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Temporary Hiatus

The Nobull Peace Prize is on a temporary hiatus. For the last year I’ve been working on a new place to live and moving with all the attendant disrupton that entails. There have been a couple of recipients in the last year but they were people in my immediate location who preferred privacy to having their names made public.

On top of that I’ve become enmeshed in actual reality rather than virtual once more. The Launch Pad, The Thayer Little Free Library and now The King of Hearts have or are occupying most of my creative attention. Not to worry, though. Nobull will become active once more… sometime. No bull!

Heart Welles

March 2016

I ‘discovered’ Rev. Bonnie Rose by somehow ending up at her blog, Holy Chit. (Chit is a Sanskrit term for Consciousness). God loves humor. Bonnie Rose does too. She sparkles. It makes spirituality fun rather than the lugubrious weight it is so often presented to be.

Rev. Bonnie Rose is the senior minister of Ventura Center for Spiritual Living provides spiritual tools to transform our personal lives and help make the world a better place. It is a spiritual community that honors all paths to God and can help you experience a personal relationship with God. When God is the focus of our spirituality, then other areas of our lives fall into place, we are happier, we can do more for others, be better stewards of the Earth, and we help bring peace and harmony to the world.

To begin with I was fascinated by the loving heart and humor in her writing. A recent one in particular caught my attention. It was entitled, “Forty Gifts in Forty Days” and began…

Once again, I did not want to follow God’s instructions.

It started a couple of weeks ago. It was time to consider how to create a good, prosperous year for myself and our Center. “Raise your IQ (inspiration quotient),” I said to myself. “Attend lots of seminars with great spiritual teachers. Travel. You need to stay inspired.”

Then God whispered.

“Bonnie – Don’t spend time and money on seminars. Make a radical change. Stay close to home and give something away every day. That will transform you more than any inspirational workshop.”

Please read the rest here… http://holychit.org/2016/02/forty-gifts-in-forty-days/

I thought it would be fun for Bonnie to receive a gift. I sent her a NoBull Peace Prize. She is filling the world with Love.

You can meet Rev. Rose here… http://venturacsl.org

I would suggest you might enjoy listening to her speak. I did. Here is a talk about the efficacy of prayer She is a great speaker and her points are simply and clearly made. The first seven minutes of the video are elements of the church service so if you want to skip ahead right to her talk…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ancph9xTjjU

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The second person to whom I sent my little gift of a NPP was Frank Huguenard. I’d like to let him introduce himself.

“Hi, my name is Frank.  Like everyone else, I’ve got a story but my story is not so important.  What is important is that however the chapters and verses of my journey have unfolded, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to take some of the lessons I’ve learned in this classroom we call life and disseminate that knowledge and wisdom in documentary films so that everyone can learn from them.

In the classical sense of the word, I’m a scientist. By this I mean to say that I’m someone who’s always had a thirst for knowledge and have questioned everything with a skeptical, but open mind.  The word science is derived from the Latin words scientia, which means ‘knowledge’ and scīre which means ‘to know’. Throughout my life, I’ve experienced first-hand several instances of pre-cognition and telepathy that have proven to me that the worldview that we’ve been taught in our schools about the nature of reality is at best, incomplete, and at worst, completely wrong.  Modern Science has evolved over the past few hundred years to totally deny us our spirituality and as a result, our planet is undergoing catastrophic changes.  As a consequence, we need to take immediate action in the form of a major course correction that alters Modern Science to include consciousness as a fundamental component of our collective reality.

So over the past 20 years or so, I’ve embarked on something that I like to call spiritualology, which is the research, examination, interpretation, distillation and subsequent re-synthesis of science, religion, spirituality, philosophy, psychology, anthropology into a new model that can use to possibly explain and understand our spiritual existence.  My goal is to be part of the evolution of human consciousness that is happening on the planet right now by helping people to become aware of, nurture and ultimately evolve their own consciousness.

Frank is creating a series of movies that present one of the greatest events of our time, the approaching merge between science and spirituality. His latest release, The Physics of the Soul is a thoughtful and hopeful for those of us who hope those using their minds discover their hearts. It features Dr. Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of “The Biology of Belief” (among other works); Dr. Norm Shealy, M.D., author “90 Days to Self-Health”; Dr. Stuart R. Hameroff, M.D., Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies; Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., President Emeritus Institute of Noetic Sciences; William Tiller, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus Stanford University; Lynne McTaggart, author “The Field”; Dr. Larry Dossey, M.D., author “One Mind” and Gary Zukav, author “The Heart of the Soul” among the interviews.

You can go here to see the trailer and rent to watch or obtain copies of The Physics of the Soul as well as finding out about Frank’s three previous films on consciousness, Beyond Reason, Beyond Belief and Beyond Me

http://www.beyondmefilm.com/index.php/home

Heart Welles

January 2016

As my understanding of Love’s dynamic power increases I’m discovering people who are changing the world by the nature of their own day-to-day activities. Just focusing on Love makes one a conduit for that energy to be more available for others even if they aren’t in our immediate circle because it is adding to a field of energy. That helps us all… as that old rising tide and floating boats cliché suggests.

I have been able to meet several of these Love generators recently and am beginning the New Year by recognizing two people who have a profound effect on their local communities but who don’t seek the spotlight of public acclaim.

Suzanne Morrow is a new acquaintance although we have been rural neighbors for a long time. In our community she is well known and highly regarded everyone whose lives she has touched. From the stories I’ve heard she deserves the encomium of Healer. She helps create relationships by performing marriages. She heals relationships when they are foundering with common sense advice earned from a lifetime of extraordinary experience filtered through a framework of spiritual awareness.

Each month the women in our area are invited to partake of a lightly ceremonial teepee gathering to share a period of spiritual calm during which each can share her joys or be emotionally supported in times of difficulty. Several times a year the gathering includes men. The amount of support Suzanne provides simply by giving her undivided attention to other people is astounding but there’s another facet of her creative life that captivates my attention.

