With a worried heart and mind I write today that I am against the Kurdish occupation of our Assyrian land in North of Iraq. I wish that in the upcoming days, months, and years the miserable situation of the people of Iraq will change. I hope the occupation game is over because this Kurdish referendum has been refused by the Iraqi government and this is the time to recognize that the Assyrians have a right to their Assyrian land and Assyrian federal region in Iraq. My prayers are with all the good people in Iraq today. This country has seen much horror and it deserves peace and that countries from the outside will stop meddling with its politics for their own benefit. God bless the Assyrian people and all good people in Iraq and the world.
By Abbey Mikha
Throughout my life I’ve been searching for meaning and this has been central to heart and a significant exploration process. It is my passion and most probably the most important issue of my life. I believe a life without meaning is valueless. The most important question when searching for meaning to me is, “We were born into this earth but why are we really here?” What is our purpose and what path are we supposed to take? For men and women in their late teens a primary question that might be thought about is: school, career, or marriage? Some might wonder if they should just volunteer in the community and in that way find employment? That could be a pathway for many rather than formal schooling. For people who suffer from illness this question might be even more confusing. For families who are immigrants and new to the country asking this question is important because they are starting a new life with new dreams. So, what are we supposed to do to find that meaning in our life?
Our traditional culture and its customs can be a good place to start to find meaning, but we do not have to believe every single thing our parents or grandparents or larger community believes. Sometimes the world we are surrounded by is a little phony and we have to find our own authentic way. Each of us may find meaning on different paths. It is really an individual matter.
Balance is also important for meaning. Let us explore an example. Imagine working overtime and exhausting ourselves in order to have all the things we desire. This may not always be the most significant thing to do in life, especially when we are putting our health at risk. Even Jesus said, “… If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.”
Can we do this though when we are in our vicious life routine? Some of us wake up really early barely even eating breakfast. Then get through the day drinking many coffees and eating a sweet snack. Then when we get home at night we have a huge meal and we go to sleep. We get six hours of sleep and then we do this routine all over again every single business day. The remedy to this issue must be minimalism because the fewer things we require the less we need to worry about being affluent.
My younger self wanted to have that routine of working very hard and perhaps being well-off. My reality now though is very different. I had to change the way I think about life and about having things because of life circumstances. I feel lucky to have a roof over my head, food on the table, and a loving family around me. That is what is most important to me. I feel like I am starting to find balance in life although my life is not perfect and in this way value my life and have experienced meaning. Finding equilibrium in our work and therefore also our minds and with our emotions is very imperative for meaning.
Harmony is also important in life when trying to find meaning. Harmony was the way in which Natives and the Aboriginal people of the United States and Canada interacted with nature and the earth. It is something we must learn from them and their advanced society. Whatever our situation may be right now if we look on the bright side and try to be happy we have found harmony and something significant.
There are people who live in regions of the world where there are hurricanes and where they have recently lost everything. They must have hope because they have survived and must continue to live and construct their life. I admire the way Americans have come together for the people who are distressed and are donating and helping as much as they can. This is truly beautiful to see in a time of much self-interest in the world. This is harmony and love at work.
There are also countries with war and even genocides, like for example my Assyrian nation who has suffered not just one genocide but from one massacre to the next. As Assyrians we will find harmony and meaning in this life by standing up for our nation and with all distressed people. That is why we were born as Assyrians. This is the time to raise our voice for Assyria! We are lucky to live in peaceful areas of the world where we can protest. We are not challenged by nature nor will we be slayed by other persons. This is the time for our beautiful Assyrian nation to rise together. We must continue working for our nation and this is the least that we can do, or else after we might regret what we did not do.
My further suggestion in regards to harmony in life is that we should not concentrate about the pressures and anxieties of life rather think about our dreams. Turn your dreams into little goals and whenever you reach or surpass a goal on the journey towards your vision celebrate and in this way experience harmony and meaning. The Assyrian people have a dream and vision to bring Assyria back on the world map and from invisibility to visibility. This is our vision and though it might be impending we keep it in our heart and soul every day of our life.
We also find meaning in life by transforming ourselves and who we first thought we are into who we will eventually become. Like a beautiful butterfly. When we are young we are all lost in this world especially those of us who did not have a lot of guidance. We do not know who we really are. Some of us are very innocent and only doing our best in this life. Eventually as time passes and we grow older, or rather we are involuntary pushed by the various situations and through experiences we go through into becoming the individuals we are now. We must remember we have power to control the person we become and if we do not like something in our character we can always change. There is much meaning in fashioning ourselves anew. We must remember we have much authority over ourselves and in this way find meaning.
In order to also find meaning we must realize that we are here to learn about ourselves, others, and the world. That is why we should always be students for life. Growing in awareness is very important. I have read that there are people that read a book a day in order to gain more information about how to get rich. I would like to read a book a day in order to grow in meaning in life and in my spiritual self. I wish we could all connect to our higher selves and believe this kind of reading about mystical matters will do this for us.
