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Dear Ms Fallin,

May I invite you to take a short walk with me? Even though I am many thousands of miles away from you, please kindly accept my invitation. I will not keep you away too long from your daily activities.

You see, as my heart rested on the state of Oklahoma a few days ago, I wondered if anyone sat with you recently and talk with you about Life, and about Love. Of course, you may say, your wife, your children, your friends, they all show you love, and you to them, and you all share about life every day…

But, Ms Fallin, I want to talk about a different kind of life, the Life we have all been given when we were born. And I want to talk about a different kind of Love, about the essence of Love, which is what we are.

You see, what sadly happens when we are born, is that we all forget, to varying degree about what we are, about who we are. And as adults, we now believe that we have become nurses, teachers, ministers, lawyers, road sweepers, tramps, killers and victims, mothers, fathers… and a million other things but…

That is not really who we are. And we hardly ever stop long enough to ask ourselves this really important question, and if we do not ask this question, we will not have an answer either, or at the least, we will not even start our quest to find out.

Now you may ask me, ‘but why do we need an answer to such a question? And what makes you think I do not know who I am? How arrogant can you be, Isabelle Gravenstein, to presume people do not know?’

But bear with me a moment longer, please. The reason we need an answer to this question ‘who am I?’ is because knowing – or not knowing – that answer is what shapes our civilisation, in all of its aspects!

We went from the stone age, to dark ages, to revolutions, to economic reforms, to the enlightened era, back into more darkness, into slavery, then abolitions, and more revolutions, then into more light, swinging like yo-yos, back and forth, never really settling on the crests of the best waves, but never quite going back totally into darkness either.

Fortunately, along the way, some of us asked some really important questions, about what it means to be a sentient being, what it means to be a civilised society, what it means to be ‘human’.

A society that is not based on a concerted and wilful foundation of Love and respect for Life will never survive indefinitely. They all knew that, at some point, such societies, made up of people, will be forced to make better choices.

In so many ways, societies across the globe have now been cornered and are forced to make better choices. We can bless that one man who invented the internet, as, thanks to him, we are all truly becoming more and more as One. And the ones among us who insist on living in darkness are sometimes gently, and sometimes more harshly, reminded to make better choices.

America is now in such a position. The international community is looking on, and asking for this great nation to make better choices and treat its people with more respect, with more dignity, with more compassion, with more Love.

No, it is not an impossible task. In fact, it is a very simple task, as it requires only a small amount of willingness from each one of us to allow more Love, more Light and more Life into our awareness, no more than that. And that is something that is done very simply, in the sanctuary of our own hearts. We do not need to go on TV to achieve this, and we do not need complicated analysis, endless reviews of efficacy of archaic laws, improved judicial and economic systems to see the effects of the alternative on offer.

Dear Ms Fallin, Love is a simple affair, but our egos have complicated it so very much, that we do not know where we stand any more. Extending Love to another is the natural expression of who we are, there is nothing more natural for a human being to do than to extend Love to all Life. We have been highly misguided in listening to a small voice in our head that is prompting us to select the recipients of our Love. But this is a selection that our hearts are unable to make. And even though in our minds, we are constantly sorting out who is worthy or not, it is merely a fake lie we have believed in for way too long.

So I come back to why it is important for you, and me, and all of us to know that who we are is in fact, Love. And to know this, really know this in every single cell of your being will take you on a brand new journey in Life, a journey you may not know was open to you, but let us embark on it together, anyway, just for a short while. Please bear with me again.

Knowing that you are Love changes everything. It straight away transforms your heart, it softens it, it cracks the untruths that were constricting it for so long, it dissolves the small pockets of shadows that you did not even notice had settled there. This Love will help you see the entire world, and everyone in it, in a very different way. It will remove your belief that you need to ‘judge’ people you meet, to ascertain if you are safe in their company or not. This beautiful Love will render you blind to all differences that your mind is now reporting to you. This kind Love will now encourage you to see only the common identity you share with anyone. This magnificent Love will make you want to show respect for all Life, for all people, and it will show you and make you feel so clearly, without any doubt, that others are intrinsically linked to you, through that beautiful thread of Love, and that nothing, absolutely nothing that human beings have ever invented can sever that thread of Love that unites us all, all 7 billions of us.

And by recognising this unity in your heart, you will now know that what you do to another, you inevitably do it to yourself, it is unavoidable. And now, this beautiful Love guides you, ever so gently to choose Love and Life in every moment of your own life. You will not have to think long and hard about making decisions about other people, because the choice will always be very simple, pointing to respect of the other in front of you, as you would respect your own life.

