HUNGARY

Word of Mouth to Angels’ Ears


By Jheri St. James


“It is not known precisely where angels dwell—
whether in the air, the void, or the planets.
It has not been God’s pleasure that we should be
informed of their abode.”
Voltaire, “Angels,”
Philosophical Dictionary (1764)

Word of mouth is a fascinating communication mode between humans. In a popular party game, people whisper something into their neighbor’s ear and it gets passed along from one to the next only to discover the last phrase to be completely different from the original. There is a saying that if people like your business, they will tell three friends, but if they feel they got bad service, they will tell ten friends—either way, word of mouth will affect your business. Common Ground 191 is very much a word-of-mouth type of project. People are attracted to it by hearing about it from a friend, and then follow up by going online to www.commonground191.com and reading the journal entries or checking out the Soil Collection Status Chart under the Progress tab, often then becoming volunteers.

The word-of-mouth trail in the Hungarian soil story started in a dance class in Laguna Beach, where one dancer mentioned to another that she was part of an art project that planned to use the combined soils from all the 191 U.N. countries as artistic medium. The listener, a researcher, writer and worldwide seminar leader on the topic of angels and goddesses, inserted a little blurb into her international newsletter, which resulted in a flurry of activity at the Common Ground 191 office. Volunteers from all over the world started filling in the volunteer information pages and sending them in. Andrea Buzas from California was one reader who followed through. She contacted her sister Erika Buzas in Albertirsa, Hungary, and Erika then sent the small carton of dirt and some photos.

“Hi Gary! It took a few weeks, but I am glad to tell you the soil sample from Hungary is on its way. My sister Erika arranged a package pickup with DHL on November 23rd, and we hope that you’ll get it soon.”

(Just an aside: Of paramount importance to this project is the authentication and archiving of every interaction—beyond word of mouth—in the form of paper trails of shipment tracking documents, emails of every communication, and archiving of each and every piece of paper.)

“The task to explain about the collection site is mine, so here it is:
“We took soil from our home town Albertirsa, which is located 60 km away (SE) from the capitol, Budapest. Some of the highlights of this common town of 15,000 are the natural healing springs and the protected wildlife refuges, a fishing lake, the Folk Museum, and several churches built centuries ago. Choosing the perfect collection site involved many of our peers and loved ones (between the ages of 6 and 60 something). It was truly an issue that included and contemplated a dozen different opinions!

“We found that most of Hungary’s historical sites, holidays, and memorable events—in fact—commemorate tragedies. The loss of the thousands of people due to wars, the revolutions that have been put out and punished, and the occupiers and invaders’ looting is something that’s been constant over the 1000-year history that our nation shared on the same land.

“While we acknowledge and honor our forerunners’ sacrifices in the past, we also would hope to approach and present our small country’s people as they are today: friendly, welcoming, intelligent, resilient, and full of love for life.

“The soil represents life to us: it grows crops for food, and supports our homes. We wish to represent our nation as one which successfully transforms the stormy past into a peaceful present and future. We all would like to think that positive changes start with us, by offering a piece of our land from somewhere people live in peace, and not from where people lost their lives in violence.

“Another reason for selecting a lesser-known location for the soil sample is the overly centralized role of our capitol, Budapest. It seems like every significant historical, cultural and economic symbol has been hijacked for the benefit of a faceless organization; leaving little reason for visitors to experience the true side of Hungary. Our small contribution to your art project is a humble way to pay tribute to the soul of Hungary, which truly exists beyond the borders of the capitol.

“We hope that this project will bring you success, and blessings, Gary. We, who were fortunate enough to contribute to your art, wishing you all the best, always. Please let us know sometimes about the progress of your work. We look forward to hear from you again! In Peace and Light, Andrea & Erika Buzas.”

“Man, proud man,
Drest in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he’s most assur’d,
His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven,
As make the angels weep.

William Shakespeare “Measure for Measure”

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Few people in the world are aware of the Common Ground 191 project, just those who contributed soil (77 at this writing), and friends and family of Gary Simpson. But as word of mouth travels over the globe (thanks to the internet) and the shipping process continues (thanks to worldwide transport processes) we hope that everyone in the world will become aware and moved by this new concept in art. “The idea for the project is that the world is a small circle, and how small the world really is,” says Gary Simpson. “Behind the physical fact that each piece includes a part of each country, integrated into the individual complexion of the piece lays the foundation of my concept as a whole. It is composed, like the earth itself, of visible masses floating on tectonic plates, converging and diverging. But the magma on which they all rest is common ground. The individual pieces will reflect the identity of each nation, but the implication of the whole is that there is an underlying unity.”

This from http://www.concretenetwork.com/commonground191/index.html, is another example of word of mouth in action. The Common Ground 191 project is funded by Gary Simpson’s paintings and concrete sculpture, as well as interior design applications of concrete on countertops, floors and other surfaces. He has invented an amalgam of substances which result in lightweight, virtually indestructible concrete for these kinds of applications. Of course, he uses a lot of this material and over the years has become friends with many people in the concrete industry, including the great people at Concrete Network. Matt and Josh maintain our www.commonground191.com website and the Network were themselves responsible for at least a couple of the soil collection success stories through word of mouth to friends. They also published a couple of paragraphs in their newsletter.