I love creative disciplines that center on the heart. Every morning Suzanne uses meditation to become open to that infinite well of creative potential within. From that heartfelt space of inner quiet a new poem emerges each day to be crafted as a reflection of the moment. That is a wonderful task in my view. You see each and every day Love flows through her creative intent. This is truly “Creating a World With Love. Here is one of her poems for you…

I know that I have no idea of how this life will unfold
Each year presents another story, a tale that can be told
Another spoke upon this wheel that’s rolling me through my time
Another opportunity to capture it all in rhyme
But it’s the empty space within the hub that lets the wheel roll
The place we integrate it all, that place where we become whole
Somehow knowing that I do NOT know is what brings me insight
It leads me to the stillness where I reflect my inner light
It’s that light that travels outward to the road that I then walk
The place we then meet one another, the place we talk our talk
It is in that heart felt greeting that will lead us deeper still
To the heart of all that matters where we each can drink our fill

Poetry that rhymes; what a concept!

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Dennis is homeless. Do you really understand how difficult that life is? Most people in those circumstances try and escape the difficulty of existence with various chemical escapes from reality. Honestly that is completely understandable. I don’t blame them. However against that general backdrop Dennis is a rare gem. He tries and generally succeeds at keeping his focus on Love.

Somewhere along his life’s journey he learned how to make flutes by reading a how-to and applying the lessons. I probably first paid attention to him because of the music. Then I was drawn into his world by the stories. They all really focus on the power of love at a true grass-roots level. For example…

One day the County Sheriff (not a deputy but the Sheriff) stopped to listen to Dennis play one of his flutes. He had passed by before without recognition but on this day the music caught his attention. After a while, before moving along, he sort of sighed and said he wished he could pipe that music into the jail. Dennis was gratefully surprised and told him how wonderful it was that someone who had the difficult job of dealing with the worst of humanity still had the heart to wish better for them.

On a number of occasions Dennis has consciously directed his music at people on the street in the midst of disputes or conflicts and been able to change the energy of the scene by his addition. Then too he discovers and shares inspiring stories of regular people’s goodness that would otherwise escape our attention because they would not necessarily be publicized.

One of those stories he recounted was an exchange with a young mother whose daughter had started to climb a tree nearby. Rather than stopping her, the mother encouraged the activity. Dennis had done some rock climbing in is life and chimed in with a few practical tips on the skill of safe climbing. It turned out the family was home schooling and this was just one more serendipitous lesson in a youngster’s life. While the daughter climbed the two adults chatted and provided encouragement. The temporary joyous bond among the three was capped when the mother and daughter returned a little later in the day with the gift of a brand new pair of warm gloves.

Dennis’ stories are wonderful. His spirit is lifted far above his current station in life. If you run into him it will be a blessing. You can discover a little piece of media attention. There is an audio file of his flute music with the story.

Monterey County Now story

Unknown Welles

November 2015

I took a break from the Nobull Peace Prize during November and December of 2015. Through the first year of the project I have given or tried to give away 37 of the 100 cloisonné awards that I had made. I suspect the results were probably very good considering I had no idea what I was doing at the start. Eighteen of those first recipients replied with expressions of thanks to let me know they enjoyed the awards, sometimes extremely so. That made it worthwhile to continue.

For some a little package arrived out of the blue at exactly the right moment to help cheer their lives with the simple acknowledgement that someone appreciated their efforts. Some appreciated the silliness. All in all it was a very successful first year and yet…

The NPP project is just one of a series of digital projects. For the last eighteen years I’ve been immersed in the digital world and loved it, particularly the graphics aspect. I’ve designed every word and pixel of the Chutzaph Galleries and various Theoretics Institute sites. However I can feel that digital interest is coming to an end. Although virtual reality can and does affect actual reality my fascination with it is diminishing. In the next year I’ll be working to create Theoretics Institute in actual Reality. The Fantasy stage is nearly complete.

This means the Nobull awards will change a bit. The timing may become a bit less regular for a while as I spend less time on the computer. Then too, I wish to have a much higher ‘hit to miss’ ratio. That requires refining my selection process. Love, expressions from the heart, will be the sole criterion. Let’s see how it goes.

Heart Welles

October 2015

Every month is a new adventure of discovery when I send out the Nobull Peace Prizes. This month I’ve chosen three people who are discovering values and principles in their lives and sharing those with the world. I find each of them inspiring.

I first became aware of Ben Hewitt when I ran into his article “We Don’t Need No Education” published in Outside Magazine. I think I stood up and cheered as I continued to read right beneath the title, “At least not of the traditional, compulsory, watch-the-clock-until-the-bell-rings kind. As a growing movement of unschoolers believe, a steady diet of standardized testing and indoor inactivity is choking the creativity right out of our kids. The alternative: set ’em free.”

A bit later in the article he says, “There’s a name for the kind of education Fin and Rye are getting. It’s called unschooling, though Penny and I have never been fond of the term. But ‘self-directed, adult-facilitated life learning in the context of their own unique interests’ doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, so unschooling it is.”

I’d never heard of the term unschooling before but instantly recognized the reality of the educational model. When we are engaged by our fascination with the earth and culture around us, natural curiosity makes play out of learning. We inhale knowledge because it is drawn to fill the context of the need to be the active creators of our lives. We love doing. I was one of those who rejected ‘mandatory education’ while being indoctrinated that it was freedom. That’s oxymoronic. I had to learn to pursue my own areas of interest generally without parental or social support.

Ben and Penny’s children get to learn with the support system of nature, their parents, friends and neighbors and the Internet when necessary. That brings me to another point. The family unit of self-sustaining humans is the foundation of any healthy civilization. The Hewitt family exemplifies this independence, strength of character and spiritual well-being in their lives. Healthy independence is the ground upon which our greater societal interdependence must be built.

