Let Your Soul Shine.

Posted March 8, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

Last night the local PBS station showed “Dust to Dreams”, recorded in Las Vegas about a year ago at the opening of a performing arts center there. The performances were varied and excellent, including Jennifer Hudson, Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Merle Haggard, John Fogerty, Carole King, an unbelievable violin player, and on and on.

So, now and then it’s good to break up the serious nature of the blog with music videos from YouTube, and the search for selections from the PBS program began. Well, eventually the search led to clips from Kennedy Center Honors where, because the artists performing are paying tribute to the honorees up in the skybox, you find excellent heart-felt performances. The artists performing the musician honorees’ creations put their best into it, because they are honoring their fellow artists.

Being a big fan of Buddy Guy, I listened to legendary guitarist Jeff Beck and a woman singer I had never heard of before, Beth Hart, pay tribute to Buddy Guy with a blues song “I’d Rather Go Blind”. Beth Hart’s voice is incredible. Listening to Beth Hart sing was like listening to Janis Joplin the way Janis Joplin would have wanted to sing if she could. Beth Hart reminds you of Janis Joplin, only better.

Honestly, I’m astonished by the fact that before March 2014 I had never heard of this tremendous woman singer by the name of Beth Hart. The raw power of her voice simply surpasses virtually every other female singer who has gained great popularity – ever. So, here is one of Beth Hart’s softer performances from 2008: “Soul Shine”.

(Thanks to Ellzjon @ YouTube)

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United Citizens Of Earth: And The World Will Live As One.

Posted March 8, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Until you have become really, in actual fact, as brother to everyone, brotherhood will not come to pass.”

– Fyodor Dostoyevski (1821-1881)

superior2222While living in New York City and working at the United Nations (UN) in 1999, India-born Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi joined with some of his friends and pursued an idea for the UN. He and a handful of friends he met at the UN approached Secretary General Kofi Annan with the proposal for a religious and spiritual leaders conference/summit to take place in New York and the UN. The idea was to help reduce or eliminate differences between the world’s religions that at times led to unfortunate violence.

The summit then was arranged, and 400 religious and spiritual leaders, as well as over 2,000 spectators, attended the 4-day event – resulting at the end of four days with the leaders resolving to make concerted efforts to reduce any differences with negative consequences, as well as giving respect to all religions for their efforts done with sincere intentions.

Dr. Modi admits in the following short talk that the summit idea somehow lost steam and was not held after the one in the year 2000. Since 2000 Dr. Modi has gone on to found and chair the “Global Citizen Forum” (GCF), and this talk is from a GCF conference in London last year. The concepts behind GCF have to do with experiences men and women and young people around the world have had after the rise of social media and the internet.

Dr. Modi gives the example of young people who have made friends in countries around the world over social media like Facebook, Twitter, and the internet, who have come to place more trust in their friends than their parents, political leaders, or religious leaders. This describes a phenomenon where people are no longer concerned about where their new friends are from or what country – in effect, people are becoming “global citizens”.

John Lennon’s immortal ballad “Imagine” contains a line that reads, “Imagine there’s no countries”. On the road between a world with historic national borders and one that mirrors John Lennon’s “no countries”, one can only guess where humanity is in 2014. Given the outpouring of prayers, good wishes, and words of peace surrounding the Ukraine situation, it seems likely that humanity is closer to a world without borders than is perceived – a borderless consciousness.

Talking specifically about Ukraine, it has become obvious to the world’s people outside of Ukraine that whether people speak Ukrainian or Russian, everybody simply wants to live in peace. An aspect of Dr. Modi’s GCF applies to language as well. No matter what language people in nations around the world speak, there is not a single soul who does not understand the meaning of the word peace.

Global Citizens Forum represents an already existent, certainly growing rise in collective human consciousness which bodes well for this generation and future generations. This is a new way of thinking on Earth – a real philosophical change that is strongly trending, with no evidence of anything but a perpetual increase in intensity going forward. The inevitable destination for humanity is one where all people are aware that there is one Creator/God and this world is one.

The definition of intuition is “instinctive perception”. On the question, “when will humanity arrive at its inevitable destination of oneness?” please take a moment to allow your intuition to give you the answer.

Does your intuition tell you that humanity is very close to realizing oneness?

Humanity is now completely prepared to become a truly global citizenry – without nations, boundaries, or separations of any type. The last line in John Lennon’s peace anthem “Imagine” reads: “And the world will live as one”.

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(Thank you GlobalCitizen Forum @ YouTube)