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birdswithoutborders

#Birds without Borders (facebook) for

Peace birds for Israel and Palestine.

(you can find an instruction how to make peace cranes on our facebook sides or on youtube)

This is a new initiative to send origami cranes to people in Israel and Palestine.

As a peace greeting with Love and Peace from whereever in the world you are.

 

We wish to have more people in Palestine and Israel to distribute the peace birds. So if you know more organisations or single people who like to help, please sent us adresses or contacts.

 

For now we have this lovely man Naloa who lives at the sea of Galilee. Sent him a parcel, he will distribute around in his village, to friends or on some events….

 

Full adress:

Naloa Singer

Moshav Almagor, zip 1292200

Israel

peacebirdsforsyria

This is the official Text on facebook #peacebirdsforsyria

(You can find a video how to make peacebirds on our facebook side or on youtube)

From now on we have adresses in 3 countries to sent the peace birds. Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan….

 

To make origami peace birds (cranes) became a famous tradition in Japan after the Hiroshima disaster in order to honour peace.

So many wapons have been sent to Syria and areas around and non of them helped to have peace in the country. All the area is suffering.

Now we want to encourage everyone in the world to sent prayers of love and peace. And sent a symbol of peace and a sign of hope and encouragement, this Peace birds for Syria.

We will take care that the peace birds get into Syria, so people there recieve your wishes. Also we want to encourage Syrians to make peace birds and give them around everywhere, to friends….. and also hang them in trees, fences, gates, houses…. as a symbol and sign that time has come to make peace.

Please sent the peace birds (and only the peace birds), as many as you want.

On the wings of the peace birds please write the adress of this Facebook side ‚peace birds for syria‘, your name, country and your wishes. You can also draw. Or put your email adress…. (write in English or Arabic)

 

Adress in Turkey:

Armutlu Mahallesi

Söğütlü Sokak

Fikriye Aslan Apartmanı no: 21

Hasan Özdemir

31000 Hatay / Defne

Türkiye

 

Adress in Lebanon:

Friedrich Bokern / Peace Center

Relief & Reconciliation #relief4syria

Bkarzla, Akkas

Lebanon

 

Adress for Jordan:

Children of the Valley

Mohammad Atiyeh

Balqa governare.

South Shuneh.

Po Box 7

Zip code 18110

Jordan

 

This is an initiative by #steppps-peacewalk

Amman, 22.2.2017

Dear friends.

Being back in Amman I feel ready to leave for Iran/Tehran to continue the peace walk.
Tomorrow and on saturday I can finish my Visa issues, so then finally I have my Visa in the passport.
The flight to get to Tehran seems to become a „thing“. I sat hours on my smartphone to book a flight. All of them seem to be full?!? Anyway until now, I was not able to get a relativly „cheap“ flight. The cheapest starts with 220 Euro plus….. I tried everything until 380 Euros. But the result was always: „the flight is not avaible……“. This never happend to me before.
I have to think of other options. There will be a way and a solution.
Patients – and…… does the univers want something else from me – until then???

It has been a difficult and a long way to figure out, what to do….
I was tempted, called, attracted to see Mooji in India – www.mooji.org
I concider him as my teacher since a while, some years. Always when he is teaching in India, there is a longing to be there.
I felt, that the peacewalk in this way, I have done it until here, would have been finished by flying to India.
About maybe 4 weeks ago, my friend Bernd from California mentioned in a phonecall „You can first fly to India, after you fly to Tehran and continue your walk. Hmmmmm. That was another option…… never thought about this before.
Beside not having that much money to fly around here and there, it also felt strange…..
So I ask myself „Is it my mind, my proud, holding on an idea (what is maybe not up to date anymore)…….“
It took a long while. Always, when I did the decision to continue the walk, it came around the corner, to maybe getting to India again and again……
So I also continued asking my heart „What is to do, what do you want and so on…….“. Do I have to let go of the peace walk?
Holger and the meditation group from Flensburg also mentioned that it could be a good option to see Mooji to get some new inspiration.
In the end I found peace not to fly to India. And to continue the peacewalk from Tehran east.
With live broadcasting the satsang from India I can now follow the teachings every morning at 6:30h. Since I watch the satsang I feel also being there every day. I am connected. And while whatching I do not have the feeling, I do have to be there in body.
I also had not the feelings, that my body issues, like the cramps, knee trouble or and also lower back pain where there, to show me, „go another way“. They are more or less the result of to much consumption of all together healthy food. (I am working on it)

