Mozart #2

Wolfgang Amadeus, tragic genius,
Pure magic maestro of sound,
Your relentless quest for two notes
That loved each other
Made perfect harmony.

The consummate artist
Your whole Being a cathedral
For celestial instruments,
Reciting musical memories
Of unseen worlds and far flung universes.

Did you comb the heavens
For divine inspiration
Or were you born embodying
The spheres of sacred sound?

All your 4th Ray bodies
Personified beauty and harmony,
Save one 3rd Ray physical
For strength and rapid activity,
Composing 600 scores
In thirty five years of incarnation.

As a soul-infused third degree initiate,
Your personality foibles
And material suffering
Belied your spiritual status.

Now a Master with Serapis’s Ashram,
You inspire world disciples
To revelations on the horizon
Of Music and Art, reflecting
Cosmic Rays of Beauty and Harmony.

And when children
In their intuitive way,
Innocently pronounce “Most Art”
As your name,
I assent in reverent silence
And pay homage with love, Mozart.


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Beginners Ukulele Workshop

Date: Sunday 6 November 2016
Time: 4pm-6pm
Venue: see below

What will you learn?
In the first hour, you will learn the basics of tuning by ear and uke holding, some basic chords, strumming and playing a song or two on your ukulele. The second hour will be spent adding a few more chords, different strums, and practising in dyads for peer feedback and a bit of fun. At the end of the two hours, you will have learned basic ukulele playing skills you can build on – with a smile on your face and a song in your heart 🙂

Skill level
Absolute Beginners with zero or very little ukulele playing skills

Your Ukulele Teacher
Sophia has taught Ukulele for years to groups of teachers, parents and children, private lessons with adult students and the general public from all walks of life.

Bring along
Your own ukulele is recommended so you can continue playing and practising at home. There are spare ukes you can borrow at the workshop if you’re absolutely ukeless 🙂

Cost per person
$20 (unwaged) $25 (waged) to help pay for venue and Beginners Ukulele booklets

Enquiries/bookings email Sophia:
OR Phone/Text 027 345 2010
OR RSVP on this Meetup 
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Book & Pay
Please deposit into the following bank account with your name as reference:
Trading Bank: Kiwibank
Name of Account: Spirit of Peace
Account Number: 38-9006-0358290-00

What Next?
* Request more uke tuition or ukulele workshops as you wish.
* Join our friendly Ukulele Tuesday Meetup group @ 7pm every week for regular fun practice and meet other Ukulele Lovers.
* Sign up to our Mailing List to receive our Weekly Email Alert.
* Receive our updated Ukulele DropBox which has over 400+ song sheets with uke chords. We continue to add more over time. This will help you practice at home between our Weekly Tuesday Meetup sessions. It also contains Common Chord Charts, Ukulele Online Tuning and video links.

Trinity Union Church
11 Hall Avenue (off Hall Street)
Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand

Instructions to get to the Trinity Union Church venue:
Pedestrian and car access through Hall Avenue (off Hall St), just up the road from Pita Pit, across the road from Newtown School, next block down from Wellington Hospital going south.  If you look up Hall Street, you’ll see “Hall Avenue” clearly marked with a white signpost.  The church venue is located in a back section of Hall Ave. Plenty of free car parks at the church.  If you’re catching a bus from the city, get off at the Wellington Hospital bus stop and walk to Hall Street – Hall Avenue is off that.  Here is a google map,+Newtown,+Wellington,+nz

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Angels & Miracles


ANGELS & MIRACLES: New Age of Unity & Synthesis

Do You Believe in Angels? Do You Believe in Miracles? 

Miracles have been occurring in increasing numbers in the last three decades. Share International connects these miracles to a bigger story: the emergence of a group of spiritual teachers at this critical time.

At their head is Maitreya, the World Teacher. Expected by all religious groups under different names, he comes not as a religious teacher, but as an educator in the broadest sense, for people of all faiths and those of none. His mission is to bring the nations together in brotherhood, and to inspire the creation of a new civilization based on justice, sharing and world peace.

The dawning of the New Age of Unity and Synthesis is upon us. With Maitreya and his group working openly in the world, offering their guidance and teachings, humanity is assured not only of survival but of the creation of a brilliant new civilization.

Come and share our Message of Hope.