But, you may object, “Isabelle Gravenstein, you are naïve, do you realise what type of people our State has to deal with every day, thousands of them, and so many not behaving at all like what you are telling me we should behave like. So many have killed others in the most horrendous ways. How can I ignore those terrible misdeeds? They have happened!”

I know about this situation, dear Ms Fallin, and this is my answer to you. Yes, the misdeeds have happened, and those people have indeed been less than Love in the moments when they chose to kill another. We are all appalled, and angered, and saddened by it all, and we all wish it did not happen, and we all want it not to happen again, and inflict again so much pain to more people…but…

The way we go about trying to avoid future tragedies is not by inflicting the same treatment on the culprits. Those people, still at One with us, need our example of how a decent human being led by Love and compassion should behave. If we truly want to reform anyone, and make our society any safer, let us teach something that can transform them truly, and transform each one of us, like compassion and a willingness to really change the ones who are most in need of guidance, through our highest example, and not through our expressions of vengeance and retribution.

Harsh punishment is simply perpetuating the separation (fictitious but appearing so real) between good and not so good citizens. This sense of separation literally prevents peace from spreading all around us, as we close our hearts off and prevent our Love from being expressed naturally, the way I explained it earlier. And when we do not allow love to flow naturally, we prevent those people and ourselves from getting out of the ills of our society. Wishing for harsh punishment and death on others keeps us all in the gutter. It is impossible for anyone to move to that place where we wish to really be, where peace and goodwill prevail, where respect for each other is prevalent, when we are in fact bound to those others we really want to have nothing to do with! We are all in chains, invisible chains of Love, that bind us one to the other and we will never be able to move into a better place without those ‘others’. If I am handcuffed to you, I have to go where you go, and you have to go where I go, but wherever we are going, we are not going alone, but together! So we might as well choose to go to a good place! And I think we would both make this choice very easily.

By the mere fact that we wish ill onto another, we have erased the steps that could have raised us both to a better place. And we are all responsible for this stagnation in the gutters. The proof is in how our modern societies have become more violent, more disrespectful of human life, more depraved in so many ways, with more guns, more shooting, more killing, and more prisoners than ever before.

And we are all responsible, however much we proclaim loud and clear ‘I did not do the shooting, the raping! I did not disrespect those lives, I did not kill anyone…” we do it every day, quietly, in secret, in the shadows of our own minds. When we hear about the murders committed by Brian Davis, Anthony Bank, Clayton Lockett, Charles Wagner…we want them dead, so we do the killing,

 

in secret, over and over… And some of us are so glad to be able to say it in public, loudly, as our wish to kill is sanctioned by the nation or the State in which we live…

…and that is how violence is perpetuated by the ones among us, who express righteous indignation at the murder committed by another, but are so blind to the consequences of our own destructive and murderous desires… killing another leaves a trail of ethereal violence that affects all of our spirits. Such a killing is not without consequences, but we do not think about it, as our physical eyes do not see them. We know love exists even when we do not see it. We should equally know that we engender violence through our own thoughts, even if we cannot see it immediately in front of our eyes. But at some point, we will inevitably see the effect of our violent thoughts in more shootings, more rapes, more killings…by which time, we will have forgotten that we have contributed to the collective spirit of violence.

Little do we realise that wishing another’s death adds more shackles that bind us to the shadows from which we all want to be free. Let us pause and think about it…

The way out of this insane cycle is the way into expressing who we truly are, Love, compassion, goodwill for all, especially towards the ones who do not remember yet who they are. Do we put our children in jail because at the age of 2, he cannot read and write, and cannot hold down a job? They had no time to learn yet. A 30 year old murderer may never have had the chance to learn what Love and compassion was all about. But our unforgiving hearts see a grown human body and declare that they should know better…even if society totally failed them from the start. Some of those people have never known the simple love of a mother, that most of us take for granted…and we punish them for not knowing. Some of them have never seen a demonstration of respecting Life, yet we want them dead for this collective failing…

We are all responsible to learn about who we really are… Love. And we are all responsible for teaching others about who they are… Love. If we teach anything less than Love and compassion, it means that we too still have to learn.

In this 21st century world, we are one nation on Earth, as we know what is happening in every corner of our earthly garden. We cannot point the finger any more at ‘others’ as if we were not responsible for the weeds growing all over the garden. We are responsible. Period.

If one of us derails in life, we do not take up a gun or a bomb and shoot, and kill, to show how respecting Life is done. We extend a kindly hand, wishing to help, as helping another making better choices, is reminding us of who we are, and it is helping all of humanity moving out of the shadows of violence and murder, and forging a path for all of us towards peace and respect for all life.

