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#2492 - Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - Editor: Jerry Katz



This issue begins with poetry and diet advice from Margo.


Then there are two articles falling under "nondual activism":  A review of the movie ScaredSacred, and a review by Daniela Rommel of the book Summer Snow, by William T. Hathaway. 


Just a note: Esa Miettinen has let us know that the nondual internet classic movie Shinji-San has moved to








"All's fair in poetry"


The following two poems are from Margo at Margonaut: 


the monady and the microclimate

I am an orb of hail
that has just hit the ocean
having cast ripples on an evanescent wave or two
softly floating on the salty surface
due to melt back into its source


~ ~ ~


margo's metaphysical diet tips (depravation is unnecessary)

give up the comparing yourself to others game


make food choices around wanting to be healthy instead of because your butt is too wide, etc.


reject diet trends and newspaper advice on what to eat


each of us has different nutritonal needs
there is no one "healthy diet" that will work for everyone
figure out what natural foods make your unique body feel good


sit down, relax, chew slowly, and enjoy each bite with your full attention when you eat


stop thinking of your favourite "bad" foods as "junk food" and instead think of them as "treats"
enjoy each bite
do not feel guilty after
(relax, Heaven says no dessert is actually "sinful")


and most importantly
stop thinking about what's wrong with your body
start loving it with an attitude of gratitude
and watch it respond


Does Mind Over Body Healing Work?"
Diseases are burdens on biology. Human intellect and human body organs are integral parts of the human condition. To separate them, as Socrates lamented, is to negate the completeness of the human condition.


Our technology has rendered irrelevant the debate on the psychosomatic and somatopsychic nature of diseases. Advances in behavioural biology and experimental psychology have put these two disciplines on a collision course; a complete merger between the two is simply a matter of time. 








i watched this movie tonight. it is now
available on dvd. i recommend it. his
blog as well as related links are quite
worth exploring.

as i have been involved with activism
around many of these issues for a long
time, it was not as new as for some
viewers, yet, it is a beautiful whole.
and certainly there are many images
and people i have never experienced in
person nor have most humans on this

i like a review that was written by a
viewer called jay on october 2005. he
wanted to pass on the message of the
film. i put it at the end. he has an
innocence and optimism gained from his
experience watching that is heartwarming.


FYI, from the website


In a world teetering on the edge of self-destruction,
award-winning filmmaker Velcrow Ripper sets out on a
unique pilgrimage. Visiting the 'Ground Zeros' of the
planet, he asks if it's possible to find hope in the
darkest moments of human history.

ScaredSacred deftly weaves together stunning footage
with haunting memories, inspirational stories, and an
evocative soundscape. An exquisite portrait of a search
for meaning in times of turmoil.

*  *  *  *  *
"Remarkably moving, strikingly beautiful and
surprisingly hopeful...
Ripper's startling images of destruction and
resiilience often arrive so unexpectedly that
you're kept on the edge of your seat. The film
looks at disputes without rhetoric, providing
testimonials that will break your heart. But
nothing that happens here will break the human
spirit. Anyone who sees this movie will be the
better for it."
David Spaner, The Province

*  *  *  *
"Spectacular... an inspirational message of human
Janis Cole, NOW Magazine

*  *  *  *
"Provocative... transcendent... mesmerizing...
Bruce Kirkland,
Toronto SUN

""Important... illuminating... revelatory!"
-Alex Stachan, CanWest

"An inspiring, beautiful film that left an indelible
impact on me."
-- Daryl Hannah, Actor/Activist

"ScaredSacred conveys a sense of spirit and longing,
harnessed with a compassionate sense of urgency."
-- Atom Egoyan

"One of the most cathartic and powerful films I have
ever seen. It literally changed my life and sense of
-- Rene Broussard, Director, New Orleans International
Human Rights Film Festiva

-Jay's review taken from blog entries at the site.



All I ask is that you take 2 minutes to read what I have to say. I
know I've asked a lot of my friends and my family lately with my
fundraiser, but I saw this documentary yesterday, and I really think
you should see it as well. I know I already sent the trailer to some
of you already, but the only way the message will be spread is if
people go to watch this film in theatre. The better this film does in
terms of box office numbers, than the more cinemas and cities it will
be playing at. It is definitely worth the $10. Please read what I wrote:

On his five year expedition to the `Ground Zeros' around the world,
Velcrow Ripper explores stories about the mid-1980s pesticide plant
explosion in India; the minefields of Cambodia; the civil war in
Bosnia; the A-Bomb explosion in Hiroshima; Tibetan's trapped in
Pakistan; a women's rights protest in Afghanistan; the on-going
Israeli-Palestine conflict; and ultimately and arguably the most
shocking ground zero in New York City. Ripper's five year journey
explores whether or not humanity can transform the `scared' into the

During the post screening Q&A at the Carlton Cinemas, I asked Velcrow
what was his inspiration for taking up a challenge like this? He
simply stated how he realized he could use the media as a tool to send
a message. This film clearly does send a message, and cleverly opens
our minds and our hearts as he uses the media as a tool for creating
social change. This film puts a lot of things into perspective and
makes us `westerners' realize how miniscule our problems really are.
As I sat there and watched the film in disbelief, discomfort, and
sorrow I thought to myself: Once this film is over, how can I do my
part to help shape this world of ours? As the credits started playing
everyone promptly started clapping and I realized: He didn't create
this documentary to make us `westerners' feel sorry for living the
lives we do, he simply created it to show us that we are the ones with
the opportunity to create social change. The impression Velcrow leaves
the audience is one of complete gratitude for taking five years of his
life to uncover what is really happening in the world around us. As a
lot of people in
Canada and the US are unaware or perhaps uninterested
in the problems going on around the world, this film will make even
the most narrow-minded individuals realize how fortunate we really are.

