from John-Roger through the years. Read them here:
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.”
To learn more about participating in-person and on-line in the Celebration of John-Roger’s Life, click here. . .
During the wee hours during my MSIA trip to Brasilia I was awakened to J-R speaking during his Christmas Eve 1991 SAT seminar, “Being In Fellowship With The Lord (#7812), which I consider is as good a reference as we could find to play for his celebration this November 29 in Los Angeles, California. I experienced parts as his way of doing his eulogy (forgive the term if you don’t like it). Here are some examples I noted:
His hope that “this civilization will on day look up the works of John-Roger and say, ‘Thank You’.”
He told a couple of Hinkins’ childhood stories. One was about Delile hiding the peas under his plate to get the most dessert, Parley catching him, then Roger doing the same while they were all focused on Delile so he could get the most dessert. Then J-R saying that this was is confession that one day the Hinkins would be seeing and hearing via the recording. There’s also the story of Delile putting pieces of coal into their Christmas stockings and how that really got to J-R about his dad, and then his dad corrected him so he would realize that the coal would be there so he and Delile wouldn’t have to go out into the cold to get more coal.
J-R also told us that “next year some of you won’t be here” and gave encouragement for everyone to focus on completion while we have the opportunity now.
J-R mentioned that there was controversy about when Jesus was born such that some consider that it was actually the immaculate conception that took place on December 24th and that the birth would be on September 24th, J-R’s birthday, and then J-R forgiving himself for thinking that about himself.
J-R talked about the need for all of us to take correction and asking what is God’s business: Forgiveness. The heart does not want memory, it wants now. It wants to be held in love. J-R wants people to touch him.
A lot of Jesus as Lord and Savior, “paying with the coins in his purse.”
J-R saying, “Thank you all so much. I’m honored that were all together in this room.” He acknowledges the presence of Spirit.”
J-R states he has a prayer for us — “God strengthen them. I’m honored to be with them. Let them be fit to be a companion to walk with the Lord. Let them also be a joy to the world.”
He tells us, “I’m not waiting for the 2nd coming of the Lord.”
Baruch Bashan for now
One day, it could be this moment now, you are going to realize and understand that you are not your body, you are not your emotions or mind, you are not what you have done or what has happened to you so you are not your past nor future. You are a being of God in perfect working order and fully one with all of God’s creation which has just one energy and that energy is loving.
In that moment of realization you are going to be in relaxation. And you can claim this now so you can begin to relax more regardless of the conditions in your life. You can still do your life very actively while being relaxed as a way of doing and way of being who you are in the world regardless of the conditions present. None of the conditions matter to God when it comes to the loving and peace which are always present.
– John Morton, D.S.S.
To learn more about the blessings that already are —
On October 22, 2014, our beloved John-Roger made his transition from the physical body into Spirit. John-Roger was the founder of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, Peace Theological Seminary & College of Philosophy, Institute for Individual & World Peace, University of Santa Monica, Heartfelt Foundation and many more organizations focused on loving, caring, sharing and serving for the highest good of all concerned. John Morton Ministries is dedicated to continuing to serve throughout the world the ministries founded by John-Roger.
View recent comforting and inspiring messages from John Morton, Leigh Taylor-Young Morton, and others about John-Roger’s life and continued presence in our hearts.
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 . . .
Me encanta que nos vayas a acompañar a mí y al staff de MSIA durante las diversas oportunidades de sintonización espiritual que hay programadas en este viaje en Sur América. Aprecio muchísimo tu participación y espero conocer a gente nueva en el camino. ¡Que Dios te bendiga!
Amor y Luz,
I would be delighted to have you join me and the MSIA Staff during the many opportunities for tuning in spiritually during our travels in South America. I would appreciate very much your participation, and I hope to meet new people along the way. May God bless you!
Love and Light,
Jerusalem is relatively not ancient in that much rebuilding has been done over the two millennia. Still, it’s more than interesting to ponder and consider what is the blessing here and now including for the inscription in Aramaic for the time of Pentecost.
Claudia Flores, Leigh and I returned to the Notre Dame Catholic facility where we celebrated John-Roger’s birthday dinner on the rooftop. By “chance” we met Father Christofo now working there and originally from Mexico and a close friend of a very close friend of Claudia and her family. He then personally gave us a tour of the relatively new Museum of the Shroud (based upon the Shroud of Turin} which is arguably considered to have been used to cover Jesus’ body after the crucifixion.
Regardless of the authenticity of whether it was Jesus who provided the image on the shroud, there is an unsolved mystery as to how the image was photographically created by some form or flash of light even with the technology of today. Whoever the man of the shroud was, it’s clear he was crucified by the body markings and fluids still on the shroud linen. While the carbon 14 test showed the shroud to be about 800 years old, the sample was taken from a patch that was re-woven and possibly done later by the direction of whoever had custody.
We learned among other things that botanists have scientifically determined that the microscopic pollen still on the shroud not only had to be from an area between Jerusalem and Hebron in Israel but also that certain pollen found on the shroud would be flowering between March and April. Hmm.
Furthermore, the shroud has the blood such that they know the type was AB, and the shroud images match up with a secondary face cloth that has been housed in Ovieto, Spain since the 7th century. That translates in human genome terms to we have the man’s DNA.
I am reminded of the scripture, “He is not here. He is risen.”
After the recent Light Tour in Israel, Leigh and I traveled to Neuchatel, Switzerland for some MSIA/PTS/IIWP/HeartFelt service. Over two days, we facilitated the PTS Gratitude, IIWP Peace, and HeartFelt Circle of Light workshops, an MSIA Q&A, and MSIA Baptisms. Veronique Sandoz and Dominique Kohler were our hosts with some expert assistance volunteered by IIWP Administrator, Debbie Roth.
Prana Switzerland is alive and well. Enjoy the scenery.
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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.