Bruce Lipton – The Tapping Solution Part 1 & 2


Interview With Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D.

A clip from A Better World, Mitchell J. Rabin interviews Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D.

Author Rupert Sheldrake shares his research on dogs who know when their owners are coming home and other examples of pet telepathy (about 10 minutes long, but the full version is over 40 minutes).

BiographyRupert Sheldrake, PhD is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry.

He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, where he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells. At Clare College he was also Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. From 1968 to 1969, based in the Botany Department of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, he studied rain forest plants.

From 1974 to 1985 he worked at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, where he was Principal Plant Physiologist. While in India, he also lived for a year and a half at the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in Tamil Nadu, where he wrote his first book, A New Science of Life. He is currently the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge, and an Academic Director and Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. He lives in London with his wife and two sons.

He has appeared in many TV programs in Britain and overseas, and was one of the participants (along with Stephen Jay Gould, Daniel Dennett, Oliver Sacks, Freeman Dyson and Stephen Toulmin) in a TV series called A Glorious Accident, shown on PBS channels throughout the US. He has often taken part in BBC and other radio programmes. He has written for newspapers such as the Guardian, where he had a regular monthly column, The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Times Educational Supplement, Times Higher Education Supplement, The Times Literary Supplement and the Toronto Globe and Mail, and has contributed to a variety of magazines, including New Scientist, Resurgence, the Ecologist and the Spectator.

EducationA former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, where he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells. At Clare College he was also Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. From 1968 to 1969, based in the Botany Department of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, he studied rain forest plants. From 1974 to 1985 he worked at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, where he was Principal Plant Physiologist. While in India, he also lived for a year and a half at the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in Tamil Nadu, where he wrote his first book, A New Science of Life. He is currently the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge, and an Academic Director and Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut

The Soul mantra

from the work of Djwhal Khul and Alice Bailey
Soul Mantra
I am the Monad, I am the Soul
I am the Light Divine
I am Love, I am Will
I am Fixed Design
I am a messenger of Light. I am a pilgrim on the way of love.
I do not walk alone, but know myself as one with all great souls,
& one with them in service.
Their strength is mine. This strength I claim.
My strength is theirs and this I freely give.
A soul, I walk on earth. I represent the one.
I am a point of light within a greater light.
I am a strand of loving energy within the stream of love divine.
I am a point of sacrificial fire, focused within the fiery will of God.
And thus I stand. I am a way by which men may achieve.
I am a source of strength enabling them to stand.
I am a beam of light, shining upon their way.
And thus I stand. And standing thus, revolve
And tread this way the ways of men, and know the ways of God.
And thus I stand
The sons of men are one & I am one with them.
I seek to love not hate. I seek to serve, not exact due service.
I seek to heal, not hurt.
Let pain bring just reward of light & love.
Let the soul control the outer form & life & all events
& bring to light the love which underlies the happenings of the time.
Let vision come and insight, let the future stand revealed.
Let inner union demonstrate & outer cleavages be gone.
Let love prevail. Let all men love.
Let Light and Love and Power Restore the Plan on Earth.
I am one with my group of brothers, & all that I have is theirs.
May the love which is in my soul pour forth to them.
May the strength which is in me lift and aid them.
May the thoughts which my soul creates reach & encourage them.

Original music From Daniel Kolbialka :
From The CD Fragrance of a Dream:
Kind courtesy of LiSem Enterprises and
Daniel Kolbialka at
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Intention:Aware and awake

Direction of Intention

Imagine that intention is the car you drive;

imperative for movement, the essence of your desires.

The key to the power of energetic deliverance lies within intention.

One aspect of intention is specific direction — clear & concise.

It is there you where you determine the road your energy will follow.

Intention is provided to avoid the energy being lost, misguided or usurped in the Universe.

For example, when we hold the intention of unconditional love within our hearts,

we open ourselves to the Universe & Spirit…

…to allow an expansion & an extension of our truest selves.

Unconditional love emerges unimpeded, brilliant.

It is in this place where we face the reality of sending our love to another

– be that a person, groups of people, things, or places;

we intuitively recognize we draw upon our heart & soul…

…through our unlimited divine potential.