We will also only find meaning in the world if we do good in the world. If we are the type of persons where it is difficult for us to influence people positively then a desk job would be ideal. Certainly do not become a teacher or a priest. Teachers are supposed to be a force of light for their students and encourage them to reach the heights they dream of. I had a professor in university who happens to be originally from India. When he was teaching young kids previous to becoming a professor they would show him scribbles and he would say to them, “That is beautiful!” This is the type of personality who should be a teacher not the type who put their students down.
Priests on the other hand are supposed to lead their congregation in the right path of spirituality. So many times people in this profession only want to regulate the minds of their followers as they were also controlled by their predecessors, or where they originally learned about their “religion.” In this way they limit the awareness of the people who follow them blindly and believe everything they say. Some churches even try to control the complete identity of a nation just so they can continue with building their church. This is the way they have imprisoned the souls of their people and they are proud to do this supposedly in the name of God.
Also, it must be said if the churches and temples of the various religions on earth want to be effective they should give the priesthood back to women and allow them to be leaders and the speakers of lessons and even sermons.
Furthermore, to figure out what we believe in life is to find meaning. Are we religious? Are we spiritual? Do we believe in one religion? Do we believe in a few? Do we believe in none of them, or all of them? Growing in spirituality and in knowledge about mysticism will help us to find meaning in our life. Actively thinking about these issues is very important. Imagine a divine dialectic from the beginning of “religion” and civilization until today. There are ideas which are the thesis and one or a few groups of people follow those. Then there is a split and there are other ideas that other peoples follow which are the antitheses. These ideas eventually create other ideas that others follow which become the syntheses. Try to imagine that complex web from the beginning of time! While some continue to split into various groups there are innumerable beliefs, ideas, and traditions which continue to form, while they all seem to think that their way is set in stone and immaculate. This is what we are dealing with in the world of today.
We must also have courage to find meaning. Though the whole world might stand against us when we believe in something will we stand alone? That is a comment I remember saying and thinking when I was ten. I have stuck to this belief and am still with that energy trying to spread the urgent message that my suffering Assyrian nation is being deprived of a homeland, as the Kurds have started their referendum whereby they want to officially make their occupation of Assyrian land sanctioned, on the backs of the deprived and suffering Assyrian people. No one is standing in the way of these criminals in power and many do not care who are ill-informed about the Assyrian nation, history, and culture.
To continue to find meaning in life we must also change. I used to try to avoid change at all costs. Always more happy with the familiar, but we must be open to change. Being open to change means that we are open minded. Sometimes we think things about love for example like that we have a soul mate or twin flame. The truth is that there are many people who could be compatible with us not just one special person. Everyone is special in their own way. Being stubborn about a relationship won’t give us more meaning in life. We have to meet and get to know new people and try to develop in our relationships and in this way find significance and meaning.
We have to also care for others to find meaning in life and we have to accept them regardless of what culture and or religion they are from. We should not have a problem with any people from any culture or religion, but I personally do take an issue with people who are racist throughout history and also in the present time. There are bigoted and chauvinistic people and truly these racists are a tribe of their own. Not only do they have an immense hatred of people of various cultures they teach it to their children, students, and citizens of their country like in occupied Assyria where the Kurds teach lies about the Assyrians and our history. This is wrong and these people must be stopped because I believe the eventual fate of the human race rests on this issue which is interrelated with so many other world problems and concerns.
Compassion will also lead us to meaning in life. Yesterday I was watching Dr. Phil who interviewed Sinead O’Conner a singer who found fame in her twenties with her rendition of Prince’s song, “Nothing Compares 2 U.” The singer talked about how her mother beat and abused her sexually and emotionally. I listened to Sinead words and in the end all I found was that she had sympathy for her mother. What a great soul I thought to myself! Although her mother had hurt her deeply, all she wanted was that she could have taken care of her mom, shown her love, and let her know that she was loved. Her mother was not well at all when she was abusing Sinead. Sinead suffers from a mental illness now and is feeling alone in the world, but I believe though that she will find new meaning in her life because of her compassionate nature. Empathy for others is very important in life and to find meaning. If we can sympathize with others we can also direct this energy inward and sympathize with ourselves.
Spiritual love is also important to find meaning. This is the reason many of us have not been in a relationship for years. We hope to meet someone someday who we can have that kind of blessed love with. A love at a very sacred spiritual level where we see each other as beautiful souls and we forget about the physical or at least not make it the most important thing in the relationship. I wish that kind of love to every man and woman because it is the kind of love where we will really be understood and treasured. I personally have always been attracted to that soul to soul kind of love. Do you all want to have a relationship in life with someone who only wants to compete with you? I had that kind of relationship too and it was the worst experience. For those who said, “No” in regards to my question I know a spiritual relationship will be to our benefit and to find meaning.
Lastly I want to say that to find meaning in life we should not hate those who are different. We cannot hate others of other cultures. People who hate are cruel, unkind, and living in a box. Education could help in this regard. For some people though no matter how much they learn about people of other cultures and societies their racism and prejudice will only grow. These are very limited kinds of people. Meaning in life for them is connected to the supremacy of their own culture and society alone. They can never accept others. Eventually they will be confronted with situations where they must expand their mind and consciousness and hopefully they do that.
