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Keeping Personal Energy Up As BP Oil Crisis Continues

This week’s call for content is "The BP Oil Crisis and What We Can All Do." In the face of this crisis that seems to drag on day after day, I think it’s important to re-center ourselves on what we can do and what is completely out of our control. As individuals with no knowledge of oil rigs, we don’t have the power to cap the oil well. We don’t have the power to turn back the clock and somehow prevent the gushing oil’s impact on the land, marine life, and the livelihoods of so many people along the Gulf Coast.

Because we don’t have control over any of that, we’re doing nothing more than wasting our energy when we keep our thoughts and angry feelings focused on issues totally out of our control. Instead, we can channel all that energy into what we can control.

Here are some options for how we can pour our intense emotions into something positive during this crisis:

1. We can make a donation to organizations working on cleanup efforts. (See Animals Caught in Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: How You Can Help.)

2. We can find volunteer opportunities through BP’s volunteer hotline: 1.866.448.5816 or through the federal government’s United We Serve site for volunteers. (Also see Volunteers recruited to help in oil spill threat.)

3. We can learn how to talk to our children and/or grandchildren about the crisis. (See The Big Oil Spill: Ranger Rick answers your questions.)
4. With our vote and our voices as U.S. citizens, we can support governmental efforts to keep this from ever happening again. (See Tighter regulations to follow Gulf oil spill.)

5. We can look for ways to reduce our own personal oil use. (See Reducing your oil use.)

From a spiritual perspective, people are also uniting in meditation, organizing prayer chains, and inviting people to join together in prayer at Oil Spill Prayer. Some people are also releasing their anger through music, art, or dance to be able to think more clearly about what they can do to help.






The Blessings of the Gulf Oil Spill

To best serve the Gulf of Mexico, ourselves, and our world, I encourage focusing and having faith in the power of divine love.  By focusing on bringing greater good  into manifestation, there can be a returning to the natural order that thrives and creates bounty. 
Dr. Masaru Emoto, a scientist from Japan who has done considerable research about the characteristics of water, recently issued a prayer for the Gulf of Mexico.  He suggested sending “the energy of love and gratitude to the waters and all living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings.”  Dr. Emoto proposes that by our holding the intention of peace towards water ― “by thinking, speaking and acting with the intention of peace toward water ― water can and will bring peace to our bodies and to the world.” 
We are creators, and we have the ability to be fully endowed and functioning as co-creators with God.  As co-creators, we can look for and claim the blessings for the situation in the Gulf.  I see the value in a simple and direct prayer that spontaneously comes from each person’s intention and willingness to ask for assistance through the consciousness that serves all regardless of the conditions and how they have been created.  Rather than focus on blame, we need to focus on what can be done to improve the situation even at the smallest seemingly insignificant level like a spoonful at a time.  There is an increase from the divine that rewards correct thoughts and actions so they can be inexplicably multiplied.  If a billion people removed a spoonful every second for an hour, that just might turn the tide.  Having the intention and the willingness to do something to help, a spoonful at a time, just might bring the ability to do it a million barrels an hour and then a million barrels a minute.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Some people have mentioned to me that perhaps our prayers may not be answered because what’s being requested isn’t for the highest good of all concerned. They have suggested that we simply choose to accept what’s happening in the Gulf.  While acceptance is a necessary first step, and the first law of Spirit, the situation calls for cooperation with what serves to keep the oil from going into the water, collect the oil already in the water, and clean the oil from whatever has been contaminated. 
Rather than choosing only to accept the conditions, let’s strive to contribute greater to the natural order that thrives. When our children are not well, we don’t leave them or the situation just at acceptance.  We strive to do whatever we can so they may be healthy and happy, which is their natural way of being once disturbance and disease are resolved. 
In any situation, we can choose to move past acceptance into fully cooperating with the conditions that are present and do our best to make them better.  This leads to greater understanding and reveals resolution and long-term solutions.  Not so long ago there were lakes and rivers choked by pollution so the wildlife could not survive.  Those same lakes and rivers have been cleaned and restored so the wildlife is again thriving.
There is no limit to the blessings that can become manifest other than what we can handle and more importantly what we choose to behold.  So let us consider that this is yet another time of testing, especially for all involved and affected by the conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.  How each person responds, regardless of the conditions, is what determines what will follow as an experience and the results that transform the disturbance to greater good.  Through our cooperation, we can choose and actively contribute to restoration and renewal of pristine conditions that make for thriving.    
When the earth has been upturned through upheaval and severe change, there is an opportunity to plant what is to be harvested. In this and every situation, find the seeds of what you want to become — within you, within others, and with God.  Envision what you want the situation to become.  To do so, remember to connect to the divine source first, through prayer and inner communion with each breath, with each thought, and with each action.  Let us trust that within the divine order is all that is needed not just to survive but to thrive.  What is needed is to be open to realizing what can replenish and resolve followed by doing what is needed to create what is needed for the blessings to become manifest.
Trust that this, too, shall pass and that a new day is at hand bringing new life thriving in beauty and grace.  Let what must pass go in peace so we may now look to that new day.  Let us choose to behold all the good that can come from the oil spilling into the Gulf and resolve to help with the blessings.
John Morton, D.S.S., is the author of the inspiring books, The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings: Meditations and Reflections on Life, God and Us.  Learn more about John at www.johnmortonministries.org.  Contact John at goto@johnmortonministries.org.