I have been twice back at the farm „Children of the Valley“. I worked on 2 trees. They are now freed from old wood. From rubish. And they have now stone circles around. Looks really nice. Oases of calmness and beauty. I had wonderful moments to work with the trees. Every little branch, every stone „spoke“ to me.
The Kuhbaizeh festival had started on the farm. Kuhbaizeh is a „weed“ out of the Malve family and can be eaten.

Finally also the „Children of the Valley“ took over the ‚peace bird for Syria‘ project in Jordan. Also they want to continue making peace birds for Palestine and Israel, what we just started only a little bit. That kind of make very much sence, the farm is just 500 Meter away from the Palestinian border and its only 30km to Jerusalem.

Ar Ramtha in the north of Jordan

Thomas writing:

Today I decided to get back from At Ramtha to Amman. I had very nice hosts there.

I decided – to let go of the effort to find someone specific to continue the project here in Jordan. Please continue reading.

What does not mean I will not do anymore peacebirdsforsyria, but that I will let go of holding the energy for it. I want to let the people find me instead of I am looking for them.

What happens then – very good…..

I said goodbye to my host family. Jabor wanted another 30 birds to give it around.

In the bus I gave 3 birds to some very friendly men. They where so happy to receive them. Finally all people on the packed bus got a peace bird. Happy moment we shared. One of the men was a Muezzin, a singer in the mosque, from Syria. After some more sentences we understood that he is so happy to have all the rest of the peace birds to distribute them. (Sadly I forgot to get his adress for sending more, it all happend so quick)

Still very open let someone find me or is to let the project also here in Jordan to continue.

 

So, people in Jordan, please let me know, if you are willing to recieve and distribute more peacebirdsforsyria.

Visa……

Visas and planing with so many different known and unknown options and possibilities makes me always a bit ‚crazy‘.

Anyway. Application for Iran is done and for itself not complicated at all. Now I have to wait ….. 10 to 14 days.

I wanted to travel through Irak….. Application takes 4 to 8 weeks and I could not figure out if crossing the border from Irak to Iran is possible. It’s a bit sad but ok. Anyway, that’s how it is now. Flight to Tehran.

With all the inner confusion I was tempted to get a direct flight to India, to see Mooji in Rishikesh.

……

19. January 2017 actuell

Hi friends,

I left the Valley of Peace yesterday. See article below.

Now I have another 4 weeks or so to concentrate on making more peacebirdsforsyria and to find people here in Jordan, who continue the project after I leave. Therefore I want to travel to some villages, towns and cities close to the Syrian border. I guess Irbid and Al Ramtha north of Amman are the first two destination.

Then I want to continue the peace walk from Tehran/Iran east.

Therefore I have to first decide if I take the plane to Tehran or travelling by bus first to Irak/Bagdad, staying maybe a week there, and continuing by another bus to Tehran. In the moment I prefere the Bus option.

After starting walking in Tehran I want to reach Mashad ( still Iran) and continue towards Herat in Afghanistan. My preference is still to continue towards Kabul and then to Parkistan. I would love to walk every step, but political situations may need me to take a car or bus to be safe enough. This is not best but ok.

I was thinking of alternate routes. Such as walking from Mashad north. Through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kirgistan towards Parkistan or China, then India. It is a much longer way.

