"Believing is seeing" visions about Holy Land come to life

Thursday, 07 January 2010


As I celebrated what was right with the world,

I began to build a vision of possibility, not scarcity.

Possibility... always another right answer.

            -- Dewitt Jones

"Begin challenging your own assumptions.

Your assumptions are your windows on the world.

Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in."

            ~Alan Alda

    We often see only what's wrong  with people and the world, and assume conditions and human beings will not improve.
     It's easy to see and be "against" crises and darkness.
     But it's more effective to see what's right with the world -- what's working and excellent.
     "By celebrating what's right, we find the energy to fix what's wrong."
     VIEW more:


What's right with the world

22 min. video

Dewitt Jones, National Geographic photographer






     Dewitt Jones, photographer and student of life on Earth, used to think: "I won't believe it until I see it.
     "I had it backwards," he says.
     The way it really works is this:
     "I won't see it 'til I believe it."
     "That's the way life works," insists Jones.
     Vision determines what a person will discover and create.
     "Vision controls perception."
     And our perception becomes our reality."
     "We can choose to see the best in people or the worst in people."
     You'll see what you choose to see.
     So, Jones recommends: "Begin by celebrating what's right with any situation."
      Because, "If we don't believe it, we won't see it."
     "When I started, I had no idea how powerful that vision would be, how much it would change my life."
     "If we hold a vision that fills us with energy, that takes us to our own edge, that allows us to soar. . ." we can celebrate and greatly expand what's right with the world.

     Here are real-life exemplars:

Vision 1:

    Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian citizens envisioned then co-hosted a December 20-21, 2009, cross-border workshop on environment blogging to spur Middle East change in response to a call from the United Nations (UN).
     Since most countries in the Middle East have much to improve in all areas of environmental protection, the UN has called for more reporting on the environment in the Middle East to spur awareness and change.
     Environmentalists and writers from Palestine, Jordan and Israel met in Madaba, Jordan for the two-day workshop: "Blogging for the Environment," sponsored by three organizations that took on the UN challenge:


GREEN PROPHET-- http://www.greenprophet.com/ -- the most popular Middle East environment news blog founded by Israeli Karin Kloosterman ( Contact@greenprophet.com )

THE MASAR CENTER, a youth NGO in Jordan to improve regional relationships, environment, media, democracy and human rights, coordinated by Khaled Shorman ( KShorman@nets.com.jo ).

VOLUNTEERING FOR PEACE, a Palestinian NGO establishing a bridge between the different faith and cultural groups in Palestine by spreading the idea of peace and non-violence in the world, can be reached at VFPeace@gmail.com .


     Funded by the San Francisco-based United Religions Initiative -- http://www.uri.org/ -- 19 prominent journalists and bloggers in Arabic, Hebrew and English met to brainstorm new ways to report on and instigate environmental change in areas of activism, design, urban health, religion and clean technologies.
     "The environment is a leveler connecting Muslims, Jews and Christians in this part of the world," says Karin Kloosterman of GreenProphet.com.
     "By focusing on our shared challenges like global warming, waterm and pollution, we hope to encourage the crucial conversations and work in the field for a cleaner, more rewarding and sustainable Middle East."
     No one can argue about the importance of clean air, fresh drinking water, and the pressing need for adopting new technologies like solar power for clean and renewable energy."

Vision 2:

     ACT 1
     Ari Sandel studying film making at the University of Southern California envisioned a musical comedy with serious undertones about the Palestinian-Israeli relationship.
     His professors told him it was too difficult, too controversial.
     Ari ( westbankstory@gmail.com ) was determined to follow his dream to create his film: WEST BANK STORY -- http://www.westbankstory.com .
     The 18-minute film earned him his Masters of Fine Arts degree.
     And an Oscar!!!
     SEE and enjoy the whole movie:


WEST BANK STORY  (on the screen)

18 min. Award-winning film


     ACT 2
     In 2008, Maryland high school seniors Salah Czapary ( SCzapary@comcast.net ) and Mattia D'Affuso ( PMattia.also@comcast.net ) saw the film.
     The two Wootton High School students were inspired by WEST BANK STORY.
     They believed their own vision and followed it.
      The high schoolers wrote, produced, and brought crowds to their original stage production of WEST BANK STORY --http://www.westbankstory.org/ -- based on Ari Sandel's envisioned film-sensation.

     Not satisfied with their personal triumph, Salah and Mattia -- now college students -- have co-created EYES CLOSED HEARTS OPEN (ECHO) -- http://www.eyesclosedheartsopen.org -- to provide young adults and teens that love the performing arts the opportunity to be a part of a summer theatre production to unite today's youth and accelerate "the struggle for peace through the performing arts."
     ECHO's first 2010 step is to train new, young student-artists to re-create WEST BANK STORY on stage once again:


WEST BANK STORY  (on stage)

August 2010 invitation to participate

Rockville, MD


     Citizens are seeing and expanding what's right with the world. . . possibility. . . always another right answer!!!
     You can, too.

                - L&L

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