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To all you Earthsters!

A-Gem-in-the-ForestDear Earthsters!!!

Greetings from the land of our northern ancestors, the land of the Lakota people, the paha sapa, known to us as “the heart of it all”

To all our Arizona friends, we look forward to celebrating Earth Day 2014: Urban Roots – Ancient WisdomBringing the Sacred Back to women at the fabulous community gem – our Alwun House – for we are all one!

We are one – in a collective compulsion to show up and do something that benefits another human being.

We are one  – in our desire for clean water, air we can breath and land we can grow food on.

We are one – in our seeking and yearning for a way with less violence and whole lot more love!

We are one in our innate desire to reach out to other human beings and extend a hand of kindness, compassion, love and generosity.

As I spend this sacred time with my mom, in my home town of Rapid City South Dakota, I am reminded of the importance of being surrounded by the wisdom of our elders, the knowledge their years of experience has brought them and the generous information they can bestow upon us!

I am reminded of the importance of improving our ability for conscious contact with one another, with remaining present to our priorities and being willing to forgive those who have chosen different paths – I have found it is easy to jump to judge others much more rewarding though to let “others” be who they are and focus on how I can best serve.

Thank you for being conscious today – thank you for being of service to your community,

We live in a time of so many forces trying to get our attention – I encourage you to take a moment and consider living a life prioritized and centered around some simple principles such as honesty, courage, faith, hope, perseverance, love, integrity and service.

May you come to know how abundant your life is, how bright of a light you can be and how bright of a light you are in this world of perplexing challenges. May you share your knowledge, through your actions and your words, every day for all to experience and for all to share.

May the seeds we have planted today blossom into nutritious morsels of light and love tomorrow!

Thank you for all of your support.

annie loyd, founder, ceo – the FUSION Foundation

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my prayer – my intentional actions of living as a human, being . . .

SunriseMake me a channel of peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where t
here is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by surrendering that one awakens to the great mysteries of life as a human being.

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good friday – to you!

Pactola-Damgood friday – to you all!

the cross we each bare differs from individual to individual and culture to culture.

my friend shared this with me moments ago,

Tomorrow, our Sun shifts from Aries (Easter) to Taurus (Buddha). Pondering this, the thought comes of how the Christ and the Buddha are brothers.

The Buddha, it seems, held the intention of making it clear to us how our modern world is based upon false values (causing much pain and suffering) and his brother, the Christ, it seems, held the intention of wanting to show us, demonstrating for us, how to give life a meaning and a value. These two brothers agreed that it is only through humanity, itself, that it can be worked out. The astrological energies available to us these days incline us to more fully recognize and to take to heart in restoring the “work out”.

within each of us is this ability to create, to inspire, to innovate equally within each of us is the ability to destroy, to judge, to squash opportunity. Uniquely to human beings is the ability to choose.

i choose to build

i choose to love

i choose to be of service

i choose to inspire

i choose to be!

what choices are you making today? – this period of time – is an opportunity to recognize how we can be a light of joy, compassion, innovation and inspiration in the lives of our loved ones, community members and beyond! In return, as a direct result of the actions we choose to take – i guarantee you and i will experience a shift in our perspective and feel a release of suffering and increased happiness!

I have had the wonderful opportunity to spend time with my mom who has needed some help from her daughter, here is a brief window into that experience this morning:

as i go through this process

my mornings have been greeted with the songs of birds

sometimes the morning doves, sometimes robins

the songs sound happy, light and cheerful

throughout the day their songs bring a joyful interruption

a smile glides across my face at the sound of their melodic expressions

my shoulders relax- for the moment it’s all okay . . .

during this phase – i am reminded – daily – the importance of love, compassion, kindness

for what is needed money cannot buy,

no medication, no quick fix

this process is about love, kind, quiet, powerful, understanding – love

my heart fills with gratitude, deep appreciation for dear friends

unexpected phone calls

the kindness of “strangers”

our elders give us an education we cannot find in a book

the experience of walking through a process is priceless

good friday to you, annie loyd

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These times they are a changin’

 

This past Saturday marked a call for human beings from all tribes, cultures, clans and nations to take note of the change in the season and express a desire, intention, contemplation for a prayer for peace in their native manner.

We stand at a commanding crossroad that is visibly different than times before. A stargate is open and, through this new perspective, we have an abundance of talent, resources, and opportunities coming forward to take a part in this global transformation. Remain focused on what you can do. Remain present to how you BE.

Nothing is impossible, now.

As Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka battled each other — and the circling whipping wind — in


yesterday’s women’s championship during the US Open final, Williams emerged by finding a way to gain control of the match, using her own power and using the hardcourt to her advantage, rather than allowing the wind to defeat her. A great tennis match is less about the winner and more about witnessing the culmination of practice and the application of that practice coupled with the art of consistency, persistence, tenacity and ability to make readjustments, to regroup and finally, persevere. We also witnessed that same tenacity this week as Diana Nyad, age 64, overcame an ocean of obstacles to complete her heroic fifth and successful attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida.

It is easy to get frustrated with elements that “are out of our control.” In reality, nothing is in our control. Our ability to find the groove, to get into the flow of the energy force, our willingness to be persistent and not give up is what propels us forward.

I spend time meditating, walking, swimming, writing, reading, contemplating and in long conversation with depth and breadth because, over the years, it has become a recipe that has provided a substantial foundation from which i have received amazing insights through the revelations of ancient wisdom. I have learned how to respond rather than react.

