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Call to Action: Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley . by Alice B. Clagett *

Written and published on 24 March 2018

Dear Ones,

The number of homeless per 10,000 people is about 17 people, as an average across America. Yet the number of homeless per 10,000 is about 35 people in California. In 2017, about half the people without shelter, nationwide, were in California. About 90% of the total homeless population of California are without shelter. (1)

It makes sense that California should have many more unsheltered homeless people, because the weather here is mild enough to allow people to stay alive while unsheltered. Which may be why there are twice as many homeless people per 10,000 people here than in the national average.

Homeless people in the San Fernando Valley, here in the western Los Angeles area, are camping wherever they can. Some set up camp in the Santa Monica Mountains. Children wander into the mountains after school to play. They may run across inappropriate sexual solicitations from homeless women. Or worse yet, rough handling and shakedowns by homeless men. Our parks are no longer our own, because of the influx of waves of homeless people.

I had a talk with our local law enforcement recently. They explained that their jurisdiction ends where the mountain park areas begin. They said to contact the rangers who patrol the mountains. I did call several numbers, and eventually found out there is only one ranger patrolling the Santa Monica Mountains. He said he knows about the problems with lawlessness, but is unable to respond to these, for lack of manpower.

Basically, as I understand it, there are portions of the Santa Monica Mountains that have homeless encampments, and in effect, no law enforcement is available there. That makes those areas unsafe to walk in. This is true for men, women and children.

Then, when the homeless set up their camps near people’s houses, I find, from reading, that these incursions are threatening to homeowners, and rightfully so. Their presence there represents a threat to the safety of the housed people in those communities.

I have seen, recently, residents in my general area going around, around sunset, and taking photos of homeless people with zoom cameras. And then shortly thereafter, a man in a pickup truck, who looked to me like a rough sort, cruising slowly in their direction. I had a feeling he might have had in mind roughing them up and forcing them away from the homes in the area.

I know people feel threatened by the government’s dalliance in regard to providing housing, or at least locating tenting areas for, the 6,000 or more homeless in the San Fernando Valley. Yet I do not feel that rough stuff will solve the problem. Especially, and hands down, vigilante violence, I feel, will not help.

When we express violence … even righteous violence … towards another person, the feeling of violence, and the thought of violence, do not lodge themselves in the person whom we assault. Rather, that feeling and that thought pierce our own hearts. And we bring our own hearts … as wounded by our act of violence as is the heart of the person on whom we inflicted violence … back home to our families, where is enters the hearts of our sleeping spouse and our sleeping children … the newborn and the toddler, as well as the grade school child. That feeling of violence is no respecter of youth or innocence.

As we lay our injured heart down to rest, in the home we love, that violence seeps out, in our dreamtime world, and fills our home with darkness.

As we wake up to a workday morning, and take the long commute to work, the injury in our heart, that we have all unknowing and unthinking writ there, streams out, through the morning sunlight, into the hearts and minds of those we pass, with nary a second glance, on the freeway.

When we enter the workplace, and greet our co-workers, they register in their own hearts the violence we have inflicted and the darkness that thereby slumbers in our own.

And so I say, violence is not the way!

Moreover, when we forcefully dislocate homeless people from one area of the San Fernando Valley, then they relocate to another area of the Valley. As there are, by my calculation, facilities for only about 300 homeless in the valley, the likelihood is they will set up camp in a nearby inappropriate area once more.

Instead, I suggest we consider these steps to alleviate the problem …

As to the homeless encampments in the Santa Monica Mountains, we can get maps of the unsafe areas. Maybe we could speak with law enforcement about this? And get these maps into the hands of the schools and the churches. We ought also get them on the news. That way, until we can implement a strategic relocation, there will be no mishaps with unsuspecting hikers and mountains explorers.

Then, as to the issue of incursions of the homeless into residential areas: As a first step, I feel we must set aside some areas … parks, empty lots, or parking lots … for relocation from private home areas and from the Santa Monica Mountains encampments, to these new locations.

We will need sanitary facilities, to prevent more epidemic outbreaks. I feel we will need guards to ensure the safety of this vulnerable population. And, I feel, we will need to create minimum wage, unskilled job opportunities near the encampments. And we need doctors to help with medical needs.

This relocation effort ought, I feel, to be coordinated with the Santa Monica Mountain ranger, and with local law enforcement. It is very important, to prevent violence, not to proceed with vigilante efforts, even though I know that homeowners and property owners feel a sense of rising helplessness about the situation, due to government dalliance.