And there are two more proplems. Turkmenistan offers only 5 days Visa to travel through ( not possible to do by walking). And on the other route it maid not be possible to get a Visa for Parkistan. Parkistan ask the applicants to ask for visa in the home contries. There is a very little change I maid get the Visa for Parkistan on the way because I got a new passport in Armenia (mine was old). Because I am not a residency in Germany they had to put Yerevan as my ‚place of living‘ in the passport. Everything speculation.

When I entered the plane from Armenia to Jordan, there popped a new variation into my mind. As planed route Tehran – Mashad – Herat. But then walking north east to Masar i Sharif, then into Usbekistan, Tajikistan, Kirgistan, China.

How to get safe and best through these countries? We will see.

Also in the next 4 weeks I have to get fit. I gained some weight and have a little weakness in the knees. In earlier times I had the same problem. It was not a proplem at the knee. It was a weakness in the meridians. I have to figure out, how I can solve this.

Also my crampes are still there in waves. (Could I heal this, also the knee problem would be solved) I believe this cramp is and old trauma of misuse or/and being left in a very difficult situation from ansesters time – 3 or 4 generations back. (I have no safe clue which of my ansesters it is… only guessings) The location is between my left hip and bladder. It’s makes also trubble to my lower spine, because of the enormous power of the cram. From this spot between hip and bladder it makes branches through my left side up all the way to my head and like rootes from there down and weakens my knees. All like a plant. It feels that I am ready to see the deep truth of it and still something is in the way to release it totally. Let’s see also here, how it can be seen and solved.

And beside of all. There is this wonderful teacher Mooji – see Mooji.org. He is now the 3rd time in India since I know him through the net, to give satsang for 5 weeks in Rishikesh…… would love to see him. And I really want to walk to India first. Luckily I can watch sometimes a satsang online. Luckily

So. All this has to be clearified in the next week’s……

Hihihi

Blessings and Love to you all

And a big hug to you

Thomas

3 weeks in the Valley of Peace/Jordan

3 intensiv weeks at the Valley of Peace in the Jordan Valley in Jordan #ChildrenoftheValley

 

I arrived at Christmas (Qays picked me up at the airport and payed the Taxi) and stayed until yesterday, aroundabout 3 weeks. This will be again a little bit longer report. Relax and enjoy reading when you have enough time for it….

 

3 years ago I met Mohammad Atiyeh on the road to King Hussein bridge, where I was not allowed to enter Israel and Palestine. I stayed at his date farm…. all together 3 month. After some time we worked on a vision to have at his place a Peace Community, Earth School and Organic Farm. So we gave this place in that three month the fist little initiations….

 

Some things made progress in the years in renovating the buildings in the entrance area of the farm, having a organic field for vegetables in the area in the back. Also a simple dorm for volunteers was created incl washing mashine and fridge.

At the street buildings a simple cafe with a prayer room will run again from February on. Two rooms are rented to some taxi drivers as rest areas.

 

Mohammad has opened his private house to the volunteers and provides there a kitchen, bathroom and living space. In max we have been 7-9 people …. and we managed quite well.

His heart is very welcoming to guests and volunteers, always. And we prepared always very delicious food.

 

The farm has so much potential and good will, also with the special unique buildings in the center and we often could feel it. Sometimes the place showed us, what it wants, but a lack of order and rules, caretaking, constancy, space building and grounding does it not make happen fully jet.

There is so much work to do in nearly every corner, and it’s often to overwhelming.

 

We volunteers did our best to add our spirits, beings and heart in it. Because of overwhelming, also lots of good, ideas and happenings it was often like a trainings camp for staying centered, we joked. Every morning we tried to focus in a brief morning circle.

We missed a bit to center our enery also in some more exercises such as mindful praxis, days or half days of silence, no judging days, not talking about others when there are not around….. and so on.

All together, I feel, we did as much as we could in this days….. improvements are always possible.

 

And honestly I must say, I miss already the good people there, the love, the food and the nature.