One story in particular that really touched me was that of Aki Ra who,
as a child soldier, was forced to lay landmines in the jungles of
Cambodia. As a young boy he lost his family to murder, and was told
that if he cried or questioned the military's authority, he would die
as well. So he went about his business and in order to live his life
he laid landmines. Today, Aki still walks the jungles he once did as a
child, except his purpose now is to disarm the landmines he once laid
as a kid. He walks around with a simple wooden stick and disarms about
15 to 100 landmines any given day. He sees himself as being lucky to
be alive and is doing everything in his power to rid his land of these
deadly devices.

I now look back and say to myself: Will I think twice the next time I
walk out my door and onto the street, as those in Bosnia were afraid
of doing for four years? Will I watch my step wondering if I will
accidentally trigger a landmine, as the people in
Cambodia do
everyday? Will I be afraid to pull out my MP3 player and listen to the
music I love? Of course not, because in
Canada we have the luxury of
living the life that a lot of people around the world could only dream
of. Will I do my part to help create social change? I know I will try
my best, and hopefully this is the message that everyone takes with
them as they exit the theatres. I look forward to watching the sequels
to this wonderfully crafted film, and I will start my bid to create
social change by convincing my family and friends to go watch this
documentary. I would like to thank Velcrow for putting this piece
together and opening my mind even further than it already is.

If you like what I had to say, you can check out the listing times as
well as the trailer on the website If you don't
agree with the purpose of the film, or are not interested, at least
forward this to everyone on your list as perhaps someone else will be
interested. Its' playing in
Vancouver as well, so Crystal please
spread the word as I know you will like this film.

Thank you






Book review


Summer Snow


Reviewed by Daniela Rommel


A Special Forces veteran and award-winning author has published a new book opposing the war on


William T. Hathaway's SUMMER SNOW is a spiritual novel set in Central Asia as an American warrior
falls in love with a Sufi mystic and learns from her an alternative to the military mentality.


The book's wisdom figure is an aged Sufi woman, the warrior's lover's teacher, who has survived by
outsmarting male dominated political and religious hierarchies. "This bin Laden, this Bush, all
these leading men, they have highjacked us all with their violence," she states. "They have turned
the whole world into their suicide airplane. These men are too primitive to have such power. Too
ignorant of the underlying reality. We must stop them. We must take the boys' toys away from
them...these terrible weapons."


How she does that becomes the climax of the novel. Its theme is that higher consciousness is more
effective than violence and that women may be more able than men to lead us there.


"I think that to prevent war we need to raise human consciousness," Hathaway says. "A look at the
history of revolutions shows that switching economic and political systems isn't enough. The same
aggressive personality types take over and start another army. We have to change the basic unit,
the individual.


"I've found Eastern meditation to be the most effective way to change people. Unlike psychotherapy
or prayer, it works on the physiological level, altering the brain waves and metabolism. It refines
the nervous system and expands the awareness so that the unity of all human beings becomes a living
reality, not just an idealistic concept.


"After a while of meditation people stop wanting to consume things that increase aggression, such
as meat, alcohol, and violent entertainment. They become more peaceful.


"I think it's very true that peace begins within you. As Gandhi said, 'We have to become the change
we want to see in the world.'"


In writing SUMMER SNOW, Hathaway drew on his experiences during a year and a half in Central Asia.


He now supports counter-recruitment work to persuade young people not to join the military. He is
active in a group encouraging soldiers to refuse service in
Iraq and Afghanistan. For those who
want to desert, they have a sanctuary network that helps them build new lives. "Refusing or
deserting the military takes great courage, and I'm full of admiration for the people who do it. If
convicted, they're punished viciously because they're such a threat to the government's power.
They're the real heroes," the combat-decorated Special Forces veteran states.


Hathaway's first anti-war novel, A WORLD OF HURT, won a Rinehart Foundation Award. Both it and
SUMMER SNOW explore the attraction that war has for men and how they can be healed of the pathology
of patriarchal machismo.


"Many men are psychologically draw to the military because of blocked libido and the need for
paternal approval," says the ex-Green Beret. "In my writing I'm trying to uncover these inner roots
of war, the forces that so persistently drive us to slaughter. Our culture has degraded masculinity
into a deadly toxin. It's poisoned us all. Men have to confront this part of themselves before men
and women together can heal it. I was lucky to have found a partner skilled at this.


"Understanding the effects that our culturally imposed gender roles have on us is crucial to
understanding why we make war. One attraction of war is that it is a substitute for eroticism; it
is the ultimate sexual perversion. It also reduces our ability to love."


Hathaway also wrote the introduction to AMERICA SPEAKS OUT: Collected Essays from Dissident Writers
and has published numerous articles. His writing won him a Fulbright professorship at universities
Germany, where he currently lives.


The first chapter of SUMMER SNOW is on the publisher's website,, and a selection of his writing is available at




Daniela Rommel has taught English, French, and German at colleges in Iowa, Florida, and Germany.


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