A Cry for Help from the Gulf of Mexico & What YOU Can Do

On June 19, I received via email this cry for help from Joann Griffin Kauffman, a Cajun woman who lives in a small shrimping town on the Gulf of Mexico:


Our town has had some very rough times from the Gulf oil spill since you came here for our Blessing of the Fleet and enjoyed our Family Fun Day. Our wonderful wildlife and seafood as well as our way of living are being rapidly destroyed. I fear there will no longer be future Blessing of the Boats as there will no longer be shrimp boats lining our Bayou Lafourche.

Our lovely brown pelicans that just were taken off the endangered species list last year are dying by the hundreds. Eggs & baby chicks are accidentally being smashed by untrained workers in the marsh. Google "gulf of mexico oil spill birds" and feel the pain. Remember the pelicans and seagulls you saw perched on docks and in the bayou in front of our church? They aren’t there anymore.

God Bless You.

One year ago, I had the honor of traveling the world for three months as Expedition Writer for Alexandra Cousteau’s Expedition: Blue Planet. Our agenda was to explore critical water issues, writing blogs and creating short films to highlight the fragility of our earth’s ecosystem and to suggest solutions.

The last stop on our tour was Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, where the Mississippi River drains 40% of America’s landmass into the Gulf of Mexico. At the time, our concern was that chemical fertilizers from industrial agriculture upstream were flowing downstream into the Gulf, where they were creating a Dead Zone over 8,000 square miles in size. Although the shrimpers were still able to fish the edges of this Dead Zone, in the coming years they’d be seeing a steep drop-off in their catch. A way of life that had sustained their community for generations was coming to an end. View the film we made here.

Our Expedition team was charmed by the warmth and joie de vivre of the Cajun people with their twangy Franco-American-Southern accents. They invited us to the annual Blessing of the Fleet celebration kicking off the shrimping season, followed by a lovely church BBQ and dancing. It was a highlight of our trip.

The tragedy is that now, the Dead Zone is irrelevant. What dominates the shrimpers’ minds today is the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As it spews 35-60,000 barrels of crude oil into the Gulf each day, the spill is killing local wildlife and marine life at an alarming rate, and potentially sending the shrimpers’ livelihoods to an early, watery grave.

Joann told me that the church is rallying local people to take action, calling for donations and volunteers to help with the clean up. But she asks that we get involved, too. This oil spill is not a Lafourche problem, a Gulf of Mexico problem, or even an American problem. It’s a global issue whose impact will be felt for decades worldwide.

The oil spill serves as a powerful metaphor for our relationship with our planet. We’ve acted so carelessly and selfishly that now we’re paying the price, spilling black muck all over ourselves. Each one of us owes it to our mother Earth to take action and help clean up our mess.