 

You are all in my heart

  • (And I did to little pictures, see more #ChildrenoftheValley)
  • Some ppictures my Facebook side ‚ThomasHeinrichSchmöckel‘ oder stepppspeacewalk

Continue reading 3 weeks in the Valley of Peace/Jordan

one week in Armenia

One week in Armenia.

Meeting the people of the farm Zatikavan, social project, where I worked last year for 7 month.

 

It is a long report about a very intence week.

 

It was a long journey to come here from southern Turkey through Georgia to see the beautiful people at the farm again, 20km north of Yerevan, and the director Ashot plus his secretary Naira, working in Yerevan to support 3 projects for people in deep need.

With me I had 308€ donation. 108€ came from a sponser from Scandinavia and 200€ I had kind of saved from donation which came from supporters of my peace walk and work. This is kind of a 10% money, what I do consider not be mine. But also some money what you give away normally during Ramadan which I did this year. All the money I wanted to donate to a single mother (A) with her 5 children, who is again pregnant.

But before arriving in Yerevan I was wondering how to do it best, because there are also so many others in need. Calculating my finances I considered some kind of uncomfotableness in my belly, because there is not so much on my account, but I was determened to offer this Euros to the family in need.

 

Then the story began.

 

You must know. On this farm there is a generell income from around 100$ a month. Sometimes a little bit more. So the financial conditions are very hard.

I went out of the minibus 20 km before Yerevan to walk the 1km towards Zatikavan. Wonderful snow scenery. At least -10 degrees. People here live partly in containers. Out of different reasons, violence in the family, war in Karabach, or having been a grown up orphans with now a family and no work.

This farm surrounding is shining,  in my eyes it’s a juwel, which is not really recognized. The people are really loveable.

Araik (13) saw me first, asking Thomas? Yes. He is running toward me. Big welcoming hug. Followed by greeting his family A.

 

The director is also expected in some minutes. Nowone somehow did read me plans on facebook. Surprise.

From family A I learn, they have the last cowshit brics from last year, which I did, in use. This year no-one did any more brics (27 people live on this farm-16 children). We invested last year 800€ in having a storage room for the brics. And the farm manager developed a bric press mashine, we sponsered with 600€. He is supertalented to create and weld from old metal best usable things. But we had to buy for this 600€ some parts to make it possible. The mashine is working now, but does not have a conveyor belt yet.

So the brics can be recieved after pressing manual in a showel to lay out in the hot dry summer on the ground.

 

I hear that the oldest daughter, now 16, is still not going to school. Last year we had a big arguing for weeks that she needs to go to school. The truth is that the mother wanted her to take care of the younger children. This year the mother said as an explanation she ’school is over now‘. To the same time she likes to find a sponsor for her, because she wants to be a designer. Cost 360€ a month at a private school.

On top. Mother A produced a lot of pickles and compott this year. Delicious. The glasses standing on a very cold place and a lot of them seem to exploit soon this week because of the cold.

 

The director arrived. We went over to the house of the managers family ‚B‘. The director bought some weeks ago 20 huge bags of potatoes. To his surprise, there are all gone. Someone left the door of the storage room open, everything frozen…..

 

There is a dept of 800$ for electricity. No-one knows how to pay that bill.

I am invited to sleep at the house of family ‚C‘. In the morning, after everyone left the place, I realize beside the oven there are 3 electroheaters running, during there absence also in the both sleeping rooms.

 

After the next night, sleepless, I am convinced to give no money to family A. I contact the sponsor from Scandinavia and got full support for my decisions. Family A has not a single Armenian dram left.

 

The director recieve 50€ for buying again potatoes and onion. He will get 125kg for it. For all the community.

 

Another sleepless night. Another visit on the farm. I stayed then in a Hostel in Yerevan. Further solution: Every family in the farm, the directors and the sectetary family, the Rainbow house (another social project) and two other places become dry fruits and candles for Christmas – 110€.

One member gets 20€ for reading glasses.

