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When it comes to peace, how would you describe yourself?
I am a born activist
What do you believe are the 'burning issues' today?
War, Hunger, Poverty, Our Planet, Violence, Human Rights
So what is it?
War against the Earth; war against other people.
What must we overcome to achieve peace?
BEATITUDE by David Sparenberg

Blessed indeed are the poor and the wild things of the Earth, although pushed to the edge of existence and extinction sniffs and looks into our eyes with deadly indifference, day after day and minute by minute. For the wretched of the Earth and the wild are made homeless in common. And without habitation, multitudes are driven by the betrayal of greed into the abomination of desolation.

Yet One there is who watches. And after much suffering, the scales out of balance shall rise with a mighty ringing. And justice will abide everywhere. For there is no mending but by preserving unity through diversity; no healing but in the bestowal of dignity. And there is no salvation, except by the wayside, in the ghettos of the forgotten, where the vulnerable await the unfulfilled promises of welcoming love.

Blessed indeed are the peacemakers. For such shall teach and lead us out of the terror and confusion of deception and destruction, and away from the wars of men against men, and the warring of men on nature. But the day of peace will come with the dismantling of walls and the dissolving of boundaries and borders. And the gentle and visionary—whose palms are as their souls, and both are without bloodstain—will surely show us the shade of a life-bearing tree and seat us among lions and lambs. And we will come to share of who we are in harmony and without hatred.

Blessed indeed are the innocent and pure of heart. And those who time cannot stoop and wither into bitterness; and who are not skillful with the wiles of shallowness and success, but for whom both prairie stars and daybreak star remain embracing miracles. And for whom the pattern of a spider's web in autumn garden is a form of scripture. And for whom a cloud of yellow pollen blown over the desert in springtime is a breath of mystery. And for whom the soaring flight of an eagle is the utterance of a holy word.

For all such are of the Kingdom of God and are beloved of creation, even as children are loved in the eyes of elders.

Blessed indeed are those among us today and tomorrow who walk the good talk and who are Earth-walkers. For such have seen with the eyes of the soul and know in the knowledge of experience that soul-seeing is truth. And this truth is simple and belongs to life.

Blessed indeed are those disciplined and profound with silence, and respectful in their measured words. In the chaos of upheaval and in the ordeals of betrayal, still they value honesty above profit and integrity, which bestows freedom, above possessions and enslavement to things.

Blessed indeed are the myth-singers, who have gone down into the ancient and recovered the medicine of sanity, and the storytellers and poets, and those who re-enchant us and initiate our bodies into dancing with the rhythms of the Earth.

For such celebrants give bone and living tissue to the dreams of God, but shake off disfiguring shadows and blow away, with chanting breath, the dun smoke of nightmares and misdirecting lies. For those who are deep are collectors of power. And beauty is most precious among the gifts we come giving.

Blessed indeed are you who have prayed with these words. And are pregnant now and are nurturing them inside, as words of your own. For you shall drop upon the Earth in your seasons as seeds of the Tree of Life. And the fruit that ripens from your roots shall be the food of salvation.

In those days, even angels will enter your orchards, smiling the smile of grace, and with the open hands of holy beggars. And you who are but of the Earth will feed them and satisfy the hunger of Heaven.

From the book THESE ARE THE WORDS by David Sparenberg
Can we change the world?
More about me
Author of six books with strong peace & ecological themes; poet-playwright, Shakespearean actor, stage director, storyteller, workshop facilitator & teacher. Will be teaching Shakespeare acting class at UW in Fall. And...You are each and all cordially invited to a free preview of one or more of my published titles listed, with URL links, below. Please read and enjoy! I will look forward to your comments.

HEALING, A Book of Poetry: A North American Book of Psalms for the 21st Century and beyond: http://www.lulu.com/content/1096722 .

DREAMSPHERES, A Book of Stories: Tales & retellings, archetypal stories of dreams and visions: http://www.lulu.com/content/6509408 .

THE GREEN TROUDABOUR SOURCE BOOK, Original Shamanic Writing for Actor Training & Performance:
http:// www.lulu.com/content/3203642.

PLAYS for an American Activist Theatre: New and revised plays (political, ritual, pluralistic, ecological) for the Global Village Theatres of the 21st Century of the Green Millennium: http://www.lulu.com/content/3223786

THESE ARE THE WORDS, selected prose and prose poems: Writing dedicated to World Peace, Planetary Greening and Interfaith Dialogue: http://www.lulu.com/content/3203642

You are also warmly invited to have a read through my current class and workshop offerings: http://dsofferings.blogspot.com.
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Posted on December 31, 2012 at 1:54am 0 Comments

This is what I have to say: practice quiet. Stop chasing your tail and substituting dizziness for natural ecstasy. Also: discipline yourself to move slower and sometimes to be still. Look, listen, feel—then think about what you are gathering.

Practice silence, but as part of being alert. Be subtle and be sensitive. Then when you know it is time to give your soul expression, be as definite as rolling thunder. Do not fear the storm of compassion denouncement. Such is in quest of…



Posted on December 19, 2012 at 5:38am 0 Comments

Any control or even reform of guns in society is significant.  But in the bigger picture and fuller dynamics, we are a society and culture of violence, greed and multiple addictions.  Gun control is a step, but only a step, a starting point, in a long and challenging process.  The process to move on needs democratization.  The American people need to become involved in the dynamics of committed, diligent compassion.  The…



Posted on May 18, 2011 at 6:08am 0 Comments

Come—and we shall go down to the sea and the seashore and call it Sea of Galilee although it can be any sea and any shore anywhere and we will gather there spontaneously by the hundreds and thousands and hundred thousands to listen to the world-wind and speak in payer as a communion to the rising water the salted amniotic fluid of ancient earth life and the fishermen shall bring fishes and the bakers bring bread… Continue

LIFE IS A DESIRE, NOT A MEANING: an addendum to “On the Foundations of Green Acting”

Posted on May 16, 2011 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Life is desire to create life, to proliferate, to be alive; to encroach upon nothingness and to exceed beyond death. Meanings are variables. With a disposition of openness meanings remain questionable—Socratic. Because we endanger life when the imposition of meaning becomes extravagant and overruns the vital dynamic of desire.

For example:… Continue

RE GENESIS - for Jean Houston

Posted on May 15, 2011 at 4:25am 0 Comments

Here we are

between renaissance and oblivion

feeling the pendulum swing

set in motion by many forces…


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At 6:59pm on February 25, 2012, leonardo martin negrin said…
At 1:31am on September 22, 2011, Apolonia said…
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At 12:03pm on June 15, 2011, Apolonia said…
At 4:42am on May 19, 2011, Motorcycle Hippy Al said…

David,it's been awhile and I see that You have added some new stuff and I will have to check it out!

Peace Brother! and wishing You"Happy Trails"

At 7:44am on December 30, 2010, melody said…


Dear David:

Thank you for the work you do.

Always remember that for every good teacher

lives an interested student. I am certain you are

quite familiar with such philosophy.  Happy New Year

to you and yours.

bright and loving blessings.

At 2:08am on July 1, 2010, gunilla caisson said…




At 10:49am on June 18, 2010, Eva said…

iPeace is deleted from David Califa the end of June. Here you can find a new home.


You are cordially invited.

Warm regards, Eva
At 2:10am on June 15, 2010, gunilla caisson said…

It all starts with the children.
I should be pleased if you joined our new network ; Children are the Future
on SocialGo
Welcome *smile*/Gunilla
At 6:45pm on May 9, 2010, maureen said…

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