Spiritual beings we are

Who am I?

I am not my body. My body keeps changing, but I remain.

I am not what I do. What I do keeps changing, but I remain.

I am not what I have. My possessions keep changing, but I remain.

I am not the many characters I have played in the theater of life. My roles keep changing, but I remain. I am not the many professional positions I have occupied, the labels people have used to identify me, the tribes I belong to, or the story others choose to tell about me. My occupations, identities, tribes, and what others say about me keep changing, but I remain.

I am not what I have accumulated. I am not the power I may have, the position I may occupy, the prestige I may command, or the privileged treatment I may receive. I am not whatever I am attached to or has been attached to me. Everything is impermanent and keeps changing, but I remain. Take everything away from me — every single thing, including this physical life — and still, I will remain.

Who am I, then, if I am not my body, if I am not what I do and what I have?

I am the one who does not change.

And who, then, is this unchangeable I?

I am an eternal spiritual being having a temporary human experience. I am the Life Force Energy. I am the Life. I am the Force. I am the Energy. I am All. I am.

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“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

I am the one who sees the truth beyond the illusions that deceive and enslave, and the truth has set me free.

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My gifts to you this Christmas

my gifts to you this Christmas

1 – To my enemies, forgiveness.
I don’t believe I have any enemies, and I don’t consider anyone my enemy. But I know I have offended a lot of people throughout my life, therefore I’m sure I have created some adversaries along the way. Today is a good day to settle this, once and for all, don’t you agree? So, if I have offended you, please forgive me. And if you have offended me, please know that you have already been forgiven. Let us free ourselves from all this load. We don’t need to carry it anymore. We are free. I love you. 🙂

2 – To my opponents, tolerance.
Although not as much as before, I know that I still criticize, judge and condemn. Well, I am renewing my commitment to be more mindful of my thoughts and emotions, and stop when I catch myself doing those things. I am renewing my commitment to be less judgmental and more tolerant, and I hope I may inspire you to do the same. 🙂

3 – To my friends, my heart.
Dear friends, you are the greatest gifts I have received during this physical existence. You are my companions on this earthly journey. You support me. You help me. You give me love, and you give me opportunities to give love. I am so grateful that the Forces of the Universe have brought us together. I love you and I give you my heart. I am and will always be here for you. This is my vow. This is a sacred contract. 🙂

4 – To my customers, service.
All of you are my customers. Not only the people who come to my sessions, workshops and retreats, and those who read my books and blogs are my customers. Every single individual I interact with, in any way, is my customer. For instance, my family members are my customers. You all deserve my attention, my best service, my kindness and generosity. You teach me to be a better human being. I am grateful to all of you, my customers. I love you. 🙂

5 – To all, charity.
Each and every one of you are my teachers. You teach me to be humble, to be kind, to be compassionate, to be generous, to be patient. You teach me to love, to care, to share, to give and to forgive. You teach me to be charitable in every interaction. I am grateful. I love you. 🙂

6 – To every child, a good example.
Here’s my commitment and my gift: I will show every child, by the way I live, that Heaven is here. I will show every child, how happy I am to be alive. I will show every child how ecstatic I am to be living in this beautiful garden and playground. I will express joy and gratitude everyday. I will enjoy the beauty of this garden and have fun in this playground, and I will share my toys. I will show every child, by my carefree attitude, that I am not afraid, that I trust in the abundance of this Universe. I will express the trust that I will always be taken care of and I will never experience lack of any kind. I will give a good example to every child by being like a little child myself, living without worries, living in the here-now… and, by doing so, we, all of us, will be in Heaven. 🙂

7 – To myself, respect.
My gift to my own self… I will be authentic. I will pursue my passions and my dreams. I will answer the calling of the Universe. I will remember and honor who I am and what I was brought here to be and do. I will give the gifts I was brought here to give. I will be grateful. I will not worry. I will be fearless. I will not judge or get angry. I will not envy. I will be honest and authentic. I will be kind. I will be gentle with myself. I will give myself many moments of rest, moments when I will not demand anything from myself. I will rest in the knowing that everything is and will be OK. By doing so, I will respect myself fully, and I will be a gift to others. I love myself. 🙂

These are my gifts to you today. I wish you give others, and your own self, the same gifts this Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

And to all of you who are not Christians and do not celebrate Christmas, I send the same wishes and gifts. Every day is a new day and we should celebrate it together, as brothers and sisters, as members of the same human family that knows no divisions. The God I know excludes no one and welcomes everyone. I am united with all of you. Nothing separates us.