The first thought is not always the best thought, especially when emotions run high. Teamwork is the very best way to go, I feel. But on the other hand, the average homed person can no longer sit idly on the sidelines, waiting for an unresponsive government to act. We must take the initiative, and help our law enforcement representatives organize a proper response.

First, I feel, a relocation effort, as noted above. Compared to providing up-to-code housing, the outlay will be quite reasonable. A number of lives of the homeless may be saved by this effort. And the general feeling of the homed, of being at their wits’ end over this problem, will be allayed.

As a second step, I suggest we in the homed community reach out to our churches and businesses and ask whether they have facilities they can offer for the homeless to live in.

We have very many churches and businesses here in the San Fernando Valley. If one in two such groups would agree to house just one homeless person, the situation could be much abated. Further, the burden of homelessness would be spread round, throughout the city, and not just concentrated in one area.

Then, on to the disproportionate number of homeless in California. Might we get additional financial aid from the Federal government to help with this?

Intuitively speaking, I feel that homeless are fleeing other states, and coming to California, not just because the climate here is more suitable for outdoor living. It may also be that other states are treating the homeless with more violence than may be encountered here in California. At least, my prayer is that that their experience here will be relatively pacific.

If it be true that, for reasons both light and dark, California is asked to bear the lion’s share of the homeless problem, then in this time of somewhat greater social unrest, when a rising swell of the homeless seeks shelter and work … however humble … across America, and if California has the heart to welcome these people, where other states in our great Union will not or cannot … then to settle this unrest, and to buoy the feelings of all our peoples, surely it would be in the best interest of our nation to provide assistance, where our state, alone, cannot?

The American people stand by a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. That is, I feel, not just the people who are able to buy their own homes, and own their own cars. Nor is it the people who buy or rent their homes. Rather, it is all the people of this great Nation … owning, renting, or yearning for a place to lay their heads.

In 1883, a poetess named Emma Lazarus had the highest hopes in this regard. Her words, strong enough to ring on, down through the centuries, strong enough to greet the eyes of every traveler crossing the weary seas in hopes of a better life here in America, strong enough to light the path for all Americans even in these modern times, are:

“‘Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!'” (2)

I agree wholeheartedly with Emma Lazarus. I feel we can embody her vision for America, even in these times of change. Especially now, in these times of change.

Let us act, together, as a community.

Let us conceive our actions in faith, in hope, and in charity. In a manner befitting the greatest vision our hearts and minds can conceive to meet the challenge of these times.

Let us rise nobly to this effort to uplift and assist these, whom none yet love and protect … and in whose shoes each of us might … but for God’s Grace … find ourselves.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars


(1) Link: “California Homeless Population Rising Higher Than Other States: California experienced a nearly 14 percent increase in homelessness from 2016 to 2017,” Published 21 December 2017 … ..

(2) From Link: “The New Colossus,” a sonnet by Emma Lazarus, 1883 … .. public domain … This sonnet was mounted on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty.


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Our Martian Colonists: On Finding Common Ground . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed and published on 13 December 2016; revised on 9 July 2017

    • On Tending Our Physical and Astral Colonies
    • The Right Diet for the Physical Body
    • The Right Emotions for the Astral Body
    • An Aside: The Purifying Energy of the Winter Solstice Sun
    • On the Inadvisability of Assaulting the Martians in Our Colon
    • Goals We Have in Common with Our Martian Bacteria
    • Why Our Martian Bacteria Have Been Misinformed about Our Sentient Nature
    • Promotion of a Warring Attitude by Our Martian Colonists
    • On Negotiating a Peace Treaty with Our Martian Colonists
      • Credit Card Fraud
      • Online Hacking
    • On the Flow-Through Effect of Our Emotions on Our Martians
      • Having a Chip on our Shoulder
      • Holding a Grudge
      • Needing Vengeance
      • Feeling Angry or Fearful
    • Martian Diplomacy, Ongoing
    • Concluding Blessing

Dear Ones,

Here is more about Martian bacteria, the notion of One for All and All for One, and tending our physical and astral colonies of flora and fauna. After the video is an edited Summary …



Here is a summary of the video. The information in blue font is not in the video.

On Tending Our Physical and Astral Colonies

The topic has come up, if we were able to communicate with the Martian bacteria and our colon, then what would be a way to create the feeling of “One for All and All for One”?

We could start first with our various forms: our physical form and our subtle bodies. On the physical and astral planes, our physical and astral bodies contain colonies of individuals that look after and inhabit our bodies, or else adventitiously inhabit our bodies, or in some cases, are parasites in our bodies.