There are on earth people from various areas and they are all human beings, though sometimes the way several groups in the world conduct themselves in societies makes us wonder. The citizens of the earth deserve help in order to be able to live, survive, and thrive. We are all great, beautiful, special, and deserve respect in life. If you are not the type of person who knows how to respect others and their culture then put yourself in those individuals’ shoes. Can you? Would you want to be disrespected?
By Abbey Mikha
The term psychology generally means the study of the human mind and its functions. We have learned that as human beings we can change our mind and hence our life if we try. We can always develop our consciousness. This is part of our universal God given strength of mind. We have will power and we can use it! Jeffrey Kluger who is a senior writer at Time Magazine and author of nine books on various topics said, “Indeed, the best way to think of willpower is not as some shapeless behavioural trait but as a sort of psychic muscle, one that can atrophy or grow stronger depending on how it's used” . We must use this muscle just like we are supposed to be developing our bodily physique and also our soul. A lot of times we hear the sentence in psychology, “Use it or lose it.” This could be true in regards to determination as well.
We have to take care of ourselves and our psychology in life but it is inevitable that we will also have to take care of others as well. So, we must be physically, mentally, and spiritually fit for this responsibility, or else we will not be able to help anyone wholly. When we are balanced in such a way and happy we can spread cheerfulness and love to all those around us. This is important in a world where sometimes it is rare to see individuals fully content and joyful. We do not have to be wealthy to be pleased in life. Many are satisfied to live a humble life and like it is said in the prayer Our Father “give us this day our daily bread.” I personally do not even own a car!
Self-confidence is also important and this we must cultivate. When we are developing in life sometimes it is difficult to connect to this type of assurance. I remember grade school, being an athlete on various sports teams, having a rock hard body, and a great personality, yet still feeling like I did not fit in with my peer group and always feeling different. I recollect that time fondly but it would have been great when growing up to have been more content with myself. I like to remind everyone no matter age to always remember the universe loves you and you are a very special person that is here on earth to grow in consciousness, be of service, and also enjoy life. Not many people said such words to me while growing up and that is why I believe they are important to say.
Being of Service on Earth requires us to pull others up with us as we are also helping ourselves grow as human beings. I always believed that we are all at different levels of spirituality. Not all souls are as advanced as others but one thing that is important and to the benefit of all soul levels is being healthy. We have to be here on Earth in order to do the work we were sent to do. If we are not healthy how can we help anyone? I say this to myself often as I also struggle with this issue.
Eating a balanced diet with less sugar, fat, and empty calories is to our benefit. We should avoid processed food as much as possible. Visiting the farmers market and eating foods that are in season is advantageous. When we eat more vegetables and fresh colourful food and incorporate them into our meals we will love them. They really can be very delicious! My favourite vegetarian dish is an Assyrian dish from my culture called Dolma which is grape leaves stuffed with rice, parsley, tomatoes, onion, peppers, garlic, lemon, olive oil, and spices. I have read that many people who achieve a high level of consciousness become vegetarians and it is something I aspire to be. Drinking plenty of water is also important to stay hydrated.
As we are on our health journey imagining our ultimate self and trying to connect to it is favourable. Wherever we may live finding a place to take walks with a good friend or family outside in nature will revitalize our spirit. Remember no matter where we are at in our health journey we are all beautiful. Every being the good God made is wonderful and everyone who has a good heart is the loveliest person in the world.
One issue I see the world struggling with immensely right now is that we must continue to grow in spirituality regardless of what religion we are born into. One time I went to an Indian psychic and he asked me, “What religious tradition do you follow.” I replied to him, “All of them.” I almost saw him jump from his seat for he was not used to hearing such a comment. This was seven years ago, but I have believed this for a long time. I believe in Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Inanna, Confucius, Mary the mother of Jesus, Kuthumi, and many many others. Many of these beings were born into various “religions” on Earth but they even transcended those religions! How absurd to think that only one religion is the right path for all to follow. The truth is that there are many pathways to God. When thinking that one religion is the only route to God that means there should also be one language and culture in the world inevitably and maybe even sadly one race right? This is wrong on so many levels but the behaviour of many nations today seems as if this is their belief and ideology. For example the Kurdish government right now is trying to steal the North of Iraq which is Assyria and claim the land and call it "Kurdistan." This region of the world has always been Assyrian and my people are the indigenous people of this land. We need the world community to stand with the Assyrians and let the Kurd's know that the Kurdification of the Assyrian people and land must stop. We have a right to exist as Assyrians and yes even claim our ancestral land.
Happiness in Life:
The things we go through in life do not necessarily make us happy. It is rather how we interpret these events in our life. Our choices will make us happy if they are aligned with our beliefs. If we do things which are against our own soul we will suffer greatly. Also, if we want to grow in consciousness we should have a value system that we follow. We have to have standards.
