Well… here we are with the second issue! If we take into account the challenges we faced, it was accomplished with amazing ease and grace. Getting advertisers (whose goods or services we would be happy to promote) to support us, has been an interesting challenge in itself. We have managed to secure a few adverts, together with lots of promises and interest for the next issue.
While we are on this topic, I would like to mention, with huge gratitude and appreciation, Denise Maidment of Veridian (S.A.) who courageously supported us by placing an advert in our first issue and who has done so again this time. It is an amazing experience dealing with Denise, as her motivation comes very much from her heart and not from her ego.
Also on the subject of heart, I would like to thank all the incredible people who have helped me put this magazine together, and made the dream a reality. Firstly Steve, the other half of the equation, who beats the same drum and feels the same feelings. The hand fits the glove so well, it never ceases to amaze me how little needs to be said! Bev as also joined us on the sales and marketing side and her passion and enthusiam are wonderful to feel. Then the people in the Enchantrix office, Des, Coral and Shahied, who help so willingly and lovingly, because they work from their hearts and care. Then there are all the people who contribute, some who are regular and some once off. Their payment comes from being able to help others in the field that they are passionate about. It is such an awesome experience working with all these incredible people. Thank you!
As you will see this time round we have gone for more pages (64) and recycled, quality newsprint paper. There are a number of reasons for this: firstly we needed more pages as we have so much information we want to get out to people – somehow there seems to be a sense of urgency about it.
Secondly, it is not possible for us financially to continue using recycled Reviva paper. Reviva is almost twice the price of virgin paper, and try and buy it for the office/home from a stationary shop? It’s just about impossible. Why I wonder? Something we are going to investigate shortly so we can bring you the story, and can all understand what has gone wrong with the system.
And thirdly, we want to demonstrate that recycled newsprint paper does a great job, and it is not hurting anybeing in the process: no land is being cleared to plant a monoculture of alien fast growing trees, that are then killed when they are still in stages of infancy, and then turned into paper with the use of some toxic chemicals to satisfy some hollow need created by the “glamour consciousness” thrust upon humanity by the people who make money out of it. What better way than to lead by example.
I phoned up the re-cycling department of Nampac the other day to get some information and was told that they were turning away paper at the moment. I didn’t manage to get the full story of what is going wrong, but we will be following up.
I was reading an article the other day by Drunvalo on the Spirit of Maat website (spiritofmaat.com) and a sentence jumped out at me that seemed to sum up so elegantly what we are all trying to reach:
”As long as mind and ego control the direction of creating, there will always be problems in the outer world, for the ego thinks only of itself and lies in duality. But when the heart is in control, everything comes back into balance, for the heart feels and knows only the Oneness of Life.”
It just makes so much sense to direct all our energy to making decisions in life that come from the heart and not the ego. We all know that we are not perfect yet, or we probably wouldn’t be here, but imagine what sort of world we could have if we thought carefully before we acted or spoke, and got into the habit of doing it from the feelings that comes from our heart? No more competition, jealousy, violence, hatred or lack, only compassion, consideration, co-operation, kindness and love, and not just for human beings but for all life!
Thank you to all the people who have phoned and written with comments and encouragement and to those who have taken out subscriptions. One person liked the magazine so much that she sent through subscriptions for all her friends and family for Christmas! That was exciting!
May we all be wise in our actions, balanced in our emotions and peaceful in our minds.