That is why, Ms Fallin, I am saying to you that for you to know who you are is crucially important. As it is for all of us.

So when November 18th comes, and it has been decided, after all, to execute Mr Charles Wagner, I want you to remember my words. But maybe before then, you will have started your journey into the Light, and you will not see any more Charles Wagner as a murderer that deserves to be killed, because you have forgotten who you are, but as a human being who shares a common thread of humanity with you, simply because you remembered who you are, which is Love.

Thank you for being my travelling companion on this short journey, Ms Fallin. Our path will cross one day, in a world of Light, where all truth will be revealed, and I rejoice that you will then, but maybe and hopefully earlier, understand everything I just shared with you.

I bless you with a Love that knows no bounds. Love cannot be contained by our small human minds. Unleashed, it will create the world we really want to live in, where you will be out of a job, deciding who lives and who dies, as that type of work will have become obsolete. And you will be glad to be free of this job because you will know that what you built was really the best thing you could do with your Life. And the very first brick in the foundation of your contribution to Life is…Love.

May you be blessed in all you do…may Love be your first and only choice…always.
Warm Regards,

 

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Dear Mr Patton,

May I invite you to take a short walk with me? Even though I am many thousands of miles away from you, please kindly accept my invitation. I will not keep away too long from your daily activities.

You see, as my heart rested on the state of Oklahoma a few days ago, I wondered if anyone sat with you recently and talk with you about Life, and about Love. Of course, you may say, your wife, your children, your friends, they all show you love, and you to them, and you all share about life every day…

But, Mr Patton, I want to talk about a different kind of life, the Life we have all been given when we were born. And I want to talk about a different kind of Love, about the essence of Love, which is what we are.

You see, what sadly happens when we are born, is that we all forget, to varying degree about what we are, about who we are. And as adults, we now believe that we have become nurses, teachers, ministers, lawyers, road sweepers, tramps, killers and victims, mothers, fathers… and a million other things but…

That is not really who we are. And we hardly ever stop long enough to ask ourselves this really important question, and if we do not ask this question, we will not have an answer either, or at the least, we will not even start our quest to find out.

Now you may ask me, ‘but why do we need an answer to such a question? And what makes you think I do not know who I am? How arrogant can you be, Isabelle Gravenstein, to presume people do not know?’

But bear with me a moment longer, please. The reason we need an answer to this question ‘who am I?’ is because knowing – or not knowing – that answer is what shapes our civilisation, in all of its aspects!

We went from the stone age, to dark ages, to revolutions, to economic reforms, to the enlightened era, back into more darkness, into slavery, then abolitions, and more revolutions, then into more light, swinging like yo-yos, back and forth, never really settling on the crests of the best waves, but never quite going back totally into darkness either.

Fortunately, along the way, some of us asked some really important questions, about what it means to be a sentient being, what it means to be a civilised society, what it means to be ‘human’.

And some of our forefathers shared very deep answers. Look at the name of your office address…Martin Luther King. Why is his name still so alive? Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Gandhi and so many others…they all knew one thing…

A society that is not based on a concerted and wilful foundation of Love and respect for Life will never survive indefinitely. They all knew that, at some point, such societies, made up of people, will be forced to make better choices.

In so many ways, societies across the globe have now been cornered and are forced to make better choices. We can bless that one man who invented the internet, as, thanks to him, we are all truly becoming more and more as One. And the ones among us who insist on living in darkness are sometimes gently, and sometimes more harshly, reminded to make better choices.

America is now in such a position. The international community is looking on, and asking for this great nation to make better choices and treat its people with more respect, with more dignity, with more compassion, with more Love.

No, it is not an impossible task. In fact, it is a very simple task, as it requires only a small amount of willingness from each one of us to allow more Love, more Light and more Life into our awareness, no more than that. And that is something that is done very simply, in the sanctuary of our own hearts. We do not need to go on TV to achieve this, and we do not need complicated analysis, endless reviews of efficacy of archaic laws, improved judicial and economic systems to see the effects of the alternative on offer.

Dear Mr Patton, Love is a simple affair, but our egos have complicated it so very much, that we do not know where we stand any more. Extending Love to another is the natural expression of who we are, there is nothing more natural for a human being to do than to extend Love to all Life. We have been highly misguided in listening to a small voice in our head that is prompting us to select the recipients of our Love. But this is a selection that our hearts are unable to make. And even though in our minds, we are constantly sorting out who is worthy or not, it is merely a fake lie we have believed in for way too long.

So I come back to why it is important for you, and me, and all of us to know that who we are is in fact, Love. And to know this, really know this in every single cell of your being will take you on a brand new journey in Life, a journey you may not know was open to you, but let us embark on it together, anyway, just for a short while. Please bear with me again.