What You can Do To Help:

1) Donate money: Joann recommends the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund, dedicated to helping local families.

2) Volunteer: The Audubon Society is running a massive volunteer effort out of Moss Point, Mississippi.

3) Send your prayers and positive thoughts to the Gulf.

A friend recently pointed out that when most of us think of the oil spill, we are filled with anger and frustration, thereby directing negative energy towards the region (not what it needs!). Instead, we might make a conscious effort to send love, healing energy, and positive intentions to the Gulf’s residents, from the shrimpers and their families, to the pelicans, dolphins and fish, to the tiniest barnacles living on the ocean floor.

Try this: “I breathe in the fear and anger of the Gulf, I breathe out love and healing.”


The Surprising Stress the Oil Spill Has On Your Life

The BP oil spill has leaked into every American home which owns a TV and reads a newspaper, reminding us of personal memories that made us feel powerless as far back as childhood. The oil spill has awakened our old hurts with an ongoing and out-of-control cataclysm whose consequences are not even fully realized or fathomed.  We feel helpless, but not completely hopeless that the “experts” will rectify it. So far, it has become a roller coaster ride with solutions that have not panned out. Already stressed by job loss and environmental pollution, we are de-stabilized by this man-made disaster.

The oil spill presents the potential for a good parallel lesson when we get hit by an emotional spill in our personal lives. This is the time to reevaluate and rebuild when we or someone we love gets hit by a terminal illness, the loss of a home, job or marriage.

We have no choice but to accept the current devastation and do our best to learn from it, moving forward to rebuild more carefully and in greater awareness. We have to prepare and implement better warning systems – to see it coming. We can leave our narrow context and resolve to put back some goodness into our world from donating time, money or a smile.

There is opportunity for self-growth during adversity. Here are six questions to help you heal and turn your stress into strength.

* What have I learned from this painful situation?

* Can you release your holier-than-thou judgment- there is nothing to judge, only to learn and rectify. Use the energy of righteous anger to protect the earth and its inhabitants from corporate greed.

* Can you let go of what you resent doing in your life?

* Do you swim against the current exhausting yourself and getting nowhere or can you flow to where your heart leads you?

* Are you drowning in distractions, so busy and filled with responsibilities that you are not taking the time to breathe or enjoy your authentic life?

* Do you remember what makes your heart sing? Can you hum this song even if you have forgotten the words?


The BP Oil Spill Crisis: What Can We Do To Help? Your Online Resource on Intent.com

CitizenGlobal.Com is looking for videos, photos, music and other media you wish to submit as a prayer for the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Crisis. Submit your intentions, prayers, hopes and wishes in whatever media form here.

The BP Oil Crisis, one of the worst environmental disasters in recent history, is unfolding right before our eyes along the Gulf coast with no end in sight. Check out the following resources below from our Intent community to inform yourself and get inspired to take immediate action.

Educate Yourself:

What Happened On The BP Oil Rig? By Rex Weyler

Resources To Help: 

One Month After the Oil Spill, It’s Time To Act By James Boyce

Eight Actions For The Gulf and Beyond By Deepak Chopra

Six Simple Ways To Help the BP Oil Spill By Marissa Ross

7 Organizations You Can Financially Support Right Now To Help the Gulf Coast Recover From the BP Oil Crisis By Yumi Sakugawa

How You Can Volunteer To Clean Up The Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill By Tonic.com

Rethinking the Way We View the World: 

How Can We Help The People Affected By The Current Disaster On The Gulf? By Deepak Chpra

Planetary Wellness: A New Consciousness By Deepak Chopra

VIDEO: BP and the Girl Scout Law By Dr. Susan Corso

The Inner and Outer of the Gulf Oil Deluge: Questions and a Prayer By James O’Dea

Protect What You Love: Re-Define Your Health, Tend To Your Planet By Jonathan Ellerby

BP Oil Spill and the Future of the Gulf By Alexia Parks

The BP Oil Crisis: Business Leadership In A Crisis By Taz Tagore

Reducing Our Oil Consumption and Carbon Footprint:

A Few Easy Things To Reduce Our Oil Consumption! By Joe Clark

How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint By Causecast.org

Intent 101: Help Heal the Planet By Intent.com

How Can We Help the People Affected by the Current Disaster in the Gulf?