During this campaign of a “Give Peace A Chance – Change for Peace,” we have provided a multitude of opportunities for you to explore new possibilities, exercise your strengths, talents and wisdom, and discover different beloved communities that are striving to discover a different way of “being.” Be sure to check our calendar out at http://thefusionfoundation.org

Peace to all — everywhere.

annie loyd, founder the fusion foundation

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with profound love we are saddened by this tragic loss of life

 

This morning we awoke to the news that 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew, out of Payson, AZ, tragically lost their lives on Sunday, June 30, 2013, while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, northwest of Phoenix. It is the deadliest wildland fire since 1933, according to a list from the U.S. National Wildfire Coordinating Group. 

“Our entire crew was lost,” Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo told reporters Sunday night. “We just lost 19 of some of the finest people you’ll ever meet. Right now, we’re in crisis.”

Arizona columnist E.J. Montini wrote:

The experts will examine the evidence and attempt to figure out what went wrong and how, or if, it can be prevented from happening again.

One thing that does not need to be explained is the bravery of those who died.

A fire broke out and threatened a town and they answered the call.

Heat and wind and uncertainty did not deter them.

They were called upon and they went.

Some years back the author Norman Maclean wrote a book called “Young Men and Fire” which told the story of 13 firefighters lost in the Mann Gulch fire in Montana in 1949.

The firefighters lost in the Yarnell Hill Fire are part of a tradition of  hard work and sacrifice and loss that has long been a part of fighting forest fires.

But just as we needed them, and they answered, their families will be needing us.

And we must answer.

No explanation for what happened will be good enough.

Ever.

The loss is too much.

It will always be too much.

 It has been my experience that when people walk on they leave a powerful legacy. When our lives are the least bit touched by those who walk on and we choose to identify a thread of their legacy and make the conscious decision to carry that thread of the legacy forward, our lives become blessed and we are able to bless the lives of so many as we continue on our journey of bringing light into darkness.

 The piece of their legacy that i personally understand and relate to is – “They were called upon and they went.” i will carry this forward in my daily life – i will make myself available and when I am called upon I will go where I am needed.

 With deep love and appreciation i send heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of those who lost their lives.

Thank you for the extraordinary life lesson and legacy. 

Authorities believe lightning sparked the Yarnell Hill fire on Friday. On behalf of the FUSION Foundation and the Peace Walkers Sangha we extend our hearts and send prayers to the family and friends of the 19 firefighters – we mourn the loss of such brave men and women -for more information: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/01/us/arizona-firefighter-deaths/index.html

http://www.thefusionfoundation.org/index.php/fusion-events/102-news/newsflash/399-with-profound-love-we-are-saddened-by-this-tragic-loss-of-life

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Amy Goodman – Democracy Now –

Amy Goodman: Corporate media is ‘an extreme media beating the drums for war’

“it’s not about being for or against it it is about showing the images of war,” Amy Goodman.

Journalist Amy Goodman made the case for independent media at the National Conference for Media Reform in Denver on Saturday, saying the pro-war views of the corporate media networks were firmly entrenched.

“This is no longer a mainstream media, it’s an extreme media beating the drums for war,” she said after citing statistics about the mainstream media’s bias in favor of the Iraq war. “I really do think that those who are concerned about war, that those who are deeply concerned about the growing inequality in this country, those who are concerned about climate change, about the fate of the planet, are not a fringe minority — not even a silent majority, but a silenced majority, silenced by the corporate media, which is why we have to take it back.”

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Happy Gay Pride Phoenix –

On this grand and glorious day of celebration, I seek to help us remember how far we have come and not lose sight of how we have accomplished getting to where we are!

I’m moved to make this request because, in the last 24 hours, a conversation took place on FB that involved language that I felt was violent. A LGBTQ activist used the terms “racist,” “charlatan” and “bigot” to describe a community leader. I felt frustrated and saddened because for decades the Gay community has been a leader in creating cultures of peace and understanding in the midst of exceptional anger and fear.

We — the LGBTQ community — are the happy people! Using violent language and judging another individual doesn’t embrace the values of Gay Pride. Judgmental, violent language isolates and backs people into corners, forcing people to become entrenched in defending their positions. Our need for equality doesn’t get met. When we use violent language we are hurting others and, in turn, hurting ourselves. Gay Pride – to me, is making a connection – a heart-to-heart connection. It’s all about the love!

I too feel angry, frustrated and concerned when people espouse points of view that are in direct conflict with my set of values. I feel absolutely compelled to act decisively and quickly when I discover a teenager has been thrown out of his or her house or after learning someone has been beaten to death or someone has been shot. I have a need to make a difference and i am so tired of the violence. Can you relate? Today the path i choose is peace.

I want marriage equality. I want equality and justice for all. I want us all to be safe. I want our kids to grow up in loving and life-enriching environments at home, at school, in the neighborhoods they play, the movie theaters they attend and the places they buy their blue jeans and ipods. It is my belief you want this too. Are you willing to choose peace?

If ending violence means having to change how I speak, or finding a path to compassion and empathy for others with whom I don’t agree – I will do that and I will practice doing it minute-by-minute, day-by-day, as the weeks turn into months and months into years until I can be the change I want to see in the world. What steps are you taking to end violence and creating a culture of peace?

I’ve evolved. I’m not the individual I was three months ago, three or 30 years ago. My evolution has sometimes been quick and sometimes not. Day-by-day, I am learning to treat others in a manner in which I wish to be treated. Will you stand with me and open the doors of opportunity for others to walk through as new and evolved individuals?

As an active member of the Gay Community I’ve watched us be angry, hurt and sad and yet have the capacity to rise with grace and dignity and respond with love, peace and understanding. On this weekend, let’s recommit to being examples of a community of peace in the midst of exceptional violence. Let’s be the models of the change we wish to see in the world. Let’s make a choice to use language that connects with people’s hearts. Are you willing to be the change you wish to see in the world? Are you willing to choose peace?

Long Live our Legacy of Creating a Culture of Peace and Understanding.

 

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