Karen R. Mobley, Arts Director, City of Spokane,
Spokane Arts Commission, 808 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99201-3333 (509) 625-6079
kmobley@spokanecity.org
http://www.spokanearts.org

Japan earthquake: nuclear disaster?

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@BBC News

“A huge blast has caused further damage at one of two nuclear power plants which the Japanese government had placed under a state of emergency, compounding fears of a nuclear meltdown. A loud blast was heard at the plant in Fukushima following a series of aftershocks. White smoke was soon after seen billowing over the plant, 150 miles north of Tokyo. Several workers were reported to have been injured.As reports suggested the toll had risen to at least 1,700 deaths, an unconfirmed report on Japan’s Fuji TV claimed that as many as 10,000 people were missing in the town of Minamisanriku in Miyagi prefecture. There were also reports that the hourly radiation levels at the damaged Japanese nuclear plant match the allowable annual dose, increasing the risk of developing cancer for anyone exposed to the leak.”

On August 6th and 9th 1945, Hiroshima and Nagasaki had nuclear bombs dropped on them by US Forces in World War II. Hundreds of thousands died in the explosion and later by burn injuries and radiation.

Unfortunately it is the peaceful use of Nuclear energy in the 21st century  by Japan that has again contaminated its  environment.  Probably many innocent people are going to be exposed to radiation. The after effects will undoubtedly be disastrous. And this has been caused by a natural calamity – a massive earthquake and the tsunami that followed.

Is this a small message from Mother Nature reminding us that she is in charge?

Let us pray for the people of Japan.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

Candess Campbell, intuitive consultant, interview by Mark Ulyseas

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Last year I met Candess in Bardez and talked the talk, about the ways of the Native American Shamans. This interview is a follow up to our unfinished discussion on ‘healing’.
Candess M. Campbell, PhD. (doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy from American Pacific University, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Religious Studies from Gonzaga University is an intuitive consultant and healer specializing in 144 Strand DNA Activation and Essential Energy Balancing Workshops which clear Karma. From a young age she has been working with a group of Ascended Masters, the Lords of Karma. She has 20 years as an intuitive healer and 27 years counseling clients<.

What is an intuitive consultant?

I am called a psychic but the more popular word for my work is intuitive consultant.  I teach classes on Clairvoyance and believe we all have this ability. This “sixth sense” is usually strong in children, and is often discouraged by parents. If not discouraged by parents, children often give up the skill when teased by peers.

An intuitive reads through feeling (clairsentience), knowing (claircognizance) hearing (clairaudience), or seeing (clairvoyance). I read the energy field of the client through the information in the chakras. I see where energy is blocked and symbolically see what is happening in their life. Illness and emotional crisis happen on the energetic level before manifesting in the physical. Therefore, getting a reading and making appropriate behavior changes can avert health issues and other problems.

I am often asked about relationships, career moves, whether to make this choice or that and basics like this. Often people who have passed on show up in a reading and I communicate with them to their loved one.  More information and a video describing what happens during a reading is on my website.

What qualifies you as a ‘Healer’ and how do you ‘Heal’ people ?

Healers are found in all cultures. Some have a natural gift of healing and others take training or classes. For most of us, it is both.

I began my healing practice when I took Reiki classes from Diane Stein and a Healing class at the Church of Divine Man. With practice I felt energy in my hands and when I touched people I could move stuck energy. For instance, if someone had knee pain, I put my hands on their knee and could feel tingling and even pain in my hands. I waited until the energy subsided and they told me the pain was gone.

Volunteering at a retreat for HIV positive patients was when my abilities increased. After providing several healings my intuitive reading kicked in. I began to see the core issue of their illnesses and when I shared information with them, they often cried and the emotional healing began. The HIV was not cured, but many of the symptoms eased and the emotional healing took place.

Much of what I do today is remote healing. Quantum physics has shown us that there is no time and space and healing can take place when I put hands on someone or when I imagine them in my mind and provide a healing.

Could you share a case history and how one of your patients was healed?

Healing happens on spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels. Physical healings are more noticeable to all, but the other healings are usually only noticeable to the client and close family and friends.

One physical healing was with a friend who was a physician. He had a severe strain in his neck that hurt for several days. I put my hands on his neck and saw the strain in my mind. I brought my attention into the heavens and asked my healing guides for a healing and felt the energy coming down through the top of my head and out my hands into his neck. This took about three minutes. Afterward, his pain was gone. I talked with him a couple of weeks ago and he said this summer his mother is coming to the US from Peru and she would like a reading and healing. I am delighted.

Another example was a nurse who had a fractured bone in her foot. I put my hands on her foot and did the same procedure as above. Again this took a few minutes and the fracture was healed.

A third example is an emotional healing. I was teaching a Reiki Class and had a student on the table as I was demonstrating the healing positions. My hands were on the sacral chakra in the belly area. When I touched her I immediately imaged her being sexually abused as a child. Her feelings of pain welled up inside me. She had not healed this issue. I asked her if she had been abused and she said yes. When I offered to release this pain she said yes. In this case I allowed this pain to move through me and began to cry and shake and bring the pain out of her body. After several minutes, the pain was gone. It was healed in her and I felt as I had before the experience.

What are your future plans?

In 2011, I will be in Osaka, Japan in April and May and in Mumbai and Coimbatore, and possibly New Delhi, India in November and December providing 144 strand DNA Activations, facilitating Essential Energy Balancing Workshops that clear Earth Karma, teaching Clairvoyance Classes and providing private sessions with clients.

Candess lives in Spokane, 300 miles from Seattle, U.S.A

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