Carrying the Torch for John-Roger

Someone emailed me from across the country asking for advice on whether to attend in-person the November 29th Celebration of John-Roger’s Life, with concerns about the event being full and the costs involved.  This is what poured out of me in response:

Let me start out with another of my J-R stories that have been flowing like rivers after a heavy winter snow melt.  In 1984, prior to the Opening of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the John-Roger Foundation which became the Integrity Foundation donated $1,500 to the U.S. Olympic Committee for the privilege of having someone run with the Olympic torch which would later light the Olympic flame to commence the Games.  John-Roger asked me if I would be willing to run with the torch on behalf of the Foundation.

From early childhood I was fascinated by the Olympics and would have loved to have been the Olympic Decathlon Champion.   I ran track and field and cross country in high school.  I was thrilled by the experience and so was J-R even though we ran with it in the middle of nowhere up near Lompoc, California.  Perhaps you have seen the Moment of Peace showing my running with the torch and scenes from when J-R and myself were at the Olympics in person.

On the day of the Opening Ceremonies which were at the Coliseum at USC, which is not too far from Prana, there was a wedding that I attended with J-R.  Afterwards, he and one of the MSIA staff were invited to attend the Opening Ceremonies as guests of a generous supporter of Insight and IIWP.  I was very moved to walk if I had to from Prana and somehow attend the Opening Ceremonies and see the Olympic flame lit.  The same flame I had carried is lit by a special flame which has been lit by a long tradition going back to the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896. The flame burns “eternally” in Olympia, Greece where the ancient Olympic Games were held.

In 1984, I was living on a vow of poverty with MSIA.  Literally, I had no money of my own. When I told J-R after the wedding at Prana  that I wanted to go to the Opening Ceremonies, he said to me, “Don’t let money stand in the way of your going” and then he left to go.  I thought to myself about what he meant.  In my world in 1984, I thought $20 was a reasonable amount that could get me a ticket.  I adjusted to what J-R said to raise the amount I would be willing to pay to $50.  Someone from Prana gave me a ride to a very crowded area around the Coliseum at USC which could hold up to 100,000 spectators.  I started walking across a mammoth parking lot to to get to one of the entrances to the Coliseum.  In the distance, I could see people holding up small hand-made signs.  I was encouraged as I thought these people were selling extra tickets they had.  When I got close enough to read the first sign, it was about buying tickets.  Then another sign and another and another.  Many people holding up signs or announcing out loud their intentions — all wanting to buy tickets.

When I arrived at the entrance gate, I had not seen one person offering to sell a ticket.  I felt very dejected.  I managed to find a piece of cardboard and made my sign — “I WANT A TICKET” — to hold up while I walked around meeting people who were approaching the entrances.  After what seemed like a long while, I went of to one of the people holding a sign to buy tickets and asked if he had seen anyone selling tickets.  His response was, “Yeah, there’s a guy over there,” pointing at an area I had not walked by, “whose selling one ticket for $500.”  I walked over to him and sure enough he had a sign to sell a ticket.  I asked how much?  “$500,” he responded.  I replied, “That’s too much.”  I felt crushed.  I walked away even more dejected.

I was standing in the parking lot near an entrance gate still holding up my sign but with my head down and gazing at the asphalt below.  Someone said, “Here,” and put a ticket into my hand while I was still staring at the ground.  By the time I had figured out what I had in my hand, my instant response was this was some kind of scalper playing a mean game of tempting me by putting what I wanted desperately into my hands.  I looked up and there were many people walking toward the entrance gate.  I was not even sure who it was who had put the ticket into my hand.  I yelled out, “How much is the ticket?”

A tall, athletic man immaculately dressed in a sport coat and tie quickly turned around while he kept walking toward the gate and yelled back, “It’s free!”  I was still standing as he kept moving further away toward the entrance, and I yelled loudly over the crowd noise, “Who do I have to thank?”  He quickly turned around while he kept moving toward the entrance and yelled back, “ABC.”  I later realized he was one of the on-camera announcers who worked for ABC Sports, the television network who was covering the entire Olympic Games.  On the ticket amongst the information that was printed it read, “VIP” and “$200.”  When I took my seat, sure enough I was seated in a VIP section, 4 rows up from the track and field at the end of the stadium where the main part of the ceremonies was conducted.