Respect for freewill to remain for the intended recipient…

…is essential for pure deliverance of our intention.

Butterfly : Mystery of Transformation

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”
* Richard Bach*” ILLUSIONS”

The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach ~ Christof Koch

Consciousness is the major unsolved problem in biology. How do the elemental feelings and sensations making up conscious experience, the redness of red and painfulness of pain, arise from the concerted actions of nerve cells and their associated synaptic and molecular processes? Can such feelings be explained by modern science, or is some quite different kind of explanation needed? And how can this seemingly intractable problem be approached experimentally?

Designed as an introduction to the field and drawing upon anatomical, physiological, clinical and psychological observations, this book seeks answers to these questions within a neurobiological framework; that is, how do the operations of the conscious mind emerge out of the specific interactions of myriads of neurons.

“Christof Koch has written a superb introduction to the modern exploration of the biology of consciousness, based on his collaborative work with Francis Crick. The Quest for Consciousness is an extraordinarily well-written book that outlines in clear terms the key issues that the biology of the mind will be confronting in the next several decades. The book is a must for both the general reader as well as for scientists in the field.”
Eric Kandel, Author of Principles of Neural Science and winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

Christof Koch on the Science of Consciousness

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes neurobiologist Christof Koch for a discussion of what biology can tell us about consciousness. He discusses the framework for defining the problem which he developed with Nobel Laureate Francis Crick. He reflects on the ongoing revolution in our understanding of the brain and how technology is impacting the transformation of our neuronal correlates of consciousness. He also discusses the implications of his research for our understanding of man’s place in the universe.

Random Acts of Kindness

“You are here to serve others, to be a light for them, to participate in their lessons and to help heal humanity. You are also here to serve yourself, to heal your karma, to enable your soul’s growth and reconnect to the Source. Your challenge is to find a balance between serving others and yourself so that you can accomplish the tasks that you established for yourself in this lifetime and even go beyond that. How you view your role in serving others is an important part of this process.”

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The Awakening of The Cosmic Heart (The Core Rainbow)

‘We are in the most significant evolutionary transition that our species has ever encountered.’
Gary Zukav

Reconnecting with the Cosmic heart (the Core Rainbow)

The Core Rainbow is the personification of the various manifestations and frequencies of The Cosmic Heart. The Core Rainbow Heart is the “universal essence” from which everything in the universe came into being.

The Way of the Heart, also known as “The Breath”, is one of the most ancient Sacred Teachings of initiation designed to facilitate the ascension of the Human species

The energies that we can feel all over Our Mother Earth are pulsing in the same rhythm as our own hearts; we are all attuned with the multidimensional vibration of the Cosmic Heart. Our planet is constantly receiving attunements to align our energies with The Rainbow Core.

Its origin is located in the galactic center known as “The Central Sun”. The awakening and alignment of the many dimensions of this Cosmic Heart with our own human frequencies are conditions to complete the shift we are all about to endure as a human race.

The purpose of Heart Awakening is to express and reconnect our relationship with the Divine. There is a need for clarity to spark and rekindle the glowing embers of the flame of love reconnecting with the Divine Flame of Life.

The way of the Divine Heart is related to the image of the flame of the Phoenix rising from the ‘ashes’ which is the Way of Eternal Truth; the Sacred Cosmic Heart Fire.

The re-coding of our DNA, which is the opening of other chakra centers in conjunction with the alignment from meridians, assists the chakra grids to harmonize the frequencies and rhythm of our awakened consciousness.

They are helping to broaden the opening of the connections of the path of the heart while also performing reconstruction of this same pathway; bringing back the Divine Spark of Light for the acceleration of evolution.

The breath of the heart imagery is composed by the continuing ascending and descending spirals which are the life-sustaining symbol of the entire universe.

Our Sacred Heart is different from our physical heart. This ever expanding energy from the Cosmic Heart is composed of pure creative energy comprised of chaste unconditional love. This is the original link with the Divine Christ Consciousness.

The invocation and attunement with the Cosmic Heart energies are vital to the next step in our galactic ascension process.