Knowing that you are Love changes everything. It straight away transforms your heart, it softens it, it cracks the untruths that were constricting it for so long, it dissolves the small pockets of shadows that you did not even notice had settled there. This Love will help you see the entire world, and everyone in it, in a very different way. It will remove your belief that you need to ‘judge’ people you meet, to ascertain if you are safe in their company or not. This beautiful Love will render you blind to all differences that your mind is now reporting to you. This kind Love will now encourage you to see only the common identity you share with anyone. This magnificent Love will make you want to show respect for all Life, for all people, and it will show you and make you feel so clearly, without any doubt, that others are intrinsically linked to you, through that beautiful thread of Love, and that nothing, absolutely nothing that human beings have ever invented can sever that thread of Love that unites us all, all 7 billions of us.

And by recognising this unity in your heart, you will now know that what you do to another, you inevitably do it to yourself, it is unavoidable. And now, this beautiful Love guides you, ever so gently to choose Love and Life in every moment of your own life. You will not have to think long and hard about making decisions about other people, because the choice will always be very simple, pointing to respect of the other in front of you, as you would respect your own life.

But, you may object, “Isabelle Gravenstein, you are naïve, do you realise what type of people I have to deal with every day of my life, thousands of them, and so many not behaving at all like what you are telling me we should behave like. So many have killed others in the most horrendous ways. How can I ignore those terrible misdeeds? They have happened!”

I know about your work, dear Mr Patton, and this is my answer to you. Yes, the misdeeds have happened, and those people have indeed been less than Love in the moments when they chose to kill to another. We are all appalled, and angered, and saddened by it all, and we all wish it did not happen, and we all want it not to happen again, and inflict again so much pain to more people…but…

The way we go about trying to avoid future tragedies is not by inflicting the same treatment on the culprits. Those people, still at One with us, need our example of how a decent human being led by Love and compassion, should behave. If we truly want to reform anyone, and make our society any safer, let us teach something that can transform them and each one of us, like compassion and a willingness to really reform the ones who are most in need of guidance, through our highest example, and not through our expressions of vengeance and retribution.

Harsh punishment is simply perpetuating the separation (fictitious but appearing so real) between good and not so good citizens. This sense of separation literally prevents peace from spreading all around us, as we close our hearts off and prevent our Love from being expressed naturally, the way I explained it earlier. And when we do not allow love to flow naturally, we prevent those people and ourselves from getting out of the ills of our society. Wishing for harsh punishment and death on others keeps us all in the gutter. It is impossible for anyone to move to that place where we wish to really be, where peace and goodwill prevail, where respect for each other is prevalent, when we are in fact bound to those others we really want to have nothing to do with! We are all in chains, invisible chains of Love, that bind us one to the other and we will never be able to move into a better place without those ‘others’. If I am handcuffed to you, I have to go where you go, and you have to go where I go, but wherever we are going, we are not going alone, but together! So we might as well choose to go to a good place! And I think we would both make this choice very easily.

By the mere fact that we wish ill onto another, we have erased the steps that could have raised us both to a better place. And we are all responsible for this stagnation in the gutters. The proof is in how our modern societies have become more violent, more disrespectful of human life, more depraved in so many ways, with more guns, more shooting, more killing, more prisoners than ever before.

And we are all responsible, however much we proclaim loud and clear ‘I did not do the shooting, the raping! I did not disrespect those lives, I did not kill anyone…” we do it every day, quietly, in secret, in the shadows of our own minds. When we hear about the murders committed by Brian Davis, Anthony Bank, Clayton Lockett, Charles Wagner…we want them dead, so we do the killing, in secret, over and over… And some of us are so glad to be able to say it in public, loudly, as our wish to kill is sanctioned by the nation or the State in which we live…

…and that is how violence is perpetuated by the ones among us, who express righteous indignation at the murder committed by another, but are so blind to the consequences of our own destructive and murderous desires… killing another leaves a trail of ethereal violence that affects all of our spirits. Such a killing is not without consequences, but we do not think about it, as our physical eyes do not see them. We know love exists even when we do not see it. We should equally know that we engender violence through our own thoughts, even if we cannot see it immediately in front of our eyes. But at some point, we will inevitably see the effect of our violent thoughts in more shootings, more rapes, more killings…by which time, we will have forgotten that we have contributed to the collective spirit of violence.

