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Welcome to the No Bad News Newsletter. Please send in your good news stories and we’ll post them for you. Good things of all types will be appreciated. This includes personal stories, third person stories, receipes, herbal remedies, favorite happenings, or any other good you wish to relate to the co-creators of Benestrophe.
Included in this issue is HOW TO START YOUR BENESTROPHE GROUP at the end of the newsletter. It is quite long and can be easily copied and printed. Please do so as you wish.
From Divine Love Benestrophe Group.
Cinnamon may help Diabetics. A spoonful a day of cinnamon appears to hold off type 2 diabetes and improves the ability to regulate blood sugar.
It seems the cinnamon helps fat cells recognize and respond to insulin. When the cells don’t recognize insulin, glucose is not properly metabolized and the blood sugar is too high, often resulting in blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, and death.
The American Diabetes Association says that diabetes is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
A little spice for the zest of life. Good news.
HERE’S A GREAT SIMPLE RECEIPE
Broccoli Casserole Souffle
12 oz cottage cheese
1/2 cup of butter, cut up in pieces
1/4 lb grated sharp cheddar cheese
3 tbs flour
1-2 bunches fresh broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
Mix all ingredients then add broccoli. Place in a greased casserole dish. Bake
at 350 degrees for 1 hour. To reduce bottom browning, place in pan of water for first ½ hour. A cookie sheet with water will evaporate, and you won’t need to reach in the hot oven to replace the water pan.
ALASKA HAS MORE GAS AND OIL THAN SAUDI ARABIA
Lindsey Williams, formerly with Atlantic Ritchfield Oil Company, says there is a 200 year supply of pure-grade oil on the north slope of Alaska. See the article at http://www.sightings.com/general9/alask.htm for details.
Natural gas in great abundance is found at Prudhoe Bay. One billion cubic feet of natural gas is pumped back into the ground daily by using 48 747-jet engines.
Similar, if not quite at the same magnitude, situations exist in Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming, and other oil-producing areas. There is a huge volume (cubic miles) of natural gas under the recently legislated Escalante National Park in Utah for example.
Good News? Yes indeed. Most of these supplies are regulated and conserved by the Federal Government. While it is common to condemn federal involvement in anything, it is a good thing to hold our reserves for a time when there is no other option. It is a good thing to preserve the natural areas above these energy preserves while we can. Perhaps, in the future we will be able to find a way to have both the wild areas and the energy. Perhaps we will have new ways to create and use energy without fossil fuels. We are used to paying for energy today at a level we never would have believed possible and we still have more luxuries than at any other time. The government (believe it or not) is actually doing a good thing by preserving both the environment and the energy resources.
Perhaps it would be a better good to send the natural gas down to the energy-starved lower 48. It is a wonderful good thing to think they are actually putting the gas BACK in the ground instead of releasing it into the atmosphere.
We are rich beyond all measure in energy resources. Fossil fuels which are the major pollutants man is releasing in this world are so abundant in the U.S. that we have a 6000 to 10000 year supply already on hand, even considering the wasteful use we do now and may well do in the future.
The earth/sun interaction creates a huge surplus of electrical energy used by power plants all over the world. However, this is available at individual levels and may be inexhaustible in human terms.
A recent published work on individual or personal power plants may bring a resource producing energy which will allow us to never need the fossil fuels in the future. See http://www.sightings.com/general9/unveil.htm for details.
Another good source of potential for economical energy is the Stirling Engine. Invented by the Rev. Robert Stirling in 1816, the Stirling engine has yet to be researched and utilized in the potential it actually has. Check out:
for more information on Stirling engines.
The good news about energy is that we have so much of it available we choose poorly or for all the wrong reasons. The really good news is that we are changing that and beginning to choose less energy from the wrong sources and placing pressure on better sources to come forward. No matter that the oil companies are rumoured to have bought up all the patents on cheap energy, we are moving in a direction that will force these things out. We are no longer isolated from each other. The internet brings us more information than we can use and some we don’t want. The internet also brings openness that has never been known in large societies before. We will see much more good news about alternate energy sources soon.
STARTING YOUR BENESTROPHE GROUP.
Benestrophe groups are formed by sponsors.