The ultimate purpose to the awakening of these specific energies inside of the core of our Soul is to promote both inner and universal healing of Humanity and peace leading to Oneness and World Peace.

The straight knowledge that comes with the understanding and linking from the heart with this Cosmic Heart Beat, the Truth of your Being, your purpose and great mission in life, can be finally manifested.

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The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav

I’ve always wanted to read this book but couldn’t find it in bookstores. So finally I managed to get its audio version.

It digs deeper into quantum mechanics.

Gary Zukav has written “the Bible” for those who are curious about the mind-expanding discoveries of advanced physics, but who have no scientific background. Like a Wu Li Master who would teach us wonder for the falling petal before speaking of gravity, Zukav writes in beautifully clear language–with no mathematical equations–opening our minds to the exciting new theories that are beginning to embrace the ultimate nature of our universe…Quantum mechanics, relativity, and beyond to the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen effect and Bell’s theorem.

“Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based upon our perceptions. What we perceive depends upon what we look for. What we look for depends upon what we think. What we think depends upon what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. what we take to be true is our reality.”


The Eight Chakra: The seat of the soul:
The conflicts of a human’s life are directly proportional to the distance at which energy of personality exists separately from the harmonic frequencies that emanates from the divine spark or soul.
The Seat of the soul, the eighth chakra holds the ancient knowledge of our soul contracts and ultimately, our life purpose.
The 8th Chakra is the energy center of divine love, of spiritual compassion and spiritual selflessness. The seat of the soul is the major core star of our energetic system, also holding the records of on what our souls had agreed as specific lessons in our upcoming lifetimes and past lives.

Consciousness and Quantum Mysticism

In this clip, neurosurgeon Joseph E. Bogen discusses the varying orders of magnitude observed in the natural world, and the different theories of consciousness that refer to them. Anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff then asserts that all these theories are mistaken, since they neglect the fundamental and irreducible character of consciousness. Neuroscientist Christof Koch then criticizes Hameroff for his panpsychist views, and advocates that instead of seeking progress by mere conceptual analysis, we ought to be looking for psycho-physical correlations through empirical research.

The complete video of this discussion can be viewed here:…

Consciousness, Creativity & the Brain

In this University of Washington program, award-winning writer, director, and producer David Lynch discusses his films and his 30-year relationship with Transcendental Meditation, and its role in his creative process. He is joined by physicist John Hagelin, who was featured in the documentary ‘What The Bleep Do We Know?’ and neuroscientist Dr. Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management. The program is sponsored in joint partnership by the College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Washington Alumni Association.

Phew! 2012 Doomsday Date May Be Wrong Mayan Calendar’s Doomsday Date May Be Off by 50 to 100 years, Research Shows

Doomsday believers, you might be able to breathe a sigh of relief.

The much-hyped “prediction” that, according to the ancient Mayan calendar, the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, may be based on a miscalculation. According to recent research, the mythological date of the “end of days” may be off by 50 to 100 years. To convert the ancient Mayan calendar to the Gregorian (or modern) calendar, scholars use a numerical value (called the GMT). But Gerardo Aldana, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, says the data supporting the widely-adopted conversion factor may be invalid.

In a chapter in the book “Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World,” Aldana casts doubt on the accuracy of the Mayan calendar correlation, saying that the 2012 prophecy as well as other historical dates may be off.

“One of the principal complications is that there are really so few scholars who know the astronomy, the epigraphy and the archeology,” Aldana said in a UCSB press release. “Because there are so few people who are working on that, you get people who don’t see the full scope of the problem. And because they don’t see the full scope, they buy things they otherwise wouldn’t. It’s a fun problem.”

Researcher Questions Accuracy of Mayan Calendar’s 2012 Prophecy and Other Dates The GMT constant, named for early Mayan scholars Joseph Goodman, Juan Martinez-Hernandez and J. Eric S. Thompson, is partly based on astronomical events. Those early Mayanists relied heavily on dates found in colonial documents written in Mayan languages and recorded in the Latin alphabet, the release said.

