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OUUTTRREEAACCHH the newsletter of 7 5e1ieumiai4fdro T ssSsraaff& ifrertiti4ttt1tt & fcwt44& 4tdw4vp mtwatcl MARCUS BACH founder no 222 THE LETTER dear friend of the fellowship chances are that ninety percent of our FSU family have never read THE WONDERFUL MAGIC OF LIVING published by doubleday in 1968 it was one of my heartbreaks which like a love affair gone astray requires time to heal the wounds why cant publishers recognize a good thing when they see it an authors lament perhaps some day it may find its way into LITTLE IlDOoOOoOKkKSsS FOR LIFE-LONG LEARNING even though it is anything but a little book in it is a segment called THE MAGIC ISLANDS and it begins like this watch out for hawaii it is a magician the spell it casts makes you swear you are seeing things not really there its bag of tricks is running over surf and sun sand and sea sights and shadows drums and guitars orchid leis and double rainbows conch shells and torches folk songs and ukulleelleess and the mesmerizing rhythm of the hula there is no escape when the prestidigitator poly-nesia spins his special sorcery you are in his power and the show is on well I1 went back to oahu and maui recently the assignment had to do with several lectures and workshops at a religious science center in honolulu and a unity group in wWaaiilluku miraculous uku changes have taken place in hawaii since a visit four years ago the best way to describe the current honolulu scene is that everything is higher from hhiirriissee buildings to bills of fare every-thing is more jammed from city streets to sandy beaches the traffic is a xerox copy of los angeles but when you are on a ten day working vacation you force yourself to recapture the magic and train yourself to find the old time hawaii in your heart and mind suffice it to say that aloha is still there its in the air but the reason I1 use the quote from THE WONDERFUL MAGIC OF LIVING to introduce this letter is because the magician I1 referred to played a most wonderful trick on me the last thing I1 expected to get out of my trip was a lesson for OUTREACH and FSU but that was about the first thing that happened and I1 wouldnt have missed the chance for sharing this with you for all the leis in lahaina or the waves on waikiki so let me share it with you just as it unfolded under the title SPIRITUAL understanding BY WAY OF TSUNAMIS lets turn to it now yours for the fellowship 1x ake 56 airt ax trxoeevoo 1I said rising politely while she wrapped up her sandwich and anxiously scanned the sea and sky I1 scanned them too and they were balmy and blue then elizabeth impulsively clasps my hands and quietly whispers a sincere and lovely prayer of faith affirming peace harmony and assurance that all will work out for everyones highest good no sooner has she taken off than I1 hear the wail of a siren at first it is so distant it could have been coming from boahu but then it rises to an awesome moan as if it might be hiding under the very table at which I1 am sitting it was eerie if elizabeth meant that I1 would understand what this was all about because I1 came from california and if she was referring to sirens she was of course dead right their gyrating shrieks were definitely the theme song of the city of angels better known as LA and I1 began to feel at home then there was a sudden overall mishmash of action confusion not panic exactly but a kind okfokookokinineessss as ribald as the sirens scream 1I mean some of the sunbathers were shouting tsunami let her come which at least gave me an indica-tion of the sex or gender of the mysterious intruder vv& a no222 page 2 THE LESSON SPIRITUAL understanding BY WAY OF TSUNAMIS 1 since research is one of my major interests I1 am willing to go to great lengths to get at the bottom of things but to go to hawaii to maui to be exact to learn about something that could happen just around the corner from where we live in palos verdes california is carrying things a bit too far or is it I1 mean here I1 am in maui all primed up to conduct a seminar at the unity center when the minister elizabeth smith says lets have a bite of some-thing before the evening get together it is five oclock I1 have just flown in from hono-lulu and checked in at the stouffer wmaaiilleeaa beach resort a plush expansive showplace with several outdoor eateries we decide to walk down to the beachssiiddee restaurant called the maui onion where we have a lovely table all to ourselves hungry and grateful I1 am all set for a leisurely enjoyment of a four decker club sandwich iced tea and hors d oeuvres the service is prompt the air exhilaerating the scene of lush lawns palms and open sea in-spiring nearby is a swimming pool a busy buzzing place and just beyond is the blue pacific with sun worshipers in the water and strewn along the beach we are nicely into our refreshing repast when there is an interrupting call paging mrs smith oh absolutely no 222 do nw fu W of eliza-beth excuses herself goes to a distant phone and is gone an interminably long time I1 nibble away relaxed thinking how fortunate all these vacation-ers who come to hawaii where the air is breathable where the lazy waves lap the sandy