Starting a Benestrophe group is easy. Anyone can do it. All you need is a place to gather and the desire to begin. Groups are usually launched by nothing more than someone inviting a small circle of friends to get together and read The Vision of Benestrophe. Benestrophe meetings offer an easy way to heal ourselves and to assist others in healing themselves.
The word “sponsor” defines the person who takes responsibility for creating and maintaining the group. How this responsibility is administered varies widely. The sponsor determines the content of the meetings and may serve as the primary facilitator if he or she desires. Although the facilitator of a meeting can change from time to time, the sponsor retains ultimate responsibility for the organization and functioning of the group and its meetings.
Let’s say you want to sponsor a new Benestrophe group. No forms or paperwork are required. Once you are clear about your intention for the group, you simply declare that the group exists and proceed to organize the particulars. The moment you begin, you are the sponsor of the group.
Pick a name and meeting place for the group
The first task is to name your group. Any name that aligns with your focus will do. For example, you might call your group the “We Are One Benestrophe Group”, the “Children of Light Benestrophe Group”, the “IAMUS Benestrophe Group,” or the “Anonymous Angels of Benestrophe Group.” Keep the name of the group impersonal by not including anyone’s name in it.
A suitable meeting place should be secured. There are two categories of meeting places: public and private. A public meeting place is any location within a public building or facility. This could be a church, school, theater, municipal park, or hotel conference room. With a public location, the sponsor may need to pay a rental fee. A private meeting place is any location that is not normally accessible to the public. This will usually be someone’s home, but could also be an office or some other place of business. A number of our groups have been provided meeting space by the Unity Church or a similar venue.
Like most aspects of Benestrophe, selecting a meeting place involves no hard and fast rules. You can try one way and then change later. Many sponsors elect to start their group by meeting at peoples’ houses. Others prefer to start at a public location so that new members feel comfortable at first and then move to a system of rotating hosts later. Do whatever feels right for you.
A few other details should be decided upon by the sponsor. Membership in a Benestrophe group may be open or closed to the public. Closed groups may gather by personal invitation only. Groups that are open to the general public publicize their activities. This is normally done through advertising, either by placing ads in local media or by distributing flyers that announce the time and location of meetings. Here again, the sponsor can act upon his or her personal preferences.
The regularity of the meetings should also be considered. The sponsor may prefer a regular weekly schedule, with members meeting at the exact same time and place every week. Or the sponsor may prefer to hold meetings on an irregular basis. Some groups conduct both regular weekly meetings and special celebrations or intensives at other times.
Keep in mind that there is more than one correct way to organize a Benestrophe group. Although this chapter contains many suggestions, the sponsor of a group is always free to accept them or not as he or she sees fit. A particular group may come up with a style of meetings that does not resemble anything like what we discuss in this chapter. That is fine, as long as the spirit of Benestrophe is present and The Vision of Benestrophe is read at meetings.
Getting the word out
If you elect to keep your group private, perhaps limit the group to a specific number of members, your advertising might involve nothing more than mentioning it to a few acquaintances. Simply inform those who you think would be interested that you are starting a group and when and where you will meet. Tell them a little about the focus of the group, and be sure they understand that they are personally selected and are invited to attend.
If you elect to draw members from the public, you may choose to make your advertising a little more extensive. Start by telling your friends and acquaintances. In some cases, that’s all that is necessary. That will be enough to start the ball rolling. A small core of enthused individuals who subsequently tell others can often lead to a large and vibrant group of people. If you are new in town, don’t know many people, or want to begin your group with a large turnout, you may choose to advertise in the media. A small classified ad in a local newspaper usually works well. Copies of The Vision of Benestrophe or a simple flyer to distribute around town is also effective. Any mention on radio or television is good. Most local radio and television stations make such announcements as a public service without charge. Local computer bulletin boards usually allow the posting of messages without charging a fee. Many local church and social organizations will be responsive to your efforts and will be happy to publicize your group.
Make your advertising message simple and to the point. State that a new group is forming and supply the time and
location. Give a local phone number so that people can contact you for additional information. That’s all there is to it.
If you use your creativity, you will find there are many ways to publicize your new group with a minimum of effort and expense.
