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Why the World Loves New York

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NEW DELHI — I remember so well the first time I visited New York. I was 13, and though I had been to America once before, New York had deliberately been kept from me. The name alone conjured an adult world of glamour and excitement, the mythic New York of the 1980s: Andy Warhol and Studio 54. “It’s not a place for children,” my mother said firmly.

And my God, was she right! Within moments of our arrival in Manhattan, the gay pride parade started. It was not then the tame, corporate affair it is now. It was a bacchanal. There were not one, but two parades, and we were swept up — myself, my mother and her friend, a longtime New Yorker — in the unofficial one heading down Fifth Avenue. It was a roistering river of humanity, half in leather, half nude. Unruly regiments, hair blue, pink and green, went past, covered in glitter, tattoos and fairy dust.

For a sheltered teenager from India, who had never so much as seen an exposed breast in real life, let alone a set of pierced genitals, it was all deeply shocking, and deeply exhilarating. It was 1994. The AIDS epidemic raged and gay rights were a distant dream; the parade was full of the spirit of revolution.

I did not know at the time that I would later return to the city for the very same freedoms that were being fought for in the street that day. What I do know is that the Delhi prude in me died that June afternoon. I watched my mother’s friend, a tall statuesque woman, stride casually into a restroom. When a big, burly man tried to point out that it was the men’s toilet, she said, “So? This is New York!”

It’s hard not to think of that time now. Most of the eight people killed in the terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday were foreigners visiting New York. One group, especially — five friends from Argentina celebrating the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation — had been planning their trip for years. They were part of a great unorganized commonwealth of people, out in the world, whose imagination New York has captured. It is heartbreaking to think that those for whom the dream of New York is most alluring should be the victims of so vivid a nightmare.

I now live for part of the year in New York. My husband is here, and the city is my adoptive home. We who are fortunate enough to complain of delayed trains, traffic and astronomical rent often forget the power of the city as a symbol in the world beyond. I lived for years, on the outside, hankering after New York. I had spent one magical year here after college, living as a lodger in the Bowery loft of the feminist writer Kate Millet. I was here for the great blackout of 2003, when people poured joyously into the streets, and underwear parties broke out in bars.

In youth, it is easy to mistake New York as a sphere of license. But, as I got older, the city acquired a deeper meaning. I was here when my father, a politician in Pakistan, was the victim of a terrorist attack, killed in 2011 by his own bodyguard for defending a Christian woman accused of blasphemy. The next day, a cold January morning, I trudged past the small hillocks of begrimed ice that had formed on the curb, and bought a copy of this newspaper at a deli at Avenue A and Third Street. A picture of my father’s killer was on the front page.

I left New York a day later and did not return for years.

But, all the time that I was away, the city came more and more to seem like a sanctuary. The freedoms that had seemed superficial turned out to have a more profound meaning: New York was where I would return when a populist demagogue took power in India. New York was where I would marry, and live freely, with a tall white man from Tennessee. New York was where I would feel insulated when a populist demagogue took power in America.

The Austrian writer Stefan Zweig was in New York a hundred years ago, as his own world of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was on the eve of ruin. He saw “foaming cascades of light in Times Square” and marveled at the city’s “captivating nocturnal beauty.” One thing that struck Zweig, a Jew who would die by his own hand in 1942 as Nazi night fell over Europe, was this: “No one asked about my nationality, my religion, my origin,” he wrote in his memoir. “But there was work waiting for people to do it, and that was all that counted.”

This is the New York that endures, and this is the New York that was attacked on a bright blue Halloween afternoon.

Aatish Taseer (@aatishtaseer) is a contributing opinion writer and the author, most recently, of the novel “The Way Things Were.”

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10 Reasons Why You Should Never Give Up

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1. HEAVEN Has A Plan For You

You were brought into this world for a divine reason. You have been placed here on earth by Heaven to help others and to learn about your life’s purpose. Before you were even born, Heaven mapped out a plan for you that you are meant to fulfill. All the people you have met, the challenges you have faced, and the opportunity that has come has been selected for you to learn grow and experience life to the fullest.

2. You Are Never Alone

As you walk through life, know that you are never alone. Walking silently next to you are your Angels, Spirit Guide, and Loved ones that have passed on. They are your support team in Heaven, encouraging you to take the next step and to keep pushing forward no matter what. They believe in you, and will send you signs along the way to remind you that they are nearby. You can talk to them at any time and they will be there ready to listen. Do you feel their presence?