Deceiving people is never the right path in life. Also, self-deception will make us mistakenly feel justified in for example hurting others. We should never lie to ourselves and trick our mind into believing that hurting others is to our benefit because it is never to anyone’s benefit. We should always strive to be decent human beings not just because it affects others but also because the reality is our own soul is involved. In life how can any persons live with themselves when they know they have wronged so many?
I also believe in protecting our mind and soul from those who might try to trick and mislead us. We must create for ourselves a community of trustworthy folks who will be there for us when we need them, rather than the type of individuals who will only be around us when they need us. Even if this means that our circle of friends will be smaller. It is better to have a handful of close friends who will be there for each other through thick and thin, than having many “friends” that we cannot count on. My grandfather Yousif used to say that a few great friends in life are all we need and more than a few is too many.
If we want to make a change in life and get to a higher level of consciousness we have to take responsibility for our actions. We must be honest with ourselves. When we want to change we have to accept the person we are at the present time and then go from there. Even if we are not completely happy with who we are we can always change.
While growing as human beings we make a lot of choices. Some we are happy with but other times we do things which we cannot even understand why we did them. We have to come to terms with this and realize that no one is perfect. This is all part of developing our soul and part of growth. We should treat ourselves with empathy when we are trying to change and mature. Be aware and think about what you want in life and then go in that direction. Write yourself a letter and see what it is that your soul will communicate on paper through pen. You might be surprised. Be proud of your voyage in this life. To continue to grow in consciousness we have to find out what it is that we believe and our reality about this world and the universe. If we want to change we have to change the way we think as well.
Abraham Maslow’s Humanistic Psychology:
Fulfilling what we could be is part of a psychological term called self-actualization. There are many self-actualized people on Earth today and some have reached a very high level of perception, awareness, and mindfulness. These are people who are thriving and truly alive. A psychologist named Abraham Maslow contributed much to this topic.
As a young man Abraham Maslow saw himself as being unlike others. He felt inferior. He was self-conscious of his small physique and large nose! He began reading books to compensate for his lack of confidence. Maslow believed that there are twelve characteristics which define those who are self-actualized. According to David Tze they are the following:
1) Self-actualized people embrace the unknown and the ambiguous.
2) They accept themselves, together with all their flaws.
3) They prioritize and enjoy the journey, not just the destination.
4) While they are inherently unconventional, they do not seek to shock or disturb. Unlike the average rebel…
5) They are motivated by growth, not by the satisfaction of needs.
6) Self-actualized people have purpose.
7) They are not troubled by the small things. Instead, they focus on the bigger picture.
8) Self-actualized people are grateful. They do not take their blessings for granted, and by doing so, maintain a fresh sense of wonder towards the universe.
9) They share deep relationships with a few, but also feel identification and affection towards the entire human race.
10) Self-actualized people are humble.
11) Self-actualized people resist enculturation. They do not allow themselves to be passively moulded by culture — they deliberate and make their own decisions, selecting what they see as good, and rejecting what they see as bad. They neither accept all, like a sheep, nor reject all, like the average rebel.
12) Despite all this, self-actualized people are not perfect .
This description might make us believe that self-actualized people are the ultimate human beings, but perhaps self-actualization is one of the steps on the way to continue to raise our consciousness. The higher our mindfulness and wakefulness in regards to ourselves and others the higher our awareness. We must continue to be enthusiastic about reaching our highest potential. Being spiritual and realising that various faiths can lead to us to God is important factor in developing further. Did you know that God does not have just “male characteristics” but there is also such a being in the universe called Mother Goddess?
The Ascended Masters:
People who are not selfish feel a duty to the human race, our planet Earth, and even the universe. The Aetherious society website believes the following:
“On Earth we reincarnate in order to learn karmic lessons and thereby evolve spiritually. When we have mastered the cycle of reincarnation, we have a choice – to start a new cycle of experience on a more advanced planet, or to remain on Earth as Ascended Masters in order to help the rest of humankind. A person as advanced as this will make their choice according to what they know to be the right thing to do, not according to their own personal likes and dislikes” .
We do not always know who we are from the start of our life and we are only finding out as we are growing in consciousness. Reading various books and learning at many websites on the Internet can help us. We can sense the truth in what many spiritual people are saying. Even Jesus said that truth can be distinguished and that there are people who when reading his words or hearing them in their soul will know that what he said was and is true and that he said it. The truth cannot always be what the mainstream media is propagandising, or even what we learn in school or church. We have to continue to search and sift truth from false beliefs in this life and in this way gain more understanding.
In conclusion, we have discussed and considered various thoughts on the subject of how to develop our own psychology. I studied psychology in university because when I was younger people always asked for my advice. I continually gave them my honest heartfelt opinion on various subjects from my understanding at that time. I had a great desire to help others. Making the world a better place was very important to me and it still is. Also, I wanted to understand myself and discover my own soul. For these reasons I have also written this article. I have shared this information with you from my level of understanding now. The issues I have conferred were short descriptions on how I believe human beings can get on the path of higher levels of consciousness and in this way connect with the beautiful and brilliantness of our own souls and hence eventually be able to connect to the universe.
