MastersConnection 2020
Issue 269 In This Issue November 19th, 2011

Editors Corner

This week it seems appropriate to stop and reflect upon the blessings in our lives. Here in the US we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday. My list of blessings is indeed a long one. Ben and I both count you, our readers, prominently on our lists. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve this great community of “Masters Connected in Mind”.

As the high holidays unfold and you think of ways to share your abundance with family and friends, please consider supporting those great merchants that support this newsletter. Our article of week came to us via an MC2020 reader. The writer of this proposes a new Christmas tradition of supporting our local community of businesses with our Christmas present choices. Let’s all stimulate the economy of our neighbor’s economy.  Click here
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Next we are sharing a beautiful master’s story of love and his journey through the seasons of life. His writing is touching and filled with wisdom. Thank you, Rev. Dr. Richard Banack for your contribution to our newsletter.  Click here

Looking for a way to dazzle your Thanksgiving guests? How about baking your own bread? If you think it sounds like too much work, think again and check out this video. I got to taste test this loaf baked by Chris Miller. It was amazing! I had to share it with you. It sounds so easy, I think even I could do it.  Click here

Our video selections this week are extraordinary. They range in subject from Near Death Experiences to a tired cat who can’t hold his head up. I know how he feels. Maybe that’s why I laughed so hard! Click here. Click on all of them, but especially listen to the great Occupy Wall Street song, “We are the Many”. It is very inspiring.  Click here

Our Forum is growing topic by topic. I have it on good authority that their will be some volunteering opportunities for anyone wanting to make a difference this Thanksgiving.  Click here

Heidi Smith, Phoenix Rising School, has interviewd Daniel Pink, author of the book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Read the interview here and learn how his empowering ideas are influencing Phoenix Rising School and its students.  Click here

My Thanksgiving wish is that you and yours are inspired with an attitude of gratitude that multiplies your abundance now and into the future. Happy Thanksgiving!

Christmas 2011
Birth of a New Tradition

Christmas Tree in the SnowAs the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods --merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands.

Yes there is.

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificate from your local American hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who woudn'lt appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands. Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Mary and Richard
Our Autumn Leaf Adventure
The Rev. Dr. Richard W. Banach D. Min © 2011

Mary and Richard under an Autumn Maple Tree.As a clergy couple, studying with Ramtha since 1983, Mary and I had many opportunities to tell those dissatisfied with their spiritual life, that there is more waiting to be understood and experienced: “We are spiritual beings incarnated into human experience who have forgotten about our innate capacity to live a life aglow with God.” It would sometimes open doors for sharing how Ramtha’s view of reality correlates with Jesus’ gospel, and affirms a born again Christian’s personal relationship with, and experience of, God’s manifest presence. (The Lord God of their being)

It led to an auspicious moment when I was one of six associate editors of The United Methodist Relay: Official Voice of The Greater New Jersey Area, for 20 years(1978 Circulation: 23,000 clergy and laity leaders in 600 churches) The senior editor felt it should include an inspirational essay titled Journeying. When it came to writing it however, everyone hesitated. I volunteered. It turned into a wonderful opportunity to pepper the palate of thousands of ecclesiastical diets with Ramtharian wisdom.

My first Journeyings was titled Autumn Leaf. (October, 1993) Its POEM was written on a mountaintop overlooking our first pastorate in Oneonta, NY. (1959) Understanding its lofty ideal became a PRECURSERenabling us to grasp Ramtha’s message of the changes we must go through in awakening to who we’ve forgotten we really are, already. It was also a PREMONITION of the challenge we both felt, after being inspired by him to evolve our long-term marriage (since January 10, 1959) beyond neediness, co-dependency and control, towards more of a partnership of equality and unconditional love, the love of God. Its PROSE came later, when an ominous threat to our marriage, loomed up before us. (1991) Here is a reprint.

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Request from Steve Klein

RSE Student Accomplishment Recognition
RSE would like to hear from students who are making a difference in their lives and in their world.
If you have an accomplishment that is consistent with what you have learned as an RSE student and wish to share with the public, please send a brief description to Steve Klein, for consideration to be published in the RSE Newsletter. 

Recipe of the Week

Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day
Submitted by MC2020 reader, Chris Miller

Youtube Video - Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Artisan Free Form Loaf

From Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois (Thomas Dunne Books, 2007). Copyright 2007 by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois.

Makes four 1 pound loaves.

