Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Dear 9/11 truth activists and concerned citizens, This is the last email you will receive from me. I am moving to Latin America in less than a month, and I have decided to officially resign from the 9/11 Visibility Project. I want to thank everyone who responded to my article, "9/11 Five Years Later" ( Your emails were inspiring, and your criticisms were both constructive and thought-provoking. After reading them, I realized I was a bit too despairing in my assessment of the state of the movement, and so now want to forward you something hopeful. It is an excerpt from Mia Hamel's most recent 9/11 truth newsletter, entitled "9/11 Inspiration." While I cannot vouch for the claimed Tibetan source of the "Shambhala Prophesy," nonetheless it conveys great wisdom and practical advice for 9/11 truth activists. I believe that if we are to succeed, we must not act out of anger or fear, out of a perception of an "us" and a "them," and out of a belief that there is a difference between the outside world and our inner selves. Mia's words reveal an important truth. Mia Hammel, by the way, is going to court in Tampa tomorrow for an act of civil disobedience for the cause of 9/11 truth. She has my upmost respect and appreciation. As a testament to the power of nonviolent civil disobedience, Mia and her group in Tampa have received what might be the best, most positive news coverage the 9/11 truth movement has ever seen. Fox News, in covering her arrest, even showed the collapse of building 7 twice! Here is a link to the Fox News video coverage: On a practical note, many of you have donated and received various DVDS from us. Please know that these videos are still available and are being produced and supplied by the same people at 911TV. It is only I who am moving on. 911TV, and our local public access TV project (, are still very much in operation. You can still get the same excellent 9/11 DVDs that have always been available, and you will still receive occasional updates on new 9/11 truth video material. Lastly, I am offering three domain names for sale: I bought these domains at 10:00 AM on the day of the attacks, because it was my birthday and I knew that the day would likely be used to promote war for the rest of my life. For a long time I simply pointed them to the 9/11 Visibility Project website, but now I am in need of travel money, so I am offering them on a first-come first-serve basis for $500 each. If you are interested, please visit this link: Again, thank you for sticking with us all these years, and for all that you do towards peace and truth. On my way to Latin America, Emanuel Sferios Webmaster,
9/11 INSPIRATION (from the newsletter of Mia Hamel) To subscribe go here: 9/11 Truth is a keyhole into consciousness. We search our hearts and minds for meaning and inspiration to effectively spread 9/11 truth. As we examine our inner landscape and its impact on the exterior world, the connections offer infinite opportunities for change, and choices of attitude and behavior. We profoundly sense our interconnectedness. 1. THE SHAMBHALA PROPHESY Coming to us across twelve centuries, the prophecy about the coming of the Shambhala warriors illustrates the challenges we face in the Great Turning and the strengths we can bring to it. Tibetan friends in India have come to believe that this ancient prophecy referred to this very planet-time. The signs it foretold are recognizable now, signs of great danger. There are varying interpretations of this prophecy. Some portray the coming of the kingdom of Shambhala as an internal event, a metaphor for one's inner spiritual journey independent of the world around us. Others present it as an entirely external event that will unfold independently of what we may choose to do or what our participation may be in the healing of our world. A third version of the prophecy was given by teacher Choegyal Rinpoche of the Tashi Jong community in northern India: "There comes a time when all life on Earth is in danger. Great barbarian powers have arisen. Although these powers spend their wealth in preparations to annihilate one another, they have much in common: weapons of unfathomable destructive power, and technologies that lay waste our world. In this era, when the future of sentient life hangs by the frailest of threads, the kingdom of Shambhala emerges. You cannot go there, for it is not a place; it is not a geopolitical entity. It exists in the hearts and minds of the Shambhala warriors. Nor can you recognize a Shambhala warrior when you see her or him, for they wear no uniforms or insignia, and they carry no banners. They have no barricades on which to climb to threaten the enemy, or behind which they can hide to rest or regroup. They do not even have any home turf. Always they must move on the terrain of the barbarians themselves. "Now the time comes when great courage — moral and physical courage — is required of the Shambhala warriors, for they must go into the very heart of the barbarian power, into the pits and pockets and citadels where the weapons are kept, to dismantle them. To dismantle weapons, in every sense of the word, they must go into the corridors of power where decisions are made. "The Shambhala warriors have the courage to do this because they know that these weapons are manomaya, or 