Brainy Quotes. Accessed Sept 7th, 2017.
 David Sze. 2016. “Maslow, the Twelve Characteristics of a Self-Actualized Person.” Huffington Post. Accessed Sep 7th, 2017.
 The Aetherious Society. “Ascended Masters and the Spiritual Hierarchy of Earth.” Accessed Sep 7th, 2017.
Stop the Policy of Making Enemies and Let Us Become Spiritual Again in Order to Understand the Universe
By Abbey Mikha
The astounding human race should be united because we are all one and we are all more alike than we are different. We need to increase our knowledge of one another as nations and be educated about each other’s cultures in order to eradicate the discrimination that exists in the world, and in order to see each other all as special. We should never judge by outer characteristics which all are part of illusion because when looking at people we should try to understand their soul and not what we think they appear to be. This is one of the first steps in becoming more spiritual for those who judge by the physical are stuck in that mentality.
If African American women tend to have a mixture of facial features between Ghanaian and Nigerian that is wonderful isn’t it? We do not need to change our features to look more American or European. We are all beautiful, exceptional, and perfect. It does not matter whether we have black, brown, or blond hair, and it does not matter if it is thin, straight, thick, or curly. We might be blond, tall, white, blue or gray-eyed, and of Polish or German origin and that is also impeccable. People categorized as Asians are physically different in some ways from people of European lineage. In almost all cases Asians have straight, black hair and dark eyes where sometimes there is no crease visible. Some people change their features cosmetically in order to look more like others of other cultures or perhaps even like actors from Hollywood. I believe this is wrong and there are these ideas circulating the Earth about “beauty” which are making young people of various cultures all around the world feel like they are not worthy.
People of my Assyrian culture are light-mid olive, white, darker olive, and also brown in color. Some have green, blue, brown and black eyes. The issue of Assyrians is that many women and men of my culture try to cosmetically change their noses in order to look more American, or like famous men and women in the world. The sad thing though is that many times the operations are not even successful.
While the world continues to be seduced by beauty, waist size, breast size, and what society proposes through the mainstream media and the system of teaching of the world which manipulates the thinking of humans, the spaceship we are on called Earth is spinning and becoming of age. Scientists are searching for other Earths so that in the future humans could try to travel to such a place when the Earth cannot house us anymore. If human beings started to accept each other and the policy of making enemies in the world was changed because it is based on trivial matters we could all as a human race communally work together in order to explore the universe and understand what seems to be so vast and not comprehensible but necessary for our survival in the future. The issue of spirituality on earth must also be addressed because when we are trying to understand the universe in only a physical sense we may not be able to get to where we want to go.
In the next sections I will explore former professor of physics and astronomy Geoff Marcy’s thoughts, the astronomy from the dawn and beginning of civilization on Earth, countries that America considers as enemies, and one solution worldwide education for everyone and a global desire to understand our universe not just in a physical sense but also spiritually. In my mind these issues are all interrelated and important in regards to finding new Earths and space travel.
Former Professor of Physics and Astronomy Geoff Marcy’s Thoughts:
In professor Geoff Marcy’s interesting talk called, “Astrobiology and Space Exploration” which I came across at the Open Culture website , the issue of finding Earth like planets in the universe was discussed with his students at the university of Berkeley. Following is a summary of what this previous professor examined and tried to express.
Aristotle thought that the Earth is at the center of the universe. There were other philosophers like Democritus and Epicures who disagreed with Aristotle. They believe that there are many Earths, which had civilizations upon them, which come and go. These philosophers were banished to Athens because they contradicted Aristotle.
Key question, which astronomers consider is, “Are there are any habitable planets other than the Earth in the universe?” The Earth is 4.6 billions years old. Life started fast on Earth. Perhaps organic chemistry just like on Earth leads to life in other worlds as well? Question asked is, “Is intelligent life common?” There is some optimism that life might be common in the universe but Darwinian evolution is yet to be proven. We still he said only know one proven example of life and that is the Earth. He said that we have not detected life on other planets not even in our own solar system. I’m not certain about this assertion as there are many people who believe that there is life on other planets!
Other questions considered is, “Does all life need water or is it all based on DNA? Can other beings or intelligent life thrive on other types of liquids? The search for life is the main issue of Biologists, Chemists, and Astronomers currently. There are currently missions to Mars by NASA and the European counterpart ESA. The surface of Mars is dry and cold but beneath the surface there is water. The moons of Saturn called Europa and Io have the possibility to be habitable. There are going to be missions to these.
Something I was disappointed in is that professor Geoff Marcy said that he is 99.9 % sure that there are no other beings in the universe with the same technology as human beings. He said, “There are no great civilizations living on the moon.” He said that we have to venture outside of our galaxy into the Milky Way galaxy to look for intelligent life. The Milky Way galaxy is comprised of two hundred billion stars, which are a hundred thousand light-years across. Physical formation processes that created the earth might exist in other parts of the universe.