3. You are being shown a learning experience by Heaven.

Each challenge you are faced with is meant to be a learning experience designed for you to overcome, and to help you grow stronger. Know that Heaven would never let you take on something that you cannot handle. If Heaven leads you to it, Heaven will lead you through it. At the end of the day, it’s the struggles, challenges and life lessons that shape who we are, and teach us the most about life. Look at some of the challenges that you are being faced with. What can you do to grow and move past them? How can you change your life for the better? Heaven will often ‘test’ us by leading us through the same situation or challenge over and over and over again until we decide to change. Once you do, your whole life becomes so much easier, and positive energy and opportunity starts to flow in.

4. After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Heaven wants you to know that there is light even in the darkest of places. Nothing is ever permanent. Life is constant and ever changing. Even death is not permanent instead it is a transition that takes us to the paradise where our family awaits us. Know that no matter how challenging a situation might seem now, in the end, it will all make sense to you and is all part of your soul’s evolution. Take a moment to think about the past, and how the challenges of yesterday created a better tomorrow. That is Heavens reasoning, your eyes are being opened to the future so that you can grow, prosper, and be happy.

5. New opportunity awaits you.

There is enough room in the universe for everyone. Stay motivated and keep your eye on the future. Opportunity is all around you, and it is never too late to take control of your life or to pursue new opportunity. Think of each day as a gift that you have been given with new surprises to unlock. Heaven wants to remind you that whatever you put your mind to, you can accomplish. Thoughts are actually waves of energy that can manifest and attract what you are thinking of. That being said; keep your thoughts positive and your intuition set for the future. Let Heaven and the universe direct you to the steps to start your next chapter. It is unwritten and waiting for you!

6. You are growing spiritually

The more you learn, the more you grow. The more time you spend here on earth, the more you learn about yourself. You learn about your strengths that will help you and your weaknesses that you can improve upon for the better. Spirituality is about being the best person that you can be while getting back in touch with your soul. If you are feeling out of control or off balance, dig deep into your spirituality. You can use your faith as a crutch to lean on and spend time reconnecting with nature and the outdoors. Take a moment to open your door and look around. All the things you see the birds, the bees, the trees, the floors were placed here for you to enjoy and take advantage of. Heaven placed these things here to remind you of all the beauty life has to offer.

7. You are discovering a new support system.

As you move through life, you will meet new people who will help you along your life’s journey. Some will walk with you and help you, and others will be pulled to fulfill their own destiny. Keep walking forward and know that Heaven will provide to you the people who will help you. Sometimes people leave our life so that others can come in and lead us the rest of the way. Know in your heart that Heaven will provide you the best path to take. Listen to the advice of others and the guidance that they are giving you. The hardest thing is trying to do everything yourself, know that it’s okay to have a support system and let others in. Sometimes it’s when we let our guard down that everything just seems to get better.

8. You are stronger than you think you are.

If you have made it this far, you can make it the rest of the way! Sometimes life gets tough but its how you pick yourself up and carry on that is the real blessing. You have been given the strength that you need to move forward from any situation. No matter how hard or challenging a situation may seem, take a moment to remind yourself that you are strong. When life gets overwhelming go back to the drawing board and create a life’s plan. Make a promise to yourself that you will put yourself first and do whatever it takes to find happiness. In Heaven’s eyes you are the most important person in this world. When you feel you have come to a crossroad, ask Heaven and your Angels to lead you the rest of the way.

9. You have the power to manifest.

Heaven is listening to your thoughts, needs and desires. They want you to be happy, to achieve greatness, and find peace. The journey to happiness and success begins with a strong mindset and determination. When you make up your mind and put all your intention on something, Heaven and the Universe pays attention and will help you. Heaven will lead you to the steps to take but it’s up to you to go where you are being lead without fear. Each night before you go to bed, tell your Angels and the Universe what you want to achieve, or what you want in life. This is part of the ‘Law of Attraction’ and it will help your soul on the journey of fulfilling your dreams!

10. The future is much brighter than you think.

There is always something good that comes out of each day, even the days you may think are bad. Always choose to look for the silver lining. When you reach the other side, everything you have been through will all be explained, and you will see Heavens divine reason. Their message to you is never give up. Put your hand over your heart and feel your heart beating. The beating you feel is your life’s purpose and Heaven reassuring you that there is a reason you are alive. Live fearlessly through each day, and know that the future is BRIGHT! Forgive often, laugh loud and smile, that is the key to Happiness!