 

There is one more ongoing repetitive topic. The hay. Every year they spend tausands of dollars for hay. Because of dryness in the summer hay is very expensive in Armenia. Only one hayharvest a year. The farm has a huge property and had a lot of own hay. But this is not enough for the 25 cows and 10 or more pigs. Actually there is a bill of 2500$ open. At least for a while, until finances get maybe more stable I feel, there is only one way to solve the problem. Reduce the animals to a number, where they can be fat by own hay. That has consciously to sink in for a while.

 

At the second last evening I am again on the farm. (More pickle glasses where broken in the frost.) I visit mainly family A and C. From them and all other members I recieve waves of warmness and very touchable love love love. Everyone wants me back on the farm …… But in the near future. .. peace walking towards east…

 

I very much love this people. And it’s a very special place. It’s a paradise ….

 

And I am still sure I have done the right desicions. And no belly pain anymore.

 

At the last morning I understand, the animals have no water since 2 days. Pipes are frozen. I am walking through the sunny snowy mountains towards the next village. Eating snow. I love that so much. Oooh. That’s maybe a solution. The animals could eat snow, too. The director calls the farm to start this experiment…..

 

No one has a clue how busy this special situations kept me the whole week ….

 

Now on the way to Jordan. Towards the ‚Valley of Peace‘ where Mohammed, the founder, announced that I AM the Christmas present there… no clue if I can answer this big expectations…..

 

Thanks for reading.

 

#zatikavan www.zatikavan.com

one week in Armenia

Meeting the people of the farm Zatikavan, social project, where I worked last year for 7 month.

It is a long report about a very intence week.

It was a long journey to come here from southern Turkey through Georgia to see the beautiful people at the farm again, 20km north of Yerevan, and the director Ashot plus his secretary Naira, working in Yerevan to support 3 projects for people in deep need.
With me I had 308€ donation. 108€ came from a sponser from Scandinavia and 200€ I had kind of saved from donation which came from supporters of my peace walk and work. This is kind of a 10% money, what I do consider not be mine. But also some money what you give away normally during Ramadan which I did this year. All the money I wanted to donate to a single mother (A) with her 5 children, who is again pregnant.
But before arriving in Yerevan I was wondering how to do it best, because there are also so many others in need. Calculating my finances I considered some kind of uncomfotableness in my belly, because there is not so much on my account, but I was determened to offer this Euros to the family in need.

Then the story began.

You must know. On this farm there is a generell income from around 100$ a month. Sometimes a little bit more. So the financial conditions are very hard.
I went out of the minibus 20 km before Yerevan to walk the 1km towards Zatikavan. Wonderful snow scenery. At least -10 degrees. People here live partly in containers. Out of different reasons, violence in the family, war in Karabach, or having been a grown up orphans with now a family and no work.
This farm surrounding is shining, in my eyes it’s a juwel, which is not really recognized. The people are really loveable.
Araik (13) saw me first, asking Thomas? Yes. He is running toward me. Big welcoming hug. Followed by greeting his family A.

The director is also expected in some minutes. Nowone somehow did read me plans on facebook. Surprise.
From family A I learn, they have the last cowshit brics from last year, which I did, in use. This year no-one did any more brics (27 people live on this farm-16 children). We invested last year 800€ in having a storage room for the brics. And the farm manager developed a bric press mashine, we sponsered with 600€. He is supertalented to create and weld from old metal best usable things. But we had to buy for this 600€ some parts to make it possible. The mashine is working now, but does not have a conveyor belt yet.
So the brics can be recieved after pressing manual in a showel to lay out in the hot dry summer on the ground.

I hear that the oldest daughter, now 16, is still not going to school. Last year we had a big arguing for weeks that she needs to go to school. The truth is that the mother wanted her to take care of the younger children. This year the mother said as an explanation she ’school is over now‘. To the same time she likes to find a sponsor for her, because she wants to be a designer. Cost 360€ a month at a private school.
On top. Mother A produced a lot of pickles and compott this year. Delicious. The glasses standing on a very cold place and a lot of them seem to exploit soon this week because of the cold.