(Original post on LinkedIn can be seen here. Click here to see other people’s answers and join in on the ongoing discussion) 

How can we help the people affected by the current disaster in the Gulf?

Let us come together collectively to create more proactive solutions and innovations to prevent problems like this from happening again.

As the professional community, we are in the fantastic position of being able to creatively devise solutions to some of the world’s major challenges, and to allocate the resources necessary to turn theory into practice.

We need to draw attention and energy away from the finger pointing, and instead offer constructive ideas and suggestions for ways in which we can learn from the situations like those in the Gulf, and prevent them in the future.

I have also launched the LinkedIn Group “Collective Creativity” at http://chopra.linkedin.com. Cut & paste this link into your browser to join me there, and we’ll continue today’s discussion well into the future.

Please also feel free to visit http://deepakchopra.com.

TONIGHT ON MONDAY, JUNE 21 8PM – 10PM EST: Larry King Live to host 2 hour telethon ‘Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help’

Oil spill latest: Larry King Live to host 2 hour telethon ‘Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help’

Larry King announced on his show that this Monday, June 21, 2010 the second Larry King live telethon will be held in response to the oil spill crisis. The telethon ‘Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help’ will air live between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. ET and 5:00 to 7:00 PT. There will be three charities featured throughout the telethon: The United Way, The National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy. Each charitable organization focuses on a specific aspect of Gulf Coast recovery and restoration.

The United Way

The United Way provides resources for families affected by the oil spill disaster. Many families along the gulf Coast have lost their source of income and the United Way is on the ground providing immediate resources. Donations will be made to the Oil Spill Recovery Fund that provides assistance with everything from food and housing to rebuilding communities.

 The National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation focuses on saving wildlife and provides resources to assist in rehabilitating oiled birds and other wildlife as well as preserving essential Gulf coast nesting and breeding wetlands.

 The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy expands upon Gulf Coast restoration efforts through their Fund for Gulf Coast Restoration. Their efforts focus on the long term recovery and restoration of wetlands, marshes, oyster reefs, beaches and estuaries.

A number of celebrities have committed to the telethon, including Edward James Olmos who made the announcement live on Larry King.

Celebrities scheduled to appear include:

• Chelsea Handler
• Sting
• Tim McGraw
• Kathy Griffin
• Alyssa Milano
• Deepak Chopra



Planetary Wellness: A New Consciousness

Today on Monday June 21 from 8PM to 11PM EST on CNN, Larry King and The Nature Conservancy are hosting a live telethon with many celebrities (including our very own Deepak Chopra) to raise money for their 2-hour Gulf Coast Relief Telethon. RSVP on the Facebook event page for this live televised event here.

The concept of Spaceship Earth goes back to the visionary thinker Buckminster Fuller, and now is the time to pay heed to it. Spaceships carry a limited supply of food and water with them, and the crew must be disciplined about those limited reserves. It would be fatal to run short, but it would also be fatal to contaminate even a small portion of food and water. Because we haven’t seen Earth as our spaceship, we’ve lost all discipline. After centuries of human influence, there is contamination everywhere.

The toxic oil spill in the Gulf is heartbreaking and so massive that it cannot be overlooked. But thirty years ago the pioneering ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau reported that every square mile of the world’s oceans is covered with a thin film of oil. It’s barely visible, if at all, but it’s there. Because there are seemingly endless stretches of ocean — just as there seemed to be endless stretches of ice at the poles — human beings could afford to pretend that we aren’t living on a spaceship.