“How can you hunt for planets around other stars,” he also questioned. You may point the Hubble Space Telescope to see planets around the star. Watch the star and gravitational pull by planet. Wait for a planet to cross in front of star blocking stars light. “How long is an earth around a star?” Planets by definition do not generate their own energy. Earth does not have a nuclear reaction going on in the center. The earth is pretty faint. If we were to observe our earth from outer space the earth would be one tenth a billionth as bright as the sun. The Earth and the sun are close together as seen from outer space so detecting the Earth is going to be challenging at best. It is like trying to detect a firefly next to a searchlight or lighthouse, which is very hard to do. Therefore finding Earths is difficult. Even with the Hubble we do not have the technology to detect Earths on nearby planets.
Second way to detect planets is that they move by wobbling to gravitational pull by other planets. We can detect the wobble of a star, which is caused by the gravitational pull of the planets. We need telescopes to look or hunt for planets like for example the Keck telescope. We have not found a planet of the Earth’s mass.
Most likely way to find planets is by looking for the dimming of stars. As an Earth crosses in front of those stars it blocks a small fraction of the starlight. Through Kepler telescope we should be able to find other Earths because of the dimming.
What professor Geoff Marcy may not have realized is that we may even be able to travel the universe if we search our soul. We have more spiritual power than we think and the way to other planets may not just be to physically travel there. This frantic search for others Earths has more to do with spirituality than we think.
Astronomy from the Dawn and Beginning of Civilization on Earth:
The epic of creation called the “Enuma Elish” which was found in the library of the famous Assyrian king Ashurbanipal at Nineveh is a very interesting ancient story or documentation of the memory of universal and earthly events in ancient times. It makes us wonder if life on Earth was exported from somewhere else in the universe. The first part of the Enuma Elish states:
“When on high the heaven had not been named,
Firm ground below had not been called by name,
When primordial Apsu, their begetter,
And Mummu-Tiamat, she who bore them all,
Their waters mingled as a single body,
No reed hut had sprung forth, no marshland had appeared,
None of the gods had been brought into being,
And none bore a name, and no destinies determined-“ 
Could these first few sentences have been the equivalent of what scientists call “The Big Bang?” The Big Bang theory is the most fundamental scientific cosmology for the cosmos nowadays. The Bible also repeats these sentiments in Genesis where it states:
[1:1] In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,
[1:2] the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
[1:3] Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light…
The modern country Iraq was not always called by this imprecise name. Actually it was the base of ancient and advanced civilizations such as the Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian. These civilizations wrote in cuneiform and kept records of life from the beginning of progression on Earth, which scholars were later able to translate and read. There are also stories written down on cuneiform about life in another planet. There is literature, mathematics, astronomy, laws, music, and essentially the peoples of these early civilizations wrote about everything concerning life on Earth. They also looked up into the sky and wondered about the cosmos and heaven as we are doing right now and as future human beings will always continue to do.
The Enuma Elish names two gods at the beginning: Apsu and Tiamat. They have offspring some of which become very powerful and determined. Various rivalries arise. One god decides to take over the Earth, and assigns some other regions to various supporters and beaten rivals. The sky and the underground world also are allocated. Gods became slaves when they lost to this main god but then he decides to create humans to do all the work originally left for gods. The ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia mainly Sumer, Assyria, and Babylon believed in omens and used astrology as a way to know what heaven wanted to happen on Earth. The planetary observations these ancient peoples made were later used by other later civilizations such as the Greeks. They were accurate. The Sumerians, Assyrians, and Babylonians used much meticulousness and accuracy and progressive mathematics and they were supreme observers. Mostly they were concerned about how the motions of planets related to the happenings on Earth. They wanted the power of the heavens to defeat their enemies.
Countries that America Considers As Enemies:
Do you have enemies? I want to give this example of America because it is a super power, which affects the life of the peoples of the entire Earth through economy, wars, and media. Americans consider the following countries as enemies. “According to the poll, half as many Americans now view Iran as their greatest enemy from just two years ago. The current rankings now show China (20%) at the top, followed closely by North Korea (16%) and Iran (16%). From there, it trails off to Russia (9%), Iraq (7%), Afghanistan (5%), Syria (3%) — and the United States itself (2%). “ 
The simple truth is that those who create policy in America control the minds of the public by creating these enemies. Why should any nation be an enemy? At one point in time Vietnam was considered an enemy of America. Why were the poor people of Vietnam perceived as an enemy? America destroyed that country and the horrors of the war were documented.
Enemies are created when we cannot find common ground. We need to change the mentality of people to understand that the interests and policies of super powers such as those in America who create the policy of “enemies” especially in the mainstream media, which a small percentage of them own are wrong.
Learn the language of friendship once again as individuals and as a human race and reach out to those of other cultures. We are so deceived and concentrating our life on trivial things like the accumulation of wealth and having fun that we forget the important things in life like peace of mind and humanities emotional and spiritual development. When will the hatred stop so that we can all explore the universe together not just in a physical sense but also spiritually?
