Can You Hear Them? – Hill Country News on 2-26-15

by Chuck Robison

Chuck RobisonI grew up in the coal mining area of West Virginia. The miners took canaries into the mines to alert them to dangers their own senses could not detect. The presence of methane and other gases would kill the canary before It would threaten the miners lives, thus giving the miners time to escape. When you are 1,200 feet deep in a coal black mine, the death of that canary you brought along means one thing: There is a gas leak and an explosion is coming. STOP, TURN AROUND AND GET OUT!

Of course, we are so modern and brilliant! We know the animals are not sentient, and do not have a soul and we are the top species. Our churches have taught us that God Himself gave us Dominion over the beasts great and small, and we can do to them as we wish.

What we have not learned is that we are connected to and are one with all of creation. We are neither exceptional nor are we, as a species, unique. We are one with God and His entire unique creation. And all of creation is singing a praise hymn to God for all to hear.

In that hymn are messages the animals, like the canaries, are sending us as a very special alert. I can hear them and so can you, when you decide to listen.

Here is what I hear. The cries of sharks with their fins cut off for shark fin soup are unable to swim or feed themselves as they fall to the ocean floor. As they die, at the current rate of 12,000 an hour, globally, they are screaming at us, not for their own already lost lives, but to tell us we are making terrible choices.

The whales are beaching themselves because our military sonar bombardment of the seas has driven them crazy.

The whole Pacific Ocean is in a life and death battle with the run-a-way radiation caused by the melt down at Fukushima.

And the poor bees, the very beginning of the food chain, see their colonies collapsing, because we pour millions of barrels of pesticides into the environment, which their bodies cannot survive.

Our cattle cry out with the warning that loading them up with antibiotics and making them spend the last 30 days of their lives standing and stuck in their own excrement, insures more and more diseases in our own bodies that will resist all antibiotics.

Surely, the cry of the elephants as we hunt them to extinction for their tusks, thunders around the globe of our consciousness.

And on and on.

For just a second, stop what you are doing, close your eyes and try to hear them. Their voices cry out in pain, not for their own lives, but for ours and for how we have so terribly misused the power and Dominion given us.

Surely you know this cannot go on much longer, and pity those who try to excuse us with the idea that soon God is going to end this anyway, so this does not make any difference. All eight billion of us, along with all of creation, are in this catastrophe together.

We, being the ones with Dominion, are the ones, the only ones who can bring this looming doom to an end.

Thankfully, I am not in a position to tell you how to handle your part in the solution. But the birds and the bees, the beasts on land and the fish in the sea are all calling out to all of us to stop this craziness before it is too late.

As we listen to them, they will help each of us find that part of the solution which is uniquely our own.

Can you hear them?

Is God causing disasters? 2015-01-14 Hill Country News

By Chuck Robison 20120220-_MG_6032

This article appeared in the January 14, 2015, Hill Country News.

Many preachers claim God either directly acts, or indirectly but willingly allows, natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. in order to destroy evil and send a message to the world to ‘wake up’.

As a card carrying, well-educated Pastor-Theologian, I am keenly aware of the constant temptation to speak ex cathedra about God. Therefore I avoid it as best I can.

I don’t know why God does a lot of things, but He does and He makes the rules. In the realm of Nature, He has some very definite rules and they are always enforced. The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike.

Evangelical Christians, lacking a real leader like Billy Graham, have sought out politicians to be their leaders, especially since many church-grown leader wannabes have fouled out with bad behavior. These politicians have courted the votes of the Evangelicals. But….and this is very important….the politicians will tell us anything somebody wants us to hear. Because they are beholden to their Corporate masters, they bring their masters’ Corporate Message to the churches that ask them to speak to various groups.

This has happened enough now that we can trace how it came to pass that many Evangelicals believe that we are not powerful enough to damage the environment; that there is no climate problem; therefore, government should follow the Evangelical groups and stop making costly and harmful regulations and declare there is no climate change.

In the meantime, at least for the past four years, we have seen weather all over the world become MUCH more destructive. Our global scientists all say that this is just the beginning. We have already passed over the tipping point into a damaged and malfunctioning environment and as a result we may never recover.