Date: Monday 24 October 2016
Time: 7.00pm-9.00pm
Venue: Trinity Union Church, 11 Hall Avenue (off Hall Street), Newtown,
 Wellington, New Zealand

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Instructions for the Trinity Union Church venue:
Pedestrian and car access through Hall Avenue, just up the road from Pita Pit, across the road from Newtown School, next block down from Wellington Hospital going south.  You’ll see “Hall Avenue” clearly marked with a white signpost.  The church is located in a back section. Plenty of free parks at the church. If you’re catching a bus from the city, get off at the Wellington Hospital bus stop and walk to Hall Street – Hall Avenue is off that.
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Do You Live In A Soul City?

There is a tangible vibe about the quality of a city, indicative of the people who live within it who can influence the energy of the city by their mere presence, daily thoughts, creative work and positive actions. The collective stream of energy flows into the ethers and translates into a vibrant hub of external manifestation within the richness and beauty of multi-cultural endeavours and the varied forms of art. Many would call this artistic mani-fest an energy of Soul Expression where the quality of joy, play, beauty, unity and celebration take tangible form, touching the hearts and souls of those who bear witness to the outpouring, and are influenced by it in thought, word or deed.
This collective artistic approach is no longer confined within the walls of city galleries, indoor stages or cloistered venues, but flows out in the summer months into the city streets as Community Festivals, where thousands of people from near and far, gather to celebrate and share freely the bounty of artistic Soul Expression.

Street festivals continue for weeks throughout the regions, in towns, suburbs, domains which collectively form the vibrant pulsating energy that streams into the very heart of the city in which we live, love and have our Being. A beautiful dance of creation and aliveness, a visual feast of sound and colour, which nourishes and energises our very Souls with its potency, beauty and grace.

HOW Dance
The reality of the Soul remains a mystery in our mundane, materialistic, physical world and is yet to be given a place of shared acceptance within our collective main-stream consciousness. Meanwhile, the Soul makes itself known and felt through the sound of music, movement and dance, the stroke of paint and brush, the flourish of a pen, creative inventions and breakthroughs in health, science, education, politics and economics – wherever there’s a field of creative human endeavour for the common good and beneficence – the Soul takes form.

The quality of the Soul is Love – unconditional, magnanimous, inclusive, unifying love – for all humanity and for all the Kingdoms of Nature which underlies the magnificent process of creation on Planet Earth, our home. Soul Love, the essence of who we are, unites us in the creative dance of Life and Death. It recognises the sub-human forms which make up the nature kingdoms – the mineral, plant, animal world from whence we come and without which we cannot survive as a human species. Those below are nourished by those above, and vice versa, and the ancient Hermetic maxim – As Above, So Below – is a truism which resounds throughout the physical and cosmic realms. As custodians of the lesser kingdoms, the actions of the human kingdom, for good or ill, is absolutely vital to the future well-being of our planet for generations and aeons to come.

Soul cities recognise this, and form groups of actively engaged citizenry who beat the drums of peace, and march for justice, freedom and equality for all creation, whether human or animal rights, or the environmental salvaging and restoration of Mother Earth. The onslaught of climate change and global warming sound the alarm bells, alerting us to our planet’s temperature on the barometer which has reached fever pitch. Mother Nature is dangerously ill and needs our help and wise ministrations – urgently!

Governments of the day must take heed, listen to the counsel of its people and to the wisdom of that great Soul, Abraham Lincoln who famously said, “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” Soul cities hear the warning drums and rise to the clarion call to Save Our Planet. Time is fast running out and “Decade Zero” is here.

On we march to the call that is loud and clear to so many of us while governments of the day fudge, folly, fumble and play deaf in addressing the urgency of the times. Many there are among us who understand the two main triggers which will lay desolate our beautiful planetary home – the threat of nuclear war and the onslaught of climate change rapidly imperilling our eco-systems. Desertification of our rain forests, the lungs of Mother Earth, the toxic fall-out from nuclear pollution, also known as the ‘Invisible Peril’ now permeating the air, water and soil, is found in every body of water, tract of land, and in the ethers. It is destructive to our subtle bodies and cannot be seen with physical eyes – therefore it cannot be measured causatively, aside from the physical effect of its devastation through common diseases which have multiplied ten-fold, including many types of cancer, Alzheimers and congenital deformities of babies born near nuclear fall-out locations – Chernobyl being one of many.

What does the future hold for Planet Earth our Home? There are many wise voices raised to warn us of the urgency of the times and to act now in curtailing further disasters befalling our world as we move closer to the abyss. There is still time to heed Mother Nature’s call as she warns us through the catastrophic fury of natural disasters that play havoc across the planet. It has been postulated that 80% of climate change is due to human activity through pollution, desertification, intensive unnatural farming of both crops and animals, reliance on fossil fuels and so the list goes on. It’s up to individuals, groups, communities, towns, cities, nations to collectively bring the Will to Action and hold their governments to account – especially those who are bribed and paid ‘blood money’ at the behest of powerful greedy corporations, to the detriment of collective humanity and the Kingdoms of Nature.  Is your city an active Peace City with informed engaged citizens? Does it have Soul?