A later scholar, American linguist and anthropologist Floyd Lounsbury, further supported the GMT constant. But, through his research reconstructing Mayan astronomical practices and reviewing data in the archeological record, the release said Aldana found weaknesses in Lounsbury’s work that cause the argument behind the GMT constant to fall “like a stack of cards.”

“This may not seem to be much, but what it does is destabilize the entire argument,” he said. “A few scholars have stood up and said, ‘No, the GMT is wrong,'” Aldana said. “But in my opinion, what they’ve done is try to provide alternatives without looking at why the GMT is wrong in the first place.”

Despite research undercutting the 2012 apocalypse hype, films, websites and books will likely continue to drive “end of days” mania to a fever pitch. A crop of iPhone applications count down to (or capitalize on) the 2012 apocalypse, several websites

ABC News’ Susan Donaldson James contributed to this article.

In 2012, Our Planet Will Become A WAR ZONE Will You Survive, Or Are You And Your Family Already Doomed?

By the time you finish reading this, you’ll know:
Which nightmarish predictions are complete jokes, and which ones are 100% correct And exactly why world leaders and mass media have been covering these facts up for years.

The truth about whats ACTUALLY going to happen in 2012, and why billions of people need to prepare for the impending disasters, or prepare to die.
How you can guarantee your survival, and the survival of your loved ones. Because survival IS possible, and you can protect your most valuable treasure when the calamity begins the people you love.

Interview with Paul Von Ward Discussing Reincarnation- Part 1 & 2

Paul Von Ward discusses his latest book The Soul Genome, and how an understanding of reincarnation can help us attain a balanced state of health.

THE SOUL GENOME: Science and Reincarnation
by Paul Von Ward

The Latin-based word “reincarnation” and its antecedents in Greek, Sanskrit, Bantu, and many other languages have focused conversations in all cultures for millennia. But what do they really mean?
Most concepts of reincarnation emphasize its role in a spiritual realm. Some books have led to a view that reincarnation involves only special cases of distinctive physical markings, unexplained memories, or a trauma from a previous life that can be healed in this one. Even secular discussions of reincarnation often use mystical terms, unrelated to everyday life.

The different forms of alleged evidence for reincarnation have never been subjected to a mainstream, scientific examination of the possibility that it may be a natural phenomenon. Wouldn’t it make sense that if the Dalai Lama or other special cases indicate some form of past-life links, it is equally likely that all of us are influenced by the same process? Given the widespread reports of hypothetical cases, could “reincarnation” be a universal aspect of Homo sapiens’ physical and conscious evolution?

A pilot project initiated by Paul Von Ward in early 2005 involves a scientific approach to answering such questions. Reported in his new book, The Soul Genome: Science and Reincarnation, the project evaluates various cases, examines alternative explanations, and considers their implications. The project Reincarnation Experiment completed tests of a theoretical model that suggests human reproduction (and probably that of other species) involves an info-energetic psychoplasm that encompasses the physical genome.

His book and the project’s evolving web site invite public testing of the methodology and help in refinement of the model. While there is still much work to be done, the preliminary evidence highlighted in the book raises some tantalizing issues, including the origin of the knowledge and skills of prodigies in music, mathematics, and other fields.

Paul asks his readers to “Contemplate that what you study in school or college, where you live and work, whom you marry, or not, how you spend your free time, who your friends are, and what you feel about it may reflect the influence of events in centuries past. What difference would it make if you learned that how you interpret global, national, neighborhood, and family affairs may be based on more than what you have learned since birth?”

Thought-provoking evidence evaluated by the project suggests that you may be predisposed by the experiences of one or more humans who lived in the past. It raises the possibility that even if you don’t know who they were, their “soulprints” may be evident in you today.

Without recourse to extra-dimensional or solely personal information, Paul evaluated the empirical evidence for reincarnation in scores of cases. He concluded that thousands of proposed past-life connections can be more logically explained by the psychoplasm or soul-genome concept than by any other theory.

Paul says, “In my research, I found that much more verifiable data supported individual past-life connections than have been reported by other books in the field. Illustrative cases highlighted in the book (and on the project website) include both ordinary folks as well as known historical figures. All these cases are documented and evaluated according to the new integral research model developed during the first stages of the Reincarnation Experiment.”