Every day is a new day. This is the day. Let us rejoice and be happy.

And know that you are loved.

~ Piero

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

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Heaven is here, if you want it

Heaven is here now

HEAVEN IS HERE!

if you want it to be

Welcome! Congratulations! You’ve made it! You are in Heaven!
This is your garden and your playground.
Enjoy the beauty of the garden, have lots of fun in the playground,
and remember to share your toys.
That’s all you have to do.

Don’t worry about anything. This is a place of abundance.
There is more than enough here for everybody.
You will always be safe here, so don’t be afraid.
Share what you have and you will always be fine, I promise.
Now go! Enjoy the garden and have fun in the playground.
Take good care of both, and if you feel like, help me make them a little bit better.

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

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Remember me

Fill not your heart with pain and sorrow,

but remember me in every tomorrow.

Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles,

I’ve only gone to rest a little while.

Although my leaving causes pain and grief,

my going has eased my hurt and given me relief.

So dry your eyes and remember me

not as I am now, but as I used to be.

Because I will remember you all and look on with a smile.

Understand, in your hearts, I’ve only gone to rest a little while.

As long as I have the love of each of you,

I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.

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At the rising of the sun
and its going down,
remember me.

At the blowing of the wind
and in the chill of winter,
remember me.

In the opening of the buds
and in the rebirth of the spring,
remember me.

At the blueness of the skies
and in the warmth of summer,
remember me.

At the rustling of the leaves
and the beauty of autumn,
remember me.

As long as you live, I too will live;
for I am now a part of you,
As you remember me.

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

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Where you stand in moments of controversy

I wrote this again after the 02/14/2018 mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida…

I’m not sure why, but what came to my mind today, after hearing the news of a mass shooting in one of my city’s schools, was something that my son wrote back in 2009. Mateus, then a 17 year-old senior, penned a short essay to support his application for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship at Boston University.

Let me share it with you…

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Here are the instructions he received: Write a 500-word essay describing how the following quotation has affected you personally. Please use specific examples from your own life, while also connecting your answer to the quotation and the legacy of Dr. King. “The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and the moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Atlanta, January 27, 1965.

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Here’s my son’s essay…

Despite being imprisoned and threatened, Martin Luther King, Jr. refused to use violence. Instead, he chose active nonviolence as the way to advance social change. He stood by the unpopular doctrine of nonviolence from beginning to end, and he proved to the world he was right by his unwavering determination to stay firm in moments of challenge.

My first experience against violence came in sixth grade, when “paintballing” was becoming a very popular activity. All my friends found delight in shooting each other and comparing bruises afterwards, but I felt differently. At first, I was ostracized since I was the only one not looking at guns in magazines or trying to find the best places to play paintball. I quickly discovered, though, that my choice to not participate only made me a stronger person. At the age of eleven, I was learning what it meant to have integrity against violence.

In seventh grade, I was presented with the argument over capital punishment in my Speech and Debate class. I discovered I was a forceful opponent of the death penalty. My strong arguments resounded in class, and my teacher even confessed to my parents that I persuaded her to change her position. Dr. King’s words inspired my belief. He said, “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”

During my high school years I had to stand up and speak up for my deepest beliefs. With our country involved in war, I spoke about the ineffectiveness of violence. When our government refused to talk to our enemies, I stood up to express how much I believe in dialogue as the only way to peace. With so many defending torture as a necessity for our safety, I spoke of it as unacceptable by all means. When I heard nasty generalizations about Muslims beings terrorists, I not only spoke up but I made a point of trying to eliminate those stereotypes. In fact, as a result of my efforts, one of my closest friends today is Muslim. When I heard racist remarks in my school, or vulgar language that diminished any particular group, I spoke up to express that we are all human beings and that what unites us is immensely larger than what separates us. With so many praising a violent system, based in extreme competition and survival of the fittest, I spoke in defense of cooperation and the need for a beloved community, one where we extend a helping hand to lift up the downtrodden. My efforts culminated in the International Day of Peace Assembly, where the messages of humanitarians and peacemakers such as Dr. King were heard again by the whole school.