  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons granulated yeast (about 1-1/2 packets)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 6-1/2 cups unsifted, unbleached flour, measured with the scoop & sweep method
  • Cornmeal for pizza peel or parchment paper

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Winter Happy Chickens
By Suzanne Wood of Winter Gardening Guide

ChickenHere are some ideas for keeping your flock happy during the cold winter months. The first thing we did was to select breeds that are winter hardy like Bard rock and Rhodes Island Red. These breeds tend to do just fine in coops with no heat source. If you have some of the less winter hardy breeds you might consider turning on a red light bulb on the coldest nights.

One of the most important things you can do to protect you birds from the cold is to keep them dry. A wet bird in a cold coop at night is not a good combination and you just might loose some of them to the cold. We keep them in the dry and covered side of the chicken run when the weather is wet.

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Earth Watch

Mystery 'City' Caught On Stunning Time-Lapse Video From Space Revealed To Be Massive Midwest Oil Field
In astonishing video from the International Space Station, few may have noticed an unknown city in North Dakota, lit up as bright as Minneapolis.
As the camera hovers hundreds of miles above the earth, major cities can be seen by identifying the patches of light.
In one particular stretch of the video, several major Midwest cities like Bismarck, Sioux Falls and Minneapolis can be seen.

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Radiation - 349.5 CPM -- Airborne particulates
-- St. Louis Missouri USA

Youtube Video - Dutchsinse 349.5 CPM -- Airborne particulates -- St. Louis Missouri USA

In The News

'Mini Monet' Buys First House At 9 Years Old
Huffington Post - Mini-Monet creates good impression

Recycled Plastic Bottle House Built in Nigeria
Tree Hugger - Building recycled plastic bottle house in Nigeria 
Thousands of pieces of trash that would otherwise be clogging waterways and landfills in Nigeria have been turned into sturdy, and surprisingly attractive, construction materials in the village of Yelwa, where the country's first plastic-bottle house is drawing curious visitors and plenty of press.
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Update on faster than light experiment - Neutrino experiment repeat at Cern finds same result
Cern - Faster than light experiment result the sameThe team which found that neutrinos may travel faster than light has carried out an improved version of their experiment - and confirmed the result.
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NASA Probe Beams Home Best Moon Map Ever
NASA - Elevation of moon visualizedScientists have stitched together the highest-resolution topographic map of the moon ever created, using observations made by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.
The new lunar map covers 98.2 percent of the moon and depicts the natural satellite's surface and features at a pixel scale of about 330 feet (100 meters). A global view of Earth's nearest neighbor at such high resolution had never existed before, scientists said.
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Eurozone debt web: Who owes what to whom?
Europe is struggling to find a way out of the eurozone crisis amid mounting debts, stalling growth and widespread market jitters. After Greece, Ireland, and Portugal were forced to seek bail-outs, Italy - approaching an unaffordable cost of borrowing - has been the latest focus of concern.

But, with global financial systems so interconnected, this is not just a eurozone problem and the repercussions extend beyond its borders.

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Something Worth Knowing

Digital FootprintHow To Erase Your Digital Footprint
Controlling the Size of Your Footprint
Now that you’ve taken the red pill and realized the realities of living a life connected to the Internet, how can you better protect yourself in the future? There are several basic tools available for the privacy-conscious; most of them free.

Let’s start with the biggest data hog of them all: Facebook. A recent report by Nielsen found that in August 2011, the average U.S. user spent an average of seven hours and 46 minutes on Facebook, which is up from five hours and 46 minutes just a year ago.

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10 Richest Countries in the World 
According to the 2011 Credit Suisse Global Wealth report published in October 2011, Australia has a median wealth of US$222,000 (AU$217,559). That’s the highest in the world and nearly four times the amount of each US adult. You can read the full report here.

Apparently the wealth of your average Australian is 55 times greater than the average wealth around the world.

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TEDxSF - Louie Schwartzberg - Gratitude
Making the Connection
Masters on the March

By Jenise Mugler

It’s been about 8 months since Ramtha strongly advised his Asian students to leave their home country and find a safe place to prepare for the days that are here. Many students from Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea, and others moved to other countries to find homes that they could begin their preparations. This was and remains an enormous challenge for all these students and their families who accompanied them.

Many students around the world sent donations to the Masters Fund, and to the Masters Connection in an effort to help ease their burden. The donations came in swift in the form of financial aid, food donations, clothing, blankets, furniture, tents, and household goods.  

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Community Calendar

We do love to hear from you especially about community events that you think our readers ought to know about. So, thanks and keep the info flowing.

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November 19th @ 2:32pm:  Part 1 of Dr. Karriem Ali’s 3-part MãsterMind™ seminar
Join us for 3 Grand Adventures~ beyond Ayahuasca, past the entangled neuro-synapses that manifest your personality, through unseen doors in its walls of limitations~ discover the unknown You...!! This will be held at Awakening Center, 10905 138th Ave-SE, Rainier, WA
Contact: or phone 360.339.4832 for more info.