As the Ascension process occurs, it will be obvious what we need to do to maintain the optimum bodies for ourselves, as well as for all those lifeforms that are helping us or are not hindering us.

It is as if we were a big tree. You don’t want the kind of things that would destroy the trunk, or kill the tree. But it’s fine to have birds and insects that are helpful, or that don’t hinder.

The Right Diet for the Physical Body

So we want to cultivate the flora and fauna, in our physical body and in our astral body, that help us, or that don’t hinder us. One of the first things to consider is the right kind of diet. We want the right kind of diet to encourage the right kind of flora and fauna on the physical plane.

The Right Emotions for the Astral Body

And on the astral plane, we need the right emotion. As it turns out, the astral plane trumps the physical plane … If we have the right emotion; the emotion of joy, or appreciation, or wonder, or happiness, or love, or gratitude … those positive emotions will foster the type of physical reactions that we have that will lead us to greater physical health and happiness.

And, interestingly enough, those positive emotions will create the bioenvironment, on the astral plane and on the physical plane, that we need. They will foster the presence of just the sort of flora and fauna that are helpful or neutral; the sort of flora and fauna that I’ve been talking about.

That’s what we can do: We can have a positive attitude. That will aid us in our efforts, in the physical real, say, to get the right kind of exercise, to get sufficient rest, to have a chance to associate with plenty of good people, the chance to get the right kind of work and have plenty of income, the chance to have adequate shelter, and the chance to eat the right kind of food … all the things we really need.

An Aside: The Purifying Energy of the Winter Solstice Sun

I was sunbathing today…. It’s getting on toward the winter solstice sun, so the sun, while delightful, is thin … very different from the sun of the equinoxes or the summer solstice. It’s a purifying, thin energy; beautiful white, crystal Light; it’s like pure water.

A great deal of purifying has been going on. People have been coming to wonderful realizations about any number of things, letting go the old, and stepping forth into the new. These last few weeks of December have been absolutely breathtaking.

On the Inadvisability of Assaulting the Martians in Our Colon

People get very upset about the Martian bacteria, because there they are, in the longest organ in our bodies, and we can’t exactly make them go away. For instance, we’ve been feeding antibiotics to our animals, and the antibiotics get into our system, and what happens is, the Martian bacteria get resistant to the antibiotics, because they’re very good at adaptation and change.

Goals We Have in Common with Our Martian Bacteria

So antibiotics are not the answer. What we need are proactive lifestyle changes that take into account all the wonderful qualities of the Martians too. For instance: We’re their ‘space station’. They want their space station to be healthy and operable for as long as possible. Translating this into our perspective, that means a long and healthy life for our physical bodies. So we have these goals in common: That this ‘space station’ (my body) should have a long and healthy life.

Why Our Martian Bacteria Have Been Misinformed about Our Sentient Nature

Until recently, we haven’t been talking to them. So they’ve been going on some misinformation they’ve gotten through the unconscious thought cloud of the world, because the gut is located in that area of the energy of the human physical and astral body.

From the unconscious thought cloud of the world, they’ve picked up the thought forms of our reptilian brains, to do with brute instincts, feral drives to aggression or submission, sexual dominance and submission, the desire to kill or to avoid being killed, the desire to enslave other people, and the hope to avoid being enslaved.

These are the content of the unconscious thought cloud of the world whose thought forms circulate through our bodies at the level of the colon; the colon being the home of our Martian colonists. Quite naturally, then, they have thought us to be naught but brute animals, devoid of sentience.

Promotion of a Warring Attitude by Our Martian Colonists

In your own, personal space station, then, your Martian colonists may thus be laboring under misconceptions. These misconceptions can lead to a warring or pugnacious attitude towards other people; specifically, members of your own family, your friends, your workplace group, or members of other organizations to which you belong.

The reason for this is, that your Martians are misinformed. They have some impression, because of your unconscious thoughts, in which they are bathed, and because of your emotions that you’re unaware of, which may be negative, that it’s in their best interests to promote these wars amongst all the different people that you know, or all the people on Earth.

On Negotiating a Peace Treaty with Our Martian Colonists

The thing to do is to speak to them, calmly and happily, from the perspective of your mutual concerns with them. For instance, let’s take the case of a person who is sound asleep, in the middle of the night. Clairly, you hear that sound-asleep person talking with his Martian colonists about a way to end another person’s life. The Martians don’t know, that if the person is caught at this activity, their cherished space station’s useful lifetime will be foreshortened, that the space station will become inoperable sooner than it otherwise might. But they need to know this.