That time is at an end. Technology will eventually bring us an end to fossil fuels. Water diversion can bring drinking water to the overcrowded cities where clean, potable water is quickly running out (several in India, including Mumbai, are reaching the critical point). Genetic therapies may one day bring down cancer rates by more than a trifling amount. In other words, if you are an optimist, the hazards of climate change and overpopulation are waiting for solutions that will one day emerge, hopefully sooner than later.


But what kind of a solution is it to survive on a toxic planet? This is like telling a patient that he is well because he’s not about to die. We need to adopt a new kind of consciousness in which the wellness of Spaceship Earth is true wellness, not simply the absence of potentially fatal conditions. Right now, we face the potential for ecological disaster on many fronts, from the melting glaciers of the Himalayas that threaten to dislocate millions of refugees to the rising seas that could submerge the Maldives to dying coral reefs all over the globe.


Our choice is to stand back and passively let bad go to worse, or we could become active stewards of the planet. A new consciousness involves networking and group efforts. It involves political influence and the development of new leadership. But all activity begins in consciousness first; you must be aware enough to look reality in the face. We aren’t doing that except in fits and starts. Overwhelmed by bad news on the ecological front for more than a decade, all of us find it easier to shut down and tune out. But there’s another alternative: the invigorating, energizing call to action that leads to personal fulfillment and empowerment.


Six Simple Ways To Help The BP Oil Spill

With an estimated 25,000 – 30,000 barrels of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico everyday, it’s hard for anyone to sit back and not want to do SOMETHING. But what? For many of us, flying down there to volunteer is monetarily impossible but that doesn’t mean there aren’t simple things we can do to contribute and help.

1. Stay Informed

BP is doing their best to keep the status of the spill mostly under wraps, even going as far as banning journalists from taking pictures from the air. BP is also buying up search engine terms to redirect internet users to their website. Make sure to stay up to speed on what is happening and be careful what you’re reading, especially on the internet. Only read trusted news sources and forget about the $50 million ad campaign BP put out. Do your own investigating! 

2. Avoid BP Products

We all have seen how little BP seems to care about what has happened. One effective way to show our dissatisfaction with the way they have handled things is to avoid BP’s products. If all they seem to care about is the weight of their wallets, then we can put ours away. Stay away from Arco, Aral, AM/PM, Amoco, Casterol, Safeway Gas and Wild Bean Cafe until BP has amended the horrific catastrophe they have caused.

3. Donate Hair

Getting a new summer do? Doesn’t matter if it’s a quick trim or ten inches, donate your hair to Matter of Trust, an organization that is using hair to soak up the oil.

"You shampoo your hair because it gets greasy. Hair is very efficient at collecting oil out of the air, off surfaces like your skin and out of the water, even petroleum oil. Hair is adsorbant (as in "clings to" unlike absorbant which is to "soak up.") There are over 300,000 hair salons in the US and each collects about 1 pound of hair a day. Right now, most of that goes into the waste stream, but it should all be made into hairmats." Phil McCrory of Smartgrow.us, hairmat inventor and hair stylist.

Not only can your hair help, but also your pet’s! And if you aren’t a hairy pet owner, Matter of Trust can also use old fleece, nylons and feathers! Find out more at Matter of Trust’s website here.

4. Sign Petitions

Sometimes help is just a signature away. Check out these petitions that are making huge impacts:

5. Text

Tonight, Monday June 21, Larry King is hosting a telethon to help raise money for aid for the Gulf. From 7pm until approximately 2 am Tuesday morning, you can donate $10 to the following organizations by texting:

  • "UNITED" to 50555 for United Way
  • "COAST" to 50555 for The Nature Conservancy
  • "NWF" to 20222 for the National Wildlife Federation

You can also visit the United Way, The Nature Conservancy and The National Wildlife Federation‘s websites to make donations. 

6. Fundraise

Everyone wants to help out right now and are simply looking for ways to contribute so organize your own local fundraiser! It’s summer time so it’ll be easy to get people outdoors and get together to support a good cause. Have a bake sale or BBQ contest! Have a car wash or get your neighbors together for a group garage sale! Take the proceeds and donate it to the aid of the spill- here are 7 great organizations to consider too

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