December 4th @ 2:32pm:  Part 2 of Dr. Karriem Ali’s 3-part MãsterMind™ seminar
This will be held at Awakening Center, 10905 138th Ave-SE, Rainier, WA
Contact: or phone 360.339.4832 for more info.

December 17th @ 2:32pm:  Part 3 of Dr. Karriem Ali’s 3-part MãsterMind™ seminar
This will be held at Awakening Center, 10905 138th Ave-SE, Rainier, WA
Contact: or phone 360.339.4832 for more info.

November 25th - 28th: Awakening the Illuminated Heart
Awakening the Illuminated Heart Workshop,
being held at the Awakening Center in Rainier, Washington.
November 25 – 28, 2011, 9 AM to 6 PM 
Early Bird Registration: $444
Click here for more info 

Project Food

ButterflyStrawberriesRamtha said recently we should "give, give, give." Project Food is an ideal opportunity to give. Many of us have been blessed with abundance, however, many of our fellow RSE students are not blessed with the abundance of food needed to be preserved for the future. Project Food, through  the collective efforts of us all can make a difference and is gathering food to feed RSE families with children. Our teacher has told us that the children must be preserved for the future. Each family with children up to age 18 will be given food so that they can meet their two year storage supply minimum.

Whatever you can donate to the families will be appreciated. We are requesting that food be bought or taken from your personal storage and donated. If you are overseas or prefer ordering online, we will send you some recommended sites so that you can order from them and have the food sent to us. No child destined for the future in our beautiful school should go hungry, we are seeing to it, you can too.

We have a list of many families who will be beneficiaries of Project Food. However, we are still collecting names to add to the list. You can sign up for receiving food, and futher details will be sent to you. Fellow RSE students will help you with food.

If you would like to donate food or be a receiver of food, send an email to: or Stay blessed, and stay focused on giving, giving. giving.

Strip of Flowers

RSE Newsletter

Links presented at the November Follow-ups November 9-13, 2011
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 RSE hosted Priory of Scion author Robert Howells November 12 at the All Group Follow-Up
Ramtha spoke of the bloodline of Jesus many times during the last 2 decades. This is a quote from over 5 years ago
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Ramtha on the OCCUPY Movement
“I really love the protesters of Wall Street. Their sense of inalienable liberty is so contagious. It is around the world.”
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Projections on Verizon building #ows
Youtube - Projections on Verizon building #ows

We Are The Many - Makana

On The Lighter Side

Draw a stickman
Game - Draw a stick man and follow for more fun

Tired Cat Passes Out
Sometimes you just need to laugh

Video - Tired Cat Passes Out

Random Video

Spiritual Reality: Near Death Experiences
Youtube Video - Spiritual Reality: Near Death Experiences

Thrive - What on Earth Will It Take?
Video - Thrive Trailer


Phoenix Rising School

“I am 1,000 percent behind this school.” - Ramtha

Jerry Bauer
Jerry Bauer

What's Wrong With the Right Answer?
Interview with Daniel Pink

During the summer of 2010, Daniel Pink invaded Yelm. For months, the bestselling author was so ubiquitous that it was nearly impossible to visit a friend or relative without running into his book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. How did it happen? The responsibility lay squarely with Jim Capezio, one of the founders of the Phoenix Rising School who bought hundreds of copies of the book and gave them away to staff, parents and anyone who donated more than $300.00 to the school in its first year.

What made the book so compelling for many involved with PRS was its central idea that what really motivates people, including kids, is not simply the old carrot and stick method of chasing a result, but an intrinsic desire for autonomy, mastery and purpose. When the time came to design a school model, many of Pink’s ideas were incorporated into the curriculum, including the concept of the fourth “R” - Relevance. In this interview, Pink describes the relationship between autonomy and rigor, resilience and why the future of education is grounded in the arts.

HS: In Drive you talk a lot about autonomy. Part of what comes up in attempting to create a school based on that is this need to make sure that rigor is also included. How do you see that balance?

DP: Let me replace your word “rigor” with “accountability.” I don’t think that accountability and autonomy are opposites. In fact, I think increasingly for a lot of things autonomy is the way you get to accountability. That is, you allow people to master things, to achieve their goals, to reach certain destinations their way, not your way. Anybody who’s ever done anything great is going to have to do it rigorously.

Rigor and autonomy are fundamentally different things. If I’m a musician and I’m practicing every day at my own schedule – I don’t have somebody telling me to do it – well, I’m being autonomous and I’m being rigorous. A lot of times, especially in school, we mistake rigor for doing what the authority figure wants the way the authority figure wants it. That’s not rigor, that’s compliance. 

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