If you, the clair person, find out that this kind of subconscious, somnambulent conversation is going on, then as a healer, you will know that a subconscious agenda is running in that person that needs to be let go … say, through repentance and forgiveness; through opening up to following the heart and feeling love from that day on.

That will then, hopefully, stop the wars. But in the meantime, it never hurts to talk to the Martians we overhear on the clair plane, and let them know about the risks involved. We might say, either to our own Martians, or to those of another person: You know, if I [or this other person] end up killing someone else, then we will end up in jail. [And, remembering that they’re in our colon …] The food’s not very good in jail, so what that will mean is the space station will be inoperable sooner than it otherwise might be.

So in the interests of an optimum operating time for this space station, we should avoid this war. We should avoid this action of killing someone else, or injuring someone else …

  • Whether through credit card fraud,
  • Or through hacking websites with the idea of getting money through them …

Anything that’s illegal, the Martian colonists need to know the penalty that’s involved, because then they will stop promoting it on a subconscious level while we sleep.

On the Flow-Through Effect of Our Emotions on Our Martians

And in the meantime, we can do our best to open our hearts to joy.

So, it’s very simple, right now. The emotions that we feel filter down to our colon, where they saturate and envelope the bacteria that are there. So, the bacterial colonies in the colons of people who are happy, and who feel positive emotions, are very different … far more peaceful, far more at one with the general aims of the person who is peaceful and loving … than is the case for people:

  • Who have a chip on their shoulders,
  • Or have a grudge that they’re holding,
  • Or who feel the need for vengeance,
  • Or who feel angry or fearful.

Then you have Martians that feel the same way. That’s double trouble. All the more reason to tailor our emotions to the new.

Martian Diplomacy, Ongoing

There is much more to the process of diplomacy, and of aligning with the common interests of the Martians within us. We need to take the lead in terms of positive lifestyle, insofar as we can. And then, we need to talk in very simple terms, regarding diet … the kinds of foods that will prolong the operation of our ‘space station’ to the Martians who are within our space station.

There is a lot more to do in terms of Earth as a whole. But this one thing: this “One for All, and All for One” thing, starts at home, with our own biosphere, and all the life-forms that we, consciously or unconsciously, cherish and protect under the umbrella of our various bodies.

Concluding Blessing

A very happy Light of the Solstice Sun to each of you. May you be at peace with all your Martians! Peace throughout the world!

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars


For the complete Martian Archives, see Link: “Compendium of the Martian Archives: Bacterial Colonists of Earth,” by Alice B. Clagett, 9 July 2017, updated … ..


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Accepting the Anguish of Others . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 15 April 2015; published on 21 April 2015; revised

    • Anguish Like Light from the Noonday Sun, Glinting Off Mica in a Basalt Rock
    • On Appreciating the Diversity of Soul Choices We Humans Make
    • The Moment When We First Sense That We Are Free
    • Reflections on Fighting for Freedom

Dear Ones,

This is about the sense of separateness from Source … individuality, anguish. And about letting go, acceptance, nonjudgment, freedom. With some asides on the maturation of nations …

There is an edited Summary after the video …



Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice.

Anguish Like Sunlight, in the Noonday Sky, Glinting Off Mica in a Basalt Rock

Yesterday I ran across two people out in the desert: A man and a woman. And I noticed in them a quality that I have not seen before: There was a certain sharpness there. It was like Light from the noonday Sun, glinting off shards of mica in a basalt rock … A sharpness … It was like a longing of the Soul to remember that it is not separate. It was like a hardness of individuality and personality. It was an intense pain there.

And at first, my heart tightened up, with the anguish of their Soul expression. And then I remembered a talk by Mooji … … about overcoming the world, that I had listened to that morning.

On Appreciating the Diversity of Soul Choices We Humans Make

To paraphrase: Mooji talked about how … in this world of perception and sensation … we experience all kinds of energies. And it is good to just notice them and say: Ah! Here is the flavor of that energy! Here is the taste of energy, different from the last one that I experienced. Like that … And just notice them, and let them go …

Rather than to step into the feeling of someone else and say: Oh my God, I wish I could change this suffering and this agony!  … it is better to say: Here is a Soul … a unique expression of the Divine … that has chosen to experience this energy at this moment. Like that … And appreciate the diversity of energies that we sense, here in the third dimension.

The Moment When We First Sense That We Are Free

On my way leaving from this place [the hotel where I stayed] today, I was overhearing two young military people talking. They had just gotten back from a tour of active duty, according to the lady downstairs. And so, there was exhilaration … happiness. He was saying (to paraphrase): What I love, is that moment when people first sense that they are free. 