One Solution World Wide Education for Everyone and a Global Desire to Grow in Spirituality:
In conclusion there needs to be education about world cultures ancient and modern from a young age in schools all around the Earth so that we can start to understand each other. It is very necessary and the curriculum and system all around the world should be changed to require this. This type of learning must be profound and true and a desire to tell the story of the nations upon the earth from the beginning of civilization to the children of the Earth and all people of the Earth. The brainwashing must be reversed. At that time when all is clear peoples and nations can also concentrate on the education of their children to develop many more future Astronomers and Astronauts in order for space programs and space travel to become more advanced and so that we may be able to find new Earths. We may be surprised though that when we teach our children to become spiritual they will be able to figure out this universal matrix and how to connect to it.
Until issues are dealt with like the spreading of the knowledge that super powers such as America create enemies, and until regular folks humiliate the administrations of the world and the elite by having an open mind in regards to others and not be brainwashed. Then the human race collectively will be able to take larger steps forward in regards to space travel. It is like a stumbling block. Until we put out our hands together and come together as a human race and touch each other’s hearts and souls and accept each other we will never move forward.
Educational development, which needs to take place in regards to peoples and cultures, will aid in much more progress. If we do not understand each other we will never be able to understand our universe much more, and find for ourselves a new home perhaps in some place in the universe where we could all visit and all be welcome.
Most probably when we continue to explore the universe we will realize as a human race that we cannot understand the universe until we become spiritual and enlightened again. Trying to understand the universe in a physical sense has proven to be difficult and maybe perhaps unfulfilling. We may be able to reach the moon by spaceship but there are those who can travel to other planets with their soul. Nonetheless, we must stop the hatred on Earth and the policy of making “enemies.” We are not enemies rather we are all children of light when we connect to our core.
 Professor Geoff Marcy lecture 2010. Open Culture website http://www.openculture.com
 Dennis Bratcher. The Voice. Enuma Elish.
 Vatican archive Bible. The Book of Genesis.
 Dvorsky George. “Which Countries do Americans Perceive as Their Greatest Enemies, 2014” <http://io9.gizmodo.com/which-countries-do-americans-perceive-as-their-greatest 1528098419?utm_medium=sharefromsite&utm_source=io9_facebook>
By Abbey Mikha
Today I was thinking about what kind of article I can write and I came across a website with ten humanitarian quotes that I found profound and interesting. They can be found on a page called The Borgen Project at the following site:
I read through these quotes and decided that today would be a great day to explore them further and see what comes to mind. Being a humanitarian is the purpose of my life on earth and that is why I will always continue to promote thoughts on this subject, the oneness of the human race, and love for all.
My reality is that we can all exist and accept each other. The earth can be a mosaic of nations. What a beautiful earth that will be! There should be no war, poverty, and hatred. Love can be the energy the world pulses to and all humans can become enlightened again.
The first quote I read in the post was by someone I really admire. It said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others,” and it was said by Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activist and clergyman. He is very precise in his thought, though some may say it is a simple statement, this one question can change the world! We are not here on earth to be selfish and to only think of ourselves. We have to think of others and do things for others, even people who will never be able to recompense us for our kindness. Many people become happy when they can help anyone. These are truly spiritual people who are walking the right path. I am certain that those people who only think of themselves are not truly happy. It has been said that at the core human nature is compassionate. If people are not using this kindness within themselves they are supressing their true nature. Having a warm heart is one of the most beautiful things to have for any human being.
The second quote was by Mother Teresa. She said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.” That means that even if we can’t help everyone in the whole world at least we could help someone in our town or city. Jesus said something similar too. He said not to just invite well-off people to our table rather the poor. Everywhere we look in the world there are deprived people who need a helping hand. There are people dying every day because they are starving and no one even cares to think of them. There are people suffering immensely in the world right now and they need kind hearted people to find them and help.
The next quote was by a revolutionary thinker Gandhi. We may not be able to change everything we want in the world like Mahatma Gandhi said but, “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” Everyone must do what we are able to do for our families, our nation, and for all of humanity. I believe that even one person can change the world as is evidenced by individuals throughout history, but even small acts of kindness are an accomplishment in this hostile world. Sometimes we may say to ourselves, “What could I do?” The reality is when remembering people like Jesus, Buddha, and all the ascended masters we remember that we can do much and there is much more to do. These beings of light did much good on earth and they continue to be light workers in the universe. We may not be as brave as they were but we all have that spark in our soul which wants to be more than just an unassertive human being. How do we do this you may ask? And the answer is by doing good in the world and by working on ourselves. In this way we will raise our consciousness.