So, given that prospect, one way out is to make up some excuse that sounds like God is bringing this disaster on so somebody will wake up. God never punishes evil. He supports love and kindness. He is supporting His own rules and allowing those who break them to bring dire consequences to all who cannot see how the Corporations, who want all the money, rig this global environmental crisis in their own short-sighted favor.

People, in and out of the churches, need to wake up. That’s for sure. But these increasing climate disasters are much more the predictable and natural consequences of our ignoring what seems to be the elephant hiding in plain sight in the living room of the world. WE HAVE ALL THE POWER WE NEED TO CHANGE THE WORLD’S CLIMATE, WE HAVE USED IT UNWISELY AND HAVE PLACED OUR WORLD IN SURE DANGER AS A RESULT.

We have done this to ourselves and you can be certain that God is not going to suffer our foolishness in blaming Him.

Will you be so willing to blame God when Ft. Worth is severely damaged by a major earthquake? Surely you know fracking is the cause. God, disguised as Nature, is about to demand we stop this destruction of our environment.

 

Who is responsible for charity? August 20, 2014 Hill Country News

20120220-_MG_Small6032By Chuck Robison

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that does not help the poor, either we’ve got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and admit that we just don’t want to do it” Stephen Colbert

Am I my brother’s keeper, or what?

This question, reveals that we are in a spiritual crisis in America that could be called an eclipse of compassion.

Somehow “The Haves” are concerned that when seeking help, “The Have Nots” are trying to cheat them and the system. The cry for compassion is lost amid the fear that any call for help is a scam.

Look at how America is seen around the world right now:

Three million Syrian refugees (1/3 are children) are living in the Jordanian desert while America seems more willing to find places on which to drop bombs than to find ways to support these refugees.

As many as 40,000 Central Americans are trying to escape the criminal takeover of their own countries and are being criminalized at the American border, themselves, for seeking asylum in America. This is underscored by the fact that America’s drug habit is being sustained through the collusion of the cartels and the highest levels of our government. Much easier to blame the refugees than to even look at how our drug dependence has created a six hundred billion dollar profit center for those in this country on the take.

In a response showing a monumental lack of compassion and wisdom, we seem more comfortable in deporting the refugee children than deporting the drugs and drug dealers who are already here. If we are being invaded by 11 year-old drug dealers, as some claim, that only reveals how deeply this nation is addicted to drugs.

In essence, the question is not “who is our brother’s keeper” but when will all of us understand that we are our brothers’ brothers. Until we realize that we have
almost 8 billion brothers and sisters, all connected on this planet, we will not be able to understand compassion.

As Manley P. Hall stated, “When mob governs, man is ruled by ignorance; when the church governs, he is ruled by superstition; when the state governs, he is ruled by fear.”

Before men can live together in harmony and understanding, ignorance must be transmuted into wisdom; superstition into illuminated faith, and fear into love.”

So ask yourself: Are you willing to let charity begin at your home?

Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men. Hill Country News. August 13, 2014

20120220-_MG_Small6032By Chuck Robison

If you think about confrontations over the past 100 years, August, more often than not, is the time of major global energy shifts. From the start of the First World War to the atomic bombs we released over Japan, to the start of the First Gulf War, to the Second Gulf War, and, now, today we have entered the Third Gulf War. And, once again, we are told it will be just short strategic airstrikes.

Yet, when you see faces of the instant orphans in Palestine, or the frail bodies of old people climbing hills in Iraq without benefit of water for over a week, or the violence indelibly written on the faces of religious soldiers in combat with another group from their own religion, you are confronted with the thought that the critics are right. Religion is the cause of almost all wars. If you doubt that, ask yourself why the Christians, the Jews and the Muslims have been at war, on and off for the better part of the past 1000 years.

This is especially difficult when you recognize that virtually all religions teach peace. Given the results, the heroic stories we bring back from wars should be reason enough to wake-up.

Military-Industrial Cheerleaders, like a recent US President, convinced us to begin a new Crusade, and, sure enough, he announced six weeks later, that everything is ok, “Mission accomplished!” So go home, get your money and your list and go shopping. This one paragraph explains why keen observers see that we have abandoned the central belief that we are citizens first and have become consumers. As long as we get ours, who cares?

But is this who we are?

I’m not that and I doubt you are either.

So what is happening?

I have friends and teachers who are exploring other dimensions of our multi-dimensional relationship with the universe. Gone are the days when we could exclaim with wonder at claims we are connected to our distant moon. What we are now exploring is our connection to the very center of our galaxy.