To evolve spiritually is your earthly task, it always has been

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08/25/2017 by John Smallman

Within the human collective there is enormous creative ability which will be put forward in service to heal the damage to humanity, all life forms, and the planet herself. These restorative procedures, which are long overdue, are now being initiated in many parts of the world as realization dawns and intensifies that you can no longer use and abuse the Earth and her inhabitants and expect to survive. Of course your survival is never in question because you are divine creations enfolded in the LOVE That Is All That Exists for all eternity. However, as humans on Earth, you must learn to live in harmony with all that is present in the earthly environment and put that learning into practice or you will self-destruct at that level.

Your divinely planned awakening from the illusion into Reality is by way of a pleasant dream in which there is no lack, pain, or suffering of any kind, it is akin to a state of Heaven on Earth where you further develop your spiritual awareness and abilities in order to prepare you for your full awakening back into the divine Presence which you have never left, but which you chose to become unaware of so that you could experience the sense or feeling of separation from Source.

Collectively you are now ready to discard that experience and return to awareness of your true and eternal nature. Nevertheless, there is quite a large number of humans, in positions of apparent power, prestige, and influence, who do not wish to release their tight hold on their illusory state of importance. They live to command significance and praise from others, an illusory state of respect and honor, that can be coerced from those they imagine are subservient beings whose purpose, as they see it, is to glorify them. Some refer to these people as the “cabal,” but in fact they are not one wealthy and influential group of people, they are a mixed bag of self-centered and egotistical individuals who only cooperate together when it seems to them that it best serves their joint interests, at other times they will happily destroy each other.

The time for the games that these ones are playing is over. Nevertheless, they will not cease their unpleasant and deceitful activities so long as they believe that they can maintain or improve their positions of power and influence. But their apparent power is fading away, despite the news reports of immense corruption in many places on the planet. It was but the power that the majority of humans had given away at various stages in their lives and which they are now reclaiming.

Only your own power can be used against you! Collectively humanity has chosen to reclaim its power because it has come to see very clearly that to give it away in the hope that someone more able, more intelligent, or wiser than themselves will protect them and keep them safe from whatever they are afraid of does not work, never has worked, and is basically a refusal to take personal responsibility for their own lives. Your individual lives are your own personal responsibility, and there is no way you can evade or escape that basic truth. Many attempt to do so by playing the role of victim or by joining an authoritative and hierarchical organization which will direct them with rules and commands that they have to obey, or suffer negative assessments which damage their reputations and can lead to punishment.

Social organizations of various kinds are sensible and useful when designed and run with the best interests of all members as their purpose for existence. When that purpose is no longer present they need either to change drastically in order to be of continuing service, or they need to be disbanded. In the business world this often happens, and although there it is driven purely by the profit motive, the ideas developed there can generate new ways of thought that can be used more widely, not just in the arena in which they were born.

New ideas are arising all across the world as the intense need for change becomes ever more apparent to all of humanity. Many of these ideas would have been considered insane only two or three years ago when most chose not to address or dwell on issues either of a personal nature or of a global nature that needed attention. The willingness to be distracted from your true life purpose by activities that demand your total attention is collapsing because those unaddressed issues have become too vociferous to ignore any longer.

The main issue is letting go of judgment. Judgment has been endemic within humanity for eons and has caused immense pain and suffering for all. Now awareness is growing rapidly that the intense felt need to judge is fear-driven and has to be released if you are to bring peaceful resolution to all the issues and problems with which life as a human presents you.

You chose a human incarnation to avail of the extremely evolutionary learning experiences that would be presented to you, and then, as you grew from infancy to adulthood, your egos and their opinions became of overriding interest, encouraging you to compare yourselves to others and judge the apparent differences you observed between yourselves – ethnic, racial, color, gender, religious, political, philosophical – as faults, errors, and even criminal states, that YOU needed to correct in THEM, and by force if persuasion failed. When everyone determinedly chooses to believe themselves to be right and chooses to see others as wrong or misguided the result is a state of general distrust that can and very often does lead to conflict.

Over the last few decades a growing awareness of the damage that occurs when firmly ingrained opinions and a sense of righteousness are used to judge others has developed, and this is allowing and encouraging many to make essential changes in their attitudes and behaviors. The resultant tolerance of differing beliefs and life styles is having a remarkable effect all across the world. Yes, in some places it appears to be causing increased conflict, but this is due to the fear that arises when established attitudes and behaviors are seen to be unfair and divisive, and those with positions of influence and authority refuse to consider the possibility of change. But change cannot be prevented, and those who resist will be either side-lined or swept aside.