Our acts our angels are, for good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.

John Fletcher, 1579-1625

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Hungarians first came to Europe in A.D. 896, moving from the east into the Carpathian Basin, which contains present-day Hungary, a self-described ethnic riddle caught in the middle of a triangle of Slavs, Latins and Germans. From the onset, Hungarians have felt and been a people apart from the rest of Europe. Their language has only vague similarities with just one other European language, Finnish; their food is far spicier; and their nostalgia for a nomadic existence appears quaint in settled Europe. It is unclear from where they originated. They claim that their people were descended from Turkic tribes in central Asia, from the Mongols, from the ancient Finns in Siberia, or from a tribe of their own people who were lost amid the Mongol invasions in the 13th century. In 1986 research began in Urumchi, Xingiang, China, to establish the roots of the Hungarian people. Hungarian researchers excavated 1,200 graves and found archaeological objects similar to those found in Hungarian cemeteries dating from the 9th and 10th centuries. Near the grave site, Istvan Kiszely and other researchers happened upon a small ethnic group called Ugars by the Chinese who only numbered 9,000, but knew 73 songs that fit exactly into the pentatonic, or five-toned, musical scale that has made Hungarian folk music, popularized by composer Bela Bartok, famous worldwide. While the Ugars adopted Islam centuries ago, they also maintained a strong shamanistic tradition of medicine men and spiritual healers, practices popular in Hungary before the 11th century, when it adopted Christianity. Kiszely said he believes ancient Hungarians left Xinjiang no later than the 5th century and fell into a pattern of settling down and then moving westward. As centuries passed, and they mixed with ancient Finns, their unusual language evolved.

Hungary is a landlocked country in east-central Europe, bordered by Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine, and thus is a strategic location astride main land routes between Western Europe and the Balkan Peninsula, as well as between Ukraine and the Mediterranean basin. The north-south flowing Duna (Danube) and Tisza Rivers divide the country into three large regions.


Hungary was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which collapsed during World War I. The country fell under Communist rule following World War II. In 1956, a revolt and announced withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact were met with a massive military intervention by Moscow. Under the leadership of Janos Kadar in 1968, Hungary began liberalizing its economy, introducing something called “Goulash Communism”. Hungary held its first multiparty elections in 1990 and initiated a free market economy. It joined NATO in 1999 and the EU in 2004.

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The website http://hungart.euroweb.hu shows nine sculptures and eight paintings, beautiful works of art, created by unknown Hungarian artists, c. 15th and 16th century. Word of mouth apparently did not work in discovering the name of the creator of this beautiful angel:


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Negative Hollywood word of mouth has resulted in the defamation of character of a Hungarian Prince from Wallachia, Hungary. Not considered an angel in anyone’s mind, the movie Dracula character became the notorious archetype of a vampire. Vlad Dracula, upon whom the character is based, was a colorful person to be sure, but never had a pale complexion or other vampiric traits. Prince Dracula was a short fellow, with a very strong build, a large aquiline nose, and a wild coiffure. He was reported to possess enormous physical strength, and was an exceptional rider and swordsman. Descendents of the Dracolecti family are still alive.

“The ruler of Wallachia became the most popular character of his time, many mysteries pertaining to his deeds and misdeeds are still being unraveled,” said Stephan Puric, head of history department at one of the Romanian universities. He believes many people deliberately put a spin on the truth about Dracula. Some museums in Romania are packed with vampiric paraphernalia meant to please hordes of tourists from the U.S. and Western Europe. Those tourists never read any history books, but they saw movies about Dracula. Moreover, Satanists and members of other sects arrive in large numbers to pay homage to their “spiritual father.” In actuality, Dracula was an avid Christian Orthodox who built churches and monasteries. Turkish and German histories highlight Dracula’s sinister traits; they tend to pour more mysticism into the story of his life. On the other hand, Romanian historians do a bit of whitewashing. Indeed, this ruler of a small country put up strong opposition to the Islamic military expansion on the outskirts of Christendom. The Romanian nation survived and maintained its Christian Orthodox beliefs mostly because of Vlad II.

And there was a war in heaven: Michael and his angels
Fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.