Here is what the explorers are finding for us. We are, most assuredly, not alone. We are experiencing complex and powerful forces that the center of the galaxy is sending us to remove the roadblocks created by our historical mistakes. Think of this as that special science fiction idea of a star gate. When the star gate opens additional positive energies are available to us to solve some of the most entrenched problems our species has created. Our explorers tell us that beginning last Friday, August 8, 2014, a big star gate has opened and will remain open until the 25th of August.

Using the energies coming to us through this star gate, we are empowered to change the world.

And, the title of this article is the key to the correct use of this exceptional energy we are receiving. Working together across religious boundaries, spiritual boundaries and national boundaries, those of us who are awakened to this new inter-dimensional conversation, realize that the best we can do is reflect the energy we are receiving from the Galactic Center to those situations before us that are causing so much pain and hurt and destruction.

What we will find when we do this is an old spiritual truth: we have it within our power to be the light atop the mountain of a pain-darkened world.

Because we see this happening, it is imperative that we stop studying war and become the instruments of peace. At our companies, our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our nations, we are the ones who need to be expecting a miracle and the miracle we need will not be like others in the past.

What we are here to do is to receive the message and information that invites us to expand our awareness across the galaxy.

If you have read this far, Congratulations! What this energy is requesting you to do is as old as time itself. Come and see your brothers and sisters living in a peace that is being created by your awakening to what is really possible.

Today, the peacemakers, the Children of God, are assembling to complete the full arrival of peace coming to earth. Are you one of us?

Aurora Foxx and Intuitive Spiritual Music 2011-10-04

Aurora Foxx explained her music and how it worked. Her piano playing, seen in this video, demonstrated how her connection to spirit allows spirit to work directly through her hands to create wonderful and powerful music.

Aurora Foxx transitioned to the next dimension in 2017. She is missed.

Michael Strong and New Education

Michael Strong is a pioneer in education and independent learning. He is the founder of innovative Socratic, Montessori, and Paideia schools and programs in Alaska, Florida, California, Texas, and New Mexico. Michael is co-founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Visionary Officer of FLOW.

As Chief Visionary Officer of FLOW, Michael is responsible for articulating the FLOW vision and for applying it in various domains. Fortunately for FLOW, Michael is a prolific thinker and writer. His work is increasingly receiving significant recognition and support. Current articles by Michael are regularly posted at FreeLiberal.com and Tech Central Station, as well as on the FLOW web site.

Michael Strong co-founded FLOW with John Mackey in 2003. Radical Social Entrepreneurs, launched in 2012, is one of three “descendants” of FLOW, along with its siblings Conscious Capitalism and Peace through Commerce.

He is lead author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems, co-authored with Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, U.N. Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor Co-Chair Hernando de Soto, and others.

Michael’s work is featured in academic journals (including The Journal of Business Ethics, Economic Affairs, and Critical Review), specialty publications (including Microfinance Insights, Policy Innovations, and Carnegie Ethics) and in media reaching popular audiences (including The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, RealClearPolitics, and Barron’s).

He serves on the board of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., The Free Cities Institute, The Seasteading Institute, and the Advisory Boards of The Lifeboat Foundation, Trilinc Global, The Moorfield Storey Institute, and is a mentor for developing world entrepreneurs for the MIT Legatum Center for Entrepreneurship and Development.

He has long been a radical social entrepreneur, for decades focused on the “creation of conscious culture through educational innovation,” now focused on the entrepreneurial creation of legal systems. He is author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice.

Michael spent fifteen years innovating in education, creating several high-performance private and charter schools, including one named the 36th best public school in the U.S. on the Washington Post’s Challenge Index. Michael was educated at Harvard, St. John’s College, and the University of Chicago.

“Yelling at God” Chuck’s latest Faith Column for the Hill Country News June 25, 2014

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Jeff Simpson and the New Oceans

What New Oceans? Jeff Simpson has been immersed in his ocean adventures and discoveries for the past quarter century. During this time, all of the global oceans have changed and been degraded. Here, Jeff talks about what has happened in just his lifetime to the oceans, what that means personally to him and how this trend is going to affect all of us.

Jeff is an old friend and we are delighted to present him to you in this challenging interview. Jeff gives a review of his life and especially his involvement in the SCUBA business.