This truly is an age of change, of GREAT change. It is also an age filled with challenges for you all, and you knew this when you chose to be human at this moment in Earth’s evolutionary journey. To evolve spiritually is your earthly task, it always has been, but that evolution had been moving forward only very slowly until the 15th century of the current era. From that point it started to accelerate, and your increasingly modern technologies acted as a catalyst, so that now, although those modern technologies enabled enormous damage to be done to the planet and to all the life forms it supports, they can and will be used to bring about an undreamt of spiritual evolution due to the instant and worldwide communication abilities that all now have available to them.

Deceit and secrecy can no longer hide from you the vast corruption that those in positions of power have engaged in for so long. Presently there is an ongoing and severe backlash against the abuse of power in every part of the world, but there is also a growing awareness that this apparent power is unreal. It can only operate if people comply with its demands, and more and more people are refusing to accept it and cooperate with it. Awareness is also growing that it cannot be overthrown by violent means, which is what has happened again and again through the ages, because that just changes the faction that is in power, leaving everyone beholden, as before, to those who would control and use them.

Initially it seemed that life on Earth was a constant struggle for survival as the sense of separation from Source filled all with fear, leading to distrust that was then validated as people fought with those who appeared to be different – those from a different tribe, region, or belief system. Once a belief in enemies became established then there was a need for defence systems to be established to protect against them, even by preemptive action. And it is that fear that has led to so much ongoing suffering all over the world for countless eons.

With the recent rapid acceleration of your spiritual evolution, which is but a choice and a decision to release all that appears to separate you from your true nature, Love, it is now quite clear to the vast majority that harmonious discussion, willing cooperation, and the use of modern technology of every kind will enable you to resolve, on a global scale, the issues and problems that have seemingly divided you into opposing warring factions for so long, and at every level of human society. This awareness is a major breakthrough that will encourage all to seek and find, very easily, non-violent means of problem solving.

Your true nature is Love, because Love is your Source, and that is unchanging. You have attempted to live without It, and that attempt has been a dismal failure, so now you are ready to open your hearts once more to allow Love to flow through you and connect you beautifully and harmoniously in a wonderful and stunning embrace that welcomes all and excludes no one. Therefore, be loving and only loving, regardless of the situations in which you find yourselves, and awaken to the endless peace and joy that this brings you.

With so very much love, Saul.

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The Role and Destiny of a Lightworker

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In Earth’s ascension, there will be sudden changes of nature, destruction of social basis, pandemic viral diseases, and spiritual Armageddon. The real reason of these disasters and events is just to awaken mankind’s consciousness in the closing phase of material civilizations.

Heaven could collapse this material civilization easily and quickly in a day just like the case of Lemuria or Atlantis in the past. But in this time, it will not be the case. This time Earth’s ascension program is to awaken the consciousness of mankind who will live in new Heaven and Earth, and is to go together with awakened mankind.

The sooner mankind’s consciousness is awakened through lots of disasters and ordeals, the more the pains will be reduced. However at present level of mankind’s consciousness, the level of pains which should be coped with and suffered is unimaginable.

The persons who fulfill secretly Heaven’s military operations are called ‘the lightworkers’ or ‘the light-warriors’. Heaven’s military operations are being carried out successfully, as no one knows it and as no one else is aware of it. The lightworkers do not know whether they are the lightworkers or not, whether they have the roles of Light or roles of Darkness.

The lightworkers are not fractions of particular religion nor special persons, but ordinary persons who will fulfill their missions and roles unwittingly as if a clock rings alarms when the time comes, following their inner feelings or being driven like chased rabbits.

As a big ship is made by assembling numerous blocks, all lightworkers have their own individual puzzle piece. Each lightworker can’t know the whole picture, nor need to know it. They are under the perfect control. The secret military operations will be like this. Each lightworker has one’s own mission and role, and this correspond to individual puzzle piece. The total number of these puzzle pieces is 144,000 around the world, and the great project of Earth’s ascension will be completed by assembling 144,000 puzzle pieces into one completed puzzle.

Assembling of individual puzzle piece will progress according to the programs which the lightworkers had promised with Heaven before their births on Earth, regardless of their cosmic positions. To perform their missions and roles, lightworkers don’t die and can’t die without any reasons. They have no choice but to fulfill their missions and roles without knowing the reasons, with sealed memories. This is the destiny of lightworker.

The conception that the role of Light is good and the role of Darkness is bad just comes from very flat views. As best dramas or movies must need excellent villains, spiritual wars are just like tragic play which are too detailed and realistic, and have lots of sorrows and pains. Even though the ending is happy, the process will be very sorrowful and painful as if no one can bear to see it. This tragic drama is actually the great cosmic epic.