Ben also happens to be a fine writer who shares practical tips and philosophical musings about creating a nourishing homestead for body, mind and spirit. Please visit his web site and buy one of his books, perhaps “The Nourishing Homestead” or “Home Grown” directly from him. Here’s where you go…

http://benhewitt.net/buy-a-book/

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Millie Mestril has recently made a huge splash on my spiritual event horizon, so to speak. She creates a blog of essays, poetry and graphic images with brief thoughts that I think of as sight-bytes of wisdom. On the about page of her blog she says, “Friends and family suggested that I start a blog to add my daily inspirations, essays or poetry. With much anxiety at first and a zest to venture out of my comfort zone, I decided to create this blog. I am writing from the mountains of Western North Carolina, 20 miles east of Asheville. My best friend and I bought a small motel in Gerton, NC in hopes to turn it into a retreat center for all who wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of their lives. Our place is called Peaceful Quest Retreats.

http://www.peacefulquestretreats.com

I first discovered Millie’s writing last spring when I read “Finding Faith”. My internal lyricist was captivated by these opening lines.

“Lately I’ve been feeling like I am on the Bipolar Expressway and most of the exits loop around Crazy Town. So I mindfully begin my mornings with an hour of prayer and/or meditation. I cannot miss a day or I begin to feel ungrounded.”

She segued from that evocative introduction to a spiritual perspective that rang with the clarion call of Truth earned through experience. I was entranced and began to read everything she offered on her site, “Moments With Millie”. There you can discover a whole series of essays rooted in personal experience that led to profound realizations. In sharing these Millie is casting a light on those aspects our mutual spiritual paths that deserve regular bursts of illumination.

To appreciate some of Millie’s other artistry you really need to take fifteen seconds to read this exquisite gem of poem, “Humanness”. Then look at this sight-byte, Purpose of Your Life. If you find yourself as entranced as I you can purchase a collection of her blog posts entitled, “A Soul’s Peaceful Quest: Lessons from the Path”.

Once again please visit Millie’s blog, Moments With Millie, here…

http://momentswithmillie.me

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Q. When is a writer about values and truth not a spiritual teacher?
A. When his teaching is unselfconsciously practical and his name is David Cain.

I’ve linked many of David’s essays in my Theoretics Forum. Some of them admittedly may initially seem like preaching to the choir when my glance is superficial. Every time I ponder his point of view I discover it is original and fascinating. Take, for example, the essay entitled, “All You Need Is Love, Seriously” You might jump to a clichéd assumption and you’d be wrong. Here’s a one paragraph tease. After proclaiming some embarrassment over the aged truism coined by John Lennon, David suggests.

“Love is all about creating more well-being with your actions. I gave one example of this in “How to Be a Good Stranger“. It’s a nearly-perfect technique for handling grating encounters with strangers, such as when you’re trapped behind a slowly-moving person on a sidewalk. The moment you notice you’re feeling ill will towards a stranger, decide that you will help this person if they need it. Whatever annoyance they’re creating for you, decide that if this person trips and falls, you’ll help them up. If they look lost, you’ll offer directions. If someone harasses them, you’ll step in.”

See what I mean? David’s take on reality is always different enough to keep me open for something new. Often I learn and adopt his point of view for my own. I never thought like that before and suddenly I have a whole new practical strategy for living. In fact that echoes David’s description of his work. The tag line of his blog is “Getting Better at Being Human”. His description of the work is “Raptitude is a street-level look at the human experience. I write about what school never taught us: how to improve your quality of life in real-time.”

Let me give you one more example of my enthusiasm for his work. I learned an entirely new skill from his essay “A Brief Guide to Recreational Time Travel”. No matter what you might imagine just from that title, the chance that you could begin to guess the profound concept buried within its paragraphs is vanishingly small. I’m not even going to try and tell you what I learned. Just go read it. Yep the title just above is a link.

Droning on and on about various essays such as “Your Life is Always Just Beginning” or “What inner peace actually is” might turn some off and inadvertently be a disservice to a marvelously original thinker and writer. So please go to Raptitude and see if you aren’t as keen as I about David’s work. Then subscribe to his email list so you don’t miss out.

http://www.raptitude.com

Unknown Welles

September 2015

My life has been in a bit of an upheaval for the last couple of months. These periods are part and parcel of living a spiritual life as best one can. They herald the emergence of experiences that allow me a deeper relationship with the Universe. For some time now I’ve held the notion (partially validated by experience) that all spirit and mind is transmitted by and through persons. They are much greater beings than human of course. Nevertheless they are each unique personalities. I feel certain that I live in a personal universe from The Creator on down.

Just recently I’ve been beset with the notion that I should learn to consciously recognize the feminine Co-Creator of the local universe in which I find myself. This is an exciting direction for me to expand my horizons. As I pondered this possibility the work of certain members of the Teaching Mission, an extension of the Urantia Revelations, suddenly became the focus of my attention. My current spiritual goal has found support in the works of three individuals to whom I’ve sent Nobull Prizes this month.

Donna D’Ingillo was a member of a Urantia Book study group in 1992 when she had the experience of being contacted by beings who gave to her and through her teachings about the nature of existence and our participation in it. To me they feel similar to the Divine quality of the Urantia papers. Many of her T/R (Transmission/Receiver) sessions have been with Michael, the Creator Son of our Local Universe and his feminine co-creator who is sometimes referred to as Nebadonia.