Nelson Mandela a man who was jailed for his beliefs for many years and after became the president of South Africa was the next quote. He said, “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” To me this means that within every human being there is greatness and it is not a sin to do well in life as long as we are not hurting anyone. I clicked on a video about how to make money online and someone suggested in this video that people should advertise free things online and then make their money in the shipping. I stopped listening to that video right when I heard this comment for I think this type of sneaky way of advertising and making money is not right or moral. We can make a living for ourselves but we do not have to deceive anyone. Also, there are people who “excel” in their work, but actually they are hurting other human beings on purpose for example. If in this way we become billionaires what good have we done? When Nelson Mandela said to let our greatness blossom I’m certain he meant to connect to our core and do the kind of work in the world which will help others especially those who are suffering.
Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution and credited with saving over one billion people from starvation was the next quote. He said, “The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing a decent standard of living for all mankind.” The truth is the world has enough to share for all. Poverty on earth should be just a sad memory. Why are the top one percent of human beings the most affluent while most of the rest are suffering? The thing is even those top one percent of the world I’m certain are mostly not happy. Happiness does not come from being richer than everyone else. Happiness comes from doing good in the world, being kind and considerate, and working on your own psychology. That is especially true if you are here on earth to be a light worker.
Paul David Lewis the leader singer of U2 was the next quote. He said, “The fact is that ours is the first generation that can look disease and extreme poverty in the eye, look across the ocean to Africa, and say this, and mean it. We do not have to stand for this. A whole continent written off – we do not have to stand for this.” This is the truth about Africa and everyone must help the people of Africa! There are also other peoples of the world who have been written off. Like for example my nation, the suffering Assyrians the indigenous people in Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. No one wants to talk about this humanitarian catastrophe where the Assyrian people are basically being annihilated for generations because they do not have power and their land is being occupied, stolen, and potentially given to a people who are not from that land like the Kurds and even the Arabs. In the past hundred years millions of Assyrians have been killed and now we are struggling for the last of our nation to stay alive and continue with our traditions. We need the help of the world but most people are looking away.
The next quote was by a beautiful actress named Audrey Hepburn who said, “Since the world has existed, there has been injustice. But it is one world, the more so as it becomes smaller, more accessible. There is just no question that there is more obligation that those who have should give to those who have nothing.” Even John the Baptist said this. He said, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none...” That’s why when I see actors and actresses with large wardrobes of thousands of items I wonder are they really happy? Are those material things making them enjoy life more and making them be more spiritual? An individual may not be rich but if we don’t need something we should give it to charity. I personally have tried to become a minimalist in life. Though sometimes material things can be appealing we should learn to have a spiritual mentality. This is much more rewarding now and in the end for our soul.
Nawal El Saadawi, an Egyptian, writer, and psychiatrist was the next quote. She said, “When we live in a world that is very unjust, you have to be a dissident.” I believe in these words so deeply they are part of the core of my being. Sometimes we have to speak out even when others oppose us. If we don’t stand up for our truth how will the world ever know about it? I especially believe that doctors like her in the world, who are the therapists of the earth, should do this. They are erudite people who have so much influence in our societies. They are in many ways the leaders of our world who touch so much of our lives. Without them the sick would stay ill and never get another chance at life. Maybe it is these individuals who need to question the industry which believes that all ailments can be cured by medicines or “drugs.” I believe there are mystical and spiritual issues behind many of the mental illnesses people are suffering from and this is something that needs to be addressed in that community and by the world.
Betty Williams, an Irish activist and founder of the Irish peace movement, Community of Peace People quote is next. She said, “To say that on a daily basis you can make a difference, well, you can. One act of kindness a day can do it.” This means even smiling at people during the day is an act of kindness. To some people a smile may not mean much but to me it is a peaceful gesture which says yes there is hope in the world and everything will be alright. We can always do something kind even for people in our family, or our larger family which is our nation, and also for our earthly family which is each and every person on this planet.
J.K. Rowling, author, philanthropist, and founder of the children’s charity, Lumos quote was last. She said, “The power of human empathy, leading to collective action, saves lives, and frees prisoners. Ordinary people, whose personal well-being and security are assured, join together in huge numbers to save people they do not know, and will never meet….Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places….We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” I believe in her words and although there is much darkness in the world right now I encourage each one of you to imagine and hope for a better tomorrow and in this way we send positive energy out into the world.
I believe in a world where everyone can be great, where people’s opinions will be respected even if they believe in something positive that is not a mainstream idea. I believe love will conquer the world eventually and everyone will work to make the earth a planet of light. I believe in a world where it won’t be of importance what color we are or what gender; rather everyone will be seen as a soul here on this planet to raise our consciousness. In this way we become the people we are meant to be and will be reunited with our true selves on another dimension one day. At that time death will not conquer us rather we will conquer death.
I believe in being a humanitarian and I thank each individual for the quotes which they stated to the world and recorded for history to remember. These people may have come from different lands and nations but their message was one. They all believed that we have a responsibility as individuals and as a human race for each other and that with the blessing of freedom there is a great obligation to do much more for all.
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Abbey is a writer and blogger interested in humanitarian issues. Abbey is striving to be a mental health consultant. She is writing her second book, "Not The End" and she hopes to speak to mental health communities all around the world using her story and experience with mental health to give hope to others struggling.
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