Being at that Opening Ceremony is to this day one of the most spectacular experiences of my life.  During the ceremonies, which climaxes with the lighting of the Olympic flame to commence the Games, there is a tradition in which the host country keeps the identity of who will light the flame a secret right up to the moment when the last runners who have been passing the flame torch to torch for weeks finally enter the Olympic stadium, continuing to pass the flame onto another runner until the one who is to light the cauldron signifies the moment of the Opening of the Olympic Games.

When I later attended with J-R the Opening Ceremonies for the Atlanta Olympics, Muhammad Ali lit the official flame.  However, on this day in Los Angeles the surprise was two-time Olympic Champion Rafer Johnson who lit the flame by carrying the torch from the track up a specially-built flight of stairs all the way up to the top of the stadium.  It was a spine tingling moment for me.

When my wife, Leigh, and I came together, I found out that she had a small role in the film “The Games,” which was based upon a true story about the marathon run during the Rome Olympics in 1960.  One of the advisers and someone who played a sports commentator in the film is Leigh’s friend, the very same Rafer Johnson, who became a two-time Olympic Decathlon Champion.  Leigh and I later had lunch with Rafer, and he signed the photo of the Los Angeles Opening Ceremonies that is hanging, along with the actual Olympic torch I carried, in the hallway outside my office at 2101 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, California.

Of course, this is your decision whether you attend the day of Celebration of J-R’s Life. Look to your heart for direction, and “Don’t let money stand in the way.”

Baruch Bashan
John

To learn more about participating in-person and on-line in the Celebration of John-Roger’s Life, click here. . . 

On Peace and Unconditional Loving

Read John Morton’s latest articles:     I Come in Peace and How can I Respond to Abusiveness with Unconditional Loving.  Both articles are posted on the New Day Herald, the free print and e-newspaper of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness.

From I Come in Peace Peace is very much like that experience of finding what was never lost. It’s present regardless of conditions or circumstances. When you find peace within yourself, then that’s what you bring forward.  You bring forward the message, “I come in peace.”  Read more here .  .  .

From How can I Respond to Abusiveness with Unconditional Loving — It takes great courage to not strike back. It takes great courage to find a way to stop the againstness, to neutralize it — to have the sins that were our father’s and our mother’s that are part of our inheritance not continue on. So if my father was a liar and my mother was a thief, that doesn’t mean that I have to be a liar or a thief. I don’t have to continue the negativity. I can choose into the positive and love it all. Read more here  .  .  .

Walking Around the Walls of Jerusalem

During an open day in our schedule in Jerusalem, a group of us limited to 35 walked the so-called tunnel at the original foundation of the western wall of the temple mount. One of the foundation stones stretches across some 10 meters and weighs 57 tons. How that stone was so precisely hewed and placed is still considered an unsolved mystery.

The greater importance is what is above just east on the Temple Mount considered to be of the Holy of Holies in which God placed Its original creation into manifestation and marked as where Abraham was to sacrifice his son Isaac, the dwelling place of the Arc of the Covenant, and location of the Ascension of Muhammad with archangels Gabriel and Michael in attendance.  We continued our walk circumnavigating the Temple Mount and making a brief visit to St. Anne’s Church named for the mother of the Virgin Mary who was born nearby.  St. Anne’s is famous for many PAT IV renditions of the MSIA Alleluia song.

As we continued our walk around the Temple Mount, we stopped along the eastern wall at a place just below the still sealed Golden Gate for a Moment of Peace and Blessing before continuing our walk along the walls.  The last time I recall one of our groups spending so much time along a wall was in 1988 at the Berlin Wall when J-R famously told the group about putting a worm of light into the wall and declaring the wall would come down within two years. And it did!

Our group also drove through nearby Jericho where another famous wall came down when Joshua led the Israelites across the River Jordan into the land of Canaan to walk seven times around that oldest known city wall while shouting until it came down.