shore where a bird is singing and the afternoon sun is distributing its tans to lolling llooiinnclothed males and mini bbiikkiinnieedd females on the nearby pacific strands elizabeth returns she is concealing her excitement and concern with the skill that metaphysical students have acquired through study and disci-pline believing as they do that all things simply must work together for good and that gods in his heaven no matter whats happening in the world youthful rev elizabeth dark haired ddaarrkkeyed and eyed charismatic seats herself with utmost control and says to me terribly sorry to have been so long and even sorrier to say I1 must dash home immediately my husband says a tsunami is coming I1 say to myself darn the japanese here we are just getting nicely acquainted and halfway through our luncheon and along comes a husbands warning who and what is tsunami if not some rebellious oriental the term suggested a saumurraaii or a kKaammiikkaazziiee or a new toyota dealer who per-haps just heard of our upcoming seminar and was ready to be converted into a truth student and while I1 was thinking these thoughts elizabeth is saying so if you dont mind ill be running along and be back to pick you up at seven for our evening program really sorry about all this but since you are a californian you understand all about these things I1 said drawing her atten-tion to my unfinished sandwich and two lovely avocado slices oh no she agonized but ran to fetch a lunch box when she saw the supervisor of the maui onion coming round the bend dont get upset page 3 no222 other beach guests were very serious as they snapped up their towels and suntan lotion or gathered their brood of kids together while security men and beach attendants began shooing people to their rooms and crews came hurrying to stack the beach chairs and fold up the big um-brellas fr now the rreeddhhaaiirreedd waitress who must have been new on the job because she appeared really shaken rushed at me with the luncheon check and said please sign this tsunami is coming oh dear dont tell me you want it put on your credit card just sign it or give me the cash please hurry bring me a people bag he said to me as if he knew tsunami personally and might even have had a previous affair with her you have plenty of time time for what I1 asked to get to your hotel room she shouldnt be arriving for another thirty minutes if the impatient waitress hadnt rushed back just then I1 might have gotten to the bottom of things but she was so jittery that the manager said calm down calm down with which she put my sandwich remnants and edible tidbits into the plastic box pushed a pencil into my hands and almost left before accepting the customary perk which shows how nervous she really was so 1I picked up my briefcase and the ppaacckkeeddup leftovers up and followed the curving walkway which was now deserted a lovely path through fronds and flowers leading to the lobby and my room the only person going the opposite way was a young japanese with two cameras around his neck tsunami he said as if it were a term of greeting with which he grinned and added maybe she dont come it was in the form of a question if it hadnt been for the sirens bellowing louder and more incessantly I1 might at least have learned where she was coming from because with a name like tsunami she could be hawaiian and have something to do with the mMiinneehunes the legendary little leprechauns for whom no bells have ever tolled or noisy sirens shrieked but when I1 reached the crowded lobby of the stouffer and saw the guests milling around some serious some sounding off by drinking toasts to tsunami and cutting up and a mother in a corner trying to shush her bawling child I1 had a feeling of uncertainty and even imagined that the wind was rising and the sky was blacking out all of which simply went to show how much more practice I1 needed in truth work and in the field of tsunamis and their origin and kind in order to hold my calm and be at peace 2 the large and swanky TV in my a5tthh floor room was a lliiffeessaavveerr an educator and a friend indeed instantly it put my world together and stretched my groping mind I1 had to admit this reluctantly because usually the TV spectrum drives me out of mind especially when I1 want to shore up my thoughts for a seminar workshop in the field of holistic living this time to repeat the TV was a laboratory of information of the subject of seismology geology and insights into the heart of mother earth and father sea and how all of us their children are bound together on the ssppaacceesshhiipp we call the universe our home for here while I1 stretched out on a luxurious bed my sight and sound and spirit were treated to the incredible wonders of our age the instant replay of phenomena and an open window to the happenings at the very moment when the happenings were taking place tsunami was the teacher and shamefully I1 had to admit that I1 had never known her or him or it by any other name than tidal wave and that only vaguely shame on me despite trips to 0 1 0 no 222 brellas I1 I1 lreeccooggnniihzeedd no222 page 4 japan and a college course in geology and man I1 had no recollection that tsunami was the word for a major