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Catalonia referendum: Protesters gather outside court

 

Protesters shout slogans and wave Esteladas (Catalan separatist flags) as they gather outside the High Court of Justice of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, 21 September 2017Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe court is deciding whether to free pro-independence Catalan officials detained by police on Wednesday

Separatist supporters have gathered outside the high court in Barcelona in the latest protest over Madrid’s attempts to stop Catalonia’s independence referendum.

The court is deciding whether to release 15 pro-independence officials arrested on suspicion of helping to prepare for the 1 October poll.

Spain’s constitutional court says the vote is illegal.

But the region’s vice-president said the vote would go ahead if possible.

Oriol Junqueras admitted that police action on Wednesday to disrupt planning for the referendum, including seizing about 10 million voting slips from a warehouse, had “altered the state of play”.

But he said “everything is being done” to allow the vote to proceed.

Last night, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the referendum was a “chimera” and urged separatists to abandon their plans.

Although the referendum itself now looks less likely to take place, the already hostile relationship between Catalonia and Madrid has been exacerbated, says the BBC’s Guy Hedgecoe in Barcelona.

Protesters outside the high court on Thursday chanted “Free the prisoners!” and sang the Catalan anthem.

Meanwhile, Spanish news site Publico published a map of cities around Spainplanning protests in favour of Catalans’ right to vote.

Police searches on Wednesday in Barcelona, the Catalan capital, sparked a mass street protest. Police said up to 40,000 people gathered outside the devolved government’s economy ministry in the city, which was searched.

Several hundred stayed on past midnight and some scuffles were reported and objects were thrown as police tried to exit the building. Police charged some protesters trying to block their passage. Three police patrol cars were damaged.

Meanwhile, comments by Catalan President Carles Puigdemont were denounced as “lying, cheating and manipulating” by a Madrid government official in Catalonia.

Mr Puigdemont had accused the central government of effectively suspending devolution after it moved to seize control of regional finances to stop them being used to fund the referendum.

Media captionThe referendum issue has been peaceful so far but police scuffled with Catalan demonstrators this week

Separatist parties who control the Catalan parliament pushed through the referendum law earlier this month after unsuccessfully demanding for years the right to hold a free vote on self-determination.

Catalonia, a wealthy region of 7.5 million people in north-eastern Spain, has its own language and culture but is not recognised as a separate nation by the Spanish state.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41346839

Kain and Abel

Why did God rather receive the sacrifice of the shepherd and hunter than the sacrifice of Cain, the farmer? This does not resembles the doctrine of the prophets and Jesus, according to which God does not want a blood sacrifice. This story is rather a reminder of the happiness of nomadic life, the golden age when we were hunters and collectors. The nativie indians have shown us this fortune once again, especially when they had learned to tame and ride the new wild horses, which appeared in the prairies around 1675, and had escaped from escaped horses of the Spaniards. So Jesus also says in the Thomasevangelium “Be wanderers/ be transient!”. This can be practiced at any time. Pray and let go. Again and again, enter into the new moment and accept the gifts of God.

The Tree of Knowledge

What is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in Genesis 2, of which God would not allow Adam and Eve to eat? It is a knowledge that seems not good for them. Or is God a jealous God and wants to have all the good things alone? Sometimes it seems to be like this in the Old Testament. But, according to the model of the Trinity, God is one of the tree who always surrender. The Father gives all things to the Son, the Son to the Holy Spirit and he to God the Father. We are also invited to this table as the New Testament says in the Lord’s Supper at higher chamber: “Come, it is all prepared.” If God gives anything, why does not he want to give  this knowledge to the first people?

It is the thinking of the ego, which is based on isolation and on judgment on an external world. Before, the outer and inner world were one. Now everything has fallen apart and Adam and Eve are ashamed. We followed them into the world. What shall we do now? We all have a character that we can not change. To change it and to perfect us will not bring us back to paradise. We must refuse to eat from the fruit of the tree of knowledge. Judging is not our task. Instead, we are called upon to trust God and to let ourselves fall into this moment. We can enjoy our caracter and let life flow through us. We only need to do something when we are told. The ego should not rule our lives, (Peter, Spirit Life Coach).

Back from Rennes-Le-Chateau, Demons and Brothers

Yesterday night close to Rennes there was a seeming attack of deamons. I had to call the forth arcangels of the directions and the names of God of the Central Pilar. The forces of darkness are not real in themselves, because outside of God nothing exists. But somethimes we have to remind ourselves of the power which goes with us where ever we go.

We also met interesting people in Rennes, like David who is channeling music with the help of Mozart. He played for the Queen and with Paul McCartney. He took me compleatly out when he started to play, wow!

One other initiated told me that a big event will come soon, and it will be a good one. So stay in prayer brothers. The Children of the Wind, which i initiated pray the Jesus-Prayer all the time. P.B.

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True Self and False Self:
Week 1

Sacred Breathing: All of It Is!
Friday, August 11, 2017

All people have access to their True Self from their very first inhalation and exhalation, which is the very sound of the sacred. It is the literally unspeakable Jewish name for God, YHWH. It cannot be spoken but only breathed: inhaling and exhaling with open lips. [1] It is the first and last “word” you will ever utter—most likely without knowing it.

William Stafford (1914-1993) described the True Self in his poem, “The Way It Is”:

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread. [2]

This thread is the True Self. And your True Self is who you are and always have been in God. At its core, your True Self is love. Love is both who you are and who you are still becoming, like a sunflower seed that becomes its own sunflower. Most of human history has referred to the True Self as your “soul” or “your participation in the eternal life of God.” The great surprise and irony is that “you,” or who you think you are, had nothing to do with your True Self’s original creation. All you can do is nurture it, which is saying quite a lot. It is love becoming love in this unique form called “me.”

We are allowed to ride life and love’s wonderful mystery for a few years—until life and love reveal themselves as the same thing, which is the final and full message of the risen Christ, life morphing into a love that is beyond space and time. Christ literally breathes shalom and forgiveness into the universal air (John 20:22-23). You get to add your own finishing touches of love, your own life breath to the Great Breath, and then return the completed package to its maker in a brand-new, yet same form. It is indeed the same “I,” but now it is in willing union with the great “I AM” (Exodus 3:14). It is no longer just one, but not two either.

Note that Stafford doesn’t instruct you to not let go of the thread; rather, he offers a promise, foretelling the future: “You don’t ever let go of the thread.” Why? Because you can’t. Love has you. Love is you. Love, and your deep need for love, recognizes Love itself. Remember that you already are what you are seeking. Any fear that your lack of fidelity could cancel God’s fidelity, is “absurd” (Romans 3:3, JB). Love finally overcomes fear. Your house is being rebuilt on a new and solid foundation. This foundation was always there, but it takes us a long time to find it; remember, “it is love alone that lasts” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Gateway to Silence:
I am love. 

References:

[1] See Richard Rohr, The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (The Crossroad Publishing Company: 2009), 25-26.
[2] William Stafford, The Way It Is: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf Press: 1998), 42.

Adapted from Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self (Jossey-Bass: 2013), 25, 176-179.

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