Thank You ~ A Sincere Word of Appreciation…
For the people who contributed so that iDigitalMedium can have the funds to incorporate as a non-profit – we say thank you.
I personally guarantee that your trust in us was not misplaced, as we will show in the remainder of this year and beyond. We’re working stiffs – just like you, and we are proud to partner up with you for the greatest challenge of our age.
A total of $875 was raised from all sources (online and offline). The reason the fundraiser shows a goal of $380 is because a few donors had given prior to the creation of the GoFundMe.
This fundraiser was a success – thanks to YOU! Did you know the cost of just filing with the IRS alone as a non-profit is $400? And when GoFundMe takes their 8% fee we’ll likely have just enough to get started out on the right foot with the rest of the official filings.
And for that, we thank you. Stay tuned as we revamp the website to be exactly what you – “The People” have you demonstrated you want it to be:
A place that will make it EASY to find information regarding life after death, a team that will SEEK this information out, as well as SAVE it for our children and our children’s children.
Keith, and The iDigitalMedium Team
“Too often we forget that we have two ears and one mouth to be used in that proportion.” emkar
We learn to talk when we are babies, expressing ourselves in sounds and eventually words that make sense to those around us. Speech and verbal communication are encouraged and celebrated. What an achievement that first word is — a rite of passage in the human journey! Listening, however, is not given quite the same emphasis or encouragement. In school, we take classes in speech but not in listening. Within the context of polite behavior, we are told to listen and not interrupt, but learning to be silently present with focused attention in a variety of situations is not part of the curriculum. Neither is quiet time spent in meditation or contemplation.
Western society is noisy and wordy and very distracting, and we learn to live with it in whatever way we can, often to the detriment of our inner spirit.
As an only child, I played quietly by myself as much as with friends, but I didn’t begin to learn the true value of silence and of listening until I was well into adulthood. Although from a rural background, I acclimated easily to the novelty of living in cities and thought little of urban noise for years. At some point, however, I began to notice, and then couldn’t stop noticing, the lack of quiet everywhere. I sought out silence — in meditation classes, in parks, on vacations to natural settings away from the city. I took up bird watching as a way of immersing myself in nature, and it was then that I really began to learn how to listen.
In order to observe birds closely, you have to be willing to stand or walk in absolute silence, your senses of sight and hearing keenly attuned. When you are silent and motionless, the natural world gradually resumes its normal activity, which it had ceased at the appearance of a noisy human. What a miracle this was to me when I first experienced it. The more I listened, the more I heard: birdsong, bees buzzing, squirrels chattering, chipmunks scampering through the bushes, the wind rustling tree leaves and creaking branches.
My soul was in silent communion with everything around me.
Over the years, my listening deepened to the point where I felt I could actually hear flowers growing in my garden in the early morning stillness. Sounds fantastic, I know, but when you quiet yourself enough and truly listen, the world opens up its secrets to you.
Birds and flowers weren’t the only ones to teach me about listening. The elder parents in my life also taught me this sacred life lesson. Both my father and my partner’s mother experienced memory loss and related dementia in their later years. What you learn first in that situation is not to rush or finish the other person’s sentences, but to allow them time/space/silence to find the words they want to say. And if they don’t find the words, so what? Really the words themselves are unimportant. You learn to listen to the spaces between the words to hear what is really being communicated. I listened with my heart, with my soul. The last time I saw him, my father and I shared a lifetime of love just by looking in each other’s eyes. When he spoke, I heard his heart’s voice beneath the words. And during the afternoons when my partner and I sat quietly with her mother listening to 1940s tunes, we experienced together the beauty of the songs as well as the silence between the songs.
Our spirits were connected in that peaceful space.
Perhaps what I am describing can’t really be taught in school, but only in life. We learn to listen as we learn that there is more to this world than the physical dimension. The longer we live, the wider our perception and awareness grows (if we are fortunate), and the closer we come to the essential stillness that is at the core of being and at the center of the cosmos. Out of silence, sound is born, life is born. When we listen deeply enough, we hear the sound of silence itself. And that is the place where our souls speak to one another, without words.