(Before I go on with this month’s awards I should like to add parenthetically that I’m not advocating a belief system exactly. It is just that this is how I’m learning to interpret the universe in which I live. Whatever works for you…)

With that disclaimer out of the way Donna’s work is best understood within the conceptual framework provided by the Urantia Book. Her work in T/R was a significant addition to the Teaching Mission. Additionally she provides lessons about learning that particular spiritual skill. Her work now is helping to resolve the blocks in both individuals and our world’s emotional patterns that prevent people from accessing their own Divine connections. Doing so allows us to flourish as we begin to explore our nigh infinite creative potentials. I think you can find great assistance in her book, Teach Us To Love.

http://www.ctrforchristcon.org/books–recordings.html

Here is Donna’s home page. Please rummage around for there is a great deal of wonderful work available to you.

http://www.ctrforchristcon.org

If you are interested in the change of consciousness occurring on this planet I’d suggest reading this…

http://www.ctrforchristcon.org/planetary-awakening–healing-of-human-consciousness.html

Finally here is an interview Donna did with Alfred Lambremont Webre. I would suggest the whole interview is worth your time to listen but two moments may be of particular interest starting at 11:20 Donna describes her experience of becoming a T/R. Then I was fascinated by her description of the Mother Spirit and her works that begins about 1:09:50.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noZLSeKwVMo

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Byron Belitsos is an author, publisher and poet who has done this world a great service in helping to document and spread the awareness of both the Urantia Revelations and how they have been extended through personal experience via The Teaching Mission and the Correcting time. You can find a good number of interviews with Byron on YouTube for he is one of the best presenters of the UB perspective I’ve encountered.

What makes his interviews and writing so special is that he has an extremely facile and open mind. His ability to embrace truth by heart resonance results in his progressively growing concept of the Universe that he shares freely with anyone. His point of view isn’t limited by dogmatic interpretation of text but embraces experience to integrate concept into reality. If you want a prefect example of that assertion just watch this YouTube discussion with Alfred Lambremont Webre who has one of the most all-encompassing points of view on the nature of our current reality that I’ve ever encountered. (Alfred is so far out sometimes that he leaves me feeling like a rube.)

Byron Belitsos: The end of the Lucifer rebellion and the coming of the Avatar of our Age

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ0JUWQbu4c

For my particular interest at this time I found this on his web site called Evolving Souls.

I Am in the Realm of Pure Spontaneity (Mother Spirit Speaks)

http://evolving-souls.org/sample-lesson-from-mother-spirit/

Here is Byron’s publishing page for Origin Press…

http://www.originpress.com

Here is an excellent bio…

http://www.teachingmissionnetwork.com/contact-list/byron-belitsos.html

Finally here is an article that describes the cultural milieu that allowed for the sudden capacity of some people to receive further teaching of the type provided last century by the Urantia folks.

Unfolding the Cultural Matrix of Revelation by Byron Belitsos

http://originpress.org/reviews/essay-1-rf

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Jerry Lane learned about the T/R phenomena in a Urantia study group with Donna D’Ingillo. She provided him with the basic information about how the T/R skill is developed and he took it from there. I was attracted to his work because his second book is entitled The Adventure of Being Human II: Mother Spirit Speaks. It was exactly what I was searching for.

As revealed in The Urantia Book, Mother Spirit is the majestic source of the Holy Spirit and of life itself, and she is the creator of the vast angelic host who minister to us every day of our lives. Jerry’s book provides a selection of her teachings from many years of Mother’s “live” transmission sessions in a humble living room in Mill Valley, California, along with rich supporting materials. These unprecedented instructions on the art of soulful living render the spiritual import of the The Urantia Book more accessible than ever before.

I can’t really tell you how important this work has been to me. It is the current rung of the ladder of my own personal spiritual ladder. Let me provide a couple of excerpts that I found particularly valuable.

“My adjutant mind-spirits combine with what you know of as the mind functions of your physical brain; they assist you with your personality-to-body connection. At this stage of your existence you are dependent upon your physical brain functions for basic consciousness. Then, whenever you are conscious, I myself— and the Infinite Spirit through me— we are an integral part of all your mental processes, right from the most fundamental of brain functioning.

The primary function of all mind, even from the lowest animals on up, is one of quick association, tying together all the separate elements of your physical being and sensory perceptions into a single perceived reality.”

You see I’ve held the idea for years that mind itself a process of the physical existence being a receiver of spiritual components so that quote reinforced my particular viewpoint with the Universe. Our viewpoints are the conceptual foundations from which our actions are built.

“And so, my children, we can say that your soul is the fullness within the outlines of your memories.”

Wow. Is that evocative!

“We hope feelings of deep humility may give pause to any judgmental feelings you may have for one another, clear across this world of yours. You have that wonderful saying: “Walk a mile in your brother’s shoes before you begin to judge him.” But the more profound humility I am speaking of points up the impossibility of doing even that. This is what we mean when we say you are small walking infinities to each other. The unique personalities you have are creations of God, and this very uniqueness— plus the diverse ways your life conditions affect each of you in this uniqueness— makes you somewhat impenetrable and incomprehensible to each other.”

OK enough already. If those strike a resonant chord within you go here…

http://evolving-souls.org/motherspiritspeaks/

Perhaps watch the beautiful promo video here…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk183iemV3o

If you have further interest my favorite interview with Jerry is found in this YouTube discussion: Mother Spirit Speaks – Jerry Lane (The justBernard Show)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk183iemV3o

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Do It Yourself!

In the Odds and Ends blog post I mentioned The August Experiment. It was simple. I had a brief but lovely exchange with a young (I’m guessing) woman named Debra Anderson. She mentioned looking through this site for a store to purchase Nobull items to give to deserving people. There is none of course but I was struck by a small inspiration. We agreed that she would give away three prizes and write entries for the Award Recipients page to be used both here and on her blog (it is a work in progress). I’m very enthusiastic about this collaboration. In a sense it is experimental, but isn’t life? You will be hearing from Debra shortly. She has been incredibly busy this last month putting all of this together. My attitude is that creative efforts aren’t to be rushed.

Because of Debra I’ve become enamored of the idea of having other people give Nobull Peace Prizes to people of their choice. Those who wish to select recipients would have to get in touch with me to begin the process. There only obligation would be to write a brief piece describing who they chose and why, with perhaps a small story of the process.