In bringing Jeff to our viewers, he allows us to see many of the complex talents that make up this accomplished artist, musician and adventurer. In the last two minutes of the interview, you will see a wonderful wit as he observes the human drama in today’s light.

June 17, 2014.  Jeff sent the following note:  “This just stuns me. I have been wondering ever since you asked the question of me about the size of the plastic trash gyre in the Pacific Ocean so I looked it up. I keep finding estimates that say it is “much larger than the State of Texas, almost twice the size of the State of Texas.

June 19, 2014 National Geographic ran this article:

“With Millions of Tons of Plastic in Oceans, More Scientists Studying Impact
A surprising amount of our garbage ends up in the sea. Can it ever be cleaned up?
Photo of a boat in the trash-filled waters of Manila Bay.
Fishermen set out amid floating garbage off the shore of Manila Bay in the Philippines on June 8, 2013.

Consider this: The amount of global trash is expected to rise every year for the rest of the century. With no intervention, the growing garbage heap won’t even peak by 2021.

Since most marine debris originates on land, that grim prognosis, say researchers at the University of Georgia, could spell disaster for the oceans, creating an environmental hazard often compared in scope with climate change.

“We estimate we’re going to have millions of tons of plastic going into the ocean with, so far, unknown consequences,” says Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer at the university, who is among a group of scientists pursuing a new phase of research on ocean trash and measuring its impact on the environment and marine life. The University of Georgia group works as part of the University of California at Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.

But while climate change is still mired in politics and is a target of naysayers, the trouble in the oceans is an easier issue to address because it is so visible. “The one thing this issue has going for it over climate change is that you can see the garbage,” Jambeck says.

Ocean debris grabbed the international spotlight this spring during the search for the missing Malaysian jet, when multiple satellite images of floating debris repeatedly turned out to be garbage instead of pieces of the Boeing 777. (See “Plane Search Shows World’s Oceans Are Full of Trash.”)

Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to highlight the issue again next week by making marine trash one of the main topics at a two-day oceans conference that begins Monday. Kerry hopes to frame the challenges that lie ahead, including climate change-related ocean acidification and the threat of overfishing.

But the dilemma caused by the growing tonnage of mostly plastic debris is so complex, it has created a new interdisciplinary field of study. Scientists like Jambeck are examining a litany of new issues that range from the toxicity of plastics ingested by marine animals to the politics and economics of solid waste management in developing nations.

New Questions for an Old Problem

Seafarers have known for decades that the oceans are trash dumps, the ultimate sinkholes for all global garbage. So far, 136 species of marine animals have been found entangled in debris. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the first such discovery was made in 1944, when northern fur seals turned up trapped in rubber “collars” that were the remains of Japanese food-drop bags from the Aleutian campaign in World War II.

But scientific research into marine garbage is only a decade or so old. NOAA, for example, launched its Marine Debris Program only in 2006, after Congress passed the Marine Debris Act at the urging of Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).

The defining moment of ocean debris research, says Jambeck, was when scientists discovered that ocean debris was no longer an assemblage of cloth, wood, and ceramics, but was composed almost entirely of plastic. Most of that is micro-plastic, meaning it has decayed and broken down into microscopic pieces that float in the water column. Richard Thompson, a British scientist scheduled to speak at Kerry’s conference, first highlighted the problem in 2004 in a paper titled “Lost at Sea: Where Is All the Plastic?”

“Once micro-plastics entered the picture and it was being ingested by marine life, it was a whole new ballgame,” Jambeck says. “That’s when the alarms started going off.”

Jambeck and her team’s research, to be published later this year, will provide new estimates of how much garbage is produced globally every year, how much garbage comes from developing countries lacking garbage collection systems, and how much litter is produced by developed countries. All trash has the potential to reach the oceans.

Yet despite the new burst of scientific study, solving the problem in the face of an increasing volume of ocean trash seems an almost insurmountable task.

An alliance of 48 plastic manufacturers from 25 countries—all members of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter—has pledged to help prevent marine debris and encourage recycling. Several manufacturers are now marketing products made partly from recycled ocean plastics and abandoned fishing gear.

But the consensus among many scientists, including NOAA’s, is that cleaning up the oceans can potentially cause more harm than good. Cleaning up micro-plastics could also inadvertently sweep up plankton, which provides the basis for the marine food chain and half of the photosynthesis on Earth.

