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Oct 19, 2023·edited Oct 20, 2023Author

NOTE TO ALL (10/19/23)-- I've modified a few parts of this post slightly to be very clear that I believe in the right of Israeli people to be protected and safe, and that I obviously (!!) pray for the return of hostages held by Hamas, and that I know I am limited in what I know, and surely will have said something wrong (as has been pointed out to me elsewhere). Obviously I'm no expert, I'm emotional, I'm in shock and grief like so many people, and I think it's possible to be anti Hamas and anti tactics of the IDF at the same time. Forgive my naivete, in all the places I'm sure it shows, but I do stand by what I feel x

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Oct 19, 2023Liked by Sylvia V. Linsteadt

Sylvia, into the Wound you pour your prayers, your peace, your heart. And in so doing, you make a small space for us, too, to sit and pray and grieve and hope. This is why we need our artists: to not look away, or at least to look and breathe, and then to make something beautiful. This writing from you today, and Graham Pardun’s wonderful poem, ‘Talitha, Koum’, are healing and powerful. Thank you.

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Thank you 🙏🏽

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I'm very grateful for your post, and for the audio prayer. I found it yesterday as I came home from rehearsing for a non-traditional Swedish *Lucia* concert, re-imagined in the context of current world events. Thank you for taking the time to so generously share your thoughts and feelings, and your longing for peace.

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I think I speak for everyone here in that we you know to be a person with a heart bursting for both the natural world and the people inside of it. I don't think you could write anything offensive because what you write beams with the radiance of the sun and the illumination of the moon. Also, I wasn't sure where to send this, but I implore you to read Octavio Paz's poem Piedra de Sol -- it's about the cycle of Venus :) I thought of your book and people looking at Her with different eyes, during different times, as I read it for the first time recently.

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Nov 5, 2023Liked by Sylvia V. Linsteadt

Daughter of Morning Star Woman and the Living Waters. Lady of the White Petals, thank you remembering, for calling us back to remember.

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Amen. May it be so.

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Oct 19, 2023Liked by Sylvia V. Linsteadt

The best way to avoid retaliation may be to avoid attacking your neighbors in the first place.

We've weakened the UN drastically in recent decades, why?

We refuse to reduce our dependence on outside sources for that which we find indispensable.

Why?

We have a 50-year perspective on something that is tens of centuries old.

* The best way to avoid retaliation is to avoid attacking your neighbors in the first place.

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Oct 19, 2023Liked by Sylvia V. Linsteadt

Thank you for finding the words. 🙏❤️

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Oct 19, 2023Liked by Sylvia V. Linsteadt

Thank you Sylvia. Hearing your words in your spoken prayer are a balm to my soul during this horrible time. I will carry that energy with me throughout the day. I am working on a post right now about how to move forward in these shaky times, what can we actually DO when we can't do anything so I appreciated reading this right now❤

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Oct 19, 2023Liked by Sylvia V. Linsteadt

Thank you, Sylvia 🫀

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Thank you, Sylvia.

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Sylvia, if you have a moment and the space for it, I would love another way to find the words of Gabor Maté that you referenced. YouTube seems to have blocked the video due to a copyright issue :/

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All of together can act like human beings who have souls. Choosing to act like senseless beings, with no sense of cause and effect or of history, leads us into tribalism whereby we dismember all that it is to be human. May pity, mercy, love and peace activate our souls!

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Oct 19, 2023Liked by Sylvia V. Linsteadt

Thank you.

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Listening to/with you beginning today, January 28, 2024. Thank you for this prayer/meditation gift! Your strong intentions for peace with/in and throughout the whole of earth...joining you, from the Lands of Duwamish/Coast Salish shores (Seattle). Hail Mary-Mother!

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