Beloved of God,
Wishing you a healthy and blessed 2005 from Virginia.
There is a proposed formal change to our relationship within and to the Ruhaniate on the table. We are being invited to alter our format of the past 28 years, and work within and under another model.
We have been given four possibilities to operate from, and are being asked to choose one of them. Since this is a major shift in and to our relationship, I do not wish to make the decision without your active participation.
This will be the sub-theme of our meeting, and I truly wish all members of the D.H.O. to participate in this discussion. Please attend if you are able. Thank you.
I will also be bringing this up at our European gathering ( our 21st year) in Germany this May, so I am hopeful that our decision will represent the heart’s desire of all our family.
Our Summer Gathering will be on Mount Shasta in Northern California.
- Dates: June 27 (Monday) to July 1 (Friday) 2005. This will allow us the opportunity to not only visit Shasta Abbey, but also the Mentorgarten in San Francisco.
- Place: Stewart Mineral Springs, Mt. Shasta – Northern California
- Theme: Interacting with the Unseen World: Mother Mary, Shasta Abbey, The Great White Brotherhood, crystalline consciousness within the mountain, healing springs, etc.
- Costs: $400. (Note: all staff receives neither reimbursement nor honoraria)
- Contact: Jennifer Avian
Plus: Healing Rituals, zikrs, Ram Nam, walks and dance, Shasta Abbey (Murshid Sam's "guru sister," Jiu Kennett Roshi's Abbey), Mountain stories, great food, hot mineral baths, Fabulous Mountain Views & our traditional frolicking amongst the trees. Ya Hu!
And: We hope to have some special guests from Mother Mary's sangha, and news (at least) of her new biography I wish to close with a few thoughts for the coming year:
Most importantly, let us again remember the words of the Master Jesus – "There will be wars and rumors of wars, but keep ye well in mind that which I have taught you."
As both our physical and political world undergo great calamity, we must be aware of Who we are, and what energy in flowing through us when we act.
I recommend the daily offering of the prayer Pir, with our concentration on Murshid SAM — asking him to guide us on the path which most furthers our spiritual growth.
Let us become the peace demonstrator who demonstrates Peace, the warrior who fights the internal war to become more not less Divine, the one who listens to God rather than only speaking to God. The one who is honest, not only to others, but to ourselves.
And, allow us the grace to re-dedicate ourselves so as to manifest our ideals of Selfless Service and a generous and open heart.
And, finally, please note that although Jennifer Avian is still our Camp Co-ordinator, Jude Sargent is now our secretary for all address changes, and Jean Pierre David remains our webmaster. Many thanks to you all for making this so smooth.
I send you all my love and blessings with my prayers for your growth and spiritual fulfillment in this newest year.
See you on the Mountain,
Yours in Service to the Real
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