Ocean trash is driven by currents into loosely formed garbage “patches” that Dianna Parker, a NOAA spokesperson, says are more accurately described as “peppery soup” filled with grain-size plastic bits. The word “patch” suggests a defined size and location, when in fact floating debris is constantly moving, shifting with seasonal weather, and changing in shape and size.

Cleaning up even one of these areas seems impossible. Not surprisingly, the largest patch is in the largest ocean—the Pacific, which covers a third of the planet. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, as it is known, is often said to be twice the size of Texas. It actually extends, at times, from Japan to San Francisco, and varies in shape and density. According to NOAA, cleaning up less than one percent of the North Pacific would take 68 ships working 10 hours a day for a year.

Beach cleanups help, but are costly and ineffective. The Ocean Conservancy, the international leader in coastal cleanups, has collected some 180 million tons in three decades of work. “We have now created the world’s best database for what actually happens on our beaches,” says Andreas Merkl, the group’s CEO. “We are the largest end-of-the-pipe, ocean-specific trash entity.”

San Francisco spends $6 million a year cleaning up cigarette butts alone, according to NOAA figures in a report called the “The Honolulu Strategy: A Global Framework for Prevention and Management of Marine Debris.” The Honolulu Strategy, developed at a NOAA conference in 2011, notes that a more effective solution is to prevent debris from being swept into the oceans in the first place.

But as long as some countries lack the ability to efficiently collect garbage from its citizens, that garbage will continue to end up in the ocean.

Plastic-Making Technology Spreads

Ted Siegler, a partner at DSM Environmental Services, a waste management firm in Windsor, Vermont, has spent a career helping developing countries set up garbage collection systems.

“In many ways, this is really simple. This is putting trucks on the road and picking up the garbage and bringing it to a proper place,” he says. “But none of that is occurring in almost all of the places that I’ve been working in the last 20 years.”

The complication, Siegler says, is the speed with which plastic manufacturing technology has spread globally.

“I could walk into a guy’s garage in Jordan and he would be blowing film to create plastic bags. Or walk into an industrial shop in Vietnam and a guy would have a brand-new Chinese knockoff of a Frito-Lay packaging machine,” he says.

“There is no end in sight to how much plastic we are going to be producing and how much we are going to be using, and that’s the scary part. If it’s important now, it’s going to be much more important ten years from now.”

Laura Parker
National Geographic
PUBLISHED JUNE 13, 2014

2014-07-05: This just in from Jeff: “I read an article not long ago that was the summary of a 3 years study of sea and sea-shore birds that were found dead. The idea was to try to draw a common thread for cause of death if one existed. It did. Over 90% of the birds were found to have so much plastic in their stomachs and craws, that they cold not process out of their bodies, that they essentially starved to death because there was no room for food.

Doesn’t that make you proud?”

 

Notes From the Masters Class 2014-05-11

Edited Text.

This is Chuck Robison. Last summer Karen and my sister Alice Weatherby motored out to Burnet, Texas to meet Pastor Willie Monnet and his wife Claudette who is also a minister in his and their church, which is titled Smoking for Jesus Ministry. That interview appears elsewhere on our webpage, I’ll leave a note right underneath here that tells you that, but here’s what we learned with Pastor Monet.

In 2005 he had a dream in January and the dream was that he was going to have to pack up his church and leave New Orleans. The next day he told his parishioners that he had this dream and he was completely dumbfounded by what could possibly mean. In September 2005, when the great storm hit and the Saturday night before it hit on Sunday. Pastor Monet, who had a large church in New Orleans (it was better than a block long and it had a lot of members) was able to get 200 of them into 40 cars to leave New Orleans.

Among those 200 people was a couple with a brand-new five day old set of twins and older people and many of the entire community that were in his church. They expected to be back in four or five days at the most because they had left New Orleans before windstorms came but when they left New Orleans this time they didn’t realize it would be the last time that any of them would ever live there.

They had to go across Louisiana and then they went into Texas all the way up to Dallas and then they looped back and they spent some time here in Austin and then they began in earnest to figure out what it was that they were supposed to do and it took a long, long time.