I have never found it easy to remain firmly planted in my beliefs when they were unpopular. I am sure it was very difficult for Dr. King as well. However, I found an inner reward in doing what I think is right. John F. Kennedy said it best when he affirmed that “true democracy… will not condemn those whose devotion to principle leads them to unpopular courses, but will reward courage, respect honor, and ultimately recognize right.”

~ Mateus Cesca Falci

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Although he was accepted at Boston University – his brother’s alma mater — after a long consideration Mateus decided to join another school. He graduated in 2014 from Harvard with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He is currently pursuing a career as a musician in New York City, holding the belief that, through music, he will be able to influence, inspire and engage others in the joyful work of creating a better world.

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The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s Report on the C.I.A.’s Use of Torture was made public two days ago, and we are drowning in an ocean of opinions condemning and defending the use of torture.

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In the middle of all this, what came to my mind was something that my son wrote back in 2009. Mateus, then a 17 year-old senior, penned a short essay to support his application for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship at Boston University.

Let me share it with you…

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Write a 500-word essay describing how the following quotation has affected you personally. Please use specific examples from your own life, while also connecting your answer to the quotation and the legacy of Dr. King. “The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and the moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Atlanta, January 27, 1965.

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Here’s my son’s essay…

Despite being imprisoned and threatened, Martin Luther King, Jr. refused to use violence. Instead, he chose active nonviolence as the way to advance social change. He stood by the unpopular doctrine of nonviolence from beginning to end, and he proved to the world he was right by his unwavering determination to stay firm in moments of challenge.

My first experience against violence came in sixth grade, when “paintballing” was becoming a very popular activity. All my friends found delight in shooting each other and comparing bruises afterwards, but I felt differently. At first, I was ostracized since I was the only one not looking at guns in magazines or trying to find the best places to play paintball. I quickly discovered, though, that my choice to not participate only made me a stronger person. At the age of eleven, I was learning what it meant to have integrity against violence.

In seventh grade, I was presented with the argument over capital punishment in my Speech and Debate class. I discovered I was a forceful opponent of the death penalty. My strong arguments resounded in class, and my teacher even confessed to my parents that I persuaded her to change her position. Dr. King’s words inspired my belief. He said, “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”

During my high school years I had to stand up and speak up for my deepest beliefs. With our country involved in war, I spoke about the ineffectiveness of violence. When our government refused to talk to our enemies, I stood up to express how much I believe in dialogue as the only way to peace. With so many defending torture as a necessity for our safety, I spoke of it as unacceptable by all means. When I heard nasty generalizations about Muslims beings terrorists, I not only spoke up but I made a point of trying to eliminate those stereotypes. In fact, as a result of my efforts, one of my closest friends today is Muslim. When I heard racist remarks in my school, or vulgar language that diminished any particular group, I spoke up to express that we are all human beings and that what unites us is immensely larger than what separates us. With so many praising a violent system, based in extreme competition and survival of the fittest, I spoke in defense of cooperation and the need for a beloved community, one where we extend a helping hand to lift up the downtrodden. My efforts culminated in the International Day of Peace Assembly, where the messages of humanitarians and peacemakers such as Dr. King were heard again by the whole school.

I have never found it easy to remain firmly planted in my beliefs when they were unpopular. I am sure it was very difficult for Dr. King as well. However, I found an inner reward in doing what I think is right. John F. Kennedy said it best when he affirmed that “true democracy… will not condemn those whose devotion to principle leads them to unpopular courses, but will reward courage, respect honor, and ultimately recognize right.”

~ Mateus Cesca Falci

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Although he was accepted at Boston University – his brother’s alma mater — after a long consideration Mateus decided to join another school. He graduated in 2014 from Harvard with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He is currently pursuing a career as a musician in New York City, holding the belief that, through music, he will be able to influence, inspire and engage others in the joyful work of creating a better world.

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The picture taken at the graduation of Mateus is now on the cover of Pedro’s book, “So You’re Going to College.” 

If you would like a copy of Pedro’s book, just click on the link below which will take you to the site where you can purchase the book online.

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Thank you.

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Finally, here’s a link to a nice article about Boston University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship.

http://www.bu.edu/today/2010/wanted-another-martin-luther-king-jr/