The Soul Genome brings a totally new perspective to reincarnation. Its subtitle, Science and Reincarnation, suggests why. It subjects what has been thought of as a nebulous concept of spiritual, metaphysical, or transpersonal worldviews, to an examination through the lens of 21st-century science. As an interdisciplinary cosmologist, Paul brings reincarnation down to Earth to ascertain its tangible features and explore its implications for Homo sapiens.

Although this mini-hypothesis must still be labeled speculative, reading about this project’s well-developed case studies may change the way you think about human behavior.

Ken Wilber – Divine Pride and the 1-2-3 of God

Ken talks about the Three Faces of God that we can relate to, and how important this moment is in the Integral wave of development… truly inspirational.

Replenishing the Earth by Wangari Maathai

An impassioned call to heal the wounds of our planet and ourselves through the tenets of our spiritual traditions, from a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

It is so easy, in our modern world, to feel disconnected from the physical earth. Despite dire warnings and escalating concern over the state of our planet, many people feel out of touch with the natural world. Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai has spent decades working with the Green Belt Movement to help women in rural Kenya plant–and sustain–millions of trees.

With their hands in the dirt, these women often find themselves empowered and “at home” in a way they never did before. Maathai wants to impart that feeling to everyone, and believes that the key lies in traditional spiritual values: love for the environment, self-betterment, gratitude and respect, and a commitment to service. While educated in the Christian tradition, Maathai draws inspiration from many faiths, celebrating the Jewish mandate tikkun olam (“repair the world”) and renewing the Japanese term mottainai (“don’t waste”). Through rededication to these values, she believes, we might finally bring about healing for ourselves and the earth.

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai was elected to Kenya’s parliament in 2002 and in 2003 was appointed Assistant Minister for Environment, Natural Resources, and Wildlife. She is also the author of a memoir, Unbowed, and speaks to organizations around the world. She lives in Nairobi.

1. Why did you decide to write a memoir at this point in your life? Was it something you knew all along you would do at some point in your life?
Writing my memoirs was a response to the many questions I continue to be asked about sharing my life, work and experiences, especially after the prize. Although I had thought about writing it before, I kept postponing it. At first I worked on a book that focused on the work and experience of GBM entitled The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience. Through the questions people asked me, I realized they were interested in knowing why and how I started the movement, what inspired me, what my background was and what sustained my interest. The Nobel Peace Prize allowed me to reflect even more on these questions.

2. What were some of the challenges in the writing process? It must not be an easy task to remember and retell (so clearly) all those events that took place in your life and your country’s history.
Time was the biggest challenge in the process. I worked on this project even as I continued all my other activities in addition to responding to the new interest in our work generated by the Nobel Peace Prize. A lot of travel was necessitated and all of a sudden my workload significantly increased. I however felt it was the right time to work on the project. It is not easy to forget events that shape your personality, psyche and values. These memories are constantly being tapped in the course of your life to define who we are. The writing process was also facilitated by the help I received help from many sources—family, friends, supporters—just as I have throughout my life.

3. This book is so much more than a story of your life, which memoirs usually are. In fact, it is through your story that we learn a great deal about your country and Africa in general. Therein, in my opinion, lies its strength. Was this your intention?
Not really. But it would have been difficult to convey the experiences of my life without unraveling the historical and political context within which my life was unfolding. These realities shaped and created who I became. I hope when people read my book they will identify their own experiences in my life’s journey and will be encouraged to embrace and make the best of theirs. I also hope it will help in their understanding of Africans experiences. Many Africans grew up in the colonial and post-colonial period and this book may help others understand how that experience shaped who we are today.

4. You devote a chapter to your experience living and studying in the United States in the late 1960s and explain how it transformed you as a person. What were some of the things about America and its people that inspired you to care about the world as much as you do? Also, do you feel any different today in light of America’s often-criticized foreign policy?
America represents many things to different people. For me, its diversity, economic influence, expansiveness, beauty, endurance and its ability to nurture and neglect at the same time are some of the characteristics of the United States that made a permanent impact on my mind. So were events such as the civil rights movement, the Kennedy presidency and the American college experience.