The director arrived. We went over to the house of the managers family ‚B‘. The director bought some weeks ago 20 huge bags of potatoes. To his surprise, there are all gone. Someone left the door of the storage room open, everything frozen…..

There is a dept of 800$ for electricity. No-one knows how to pay that bill.
I am invited to sleep at the house of family ‚C‘. In the morning, after everyone left the place, I realize beside the oven there are 3 electroheaters running, during there absence also in the both sleeping rooms.

After the next night, sleepless, I am convinced to give no money to family A. I contact the sponsor from Scandinavia and got full support for my decisions. Family A has not a single Armenian dram left.

The director recieve 50€ for buying again potatoes and onion. He will get 125kg for it. For all the community.

Another sleepless night. Another visit on the farm. I stayed then in a Hostel in Yerevan. Further solution: Every family in the farm, the directors and the sectetary family, the Rainbow house (another social project) and two other places become dry fruits and candles for Christmas – 110€.
One member gets 20€ for reading glasses.

There is one more ongoing repetitive topic. The hay. Every year they spend tausands of dollars for hay. Because of dryness in the summer hay is very expensive in Armenia. Only one hayharvest a year. The farm has a huge property and had a lot of own hay. But this is not enough for the 25 cows and 10 or more pigs. Actually there is a bill of 2500$ open. At least for a while, until finances get maybe more stable I feel, there is only one way to solve the problem. Reduce the animals to a number, where they can be fat by own hay. That has consciously to sink in for a while.

At the second last evening I am again on the farm. (More pickle glasses where broken in the frost.) I visit mainly family A and C. From them and all other members I recieve waves of warmness and very touchable love love love. Everyone wants me back on the farm …… But in the near future. .. peace walking towards east…

I very much love this people. And it’s a very special place. It’s a paradise ….

And I am still sure I have done the right desicions. And no belly pain anymore.

At the last morning I understand, the animals have no water since 2 days. Pipes are frozen. I am walking through the sunny snowy mountains towards the next village. Eating snow. I love that so much. Oooh. That’s maybe a solution. The animals could eat snow, too. The director calls the farm to start this experiment…..

No one has a clue how busy this special situations kept me the whole week ….

Now on the way to Jordan. Towards the ‚Valley of Peace‘ where Mohammed, the founder, announced that I AM the Christmas present there… no clue if I can answer this big expectations…..

Thanks for reading.

Facebook zatikavan www.zatikavan.com

after travelling 24h at the border

I arrived in Batumi/Gorgia. There is snow here.

At the first bus break I jumped up and down because of happiness in the snow and the good air. There was snow all the way through the montains and along the Karadeniz, the Black Sea coast.

At the night bus I had a conversation with a turkish/german security men. He lives in cologne. After a while he stopped the conversation with the words: We don’t know who else is listening here…. too sad….

 

Just 50km before the border some uncomfortably arrised. The 2. bus driver turned to a very agressiv way of driving. Also my backpack in his trunk got wet. Not a single accuse. This was just the intro what followed.

I was 5 month in Turkey.

So after 3 month you have to do an online application to get a tourist residence card. What I did. But there was a long waiting list for it. So my appointment was/is in 5 days. It said, when approved, I had to pay something like 165 TL. My appointment wasn’t yet, so I showed the officers my papers, ready to pay the fee.

But…. he incisted I have to pay a penalty of 640 TL for staying to long. No negotiation helped. 3 options. Paying the fee / or getting back to my place to get the residence papers done in 5 days / or paying nothing but not being allowed to enter the country for 5 years….

Not having enough money on me I had to travel some km back to see a bank mashine…..

This is what happens when you travel…..

Staying calm is the best medicine…

 

Fine now in Batumi. After having some time in the city during the day tomorrow my travel continues in the early eavening by train to Tbilisi.