seismic distrubance of the ocean tsu for storm nami for wave the melodic beauty of the word put me at ease even though the experts being interviewed on the tube were talking of tsunamis deadly effects in years gone by the word was comforting I1 liked the sound of it perhaps my capacity for truth work was working after all but wait wasnt a tidal wave by any other name still a tidal wave wasnt a volcanic eruption just as devastating as when we refer to it merely as a tremor that is how this particular tsunami originated it was born some ten hours ago during an under-water volcanic eruption in the aAlleeuuttiiaannss the chain of islands near alaska four thousand and more miles from maui three thousand and more miles from california and yet so the report was saying tsunami is clearing the beaches in hawaii evacu-ating people from lloowwllyyiinngg seacoast areas sending watching aircrafts into the sky and sounding sirens on city streets suddenly I1 felt a oneness with humanity every-where who recognized the vastness and immeasur-able unseen power of the oceans of the world which cover 71 of the land surface of the earth and which are held so to say in the palm of the creators hand As I1 have said I1 could have learned all this a block or two from our california home because we live so close to the pacific since it was an eruption of major magnitude its effects were instantly recorded and replayed in color on TV a living proof of the miracle world we live in a world of marvel and mystery faith and fear wonder and a sense of watchful waiting for in this moment in time we people of all nationali-ties and faiths were made conscious of gods greatness and compelled to realize that we are all ffeelllloowwvvooyyaaggeerrss on planet earth 3 three quakes measuring 77.77 on the richter scale had rocked the aleutians at 347 pacific daylight time almost instantly seismographs predicted when the ensuing tidal wave would hit hawaii california and other coastline cities and towns scientists in hawaii quickly calculated the number of minutes that it would take for the earth tremors to reach the islands it would then take about the same number of hours for tsunami to hit the islands earthquake tremors travel at speeds of 350 miles or more per minute while tsunamis travel 400 to 500 miles per hour but though the sirens kept up their warning cries and though the six oclock hour set for the battering force of the tidal wave came and went nothing happened my room faced the sea and I1 kept watching and hoping hoping for what I1 hardly knew whether I1 wanted to see tsunami come barrreelllliinngg in for the excitement of it all or whether I1 feared to have her unleash the fear-some force which the commentators and experts had predicted they reminded their viewers that in 1946 a killer tsunami struck hilo hawaii with loss of life and shattering damage that could still be seen today they referred to the cyclone and tidal wave that struck bangladesh in 1985 killing over 10000 people they had a lengthy list of such tragedies including a tsunami that raised its watery head fifty feet above the surface of the sea and wrecked lisbon portugal in 1755 the tsunami that had hit hilo moving at 400 miles per hour they repeated had spread alarm across the entire pacific ocean two hundred people died and an expert ventured the opinion that tsunamis force on that occasion was double the equivalent of the atomic bombs used in tests long ago at bikini surely both nature and man held devastating forces in their hands such a conclusion I1 had a hunch was what many metaphysicians were think-ing about and many thoughtful minds were mulling over at this very moment so with my ever trustful clipboard and pencil in hand I1 watched and listened and learned about the incredible power of nature and the ingenious scientific knowledge of those who are seeking to understand its ways 4 elizabeth called at seven oclock being a truth teacher and unity oriented she had only good news it was in two parts the media would have no 222 eru p tion 1 11 77 iannaadd vvvaiiibsssaiibbliiilltiittyyy page 5 no222 said the good news is that and the bad news is so and so but the media generally are not metaphysically trained elizabeths first good news was that tsunami had dissipated its strength because of some natural but inexplicable cosmological law or had it simply responded to a prayer at a table at the maui onion her second good news was that though the evening workshop had been canceled due to the crowded cars going back over the evacuation routes and the inadvisability of holding the meeting we would reschedule it for the morning if I1 was game this was more than right with me it is not often that one can get a crash course in tidal waves and an overview of tsunamis in the luxury of a beach resort reclining on a bed traveling back and forth across the pacific from maui to the aleutians to california and listening to seismological experts from all around the world so I1 had to admit that here was another demon-stration of the metaphysical approach and its response to lifes exigencies and interruptions to truth students events are always in divine order disruptions are opportunities for demon-strations of faith