Little do we realise that wishing another’s death adds more shackles that bind us to the shadows from which we all want to be free. Let us pause and think about it…

The way out of this insane cycle is the way into expressing who we truly are, Love, compassion, goodwill for all, especially towards the ones who do not remember yet who they are. Do we put our children in jail because at the age of 2, he cannot read and write, and cannot hold down a job? They had no time to learn yet. A 30 year old murderer may never have had the chance to learn what Love and compassion was all about. But our unforgiving hearts see a grown human body and declare that they should know better…even if society totally failed them from the start. Some of those people have never known the simple love of a mother, that most of us take for granted…and we punish them for not knowing. Some of them have never seen a demonstration of respecting Life, yet we want them dead for this collective failing…

We are all responsible to learn about who we really are… Love. And we are all responsible for teaching others about who they are… Love. If we teach anything less than Love and compassion, it means that we too still have to learn.

In this 21st century world, we are one nation on Earth, as we know what is happening in every corner of our earthly garden. We cannot point the finger any more at ‘others’ as if we were not responsible for the weeds growing all over the garden. We are responsible. Period.

If one of us derails in life, we do not take up a gun or a bomb and shoot, and kill, to show how respecting Life is done. We extend a kindly hand, wishing to help, as helping another making better choices, is reminding us of who we are, and it is helping all of humanity moving out of the shadows of violence and murder, and forging a path for all of us towards peace and respect for all life.

That is why, Mr Patton, I am saying to you that for you to know who you are is crucially important. As it is for all of us.

So when November 18th comes, and it has been decided, after all, to execute Mr Charles Wagner, I want you to remember my words. But maybe before then, you will have started your journey into the Light, and you will not see any more Charles Wagner as a murderer that deserves to be killed, because you have forgotten who you are, but as a human being who shares a common thread of humanity with you, simply because you remembered who you are, which is Love.

Thank you for being my travelling companion on this short journey, Mr Patton. Our path will cross one day, in a world of Light, where all truth will be revealed, and I rejoice that you will then, but maybe and hopefully earlier, understand everything I just shared with you.

I bless you with a Love that knows no bounds. Love cannot be contained by our small human minds. Unleashed, it will create the world we really want to live in, where you will be out of a job, as that type of work will have become obsolete. And you will be glad to be free of this job because you will know that what you built was really the best thing you could do with your Life. And the very first brick in the foundation of your contribution to Life is…Love.

May you be blessed in all you do…may Love be your first and only choice…always.

Dear Friends, my heart aches deeply in the light of what happened in Oklahoma on 29th April 2014, when Clayton Lockett was subjected to inhumane suffering and executed in a barbaric way in the name of justice. I want to have no part in this killing!!

When such terrible events happen, we talk too often about the legal implications of botched up executions, and forget to hear what the prisoners themselves have to say. Did anyone show interest in what Clayton Lockett and Charles Wagner have to say about being murdered legally? Yes, they appealed about the secrecy of the drug source, but which media was willing to go and interview them and showed interest in sharing their innermost feelings to the world!!

No, it is not acceptable to say that Clayton deserved to die painfully because he took a life as well. We have to stop this cycle of killing, this ‘eye for an eye’ madness that keeps us all in a darkness of our own making. The death of Clayton has not resurrected his victim, it has not taken away any grief from his victim’s family, it has not brought closure to anyone. But now, by killing Clayton, we have added grief, pain, anger and hate to the world. So how is this helping society getting more peaceful, more just, more compassionate? If we support the death penalty, we have no business at all in complaining about a violent society as we directly contribute to that violence through our own lust for killing! Our thoughts are that powerful!

I hear you clearly when you ask ‘what about the victims’ families’? Are they not deserving of attention and compassion? There is not more compassion for the murderer than there is for the victims’ families. There is compassion for absolutely everyone. But we partake in killing too when we approve of the death penalty!! Besides, killing a killer has NEVER resurrected a victim, and the pain of the victim’s family NEVER goes away because the killer died… pain is pain is pain is pain and will remain so, no matter who dies or lives! That is not a valid argument!! But only compassion and forgiveness will change this!! Let us now visit the family of the victim of Clayton Lockett and see what happened!! The tears are still there and their loved one is still gone!! The grief is deep and endless and will not be shifted by murder!!

Dear people, wake up. It is time! I cry for the victims and their families as much as I cry for the ones we have now forced grief upon, even when we could have avoided inflicting that pain. Do we ever think of what we say when we shout: what about the victims and their families? No, these dear people are never forgotten, never! We understand their pain and outrage. But in the same breath, we also inflict onto others what we bemoan witnessing in the victims’ families… it makes no sense, please, wake up! Let us sit in mediation and really think about the words that we so casually let fall out of our mouths!! Please! Do not talk hastily, but be guided by love only. Should you not be guided by love now, silence becomes your ally until you can speak without hate and calls for revenge and murder!