I’m enthusiastic about this strategy of distribution (three a month is still the target number) because the liklihood of an extremely positive event increases when there is some personal involvement. So far about 40% of my efforts have been wildly successful, striking just the right chord at the right time in people’s lives. Another !0% were OK and about half recieved no response. Meh. If other people give to NPPs those of their acquaintance the success rate will approach 100%. Success is when action of giving creates a jolt of surprise and pleasure in the hearts of recipients who realize that someone prizes their effort to add Love into the world.

If you would like to participate in this effort by choosing a recipient, delivering the prize through the mail or in person and then writing an account of who and why, please use the thinly disguised email address on the contact page to get in touch with me.

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A Different Perspective

The most recent (and probably the last) element added to the Nobull Peace Prize project was the creation of 7″ embroidery patches. Because the original prizes were designed to fit in the Priority Mail boxes for shipping these didn’t fit. I decided to mail them separately to those recipients who took the time to express some degree of appreciation for this quixotic little undertaking.

My idea was that they might be sewn on jackets and in time create sort of a whimsical ‘geezer gang’. JP Novic just sent me a picture of her jacket. I’m incredibly amused. I’ve never seen or thought of the orientation she had the seamstress sew the embroidery on her jacket. It expands the meaning of the logo in a delightful way.

JPJacket

Thanks, JP!

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Odds and Ends

Courage

As I considered the work of Dane Wigington last month ideas about courage kept popping into my mind. They appeared as little individual elements rather than a connected narrative.

Courage is a quality one exhibits when the motivator of action is the heart.

Courage is drawn from us by circumstance far more often than voluntary choice.

Courage not to do war is far greater than the physical courage exhibited in war for it goes against the indoctrination of thousands of years.

Courage is being the change when the world needs to change.

Courage’s close companion is uncertainty.

Feedback

I received a lovely bit of feedback from Joe Martino who wrote:

A Big Thanks!

Hey Welles,

I received your package a few days ago and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I just wasn’t expecting such a thing and it was such a kind and loving thing to receive especially during a time where I have been working too hard (my own fault) and was having a tough time appreciating my own work. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to do this and for all the previous awards you’ve sent out to other amazing people. It’s very meaningful and inspiring.

I shared the news with some of my friends on social media, here’s my Facebook post about it.:

“The other day I got this in the mail and to be honest it hit me pretty hard. The idea that someone took the time to do this and share what they shared just hit me hard. The care and love involved in just appreciating someone you don’t know was so touching.

Lately things have been really busy in my life and our team has grown so much so fast that trying to keep up with all of it became really tough. I’m supposed to be “the boss” the manager and get my hands dirty in the workand while that was possible with a small team it’s insane with a big team. For me, trying to appreciate my own work has always been tough as I’m naturally very hard on myself but at the same time it has created a block in me being able to consistently appreciate those who get very close to me.. like our team.

This gift literally snuck up on me and basically hit me in the perfect spot during a time when I was working on changing the way I see my own work and express myself to the team. The timing could not have been any more perfect!

Thanks to Welles B. Goodrich for taking the time to put this together and share it with me. It’s greatly appreciated and it’s been a perfect token to further growth in myself which will surely pass onto others as well. You’re changing the world.

It’s an interesting thing to note when some people can be so loving towards others and their efforts while others can be the complete opposite. Why is it that we’ll always have “haters?” That statement simply shouldn’t exist.”

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203897422869904&set=a.1151618404581.24640.1651260252&type=1&theater

Again thanks soo much! It has probably made an impact that I can’t even convey entirely via this email as it triggered something interesting within myself that I’m sure will expand outwards to others. Anywho, thanks again and I will be hanging this in my office 🙂

I hope you have an awesome day!

Much love
Joe

The August Experiment

My favorite Earthly task is creating beauty. My preferred medium is woodwork. Three months ago I was given the key to a wonderful workshop (both metal and wood) and given permission to create whatever I wished. I chose to finish a project that started in 1975. At the time I didn’t have the slightest idea what was to come.

I lived alone in a beautiful location. My nearest neighbor was a few miles away. Horses had run wild since the old couple who had owned them died thirty years before my tenure. It was as close to the old west as I could imagine. My stay included experiences like being snowed in for three weeks and a forest fire stopping within a hundred yards of my cabin. My closest acquaintance was a huge rattlesnake who kept the ground squirrels out of the garden. We would sun ourselves in close proximity together on a regular basis.

Even there my need to create beauty was a driving passion so with just a home-made 18″ clamp, a coping saw, a rasp and some sandpaper I managed to create a 3′ diameter puzzle sun out of redwood and pine. It took months. I sanded my fingers into a bloody mess. When I left there I took that sculpture as my one memento of a grand adventure. In 1979 I had an excellent wood shop of my own in Palo Alto where I place the sun in a sculpted pine cloud to use as a headboard for a bed. There the project languished and I had given up on ever finishing it until the recent gift of a wonderful shop to use.

What, you might wonder, does this have to do with Nobull? Well my focus has been so narrow for the last three months that I almost just let my self-appointed August distribution slide. In late July I was having twinges of guilt but the bed project was all consuming. Then I had a Nobull message from someone whose name will be withheld for the moment. It was simply this:

Unknown
In Light and Love,

I responded with a thank you for that little email struck a chord in my heart. This resulted in an exchange that led us to trying an experiment. I’ve sent her three Nobull prize packages for August and asked her to choose recipients and tell us their stories.
She will receive them in a day or so. Let’s see what happens!

Oh the bed? Here is a picture when it was first assembled although there were a couple of tine details still to finish.

The Launch Pad ~ ‘A Bed to Die For’

Unknown Welles

August 2015

STOP THE PRESSES!