and there should never be a challenge without its hidden test for spiritual growth 5 tsunami the terrible tsunami the benign deep beneath the waters of the aleutians lies a moun-tain range ten thousand feet beneath the surface a mountain blows its top seismic seawaavveess rush out from the erupted center and shake the earth at the underwater earthquake scene a section of the ocean floor drops away and the oceans waters surge in to fill the void in the vastness of the pacific the giant swells pass by unseen but rearing up when they near the shores intent on rising ddrraaggoonnlliikkee to breaker heights that lash and kill but sometimes for reasons yet unknown they are dissipated and then there is man the terrible and man the benign he has equipped himself with the same potential to erupt and destroy with equal deadly force PHOTO COURTESY OF RENNIE WEBER some say it is his nature but the challenge of reason to this persistent tendency is ever increasing and the quest for something higher and deeper than common knowledge and common sense is being sought in an uncommon spiritual under-standing even as tidal waves are being better understood in view of scientific research in the vastness of the human psyche the urge to use force and terror pass by unseen but threaten-ing to rise up unexpectedly to lash and kill and sometimes for reasons not yet fully known they too are dissipated 6 A stillness settled over the stouffer and its electri-cally lighted grounds the sirens were still and the all clear signal was passed around not so much by word of mouth as by an awareness a sensing and a lingering hope to postulate that a tsunami or the deadly instinct in man could be thwarted by a nnaattuurraal law or an affirmation was to many a ppPooollllllyyaannniisshh hope and to others hopeless but there are those who feel that a breakthrough of some kind is just a prayer away as near as joining hands across a table or across a nation or around the world at our morning workshop I1 mentioned that during an earthquake in california whose epi-center was near san fernando some forty miles from our home I1 was writing at my desk and looked up to see the crystal chandelier swinging no 222 st ilda frugoli no222 page 6 1I reported that I1 went outside and stood in the driveway and that it seemed as if the asphalt under my feet was like the peeling of an orange gently moving instead of a scary feeling I1 found this tremor reassuring and said aloud if god is this powerful surely I1 am in good hands what ambiguity what paradoxical thinking neither the feeling nor the thought could be ex-plained in terms of pure reason common sense in the light of our uncommon world wwoouuldl have spoiled the entire experience but somehow the recollection of that incident in the aftermath of tsunami stimulates deep thought especially in the light of spiritual understanding I 1 am delighted to hear the good news ofchange please remember me when you get the little books and I1 am sure it will only refer to size and not content reh watkins gwWaaallllllooowwwaaa oregon this planned change feels right to me though I1 shall probably miss the letter the feeling of one to oneness but there is the challenge the oppor-tunity for growth idafrugoli spokane washington READERS WRITE I 1 think the little book idea is great in case I1 havent said so before OUTREACH is always wonderful but we must all go with change and will look forward with much anticipation to the newformat marion heric sherman oaks california this is a note to encourage you in your latest venture much success in your new endeavor I1 envision these booklets giving a lift to many readers henrietta houghton lincoln nebraska like the idea of your little books but will surely miss my newsletters bring on your change we will all be blessed by it margaret kurz palm desert california will anxiously wait for the little books great idea hazel wadleigh long beach california what a blessing for those of us who have been privileged to cross paths with you this time around and to share in the knowledge you have acquired through your quest for greater spiritual understanding the bible and I1 is the finest of many FSU lessons and a classic representation of books that will appear ivy dale arlington heights illinois change means growth a broadening of horizons an expansion of spiritual capacity a breathing mmoorreeddeeeeppllyy sense of joy those on the quest know that change means a promise of greater riches in all facets of our daily living mae tombazian thousand oaks california will miss OUTREACH but also will look forward to the new books all things work together for good nothing is forever and changes are so neces-sary for growth good luck in the new venture ruthann poindexter los angeles california all rights reserved no part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher while copies of OUTREACH will be sent to anyone upon request your tax deductible contributions are invited additional copies for use by organizations study groups etc are available write to fellowship FOR SPIRITUAL understanding PO box 816 palos verdes estates CA 90274 phone 213 373 2669 no 222 d new format 1 I of change
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