To all those who support the death penalty I will add this: as soon as we hold one thought of wanting a killer dead, we become one ourselves, not in deed yet, but as soon as that person is being killed by the state, we have become a killer too, as our wish make it so! Be not fooled into thinking there is a difference between the two. Our thoughts have been expressed through the hands of another, instead of our own, but this does not absolve us of being responsible too. Your hand may not personally press the button that injects the poison, but your mind certainly is. And because of lack of physical evidence, you will never get prosecuted for murder, but you partook to murder just the same.

Moreover, the ones who clamour the death of a killer have in the greatest majority, not even been affected directly by the murder. Let only the families and friends of the victims express their grief and anger in this way. Who are we, total strangers, who are not grieving for the loss of a loved one, braying so loudly that we want death? Let us not speak on behalf of the victims’ families and pretend we know what they feel and want! And those people, in all their pain, sorrow and despair have sometimes shown immense dignity in dealing with their loss and grief, that they are able at times to reach a place of forgiveness where they do not want to see the killer of their loved one be put to death. Surely, if those people can forgive, so can we, who are not family!

And lastly, people on death row are human beings, not monsters. Some of them have committed horrendous crimes, but that has not turned them into monsters. If you do not believe it now, the day will come that we will all see their souls as they truly are, and we will be very quiet and humbled, in the face of our own arrogance. We are now fooled by our own very limited and prejudiced understanding of human nature. And we seem unable to believe or even admit that human beings have unlimited capacity to change, and that is what happens to people on death row too. They change, all for the better, and all IN SPITE of the justice system, not thanks to it.

I have written to enough death row inmates to know this! Over the many years that I correspond with them, I see change for the better, always! These people do not remain stuck in the past, but we, on the outside, do. We, the free ones, are stuck in the rut of revenge and punishment, and the longer we remain there, the blinder we become, and the more hard-hearted we become. That is why we keep on asking for death, ignorant of what these death row people truly are. And we must also remember that there are many innocent people on death row. Recent figures have exposed this fact clearly! For the innocent, the ordeal is doubled!

Those people on death row can love, of a love that is so simple, so pure, so faithful, you know that the divine has helped them through their ordeal! And I will stand by love all my life, until my last breath, as the alternative is a much uglier one!

But the ones clamouring for their death, have they ever written to a death row inmate? Have they looked into their souls, into their spirits and seen the treasures there? Have they seen the love, the joy, the pain, the heartaches, the regrets, the hopes, the forgiveness, the faithful friendships? This one episode in their lives when they killed another is just one part in their life journey, nothing else. There is so much more to them then just that one event.

It is time to give a voice to all death row inmates! Their feelings need to be heard by the world. I cannot remain quiet about this, or I would become a member of the killing club and I absolutely refuse to accept such an ugly membership!!

I want to hear how our death row friends feel about the State wanting to kill them, about people wanting them dead, total strangers who know nothing about them, and who are so not able to judge them at all, but still want them dead!

I want to know about their pains, their hopes, their sense of justice and injustice. I want to hear about their calls for compassion, for forgiveness and for love.

Our death row inmates are the ones who will help us heal our lust for killing them. We need their love to straighten out and heal our own hateful minds! Without them, we will not be forced to confront our own darkness, and accept an invitation to move towards love and forgiveness.

This killing in the name of Justice has to stop now. I choose Love. I choose Life. I choose Compassion! And I have instantly over 3000 friends on death row all across the US who will become my travelling companions walking towards a much more merciful society, without asking any questions, as that is the path that most want to follow as well!

I invite you to do the same. Just think about it…

 

Death. Dying. Dead. How most of us dread these small words! Packed with so much power to induce endless fears in the deepest parts of our hearts. We do not even dare to linger on their meaning. We want to throw them far away from us, as far as possible, pretending they do not exist, or at the least that they will not touch us for a very long time.

But deep down, we know we are only delaying the inevitable. One day, we WILL have to stop and stare death in the face, either our own, or someone close to us. And we WILL have to ask some very difficult questions, maybe not even finding the answers.

Why are we so fearful of death?   I think it is because throughout our lives, we have invested in the erroneous belief of who we truly are. It is indeed very scary to think that once dead, that is the end of us. We are totally wiped out, and our presence on earth will appear to have been quite meaningless, a waste of time and waste of space.

We are also scared because we do not know where we are going. The Western world has deprived us of so much vital knowledge on ALL of life, which includes life after earthly life, that we are now so ignorant about it, it scares us silly and irrationally.