OK that is a bit hysterical. This little alert is just to let you know that the Nobull Prizes for August have yet to be awarded. Life has conspired to slow down the process but presented a new avenue to explore. It may be great fun. Lets see what happens.

Three months ago I was given a key and carte blanche usage of a wonderful wood/metal shop. I chose to finish a creation that began in 1975. In the last month I have been completely focused on it, ignoring everything else as the completion approached. Just as a feeling of guilt about ignoring Nobull was descending, a new possibility suddenly appeared. Heh heh. I’m going to leave this message as a tease with the exception of one picture of that nearly finished project that constitutes my excuse. I’ll be adding a blog post today or tomorrow that will catch up on some Odds and Ends.

The Launch Pad ~ ‘A Bed to Die For’

Unknown Welles

ROLL THE PRESSES!

This month was a bit different. As I said, I was intensely involved in physical work and only focus on one thing at a time. However the good news is that I have chosen on recipient and am in the midst of an experiment that I believe will be wildly successful. I describe what has been going on behind the scenes and offer an opportunity in the new blog post, Do It Yourself! Meanwhile it seems that only one NPP will be given out this August but we are on track for September.

Cheri Bianchini has provided both emotional and practical support for thousands of people in her lifetime. You know how there are Lifetime Achievement Awards given out by various institutions? Well she deserves one but she only gets a Halflifetime Achievement Award because she isn’t through yet by a long shot.

At one time in her life Cheri was a Nurse Manager at the Stanford Medical Center. She left that vital post for love and the desire to create her own business, The Healthy Way. That effort has helped thousands of people with knowledge and counseling on nutrition and weight loss matters. While information is important I would suggest that Cheri’s indefatigable upbeat enthusiasm is a palpable force that strengthens the resolve of all with whom she comes into contact.

Along the way she has written a column, collected some of her articles in a book, “Good Hearted Guidance, The Healthy Way”, created a yearly fashion show to benefit the Hospice Program and more. Cheri has become involved in the Hospice program where her emotional support and deep understanding of the grief process is immensely valuable.

But that isn’t why Cheri is getting a Nobull Peace Prize. I have a personal reason. You see she is my neighbor and good friend. I’ve been the direct recipient of her support. When I started the languishing project The Next Testament (it will come alive soon, I promise) Cheri was the first to offer a personal story from one of the most difficult times in her life. Without her community involvement in our little rural neighborhood I never would have been able to create The Nobull Peace Prize or The Launch Pad nor would I have been introduced to the Hospice movement.

I am extremely grateful and fortunate to have had her support.

You can meet Cheri here…

https://www.thehealthyway.us/about-us/founder-staff/

… and access many of her articles here…

https://www.thehealthyway.us/category/articles/

Unknown Welles B Goodrich

July 2015

Courage is a quality of spirit that potentially exists within each of us. It is drawn from us during our lives when circumstance demand we step forward to be counted and we respond. It is a quality of the heart. Dane Wigington is one of those courageous souls who expected to find his happiness as the steward of a beautiful swath of this earth. It was not to be.

Constant aerial spraying by persons unknown of substances unknown began degrading the living environment of his dreams. He responded with painstaking research and has become perhaps the most important voice in the world trying to make people look at an unpalatable truth. Hidden military agendas, secret government and industry programs were effectively at war with the earth. Dominating weather for military purposes was one thrust. There were many layers of motivations by various players but the end result was an insane attempt to dominate the earth. The fact of the matter is geoengineering is killing it.

Dane’s mission is simply to expose the truth of this reality before it is too late. Governmental authorities are no help for they are in denial or collusion with the agenda. An awakened population is the only way change can be demanded. I can imagine no more courageous action than Dane’s. He is working for all our futures.

Please visit Geoengineering.org here…

http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org

If this is a new subject to you Dane made an excellent introductory film entitled Geoengineering, A Clear And Present Danger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv0Ko2OU4Ec

Joe Martino’s brief bio says “After leaving college, he changed paths, and focused on learning about what people felt needed to be transformed in our world. Through that, Collective Evolution was born. CE is an organization for people who want to change the world; it’s for people who are looking for something beyond everyday life.”

The Mission Statement of CE has this to say, “We (CE) believe in creating change by thinking outside the box. We aim to challenge the current status quo by shaking up how we currently think about the world. We encourage and inspire each other to take action with the goal of bringing to life a bright future for us all. Positive and heartfelt journalism is a big part of what we do.

Living sustainably, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, creating a relationship with oneself and shaping a better world together are all things we encourage. We value balance in our world, which means examining all aspects of our lives. We report on news, health, science, technology and an accessible, non-new-agey brand of spirituality.

A grassroots organization created in 2009, CE is now one of the world’s most popular alternative media, production, and community outlets that gives readers an opportunity to reshape their everyday way of thinking. CE’s content ranges from full-length articles, to videos, to live events, all of which share one common goal: to raise awareness about how our world functions, and to encourage conscious change that moves beyond it.”

An excellent introduction to the man who is the driving force of Collective Evolution is the video, How To Change Your Life (TEDxTC) – Joe Martino.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHAJwIQOJJk

One of Joe’s earlier articles stuck in my mind because it is of such practical value in the realm of pragmatic spiritual growth.

Why We Get Mad When Others Challenge What We Believe In — by Joe Martino

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/10/10/why-we-get-mad-when-others-challenge-what-we-believe-in/

Finally have you ever heard of Tapping? I hadn’t. Joe introduced me to it with an insistence that demanded my attention. It is fascinating. Thanks, Joe.

Tapping: The Self-Help Technique That Can Truly Change Your Life (Video) — by Joe Martino

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/02/02/tapping-the-self-help-technique-that-can-truly-change-your-life-video/

Charles Eisenstein is an author and speaker. He is one of my favorite spiritual thinkers, not in the sense of spiritual practices, but getting though the outer layers of a subject to the heart of the matter. Hmmm his skill is hard to define. Perhaps you should experience it. Here’s a brilliant article that looks at the problems of the world with a different perspective added.

