Great Conjunction Still Working For Peace

JoeThorntonIf you recall, in the March newsletter we announced that Great Conjunction Spiritual Center would be working with another very important non-profit.  Specifically, I was going to California to work with Children As The Peacemakers. Well, I am back! And I can tell you that we worked very hard to get some amazing projects moving forward.

As a gentle reminder, Children As The Peacemakers (CATP) is an organization dedicated to making peace happen, as well as push for nuclear disarmament, through the creative participation of children from around the globe.

P Montandon 3CATP’s founder, Pat Montandon, an author, humanitarian and activist who has devoted her life to making our world a place of peace, hope and love, founded Children As The Peacemakers in the early 1980’s.  She took children from around the world on 37 different global trips to meet with world leaders. President Reagan, Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachev, Indira Gandhi of India, German Chancellor Kohl, Mother Theresa, Pope John Paul II and China’s Premiere Zhao Ziyang are just some of the leaders who met with Ms. Montandon and the children.

Now, in 2018, the threat of war and nuclear arms is, once again, a terrifyingly real one. Something needs to be done and frequently, grass-roots operations make a huge difference.

Because of this, Ms. Montandon has come out of retirement and is planning a new trip to pursue peace. This time, she’s intends to take a small delegation to meet with North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un.

The trip is just one of the projects to which much of the time was devoted. Additional projects have presented themselves as well. That’s why, what began as a two-week trip to California turned into a four-week trip.

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Other projects that needed attention include, but do not end with, building a new website for CATP, a documentary being produced on Ms. Montandon’s life and a film that is being made of one of her books. These projects required detailed work in the extensive archives for CATP, which include hundreds of files, countless photographs and untold hours of film footage from those 37 trips.

Naturally, when working on any project, you expect some sort of bump in the road along the way. We had our share of those, too. One of which is trying to find a way to legally get a letter to Kim Jong-Un since the U.S. has sanctions in place that make it illegal to send mail to North Korea.

Working with Ms. Montandon for a month was an amazing experience. The many lessons learned and ideas to bring back to Great Conjunction are priceless. The entire experience was rewarding beyond measure both professionally and personally. We were friends before this trip, but the bond that developed between us is very precious to me. For over forty years I’ve known that she was an amazing woman. Now I know just how special and unique she truly is.

IMG 5389I will be eternally grateful to John, my husband and Great Conjunction’s co-founder, to his patience while I was away and his unwavering support, allowing me to have this experience. I will always be grateful to Pat Montandon for the lessons, the experiences, the knowledge, the work and the love.

I feel like a better man because of it. And I discovered this past weekend that I am now a better teacher than before. I’ve taught many classes in Reiki, but the class held on March 31st was phenomenal. I had five amazing students, but I also had more to bring to the table and, at least for me (and hopefully for the students), it was a much richer experience.

And thank you to all of you, our Great Conjunction members and extended family. Your support, encouragement and enthusiasm are invaluable. I hope you liked the videos I sent from California.

As a reminder, four of Ms. Montandon’s books are available through Great Conjunction and each of them are autographed. You may obtain copies at our psychic fairs or contact us direct. You can also get copies at our Sacred Empowerment Circle for Women on Thursday, April 26th as well as other classes, lectures and workshops.

Autographed books are available for a suggested donation of $20 each. Here is a list of the books we have:

  • “Whispers From God: A Life Beyond Imaginings”: the true story of how Pat Montandon had to reinvent herself after a brutal divorce and the many fascinating adventures she had travelling the world with children to pursue peace.
  • “Peeing On Hot Coals”: Pat’s dramatic and heart-warming, and sometimes heart wrenching, coming of age memoir of growing up in the Dust Bowl and ending with her life married to a billionaire in San Francisco.
  • “Making Friends”: chronicles the true story of two 11-year old girls, one from Moscow, one from San Francisco, who traveled across America learning about each other and their different cultures.
  • “Celebrities and Their Angels”: a collection of angel sketches and writings by fifty-two celebrities from Whoopi Goldberg to Mikhail Gorbachev, commemorating A Gathering of Angels, an event benefitting a project to halt violence against children.

Watch for the beautiful Springtime flowers that are beginning to pop up all over the place!