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Old 12-27-2009, 10:32 PM   #1
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Very simply:

We begin referring to ourselves and each other as "Brother" or "Sister" or "Earth brother"/"Earth sister" or "Spirit brother"/"Spirit sister"

Instead of:


Mr. or Miss/Mrs.

I think if enough of us do this for long enough, perceptions will change.
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:40 PM   #2
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I like your thinking, but without sincerity I don't think it will work. It's not the words but actions and intentions that change attitudes and some of those have to come from within each of us.
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Old 12-27-2009, 11:54 PM   #3
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Guess it was a bad idea.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:05 AM   #4
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Not a bad idea at all if done with feeling. I think there's more to it than just words. It must start with a glow in your heart, then eye contact, a smile, any sort of kind word, reacting to irritation with kindness, etc., will help with the change you are talking about.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:23 AM   #5
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Guess it was a bad idea.
No...not a bad idea.

In fact...I've been "sneaking" brother into my greetings a lot.

LionHawk (retired) and I always referred to each other as brother since our energy resonated closely

So how should I address you...Brother or Sister??
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:35 AM   #6
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Guess it was a bad idea.
It's actually a good idea, but looses its relevance without the intent. For example, when I go to the bank, the tellers always give me fake smiles and ask how I'm doing. I know they're not smiling because they're happy to see me and I know they could care less about what is happening in my life. They're just following standard protocol: greet customer, display smile, and say how are you.

I was traveling in New Orleans a few weeks ago and I saw this first hand. I was called brother, pal, and friend by people whom I had just met and they were genuinely caring and interested. I'm not sure how they got this way, but it might be valuable to study them and figure out how to export what they have

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Old 12-28-2009, 01:04 AM   #7
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Actually, I think words by themselves have a great deal of power. There are many examples of words having negative power, so why not having positive?
The intent you speak of could simply be the choice of their use.

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Old 12-28-2009, 01:05 AM   #8
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Guess it was a bad idea.
there are no bad ideas.....

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Old 12-28-2009, 02:34 AM   #9
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It was not my intent to discourage you but rather get you to dig a little deeper. As someone on this thread has stated, it has to come from the heart. Yes words are very powerful but they are the end product of thought and emotions.
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:13 AM   #10
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I had idea that works almost opposite to this, but with similar goal.

What if we stop saying "I love you", unless we really mean it. Too much, we say things out of a sense of obligation, it seems to me, and such words lose their meaning. I think it cheapens it, to be honest.

Just like some people make a conscious effort to eliminate the word "hate" from their vocabularies, maybe it would be good to only use "love" when they really mean it.

As Shairia said "without sincerity it won't work". Same thing here, often times to me anyway, "love" is used as a generic term without meaning.

Some people say "I love you" like its a greeting, or conversation punctuator. That pisses me off, it is BS and phony to me.

Personally, I'd rather SHOW something like this than TELL them.


I dunno, just my 2 cents....
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:18 AM   #11
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There are no simple solutions for complicated problems.
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:26 AM   #12
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There are no simple solutions for complicated problems.
perhaps not, i have to think about it....
but i do know that if you "pretend" something often enough.
it becomes "true" - like "be the change you want to see"?
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:39 AM   #13
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There are no simple solutions for complicated problems.

Not really. Not always anyway. Maybe not easy solutions, or ones that make everyone happy...

Nothing is 100%- But there ARE a lot of simple solutions to complex issues, believe it or not.
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:51 AM   #14
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Very simply:

We begin referring to ourselves and each other as "Brother" or "Sister" or "Earth brother"/"Earth sister" or "Spirit brother"/"Spirit sister"

Instead of:


Mr. or Miss/Mrs.