Gandhi Welly Railway Station
Wellington is a Peace City. It’s also a Soul City and the capital of New Zealand. The statue of Gandhi stands proudly at the entrance to its Wellington Railway Station – symbolic of Gandhi’s numerous travels by train. Lonely Planet named it the coolest little capital in the world! It’s the seat of the NZ government with an unique Beehive Building; it’s the home of the Royal NZ Ballet, National Symphony Orchestra, the National Museum of Te Papa, the World of Wearable Arts (WOW), Fringe and Film Festivals, the sporting Rugby Sevens, the Hall of Memories, The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and the Carillion – a large bell like instrument. The Hall of Memories consists of six small chapels each of which represent a branch of New Zealand’s armed forces. The Carillion is the third largest of its kind in the world and the only Carillion in New Zealand.

Wellington is also home to many of New Zealand’s cultural creatives – artists, writers, poets, musicians, sports people, actors and the famed film director, Sir Peter Jackson, winner of 11 Academy Awards for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. He’s a friend of James Cameron, of The Titanic and Avatar fame. They’ve purchased sprawling properties in the Wairarapa, a scenic rural area close to Wellington city. The Cafe scene in Wellington is phenomenal and the totality of the hospitality industry – a ‘mini New York’ cafe scenario. The geography is amazing, from a blue nuclear-free harbour, to luscious green valleys and up into the craggy majestic mountain tops overlooking the city. The multi-cultural vibe and spiritual energy wraps itself around the strong vibrant heart of the coolest little capital in the world with its warm friendly people – a must see Soul City – on your journey around our beautiful Lonely Planet!

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Humans of Wellington

Mindfulness Practice: Ten Steps To Peace

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(1) Spend some time each day quietly reflecting on how we would
like to relate to ourselves and others.

(2) Remember that all human beings have the same needs.

(3) Check our intention to see if we are as interested in others
getting their needs met as our own.

(4) When asking someone to do something, check first to see if we
are making a request or a demand.

(5) Instead of saying what we DON’T want someone to do, say
what we DO want the person to do.

(6) Instead of saying what we want someone to BE, say what
action we’d like the person to take that we hope will help the
person be that way.

(7) Before agreeing or disagreeing with anyone’s opinions, try to
tune in to what the person is feeling and needing.

(8) Instead of saying “No,” say what need of ours prevents us
from saying “Yes.”

(9) If we are feeling upset, think about what need of ours is not
being met, and what we could do to meet it, instead of
thinking about what’s wrong with others or ourselves.

(10) Instead of praising someone who did something we like,
express our gratitude by telling the person what need of ours
that action met.

2001, revised 2004 Gary Baran & CNVC.
The right to freely duplicate this document is hereby granted.

A Beautiful Time To Die

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You always had style, my sister,
even when you had no two coins
to rub together, you managed
to put dinner on the table,
to look ever elegant,
and raise two sons
plus a husband,
on music and a smile.
I remember tripping over
cords attached to guitars,
microphones, saxophones
and drums, a veritable
chaotic musical house mess,
jam sessions together,
and the animals;
You were a true lover
of creatures great and small,
stray cats and dogs dined
with selected house pets,
you, too kind-hearted
too averse to turn them away.
Now as you lay sleeping,
I feel your loving presence
as do many mourners gathered
to celebrate your kind deeds
and the life they shared
at one time or other, with you.
The heralding of Spring
continues ever the cycle
of rebirth, warm new life;
an eternal truth that death
is only a new beginning
as the Great Wheel turns,
and in the Spring gardens
Gaia’s children come out to play,
songbirds and devas harmonising
in bursts of colour and chorus.
We weave your last wreath with flowers
of brilliant golds, purples and reds
and marvel that you chose, in true style,
a beautiful time to die.


© Sophia Tara


The Spiritual Basis of Nonviolent Communication

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The Power of Empathy


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In Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC) we come to understand Empathy as the capacity to be fully present with another, accompanying them as they experience and/or express what’s alive for them in a given moment.  We learn the skill of being in spacious, non-judgemental presence as we listen. 