Book of Revelation, Bible

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The town of Albertirsa was originally two separate areas: Alberti and Irsa, which joined together in 1950. Located in the center of the Great Hungarian Plain, it got its town status in 2003, but still has its village flavor. Albertirsa has several twin cities: Gaggiano, Italy; Bourg Saint Andeol, France; Malacky, Slovakia; and Znin, Poland, so the word of mouth must be that Albertirsa is a place to be emulated. One of the most famous citizens of Alberti was Ádám Politzer, who did extensive in the science of otology, the workings of the inner ear. He studied air movements through the Eustacian tube. In 1861, he published his first results on a new technique based on his conclusions to treat internal ear diseases, which came to be known as politzerisation. In subsequent decades, the technique was widely adopted throughout the world, bringing fame to Politzer. Professor Politzer treated many indigent patients at the charity hospital as well as in homes for the elderly when teaching at the University of Vienna. Politzer numerous medical devices for the diagnosis and treatment of ear diseases; several surgical instruments: ear perforator, a surgical knife, a grommet for ventilation of the inner ear, Politzer’s otoscope, a speculum and a test for the function of the Eustacian tube. In the field of hearing, Politzer devised an acoumeter for measuring hearing acuity and at least two early acoustical hearing aids. Furthermore, he revolutionized diagnosis of aural diseases by inventing an illuminated tympanic membrane and also wrote the first illustrated atlas of the tympanic membrane, with color drawings made by himself. Politzer also wrote one of the most outstanding and authoritative textbooks on otology of the century in 1878. He influenced and trained thousands of otologists from all over the world and his most famous successor was Robert Barany, who received the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1914. Needless to say, hearing is an important component in word of mouth communication, and Professor Politzer has been an international healer and planetary worker.

None so deaf as he that will not hear.
Thomas Fuller, M.D. Gnomologia (1732)

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Saint Stephen (Istvan) of Hungary (975-1038) has always been a national hero and the most important of Hungary’s Christian kings, establishing Christianity as the religion of his country. By the time of his coronation in 1001 he had established various monasteries. He formed the Hungarians into a single kingdom and much of his system has lasted until recent times. He distributed alms, sometimes in disguise, to the poor and the oppressed. St. Stephen’s crown is a Magyar icon of great importance, surrounded by intriguing mysteries.


The Holy Crown of Hungary

According to the official version, the top cross section of the Holy Crown was given to Stephen by Pope Sylvester II at his coronation. The bottom band of the crown was a gift nearly 100 years later from the Byzantine Emperor, Michael Ducas to another Hungarian king, Géza I who ruled Hungary between 1074-1077. Eventually someone combined the two sections into one single crown. Fleeing Soviet Armies near the end of World War II, the guards of the crown brought it to Austria and buried it until, at the end of the war, they turned it over to the American occupation forces. In 1978 the Holy Crown was returned to Hungary. In the early 1980s, some engineers and goldsmiths came to the conclusion that there is no difference between the top cross section and the bottom band as far as workmanship, material or any other aspect; the whole crown had been made in one workshop at the same time.

The crown seems to date to the 300's or early 400's A.D. and resemble jewelry made in the area east of the Back Sea and south of the Caucasian Mountain divide. No one knows for whom it was made, or how it arrived in Hungary. When Charlemagne conquered the Avars of western Hungary in 795-96, some believe he was crowned by Pope Leo III on Christmas day in the year 800 with this very same crown. The Emperor ordered his subjects to bury him with it and this came to pass in 814.

In the year 1000 A.D., upon the insistence of Pope Sylvester II, the German Emperor Otto III was ordered to open Charlemagne's tomb and recover the crown. The Pope promised it to the Polish king Boleslo. The Hungarians must have known something about this crown, probably demanding that it be returned to them. Pope Sylvester received word-of-mouth message from God in a dream to give this Holy Crown to the Hungarian King for his services to the Catholic Church and for his good deeds to God. Hungary was a powerful country at this time - and if the Hungarians declared that the crown belonged to them - then it was their crown. On Christmas day in 1000 A.D., St. Stephen was crowned with the same crown that Charlemagne had been crowned with two hundred years earlier.


In an 1850 painting by Fredrich Kaulbach of the coronation of Charlemagne the crown is shown in the Pope's hands - a crown with an uncanny resemblance to the Hungarian Holy Crown. Originally there were images of four martyred saints, four archangels, eight apostles, God, Jesus and the Virgin Mary found on the crown, some pieces now missing. There are also some ancient, so called "pagan" symbols (like the sun and the moon) seen there. Originally, only nobility by birth enjoyed the protection of the Crown. Later those who acquired titles for service of the country were also included. However, in 1848 all citizens of the Holy Crown were entitled to the same protections, and charged with the same responsibilities. Hungarians recognized their kings as rightful rulers only when they were crowned with the Holy Crown. This may be one reason for it having been stolen, buried and lost numerous times throughout the centuries; however miraculously – somehow – it has always been found again and again.


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As Voltaire said in the beginning of this entry, no one knows where angels dwell, in the air, the void or the planets. In the 1950’s in the U.S. one very popular song was entitled “Earth Angel”. The word of mouth of many earth angels is propelling Common Ground 191 along its path toward fruition, and we thank our friends at Concrete Network, Doreen Virtue, Ph.D., and the Hungarian earth angels, Andrea and Erika Buzas, for crowning our project with the story and soil from Albertirsa in the completely unique and holy land known as Hungary.

The angels say that the best thing that light workers can do right now
is to keep our frequency levels high. Instead of worrying, pray.
Give any fears to the angels. Take steps which will help you to feel
more peaceful, like meditating, practicing yoga, playing, detoxifying,
and spending time in nature. The angels say that the most important
contribution lightworkers can make right now is to be happy and peaceful.

Doreen Virtue, Ph.D. (www.doreenvirtue@aol.com)






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