And I have to say, I love that moment too. I love that moment when I sense that I am free to notice everything, without following along into the flow of that thing; but to be ready for the very next moment of Awareness … without thought … without consideration. Is that not true freedom?

Reflections on Fighting for Freedom

Reflections on what the young man said: And on the other hand, when you think about it: Can we fight for freedom … the freedom of other people? Can we fight for freedom, and make them have that choice?

Or, would it be better to allow each culture to evolve, in an organic way … to express itself as a flowering of personal choice and freedom, when the time is right? Is that not true freedom: That we should decide, for ourselves, how our own nation should be? …

  • Whether we unconsciously surrender our power to those of our leadership,
  • Or whether we, as a people, decide that the power is ours, and that our leaders represent us faithfully, and carry out our wishes …

This is the evolution of the Soul, through the national culture. You know?

Can we fight for Peace? Can we truly fight for Peace? Is that a true thought? Or is that a mental filter?

How can the resonance of Aggression aid the resonance of Peace? Was Gandhi right when he felt that simply being peaceful was the way to increase Peace in the world; simply being that Peace?

And if we, as a people, if we as Americans were to be that freedom, that freedom of choice, that freedom from societal expectations; the freedom to express ourselves in our own lives, and to follow our hearts … Would that not be a shining Light for the whole world?

Everyone has their own ideas! … That is freedom too.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars


Image: “Chuckwalla 1, Joshua Tree National Park” by Alice B. Clagett, 21 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Chuckwalla 1, Joshua Tree National Park” by Alice B. Clagett, 21 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Joshua Tree shrub with white leaves and purple flowers,” by Alice B. Clagett, 21 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Joshua Tree shrub with white leaves and purple flowers,” by Alice B. Clagett, 21 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Chuckwalla 2, Joshua Tree National Park” by Alice B. Clagett, 21 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Chuckwalla 2, Joshua Tree National Park” by Alice B. Clagett, 21 April 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0


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Thoughts on Nonviolent Activism . by Mahatma Gandhi . referral by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 8 March 2011; revised on 16 May 2018

The strongest expression of helping is being. –Alice B. Clagett

Dear Ones,

Here are some thoughts I love on the topic of Mahatma Gandhi’s theory of non-violent activism …

“Satyagraha … loosely translated as “insistence on truth” (satya “truth”; agraha “insistence” or “holding firmly to”) or holding onto truth … or truth force — is a particular form of nonviolent resistance or civil resistance. The term satyagraha was coined and developed by Mahatma Gandhi …

“Gandhi described it as follows: ‘I have also called it love-force or soul-force. In the application of satyagraha, I discovered in the earliest stages that pursuit of truth did not admit of violence being inflicted on one’s opponent but that he must be weaned from error by patience and compassion. For what appears to be truth to the one may appear to be error to the other. And patience means self-suffering. So the doctrine came to mean vindication of truth, not by infliction of suffering on the opponent, but on oneself …

“Gandhi rejected the idea that injustice should, or even could, be fought against “by any means necessary” – if you use violent, coercive, unjust means, whatever ends you produce will necessarily embed that injustice. To those who preached violence and called nonviolent actionists cowards, he replied: “I do believe that, where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence….I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honour than that she should, in a cowardly manner, become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonour…. But I believe that nonviolence is infinitely superior to violence, forgiveness is more manly than punishment …

“When using satyagraha in a large-scale political conflict involving civil disobedience, Gandhi believed that the satyagrahis must undergo training to ensure discipline. He wrote that it is ‘only when people have proved their active loyalty by obeying the many laws of the State that they acquire the right of Civil Disobedience’ ….

“He therefore made part of the discipline that satyagrahis:

  1. appreciate the other laws of the State and obey them voluntarily
  2. tolerate these laws, even when they are inconvenient
  3. be willing to undergo suffering, loss of property, and to endure the suffering that might be inflicted on family and friends …” — from Link: “Satyagraha,” in Wikimedia … … CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars


Link: “Thomas Merton and Non-Violence” … … from Citation: “The Social Thought of Thomas Merton: The Way of Nonviolence and Peace for the Future,” by Rev. David W. Givey [Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2009] … Copyright © 2009 by Rev. David W. Givey. Used with permission of Anselm Academic.)

Link: “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau, 1849, … public domain

Link: “1934, 1935: What Is Right Action?” by Jiddhu Krishnamurti …

Here is Wikipedia on the Occupy movement, which protests economic and social inequality …

Link: “Occupy Movement,” in English Wikipedia … ..

Anatole France on law and justice: “In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.” –from Citation: “The Red Lily,” by Anatole France, 1917, public domain


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