Some sponsors conduct initial advertising, get their group going, and then drop all publicity They prefer to either limit their group to a specific number of people or let the group’s word of mouth bring in new members. Other sponsors continue to conduct some form of ongoing public- ity This can be a regular classified ad, run maybe one week per month, or some other form of advertising that continues indefinitely. Depending on the budget of the group, such ongoing advertising should constitute only a small percentage of the funds available. You can do a little temporary advertising for new members at any time, whenever you find attendance could use a boost. Once your group has been meeting regularly for a period of time, you can better determine the needs of the group regarding new members.
We come together of our own free will
Sooner or later, the moment comes when people, of their own free will, choose to arrive at your selected meeting location to take part in the healing process of Benestrophe. It is a time of celebration, a time to rejoice. Your efforts at publicity have paid off; people are responding to the message. Allow your natural enthusiasm to show as you receive your guests.
Welcome all those who show up and thank them for coming. Most people will be cheerful and enthused, eagerly awaiting their new adventure. Take comfort in the fact that they will not be disappointed.
Make sure all details regarding the meeting room are ready for your guests before they arrive. Have necessary
items prepared ahead of time. If you are planning to do a process involving paper or writing, have the paper and pencils ready to go. If you need to supply drinks, have the cups and pitchers set out in advance. Whatever else is needed, be sure to take care of the details well before the scheduled time of the meeting.
Start on time! This is a critical element in creating successful and meaningful meetings. How you conduct your meetings relative to this one principle can set the tone for everything else you do in your group for the duration of time your group exists. In actual practice, this may require some diligence on your part. Over a period of time, this policy creates a more functional group. Word quickly spreads that people need to arrive on time, and they will.
A Benestrophe meeting is an exciting event. Many people look forward to the meeting far in advance. New people come with open Hearts and high expectations. The natural energy of the group is often sufficient to shift everyone’s attitude in a positive and beneficial direction. Benestrophe is a celebration of Sacred Relationship. When guests arrive, whether they know it or not, they are in for an experience that can change their lives. A Benestrophe meeting, no matter what specific rituals or processes are performed, is always an expression of the healing power of Love. As members arrive and take their places within the group, allow yourself to feel a sense of gratitude for the joyous and wonderful celebration that you are blessed to be a part of.
The structure of our fellowship is minimal
The purpose of Benestrophe meetings is to enable cocreators of Benestrophe to share ways to complete or live the Twelve Steps. To have an effective group, there are certain technical aspects that must be addressed. 0nce a sponsor has selected the group’s name, he or she may notify Benestrophe Central in order to place the name on file. Benestrophe Central can also be informed of the sponsor’s first name, address, and phone number; whether the group is open or closed to the public; whether Benestrophe Central may disclose the sponsor’s first name and Phone number to potential new members; and the names and addresses of members who wish to be on Benestrophe Centrals mailing list.
This contact is optional. Since the Benestrophe fellowship is a Self-organizing network, the sponsor is not required to reveal this information if he or she, for some reason, Prefers not to. We suggest, however, that all sponsors do so, since Benestrophe Central can serve the group through the dissemination of information only if it knows of the group’s existence.
Keep in mind that group donations to Benestrophe Central are mandatory. In this regard, the sponsor does not have the option of shunning contact with Benestrophe Central. (The details of this financial obligation are spelled out in detail in our Seventh Tradition.) In theory, a sponsor could send the group’s monthly donations to Benestrophe Central anonymously, never revealing the specifics of his or her group. However, the interests of all groups and members are better served by informing Benestrophe Central of the group’s activities. Honoring the principle of anonymity, Benestrophe Central neither sells its mailing list to other organizations nor discloses the identity of its members.
As expressed in our Ninth Tradition, we maintain the minimum amount of structure necessary for the smooth functioning of our fellowship and its individual groups. Whenever possible, structure is minimized in order to favor the Self~organizing power of Love. Flexibility is maintained in all matters, including the format and structure of group
meetings. Structure is viewed merely as a useful tool, as something available for us to use in order to improve the efficiency of our Benestrophe activities.
In the purest sense, the Benestrophe network of groups has no hierarchy. When everyone supports everyone else, the harmonious participation of the members creates the healing miracle of Love. All interactions between Benestrophe sponsors, members, and Benestrophe Central are guided by the principle of Trust.
This is the March 2001 Publication of BENESTROPHIC NEWS and is available for use as indicated by the tenor and statements contained within. Benestrophic News is intended as a source of enlightenment in every area of life and to bring good in all things.
Published by BenestropheCentral
Rev. David E. Howell