Synchronicity, Myth, and the New World Order

http://charleseisenstein.net/synchronicity-myth-and-the-new-world-order/

While there is no denying the magnitude of the problems we face when viewed in a certain enlightening spirit we can see that even the most egregious perpetrators are trapped in an inertial field of their own fears and expectations. They are victims of the larger story even as we are participants in that same story.

Another personal fascination of mine is the relationship we all have with money. Charles addresses the subject in his book Sacred Economics. Here’s part of the pitch…

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme—but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.

This book is about how the money system will have to change—and is already changing—to embody this transition. A broadly integrated synthesis of theory, policy, and practice, Sacred Economics explores avant-garde concepts of the New Economics, including negative-interest currencies, local currencies, resource-based economics, gift economies, and the restoration of the commons.”

We need to create new systems to replace the old. Thoughts from the heart are required to help discover those new arrangements. Charles is a leader in this regard. Please do go and watch the short movie about Sacred Economics here…

http://sacred-economics.com/film/

I should add that if money really is impossible for you to spare you can still read the book online for free. He has made it available for those of us who are poorer here… (but please buy the book if you can afford it.)

http://sacred-economics.com/read-online/

You know I can’t begin to touch on all Charles’ articles I’ve read and movies I’ve watched so let me just provide you with links to two sites that will allow you to access great volume of his work.

http://charleseisenstein.net

http://charleseisenstein.net/the-new-and-ancient-story/

Unknown Welles B Goodrich

June 2015

JP Novic loves animals. That isn’t quite expressive enough. JP Loves animals. That’s better. Every rural home in which she has lived has become a sanctuary for all sorts of creatures. Many are just stopping briefly before finding new homes. Some are hurt, some abandoned, some are old but all of them need the Love and support she offers.

Her commitment found a larger opportunity for expression in 1992 when a group of people very involved in animal protection and animal rights created CAPE.  JP told me, “We decided to build an organization that would include rescue, advocacy, and sanctuary for animals of all species.  All of the people who founded the organization remain on our board of directors and are very involved in the organization in a variety of ways.”

As the Executive Director, one of JP’s primary task is to run the CAPE Sanctuary located in Grass Valley, CA (with lots of volunteer help of course). Recently their support has been extended to burros. “CAPE’s first burro rescue was Jackson who arrived at the sanctuary in May of 2013. Jackson was found trying to join a herd of horses cared for by an elderly woman.  The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) and the Platero Project helped to rescue Jackson and worked closely with CAPE in providing him a forever home.  Watch the video below to see Jackson being welcomed to the CAPE Animal Sanctuary.” The two stars of this video are JP and Jackson.

http://www.capeanimals.org/#!jackson-sponsor/c1oyj

Here is a video about CAPE’s history narrated by JP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_IjEolwx7w&feature=youtu.be

Kimberly Carter Gamble and Foster Gamble are the creators of the movie Thrive and The Thrive Movement. Their work originates in Foster’s life-long quest to discover what it will take for human beings to thrive on planet earth. His point of view is simply that a thriving world is based on integrity, individual freedom and voluntary cooperation. Those are Fosters words lifted from his introductory video found on The Thrive Movement web site.

His studies range from the material world through the intellectual to the spiritual. They aren’t intellectual abstractions for he has discovered convincing evidence through experience to give substance to his viewpoints. Some of them may cause us discomfort because they demand we stretch the limits of our horizons to accept their possibilities.

Any avenue for real change must include both a clear-sighted view of reality as it is, an analysis of how it came into existence and possible practical directions for change. These perspectives were shared and embellished through the creative drive of Kimberly as she co-wrote and produced the movie Thrive. It stimulated an outpouring of creative energy from inspired viewers that is the foundation of The Thrive Movement as an organization.

Foster and Kimberly are working to build a world of Love. Part of their effort is learning how to share uncomfortable truths with people who prefer the security of familiar illusions. The experience they are gaining about how to organize many different points of view into a cohesive group for action is very important as I look at the skills needed to create change. We are living in a time when massive change is no longer optional. The direction of the change is vital.

To meet with the Gamble’s all you need to do is go to the Thrive Movement web site where you can be introduced via a large number of videos. Each addresses a subject of importance to their world view. In one of my favorite videos they share the knowledge they have gained about presenting points of view concerning uncomfortable aspects of reality while mitigating the emotional impact that might cause automatic rejection by people unfamiliar with the subject matter.

How To Share Difficult Information With Friends Without Losing Friendships

http://www.thrivemovement.com/how-share-difficult-information-without-losing-friendships.blog

Another interview that I find compelling was one Kimberly did with Ross Pittman of Conscious Life News. It was about the necessity to stop chemtrails. To me the most riveting part of the interview came about 34 minutes in as Kimberly describes what she has learned about organizing many disparate points of view into a cohesive group capable of coordinated action. Her concepts are so simple and realistic they will be embedded in our future social organizations. You can listen to that interview here…

http://www.thrivemovement.com/stopping-chemtrails-conscious-life-news-interview-with-thrive-producer-kimberly-carter-gamble

Unknown Welles B Goodrich

Two Wishes

At the beginning of the Nobull Peace Prize project I was very unsure of the response that this well intended but slightly goofy project might find. When facing the unknown it is pretty normal to make plans that are more hope than substance. Hopes are the medium of wishes.

The value of planning varies in different circumstances. Plans for material creations can be loosely held as visualizations or rigidly held as blueprints. Both of those can be carried out to great degrees of success (success being defined as the result was anticipated). Things are very different when the intent of your action has social and spiritual consequences. You just can’t be sure of the real results. In those cases plans are the preparation that allows you to respond to reality as well as possible. They almost never happen as conceived but something else will. Preparation allows you to see opportunity when it passes by.