Let us join in prayer for the peace of Jerusalem so that all may find harmony and goodwill living together as neighbors and friends as an example to all of the world.

Baruch Bashan
John

Light & Peace Ministries in the Northeast, U.S.

Let’s be about leaving this world better than we find it each and every day. Our life is a testimony and through us divine loving is becoming more manifest. Greater good is calling upon us here in this world to be done this day. One of my rallying calls is let’s go out and do some good. This is who we are. This is what we are about.  – John Morton

Read about John’s ministry planting a Peace Pole in Watertown, Massachusetts and then visiting St. John’s Church and the White House in Washington, D.C.

Ministering on the U.S. East Coast – April & May 2014

John travels to Boston for a Peacemaker Meeting then on to Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia for MSIA Seminars and Workshops.  Leigh and John facilitate the inspiring Spiritual Exercises Retreat in Connecticut, May 9 – 11, 2014.  Most events are available for viewing on-line.  Join us!

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John & Leigh Serving at MSIA’s Conference of the Mystical Traveler

Leigh & John at the Institute for Individual & World Peace Gathering of Peacemakers

 

John and Leigh ministered in many ways during the week-long MSIA Conference of the Mystical Traveler.

View photos and video archives and read inspiring articles about all the goodness.

Leigh & John at the World Premiere of the Mystical Traveler Movie: The Life & Times of John-Roger

John Morton Visits the Boston Marathon Memorial

John Morton shared a personal message about his visit to the Boston Marathon Temporary Memorial today.  To read about the moments of sacred silence and to view photos John sent to the New Day Herald, click here .  .  .

Boston Marathon Temporary Memorial 4.22.2013

Lightwork Ministry in Boston

While visiting in the Boston area today preparing for upcoming MSIA & PTS Events, John Morton drove throughout the areas affected by the recent bombings during the Boston Marathon.  Along with his wife, fellow minister Leigh Taylor-Young Morton (via telephone from their home in Los Angeles), John placed Light Columns at the many barricades still surrounding the blast sites.  He visited local hotels where reporters and investigators are staying at this time, asking for Light for the highest good. John continued his Lightwork ministry throughout the morning and into the afternoon, driving through Boston and Watertown, placing the Light for healing, forgiveness, peace and loving kindness.

John & Leigh in Cape Cod 2009

John and Leigh send their love and light to all.

Baruch Bashan
(the blessings already are)

Choose Wisely in Gratitude

John Morton with John-Roger

Everyone has a primary relationship inside that involves our integrity and being true to ourself, which includes God as the Creator of all even if people are unconscious and deny the divine nature.  The ground rules for all include taking care of yourself so you can help take care of others, and not hurting yourself and others.   Each person is directly responsible for self-care rather than someone else having the primary responsibility.   Obviously, when we are infants and growing up as children others play necessary and powerful roles.  As we mature, we gain the full opportunity to determine what is best and make the choices that create the results that come from those choices, again with new opportunities to learn and grow.

This is your personal level, what we call the 10%.  You have 100% responsibility and free choice for yourself.  With all choices, it’s best to choose wisely especially when those choices impact you powerfully with lasting results.  Be careful of wishful thinking that attempts to rationalize away what is your experience with hopeful fantasies of what could or should become.

There is no urgency in spirit and in living the truth that comes from God.  You can relax and be patient as you determine what is serving the best outcomes.   God blesses you regardless of your choices and what comes from your choices.  Your life is full of new opportunities to create all that fulfills you.   All experiences contribute to your learning and growth, some more than others, so you always have plenty of reason to be in gratitude for all you have been given.

Baruch Bashan – The Blessings Already Are
John Morton

Trust in God

Light, and all that is needed for health and well-being, to you and yours.
It’s a time, as always, to take whatever appears to be disturbing and troubling as an opportunity to come closer to the Lord God who is always with us to provide what is needed for our growth and learning as a soul.  A way that always works is to seek understanding through loving and complete trust in God.
Baruch Bashan
John Morton

Read John’s latest article, “Choose the Miraculous: Put God First in Your Life