So many people poo poo the idea of life being eternal. It may come from our religions forcing frightening dogmas onto us, like eternal damnation, punishment, hell fires, endless pains, no way out of the suffering…So better not believe we will live on, as the prospect of life on the other side is way too horrendous to contemplate. Or we simply declare boldly, and very arrogantly, that the millions of people who have momentarily experienced life ‘after earthly life’, and have come back to tell the tale are all liars, every single one of those millions!

At the very  least we could ask ourselves ‘ and what IF this was true? Doesn’t opening this door, asking this simple question remove some of our fears? And what if the beauty of Heaven was really true? What if indeed, all there is on the other side is an all-encompassing Love that will welcome us, no matter who we are and what we have done in life?

We have no business being fearful of death. Everybody dies, yes, that is true, but only the body dies, not the real ‘us’ …and then no one is dead, ever! The body is dead. The vehicle that carried us around for a number of years always had a limited lifespan from our first breath…but not YOU, the real you who travels in this vehicle of flesh. Once your ‘car’ is gone, you simply carry on travelling without it, and you’ll do great without it too! Have you ever thought what an encumbrance it can be to have to feed your ‘car’ 3 times a day, park it in a bed for a third of your lifetime, find a decent garage for it, patch it up and repair it when it breaks down? How tiresome this high ‘car’ maintenance can be! But now freed of its constraints after ‘it’ dies, where do you think you will go?  How do you think you will travel? What’s coming next?

Death is just a change of clothes. It is a change of address. It is getting out of your car to open the front door of your REAL Home! Knowing this, we can drop all fears about it. And start truly living, knowing there will be no break in our life line, ever!  But it would also be  wiser to get to know what is ‘on the other side’? Because without knowing, fear will grip us every now and then, and throw us into turmoil. In fact, we Do know the other side very well, as that is the place where we came from before we were born. We simply forgot about it, that’s all.  As soon as we are back Home once we have left our bodies behind, we will recognise it all and say’ Oh my goodness, how on earth – literally- could I forget about so much beauty, so much love, so much grace, so much light?

There is nothing to dying. As one person who died and came back to tell the tale said, ‘dying is VERY safe’!

Dying will never be the end of YOU!  It has never been the end of anyone, ever! So drop the fear about it, and truly enjoy your life, for that one will NEVER end!

Dear Governor Fallin,

I have great pleasure in writing to you again. In my mind, I wanted to print a whole page full of  ‘Thank you’, but my heart is heavy with sadness that Brian is no longer with us.

I have called you a few times before you left your office on Tuesday afternoon, but you were not able to receive my call. I so wanted to tell you that together we could have so easily opted for life.

Deciding to Love is so much easier than upholding a decision in the name of Justice, that is leading to the death of another.

I do not know if you ever came across a most amazing book called A Course in Miracles. In it, Jesus says the following, very deep words indeed:

Judgment, like other devices by which the world of illusions is maintained, is totally misunderstood by the world. It is actually confused with wisdom, and substitutes for truth. It is necessary for the teacher of God to realize, not that he should not judge, but that he cannot. The aim of our curriculum, unlike the goal of the world’s learning, is the recognition that judgment in the usual sense is impossible. This is not an opinion but a fact. In order to judge anything rightly, one would have to be fully aware of an inconceivably wide range of things; past, present and to come. One would have to recognize in advance all the effects of his judgments on everyone and everything involved in them in any way. And one would have to be certain there is no distortion in his perception, so that his judgment would be wholly fair to everyone on whom it rests now and in the future. Who is in a position to do this? (ACIM Teacher’s Manual)

May I invite you to gently recall these words from one of the greatest Light that ever walked this earth, next time you are facing a similar situation, which you feel you have to ‘judge’.

Myself, like most people on planet earth, thought nothing of proclaiming that I knew what was going on with people and situations, based on what my eyes only were telling me. I realise now how wrong I was. Today, I say to myself very often ‘Be quiet, because you know not much about this’. If I want to know, it will be revealed to me, or I just let it be.

Anthony Banks will be executed in September. Please remember what Jesus is telling us in A Course in Miracles. I share with you a very few words of His only, but if you find yourself in a bookstore soon, have a look at a copy and let yourself be transported back Home. I cannot tell you how much this book has helped millions of people the world over to be guided by Love only.

Be very blessed, my dear sister Mary Fallin. You may wonder how I so easily can classify you as my sister. But you know, in Heaven, a relationship of sibling is the only one we can have with others, and I am already residing in Heaven most times. Please join me!