This month I had two of my wishes realized. The first was that someone else would begin to help choose the Nobull recipients. That would be easier for me and it would be more fun to see where the NPPs ended up. It was also the first step toward my hope that by the time the first 100 prizes were awarded the project would take on a life of its own simply because people liked it. The first step toward that was realized as Mimi Peleg chose two of this month’s recipients.

Mimi is a friend of a friend. When we first met she embraced the idea of the NPP immediately and suggested that she knew two local women who were unsung angels to kids in need. It took me a week or two to realize that the cosmos had provided an opportunity to which I should respond. Because I accepted her lead I got my second wish, which was to be able to deliver the prize in person. It was wonderful.

Mimi made all the arrangements for our visit. Jackie Russell and Gina Navaroli were waiting to give us a tour of their workplace and were admittedly excited by the whole prospect of winning an award. You know how often reality doesn’t live up to the excitement of our anticipation? I can honestly say that the actual prize lived up to their imagined expectations. It was a wonderful moment. Thanks, Mimi.

On another note Alexis Brooks was kind enough to include a beautiful thank you in her monthly news letter, Higher Journeys News-N-Muse. From that page you can subscribe to the newsletter by clicking on the ‘Subscribe’ button in the upper left corner.

On yet another note my new favorite person, Terri St. Cloud just posted a lovely thank you on her blog. I’ve been awarded an honorary pronoun! Yay.

Signature Heart Welles B Goodrich

May 2015

When Mimi heard the story of the Nobull Peace Prize she immediately said there were two women who should receive them right here in Santa Cruz. They are Jackie Russell and Gina Navaroli, known by the thousands of students they have helped over the years (and the hundreds of thousands they have fed) as The Lunch Ladies.

In addition to being Child Nutrition Specialists they have been running a program in the cafeteria for resource and special needs kids. The kids are given the opportunity to work in the kitchen and acquire skills that can allow them to find employment after high school. Some of the them come from emigrant families. Some are autistic. Some have social difficulties. The program provides an opportunity for kids that don’t quite fit in to have a group with whom they can learn and grow. They flourish because of this unusual opportunity.

The kids are given a grade and other special perks in this program set up as a special class. Some of the students have gone on to work or Pizza My Heart (a venerable Santa Cruz institution) and other local restaurants. Most of them find a sense of belonging simply because Jackie and Gina listen to them. They are expert listeners to the stories of boyfriend, girlfriend, school and home issues that their students are confronting. All of the kitchen staff participate in the program and allow Jackie and Gina more time to work with each individual on a personal basis. They even found funding for one of the students to be paid as a part time worker and hope to expand the program.

One staff member calls them Social Workers. They teach skills and nurture students facing personal difficulties in addition to making about 1,500 lunches a day for the local school system. Gina and Jackie are Love in action by my reckoning. The work that they are doing isn’t often recognized publically although they have recently been honored with an award from the WorkAbility Department of the school district.

You can visit with Jackie Russell here and with Gina Navaroli here.

My sister comes up with all kinds of interesting stuff from her wandering around the internet. One Sunday morning she sent me this link…

http://bonesigharts.blogspot.com/2015/04/stumbling-into-brilliance.html

Why don’t you go ahead and read it. I’ll wait.

My heart lifted as I tried to chuckle, snort and laugh all at the same time. Who is this, I wondered? Well the answer is Terri St. Cloud. I’d never heard of Terri so it was time for some research. In her BlogSpot profile was a link to Bone Sigh Arts. It’s a business of healing with beauty, truth and humor.

Further rummaging around and I found in one of those little profile Q&As that her favorite thing was laughter. On another her interests were listed as “walking, pondering, reading, figuring out how i work…” I was becoming convinced that here was a kindred spirit. The deal was clinched when I read this bit in her archived bio

“i wrote and did watercolors to go with the words. and i walked an awful lot. i walked and thought and cried and talked to the universe. i asked over and over to be shown what i should do. and somehow i felt guided into doing the bone sighs. i honestly feel they are a gift from the universe. and i want to honor them that way. so, i made a promise to myself and the universe…that i would listen to my heart in all actions related to the bone sighs. little did i know that that would teach me to listen to my heart in all other areas of my life too.

even the name, “bone sigh arts” was a gift. since i felt that the work was beyond me in some way, i decided to ask for a name. to put it out to the universe. i meditated on a name. asked for it. and i received “bone sigh arts.” this is my favorite, favorite part of the whole story: when i got up from the meditation, i was not impressed at all with this name choice! i got up, looked up towards the sky and said “uh. is that the best you could do?!”

I cracked up. I also understood exactly why Bone Sighs are so special. Terri’s shift key is broken.

You can ‘meet’ Terri here and here.

Unknown Welles B Goodrich

Simple Pleasures

I’ve always liked simple actions designed to add a bit of color, delight and whimsy to our world and have been creating projects with that goal in mind for a very long time. To be honest it isn’t very often that there is any feedback to indicate the attempts have been successful (or not). Imagining the possibility of adding a moment of delight into someone’s life has always had to be good enough. After a while you get used to taking it on faith that there is some value to your actions. High hopes and low expectatons are the two fundamental attitudes required in attempting happiness exploits.

When a goal of surprise goodness actually works it approaches wonderful. Responsive feedback is still sufficiently unusual that it is a treasure. I like to share one of the treasures of this project provided by Vicki Howie and Ross Pittman.

CLN Editors & Host Receive ‘Nobull Peace Prize’
http://consciouslifenews.com/cln-editors-host-receive-bull-peace-prize/1183214/

Thanks Vicki and Ross. You’ve made my month.

Onward… next month already has a couple of new twists added to the Nobull project. Someone else nominated two of the recipients. Not only that but I’ll be able to deliver those in person with her assistance. Thanks Mimi!

Tune in next month…

Signature Heart Welles B Goodrich