Date: Sunday 21 August 2016
Time: 2pm-6pm
Venue: see below 

All Late Bookings Are Welcome and the door is always open on the day – no one is turned away 🙂

The Power of Empathy:

Empathy is at the very heart of NVC and Compassionate Communication.  It is a profound and total listening, neutral and deep, that does not look to influence the other or the quality of what is being said.  It is being fully present in the moment and listening deeply to the real needs of the person speaking.  While our usual habit is to listen from a place of judgement and evaluation, developing EMPATHY and SELF-EMPATHY skills brings us to a place of connection and harmony within ourselves and others.  This workshop will help move us towards a new way of thinking and being, that brings healing compassionate connection into our life, through the Power of Empathy.

What is Self-Empathy? 

In Self-Empathy we practice the basic skills of NVC (Observation, Feelings, Needs and Requests) within ourselves silently.  We pay attention to what’s going on within, what thoughts and stories are running in our minds, the bodily sensations we are experiencing, and what we notice ourselves doing and saying and the ‘stories’ we tell ourselves.

What Will You Experience In This 4 Hour Workshop? 

Summary of the 4-step NVC process
The 4 ways of hearing
The Empathy Dance integration
Strategies & Requests
Explore what Empathy is in the NVC framework
Role Playing Conflict Situations With Empathy
Strengthen your PRESENCE skills
Experience an Empathy Circle
The Empathy Dance to NVC Songs
Develop Emotional Intelligence & Literacy (EQ)

Your Facilitator:
Sophia initiated and founded the NVC grassroots movement in the Wellington Region more than 10 years ago, and organised many workshops attended by keen participants throughout NZ.  She trained with the founder of NVC, Dr Marshall Rosenberg, and also Robert Gonzales, Miki Kashtan, Sura Hart, Jean Morrison, Gina Lawrie and many other overseas trainers.  She has facilitated a wide range of NVC workshops for community activists, spiritual and social change groups, including Death Cafes, Grief & Loss with Compassion & Empathy, Intentional Living, Steiner and Buddhist communities, The Occupy NZ & Wellington movements, Inter/national Peace and Disarmament groups, alternative Adult Education, teachers, parents and children in school communities and the general public.  She resonates deeply with the Spirituality of NVC and an abiding empathy for First Nations, the plight and healing of the world’s indigenous people, through NVC and cultural-spiritual awareness.

Recent Testimonials from Participants:
“Highly recommended!  Sophia has done a wonderful job in presenting this amazing concept of compassionate communication in a very warm and heartfelt, as well as wonderfully visual, active and fun way.  Very inspiring, thank you!”

“Excellent – well worth taking the time to learn and practice some new communication skills.  Sophia is very passionate about the topic which made it easy and fun to participate.”

Book & Pay:
$40 (unwaged)
$50 (waged)
Towards venue costs, refreshments and photocopy handouts.  Please let me know if you have difficulty with payment.

Please deposit into the following account with ‘NVC’ and your name as reference:
Trading Bank: Kiwibank
Name of Account: Spirit of Peace
Account Number: 38-9006-0358290-00

RSVP & Enquiries email:

Trinity Union Church
11 Hall Avenue (off Hall Street)
Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand

Instructions to get to the Trinity Union Church venue:
Pedestrian and car access through Hall Avenue, just up the road from Pita Pit, across the road from Newtown School, next block down from Wellington Hospital going south.  You’ll see “Hall Avenue” clearly marked with a white signpost.  Plenty of free parks at the church.  If you’re catching a bus from the city, get off at the Wellington Hospital bus stop and walk to Hall Street – Hall Avenue is off that.
Google map,+Newtown,+Wellington,+nz 

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Madonna Oriflamma best

Too many wars 
Blood of our kin 
Harrowed in soil 
Year out year in

Past present future 
Ringed in eternity 
Religion science art 
Liberty equality fraternity 

Daughters of Feeling 
Sons of Mind 
We cry freedom 
For all humankind 

India’s symbol Chintamani 
Temple of Heaven Peking 
Three Treasures of Tibet 
Breast of Christ by Memling

White crosses to bear 
Red roses to die 
Tiny blue flags 
Black cemetery fly

Madonna of Strasbourg 
Caucasian sword Gurdas 
Knights Templars in arms 
Shields of Crusaders

Wars for religion 
Wars for greed 
Legacies sown 
In bloody creed

Mongolian rocks Himalayan skies 
Samarkand Ethiopian antiquities 
Rigden Djapo Tamga of Timurlane 
St Sergius and the Holy Trinity 

Banner of Peace
Banner of Love 

Time for Peace 
Time for Love ♥ 

Author © Sophia Tara
Painting: Madonna Oriflamma by Nicholas Roerich

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Beginners Ukulele Workshop

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