I remember my time in America and the people I met with great affection. I feel I carried its energy and confidence back with me to Kenya, and that helped me in my efforts to make changes in my own country. America still has that energy and drive, and has the capacity, especially because of the commitment of its people, to promote greater peace and harmony in the world.

5. You say at one point that poverty in Africa and other parts of the world is not only the result of bad governance but also an outcome of the global economic system. What more can be done to correct this, and not only by those with power and influence but also by the average person who simply wants to make a difference? As you say, “it is one thing to understand the issues. It is quite another to do something about them.”

The leadership in Africa can do a lot and indeed there has been some progress. Globally, politics notwithstanding, Africa can do with more genuine friends both at the bilateral level and within global institutions such as WTO and Bretton Woods Institutions among others. With greater understanding, individual citizens can do a lot to push their governments to be more responsible and accountable beyond their borders. Those of us with influence (for example, academic, political, celebrities, etc.) can do a lot to influence policy both locally at the global level.

6. The Green Belt Movement, which you founded in 1977, is going strong after so many years. Can you briefly discuss its mission and future goals?
The mission of The Green Belt Movement is to create a value-driven society of people who consciously work for continued improvement of their livelihoods and a greener, cleaner Kenya. Looking forward, the GBM is working to facilitate the sharing of the GBM experience with the rest of the world.

As an African grass roots organization that has demonstrated the success of its holistic approach to the interrelated problems of environmental degradation, poverty and women’s rights, and governance, we have established Green Belt Movement International to ensure that the work of the GBM in Kenya expands and is sustained, facilitate the sharing of the work with other parts of Africa and beyond, to institutionalize the work and experiences of GBM so future generations can continue to learn and be empowered by this example and to continue to support important global campaigns and struggles that represent the linkage between the environment, democracy and peace, such as the Congo Forest Basin Ecosystem and the African Union’s ECOSOCC.

7. You spend a great deal of time in your book discussing the importance of education, which is a “ticket out” of poverty in many parts of the world. But you also say that education, “if it means anything, should not take people away from the land.” Is this still happening? Aren’t educated people much more environmentally aware today than in the not-so-distant past, or is there still much more to be done. What are your thoughts on this?

At least in Africa where people’s livelihoods were dependent on primary natural resources like (land, soil, water, forests) and where, due to lack of advanced technology, labor was intensive, education was perceived to be a gateway to light work which led to a better quality of life. Running away from the rural landscapes became a goal for the educated and the governing elite. That is what I mean by saying education should not alienate us from the primary natural resources. When we do get alienated, not only do we destroy those resources and thereby undermine our quality of life, but we also become insensitive to their destruction. Therefore, education is important but it must be an education that ensures we are not alienated from the resources upon which our survival depends.

8. What achievement are you most proud of and why?

Winning Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 is probably at the top of that list. Congratulations on that.
My most important achievement is having been fortunate enough not to have lost my focus despite the many distractions along the way. I also most proud of my three children and the extended family, which never failed to encourage me.

9. What’s next in store for you?
Being a Peace Laureate means that I am now a permanent ambassador for peace wherever I go. It’s a wonderful responsibility. It entails sharing my work, inspiration, my thoughts on peace, democracy and sustainable management of resources. I have already been requested by several African Heads of States to serve as goodwill ambassador for the Congo Basin Forest Ecosystem.

The African Union has also asked me to assist in mobilizing civil society in Africa towards the formation of a common forum to promote unity and better management of African affairs. In Kenya, I enjoy representing grassroots people in parliament. It helps me not to lose sight of the real issues that affect a majority of the African people and indeed much of the developing world. It would be otherwise easier to escape into an ivory tower. So, I have a lot to do! in addition to serving my country these new responsibilities will keep me busy for many years to come.

One on One – Wangari Maathai – 19 Jan 2008 – Part 1

As the Green Belt Movement in Africa grew, she became known as the Tree Mother.

One on One – Wangari Maathai – 19 Jan 2008 – Part 2

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