Peggy Kornegger, Writer, Poet, Vision Weaver, and Author of Lose Your Mind, Open Your Heart
Peggy Kornegger is a Boston-based writer and the author of two books: Lose Your Mind, Open Your Heart (2014) and Living with Spirit (2009). She has written about personal and global transformation for more than thirty years, bearing witness to the profound changes occurring at this key time in human and Earth evolution. Her first published work appeared in feminist and political publications in the 1970s and 1980s. Her articles were reprinted in the United States, England, and Italy and included in several anthologies. At the new millennium, Peggy’s writing expanded to an exploration of the spiritual, connected to social consciousness, and her work has appeared in the magazines Spirit of Change and Awareness. Her blog is read internationally and posts biweekly at her website.
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Fear really is the ‘go to “ method used to manipulate human societies to act contrary to their own best interests. Cooperation, mutual assistance, negotiation, compromise are not put forward much nowadays. In a time when we need new strategies and a united plan to save the Web of Life from the mass onslaught of human depredation, destruction, and ignorance what do the governmental structures, political and media pundits and so-called ‘leaders’ offer?
They offer fear and distraction. The cabal of the wealthy that runs and manipulates the governments of the world know well that keeping the populace ignorant and afraid simply works. In has worked for hundreds, thousands of years, really.
When people are not afraid, that’s when the puppet masters start itching with fear themselves. The cancer of the resource munching, earth destroying, oil-based oligarchy is being recognised for what it is and thousands upon thousands of conscious individuals don’t want it anymore. The Earth is our Sacred Mother. Raping her through destroying her Life systems must STOP.
Would you put a tourniquet on your own healthy arm until your hand started to rot with gangrene? ‘Then what is the sense in stopping the flow of the water/blood of the planet with giant hydro-electric projects that have the same effect on a greatly larger scale? Fukushima pumps out radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean and Japan and the other technical nations do not stop it. Do you even hear about it on the news? You do not and the reason is, ‘Why upset the sheep?’ Keep them afraid of “terrorism” so they won’t rise up and take back the power to direct societies’ resources to solve problems rather than ignore them so that a few can continue to gain obscene wealth while destroying the very fabric of life itself.
When the veil is removed and the sheep finally understand what is going on…that the plan is to shear them until they are all cold and naked and them to slaughter them and their children for lamb and mutton. then is when revolutions happen.
Revolution is the only way now to save ourselves and our children and our Mother Earth. Many say revolutions don’t work because you only switch one corrupt power elite for another. And that is a valid point. But the revolution I support is one that: eschews violence fear and hatred in all its forms. It’s the revolution of brotherly and sisterly love spoken of by Jesus of Nazareth, Mohammed Mohandas Gandhi, Francisco Madero, and other visionaries down through history.
Although he went around the bend and fried his brain to some extent, Timothy Leary was right. We need to: TUNE IN, TURN ON, AND DROP OUT.
Let’s TUNE IN, to the Spirit of Life and the common gift of Living. Let’s tune into our shared humanity and respect where we came from, our Mother Earth. Let’s tune into our worldwide human family and it’s great traditions of caring, respect, love and consideration. I’m talking about the supreme thread that lies at the heart of all those traditions; The Golden Rule.
Let’s TURN ON to our own power to unify to achieve the healing and restoration of our HOME. As we form our own associations, organisations, families and other structures we will effect change as never before seen on this Planet. Why? Because these New Earth/ New World structures will be free of the divisions, fears, hatreds and ignorance maintained by a society divided.
A unified worldwide society of educated, mindful, tolerant and respectful citizens? Why not?
Let’s DROP OUT of fear. Let’s leave the constraint of ideologies, philosophies, religions, political parties that maintain separateness. Nationalism or any other “isms” that keep our consciousness in a separate state are what has put us in the sad state that we are in. Unity, the family, respect worldwide NOW. I’m not giving my sacred Life Energy to the old way any longer. I know there are millions who feel the same way I do. WE RECOGNIZE EACH OTHER EVERY DAY. Power to the New Earth! Power to the united Earth Family!. Power to the Sacred Web of Life.
Rev. Rory O’Boyle
New Earth Healing Sanctuary