The lightworkers have nothing but their own missions and roles. For 2.5 million years long, they have been in the center of human history and also kings and heroes in so many wars and conflicts, with sometimes strengthening the material matrix and sometimes solidifying the Darkness matrix in the name of human right, ideal society, love and other justifications.

The lightworkers of 144,000 have led the stages of material matrix in order to help the learning and spiritual evolution of the white-, silver-, pink-, and yellow-colored spirit-souls, as interchanging roles of inflictor and victim, Light and Darkness.

The lightworkers have more complicated karmas and causal relations than ordinary people, so they must resolve karmas more heavily and intensively in this time before Earth’s ascension. In this context, most lightworkers could not live as their own wills and have lived hard lives. Most of their life stories are miserable and can’t be explained with any theory.

The lightworkers of 144,000 are beings whose position is high in universe, and have been participating in Earth’s ascension project directed by the Creator. They came here, not with bare hands but with bearing each one’s own Cosmic Cross (cosmic karma). They have spread the cosmic karmas on this experimental planet.

The persons who have the destiny of solving and harvesting the cosmic karmas which have been implanted on Earth are just the lightworkers of 144,000. “As a man sows, so he shall reap.” This is the law of universe. The lightworkers must solve the cosmic karmas and open the 7th cycle of new universe on this Earth. These are missions and roles imposed on lightworkers.

The lightworkers have been dispatched into this Earth as cosmic soldiers, as chief operating and executive officers of the great universe, with bearing each one’s own Cosmic Cross. So, anyone could not become the lightworker. The lightworker is not the position which could be achieved by efforts. It is not to be quitted nor to quit.

The program that summarizes and evaluates all the lives for 2.5 million years on Earth is just the weight of life and the Cosmic Cross which all the lightworkers bear. The lightworkers can’t escape from Heaven, can’t give up their roles and missions, and can’t die until they complete their jobs. These are their programs and destinies.

To open new Heaven, new Earth and new Universe, it’s inevitable that great social turbulence and spiritual confusions follow the destruction of material matrix.

To open the spiritual civilization, mankind must experience the thick and deep darkness. To realize how precious each beings are to each other, mankind should come back to the oneness-consciousness, passing through survival circumstances of fierce and struggle.

The religious concepts and customs – which had been created by needs of human being, contaminated and corrupted – should be corrected. To enlighten Disposition of Heaven righteously, it is inevitable that both material civilization and religious paradigm – which lie at the summit in darkness-matrix – should be destroyed.

Mankind bestowed personality to God. Since then, God became such being that get angry, judge human, and feel jealous of human. God has fallen into the level of mankind’s eye. And the spirit of mankind was devastated. Mankind must experience that all discourses about God were wrong, and then should overcome the despairs followed by.

For all these, Heaven prepared Armageddon of spiritual war. Mankind should pass through the time of great tribulations and confusions which are full of pains and sorrows, just when the religion-matrix is destroyed.

But, it will be quite tough for mankind to accept Heaven’s truth and the cosmic truth. It’s because mankind are tend to believe what they want to believe, to hear what they want to hear, to say what they want to say, to think that they are always right and reasonable, to judge clear between right and wrong or between others and me, and to know just what they see is all of the world.

Heaven will spread out the cosmic truths hidden for 2.5 million years long on the ground in its own way. The tuning of Heaven will start to convert the shapes of Gods and Heavens – as various and numerous as the number of people – into its original shape. Mankind will encounter the very bare face of Heaven.

It can’t be this! It can’t be this!
I can’t believe that! I can’t believe that!

It couldn’t be that! It couldn’t be that! Mankind will be crying and shouting like these, over and over. Mankind will also stick to praying. However, mankind will have no choice but to encounter Heaven in each inner mind, with angers and resentments, despairs and sorrows, and sickness of hatred.

For awakening the consciousness of mankind, enlightening Heaven’s will righteously, and opening new Heaven, new Earth and new Universe, Heaven will spread over its plan orderly on the ground in perfect control, without any errors, without even gap of a minute or a second.

Obscured and hidden truths shall be revealed by the lightworkers. All contaminated things shall be purified. Mankind’s conventions and customs – which are soaked deeply in the material matrix – will be adjusted and purified through living in PEFA (Protective Energy-Field Area). Through the installation and operation of PEFA, the truth and love of the great universe will be introduced to mankind.

Earth’s ascension program – directed by the Creator, the Ultimate Supervisor of the Great Universe – will progress without erroring, just as prepared by Heaven, just as what Heaven wants, just by the way of Heaven. The will of Heaven will be done on the ground.

As such shall it be.
As such was it done.

June 8, 2016.

Udeka writes.

*Translated by Yeoyeo. Edited by Metrica