With Love and Light! Isabelle Gravenstein

Say to the Holy Spirit only, “Decide for me,” and it is done. For His decisions are reflections of WHAT GOD KNOWS ABOUT YOU, and in this light, error of ANY kind becomes impossible. Why would you struggle so frantically to anticipate all that you CANNOT know, when ALL knowledge lies behind EVERY decision that the Holy Spirit makes FOR YOU? Learn of His wisdom and His love, and teach His answer to everyone who struggles in the dark. (ACIM Chap. 13)

In A Course in Miracles, Jesus gives us this prayer to use:

“Father, I give You all my thoughts today. I would have none of mine. In place of them give me Your Own. I give You all my acts as well, that I may do Your Will instead of seeking goals which cannot be obtained, and wasting time in vain imaginings. Today I come to You. I will step back and merely follow You. Be You the Guide, and I the follower who questions not the wisdom of the Infinite, nor Love Whose tenderness I cannot comprehend, but which is yet Your perfect gift to me.”

 

It pains me to have to write these words steeped in sadness, as Love did not come forth from the power that could save your life.

And I can hear you urge me not to be sad, as you are with your dear friend James right now, and all your loved ones who were waiting, as well as being surrounded by infinite Divine Love. And for you, Life goes on, in a most wonderful way.

I want to thank you so much for having been in my life, even if it was only very short. You have touched me, you have made me stronger in my resolve never to give up transforming myself and others, so that all of us will be guided only by Love  in the future. You know now without any shadows to mar your experience that Love is really all there is.  It is too sad that so many of us ‘down here’ are totally unconscious of this truth.

But I promise you, dear Brian, and to James too, that I will carry on spreading Love and Light. Without it, we do not fare well at all!

Be blessed, and bless us all who are still walking this Earth, especially the ones who have forgotten their true Divine Identity!

Love, always!  Isabelle

Dear Governor Fallin, I have tried to reach you via your office yesterday but you were not around.

I am writing to you about Brian Davis, who is meant to be executed this coming Tuesday, 25th June. Brian was granted clemency by the Parole Board, which is great news, but of course the final decision rests in your hands. And I do not know what your decision will be of course; this is why I take the liberty of sharing a few words with you.

In this very moment, I would like you to accept me as your sister, which in spiritual truth, we are. I invite you gently to allow yourself to be touched in your heart and in your soul, by the Love that is the Source of all Life and all good on this earth.  I would like you to consider that not only are we sisters, but that all people are our relations too, and that no matter how much we would like at times to deny it, that it is ultimately a Divine Truth we cannot escape.

Therefore, all people who have derailed in life and committed errors of varying degrees are still our brothers and sisters to look out for, no matter what, and that includes Brian Davis and all other inmates in every prison across Oklahoma, the US and worldwide, even if we are not personally acquainted with them.

It is at times very difficult for any of us to overlook the gravity of some human actions, but these do not reflect the intrinsic holiness of every person walking this earth. Most of us have totally forgotten who we are, divine extensions of the Most High, which nothing that we do or say can damage or destroy.  We should therefore have much compassion for the ones who have forgotten the most about their holiness, and through this compassion, help them remember and set them back on a higher path of awareness. And this roles is falling back into your hands, and into mine, as we are both able to exercise beneficial influence on the ones most in need of guidance and coaching.

Killing one of our brothers is denying a part of us still in need of awakening. I look at Brian and at all others on death row, as my companions in life, reminding me in all humility that I too am liable to falter, as we all are, and that I should not feel anything but gratitude for not having done so in a major way, and then express bottomless compassion for those who forgot their true divine essence, vouching to help them awaken. That our brothers have faltered does not make us in any way different from them and does not give us the immediate right to judge and condemn; their faltering give us the holy opportunity to shine our Light brighter for them to find their way back to Holiness. Jesus says in A Course in Miracles that would we see the Great Rays that shine forth from our brothers, we would sink to our knees in Love and Adoration, so beautiful would their souls be revealed to us. I think about this image often in profound humility.

Everyone crossing our path, from near or far, is our teacher. As you are mine now, and I feel grateful and honoured to be able to share these few words with you, hoping that you will find a few moments to share your thoughts with me too, if you so desire.

Dear Governor Fallin, I invite you to set aside a few quiet moments, then suspend all knowledge stored in your mind, and remain only with a deep awareness of your own Divine Self, then open into an awareness that your Divine Self is also part of mine and of Brian’s and all others  condemned in the name of Justice.  In this place of Divinity where I ask you to rest just for a little while, you will realise that true justice is all about Love and Compassion and that there is in Truth, absolutely no separation and no gap between any of us…as we are all Relations as One…

May I give you my love and many blessings in all you do. Allow your heart and soul to be touched by Love. And nothing else. Isabelle Gravenstein