'mind-made.' Made by the human mind, they can be unmade by the human mind. The Shambhala warriors know that the dangers threatening life on Earth are not visited upon us by any extraterrestrial power, satanic deities, or preordained evil fate. They arise from our own decisions, our own lifestyles, and our own relationships. "So in this time, the Shambhala warriors go into training. They train in the use of two weapons ... The weapons are compassion and insight. Both are necessary. "You have to have compassion because it gives you the juice, the power, the passion to move. It means not to be afraid of the pain of the world. Then you can open to it, step forward, act. But that weapon by itself is not enough. It can burn you out, so you need the other: insight, into the radical interdependence of all phenomena. With that wisdom you know that it is not a battle between 'good guys' and 'bad guys,' because the line between good and evil runs through the landscape of every human heart. With insight into our profound inter-relatedness — our deep ecology — you know that actions undertaken with pure intent have repercussions throughout the web of life, beyond what you can measure or discern. By itself, that insight may appear too cool, too conceptual, to sustain you and keep you moving, so you need the heat of compassion. Together, insight and compassion can sustain us as agents of wholesome change. They are gifts for us to claim now in the healing of our world. "These two weapons of the Shambhala warrior represent two essential aspects of the Work that Reconnects. One is the recognition and experience of our pain for the world. The other is the recognition and experience of our radical, empowering interconnectedness with all life." 2. OPEN YOUR HEART TO GAIA Step 1- Take a few moments to open to the beauty and fragility of our Home Planet and to admit to yourself how deeply you love this planet, how terribly sad you are about so much of what is going on right now and how very afraid you are of all that seems to wait for us in the near future. Step 2 - Hold a vision of the world you want to live in - the world you want to leave behind for the children born today, a world of justice and harmony and breathtaking beauty. Step 3 - Affirm your intention to do YOUR part to heal our home by holding it, and everyone in it, in love in all you think and say and do. Ask quietly "What is MY part today in bringing the Great Turning into full manifestation?" Step 4 - Trust that there is a Guiding Consciousness Of Infinite Love and Wisdom in and around you - permeating everything and everyone everywhere - that wants you to feel safe and be happy. Imagine that you invite this Consciousness to show you how to live fearlessly for peace and in peace today. Ask for its help. Then let it help guide what you think and say and do throughout the days that lie ahead... 3. GREAT TURNING GUIDELINES Come From Gratitude To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe--to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it--is a wonder beyond words. Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art. Furthermore, it is a privilege to be alive in this time when we can choose to take part in the self-healing of our world. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark This is a dark time, filled with suffering and uncertainty. Like living cells in a larger body, it is natural that we feel the trauma of our world. So don't be afraid of the anguish you feel, or the anger or fear, for these responses arise from the depth of your caring and the truth of your interconnectedness with all beings. To suffer with is the literal meaning of compassion. Dare To Vision Out of this darkness a new world can arise, not to be constructed by our minds so much as to emerge from our dreams. Even though we cannot see clearly how it's going to turn out, we are still called to let the future into our imagination. We will never be able to build what we have not first cherished in our hearts. Roll Up Your Sleeves Many people don't get involved in the Great Turning because there are so many different issues, which seem to compete with each other. Shall I expose 9/11 Truth, promote adherence to the Geneva Conventions or work on voting reform? The truth is that all aspects of the current crisis reflect the same mistake of setting ourselves apart and using others for our gain, the prevalence of deception and the betrayal of trust. So to heal one aspect helps the others to heal as well. Just find what you love to work on and take joy in that. No need to try to do it alone. Link up with others; you'll spark each others' ideas and sustain each others' energy. Act Your Age Since every particle in your body goes back to the first flaring forth of space and time, the 'Big Bang', you truly are as old as the universe. So when you are lobbying at your congressperson's office, visiting your local firehouse with a 9/11 DVD, debating on a call in show with a government shill about the Popular Mechanics article, or rallying the activists to get out there and make their presence known, you are doing that not out of some personal whim, but in the full authority of your 15 billion years of existence. Mother Earth needs us to stand up for her now to preserve our heritage and build our shared future. Her stewardship is our larger mission.