In the interview which I know you’re going to enjoy seeing, Pastor Monet said at every point along the way, when there is was a decision to be made, as the leader, he simply stopped and prayed and waited. He didn’t give any commands or take any action until such time as he was sure his prayer had been answered with clear direction as to what to do next.

Now to me this was an incredible lesson in patience. Here was a man who was in his late 50s, he had 200 people following him in cars and they were going all over Texas trying to find a place to live. They were able to find a series of apartments in Marble Falls that was very good for them, and other places, but they were looking for a permanent place. They had to let go of the idea that there would be returning to New Orleans.

So finally thru a very unusual set of circumstances they were entitled to ownership of a 56 acre property in the middle of the Hill Country in Texas close to one of the big lakes. It had a chapel, it had dormitories, it had houses, it had an administration building. It was absolutely perfect and these people in this congregation, who came to Texas because of this hurricane, have improved that land and improved that community, so that when you walk into their church it is totally vibrant and it’s all about trusting in God.

This man and his wife and his followers demonstrated incredible patience in the face of daily frustrations about where they were from, where they were going and why they were here. Yet because they kept their belief that the universe was unfolding exactly as it should, they knew that when the time come from for them to find a permanent place it would be better than at their beginnings.

This is true for you and me as well. If you’re going through a period in your life right now, and I am, where you’re trying to be patient and wait for the right things to come at the right time, there are plenty of examples of people out there who said yeah we’ve got a lot to wait for and I guess all we can do is be patient.

So here’s something for you to think about and this is from a Master in Burnet Texas. When you’re faced with a decision of what to do next, it is wise to say a prayer and say “I know you will show me exactly what to do when the time is right”. Even if you have problems believing that God is going to talk to you, and you shouldn’t because he is, but even if you have problems with that, just stopping long enough to gather patience for yourself and to put yourself in a position where you can hear and listen to what’s coming, you might experience what I’ve experienced a number of times in my life and that is: regardless of what you want, you need to ask for it.

Once you’ve done that you need to add one more sentence at the end of what it is you’ve asked for in that sentence. “This or something better.” Because if you do not get what you’re wishing for then God will see to it that the reason for that is something better is coming along. It might not be something better in terms of what your community sees, it might be something better for your soul and your soul came here to learn some very powerful lessons. As you release all your concerns and your fear, you begin to realize that this is fundamentally the experience of your soul in this third dimensional environment and that you came here to learn.

In your case, in my case and most everybody else’s case, some very powerful difficult lessons are resolved and you can relax and say. “ Okay I came here for that. I know that. Bring it on.” And you will never find that you are given a lesson greater than what you can deal with regardless of the size, regardless of who you are, regardless, your lessons are tailor-made for you, just as mine are tailor-made for me. As you look back over your life you may see one day that there’s a pattern here. It appears as though most of my lessons were developed in dealing with patience or power or love or abandonment, whatever the issues were, those issues have been in your life to help your soul. They were custom-made in your life to help your soul learn the lessons you came here to learn.

And the powerful lesson for me is demonstrated all around us and you’ll see that when you watch Pastor Monet. The lessons that you came here to learn are being brought to you right on time.

This is Chuck this is the Masters Class and I thank you for being with us. We’ll see you next week.

Brad Love and The Symphony Awakening

Brad discusses the heart-opening experience that many had after attending this event. Brad has spent countless hours and enough money to keep this production alive and now he is hoping to present this production at the SxSW Eco Conference in Austin in October.

Brad says, “We have submitted a proposal for SXSW ECO to sponsor production of our Symphony Awakening Rock Opera – Tribe Humanity… yes, about 500 of your neighbors have seen it {at One World Theater in 2012), but 900,000 plus in Austin have not… the overwhelming review gave it a big thumbs up… an inspiring and worthy message for our times…”

Brad now asks you to “please help us get chosen to perform at the SXSW ECO EVENT. October, 2014. To vote for us click the above VOTE sign of go to SXSW PanelPicker… http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/29322, type Symphony in the search box and vote for us (thumbs up top left corner). You may have to create a free login (to prevent double voting cheating). If you use the above link and try to vote(thumbs up top left corner) it will ask you to login, do so and then use the link again… it will take you straight to our Symphony page while leaving you still logged in to vote… or… type Symphony in the search box and vote for us. To have peace on earth, throw a better party. This is a start. PLEASE FORWARD.”