I think if enough of us do this for long enough, perceptions will change.
I love this idea. I actually live in an area where many people address each other as brother and sister. I find myself doing it at times if I am among the right crowd. It totally lifts my spirit when someone addresses me as brother.
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:59 AM   #15
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I love this idea. I actually live in an area where many people address each other as brother and sister. I find myself doing it at times if I am among the right crowd. It totally lifts my spirit when someone addresses me as brother.
Bikers and Hippies have been doing that for years brother, makes people very uncomfortable. Gonna' take more than a label switch for consciousness to change - probably gonna' need some big global event to jolt us out of our sleeps . . . .
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:01 AM   #16
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I have had many years dealing with the psychiatric world and they have a technique called cognitive therapy which says that if you change a behavior, you can alter your thought patterns. This also works in reverse.


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Old 12-28-2009, 04:08 AM   #17
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There are no simple solutions for complicated problems.
That's a rather large assumption. We as human beings are privy to just a tiny fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum which comprises our visible reality- so there is no way that you can state that as a universal truth. "entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem" ~Ockham's razor
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:25 AM   #18
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Very simply:

We begin referring to ourselves and each other as "Brother" or "Sister" or "Earth brother"/"Earth sister" or "Spirit brother"/"Spirit sister"
Instead of:
Mr. or Miss/Mrs.
I think if enough of us do this for long enough, perceptions will change.
"WE" is a 'key word' ~ it engages all of you,
to return to completness, fullness/and, wholeness...

along with the 'we' all in a team

when we all work together ~ big stuff occurs
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:35 AM   #19
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I had idea that works almost opposite to this, but with similar goal.

What if we stop saying "I love you", unless we really mean it. Too much, we say things out of a sense of obligation, it seems to me, and such words lose their meaning. I think it cheapens it, to be honest.

Just like some people make a conscious effort to eliminate the word "hate" from their vocabularies, maybe it would be good to only use "love" when they really mean it.

As Shairia said "without sincerity it won't work". Same thing here, often times to me anyway, "love" is used as a generic term without meaning.

Some people say "I love you" like its a greeting, or conversation punctuator. That pisses me off, it is BS and phony to me.

Personally, I'd rather SHOW something like this than TELL them.


I dunno, just my 2 cents....
I agree with you 100% here...
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:36 AM   #20
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Some of us are referring to fellow human beings using those words...
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:43 AM   #21
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I was with my beloved cat when he passed on, he was in a lot of pain at the time and I was in a lot of pain when he left me. He stays with me in my bedroom in his little wooden urn with his plaque and picture on the front and when I tell him how much I love him everyday believe me when I tell you I mean it. I kiss his little picture everyday, talk to him and tell him I love him. He knows it and I mean it.

I don't know you Burgundia but I feel I really, really like you and I love your cat pic.

And I mean that lovely lady.
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:49 AM   #22
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I was with my beloved cat when he passed on, he was in a lot of pain at the time and I was in a lot of pain when he left me. He stays with me in my bedroom in his little wooden urn with his plaque and picture on the front and when I tell him how much I love him everyday believe me when I tell you I mean it. I kiss his little picture everyday, talk to him and tell him I love him. He knows it and I mean it.

I don't know you Burgundia but I feel I really, really like you and I love your cat pic.

And I mean that lovely lady.
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:57 AM   #23
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Thank you lovely lady and back at you.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:38 PM   #24
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Maybe perceptions have already changed Spiralmind.
Looking back at your words " Mr . , Miss or Mrs " it strikes me how these terms are lacking any spiritual substance and how far from the sense of Oneness they bring us.

Thank you for bringing it up brother

Love from me
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We begin referring to ourselves and each other as "Brother" or "Sister" or "Earth brother"/"Earth sister" or "Spirit brother"/"Spirit sister"

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Mr. or Miss/Mrs.

I think if enough of us do this for long enough, perceptions will change.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:47 PM   #25
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Very good thread!

I couldn't agree more with the OP. And thank you 371 to bring up the importance of "meaning" it.

I would say the same, when you feel the courage to call a being a brother or a sister because you deeply know we all come from the same source, we are all "creature" of the Creation, your consciousness encompass a wider perspective. It is always easier to be caring for a brother/sister rather than seeing a stranger in him/her.

When you mean it, it links you with your surrounding, it grounds you to Earth and all its inhabitants. Their is no limit to fraternity...

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