Deep Truth

By Jheri St. James


Malabo, Capital City

(Malabo, Capital City)

The scientist approached God and said, "Listen, we've decided we no longer need you. Nowadays, we can extract stem cells, clone people, transplant hearts, and all kinds of things that were once considered miraculous."

God patiently heard him out, and then said, "All right. To see whether or not you still need me, why don't we have a little man-making contest!"

"Okay, great!" the scientist said.

”Now, we're going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam," God said.

"That's fine," replied the scientist and he bent down to scoop up a handful of dirt.

"Whoa!" God said, shaking his head in disapproval. "Not so fast, pal. You have to make your own dirt."

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Gary Simpson, creator of the Common Ground 191 project, wrote this email in August of 2009: “I am down to the last three countries in the collection process. They include Liechtenstein, North Korea and Equatorial Guinea. Can you refer someone to me in equatorial Guinea that would be willing to participate?”

If he could have made his own soil and documented that creation, he would have. By 2009, the project was eight years in the making, a couple of hundred thousand dollars in expenses, and we were all wondering how in the world he was ever going to get dirt from North Korea. No worries. The magic of the project carried us through.

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Soil from Equatorial Guinea
Common Ground 191
Collecting Soil
Equatorial Guinea

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Equatorial Guinea Collection: Jean-Leon Bonnechere, who collected DP Congo in 2005, referred Gary to Catherine Rumillation, who had a business in Malabo, and who got her sample from the forest around Malabo-Bioko Island airport on June 27th, 2010. She wrote very little, other than the cryptic: “Yes it is a business address. Otherwise, they will not deliver the box! There [is] no personal addresses here.” But looking at the pictures she sent, the old adage ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ is so accurate. Thank you, Catherine.

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Map of Equatorial GuineaThe Republic of Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. This tiny country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands, is one of the smallest on the African continent. The capital is Malabo. Equatorial Guinea has experienced rapid economic growth due to the discovery of large offshore oil reserves, and in the last decade has become Sub-Saharan African’s third largest oil exporter. Despite this economic windfall, improvements in the population’s living standards have been slow to develop, the considerable oil wealth actually lying in the hands of only a few people.

Truthfully, Equatorial Guinea has one of the worst human rights records in the world, consistently ranking among the “worst of the worst” in Freedom House’s annual survey of political and civil rights, and Reporters Without Borders ranks President Obiang Nguema among its “predators” of press freedom.

Equatorial Guinea“Next month, Obiang Nguema will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his coup against his genocidal uncle, Macias Nguema. Since then he has shown a deft ability to stay put in the face of numerous coup attempts, bitter rivalry in his ruling clan of the Fang group, and efforts by foreign mercenaries to get rid of him. One of Africa’s last ‘big men’, he is the longest-serving leader south of the Sahara since Gabon’s Omar Bongo died (in 2009) . . .

(In 2008), “Transparency International which monitors graft from Berlin, ranked Equatorial Guinea as the world’s ninth-most-corrupt country. Less than 2% of its GDP goes on public health and less than 1% on education . . . His government runs the press and jails opponents.” (Above two quotes from The Economist, July 18th, 2009.)

The US CIA says, “Equatorial Guinea is primarily a destination country for children trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and possibly for sexual exploitation; children have been trafficked from nearby countries for domestic servitude, market labor, ambulant vending, and sexual exploitation; women may also be trafficked to Equatorial Guinea from Cameroon, Benin, other neighboring countries, and China for sexual exploitation. The country is not making significant efforts to comply with the minimum standards on the elimination of trafficking, despite limited law enforcement action against suspected human smugglers and traffickers, including complicit public officials . . . the government’s response to human trafficking has been inadequate, particularly given the government’s substantial financial resources (2008).” (Photo below: tripadvisor.com)

Photo From Trip Advisor

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Another truth: Equatorial Guinea was chosen to co-host the 2012 African Cup of Nations in partnership with Gabon. The country won their first game against Libya 1-0. It was also chosen to host the 2008 Women’s African Football Championship, which they won. The Women’s National Team qualified for the 2011 World Cup in Germany. Equatorial Guinea is famous for swimmers Eric Moussambani, nicknamed “Eric and Eel” and Paula Barila Bolopa, “Paula the Crawler.”

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Photo from Trip Advisor Equatorial Guinea

(Trip Advisor)

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Mother Earth in Equatorial Guinea is rich in natural resources: petroleum, natural gas, timber, gold, bauxite, diamonds, tantalum, sand and gravel and clay. Santa Isabel is the country’s only historically active volcano and erupted last in 1923. Two dormant volcanoes form Bioko Island in the Gulf of Guinea, along with Santa Isabel. The climate is tropical, always hot and humid. Coastal plains rise to interior hills and the volcanoes. Volcanoes carry the potential to erupt and form new landmass at any time. Even though the reports about Equatorial Guinea seem very dire, the deep truth is that our Mother can change the soil constitution of this nation at any time She chooses. The picture above depicts the truth of the same elements in Equatorial Guinea as in any country on the planet: trees, soul, water, sky, buildings—these are the building blocks of a country, a society, a culture. They can change and ultimately do change.

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From: Deep Truth, Igniting the Memory of Our Origins, History, Destiny and Fate by Gregg Braden:

“There is a common thread that links the rationale that led to …many of the crises that face us today. It stems from a way of thinking that has dominated much of the modern world since the beginning of the scientific era about 300 years ago. It is based in false scientific assumptions that suggest we are somehow separate from the Earth, separate from one another, and nature that gives us life is based upon violent competition and survival of the strongest. . .

“More than 400 peer-reviewed studies have concluded that violent competition and war directly contradict our deepest instincts of cooperation and nurturing. In other words, at the core of our truest nature we simply are not “wired” for war! (Gary may hold a different view.)

“No one knows for certain what the future holds. However, no matter which challenges await us or which choices we face, one thing is certain: Knowing who we are and understanding our relationship to one another, as well as to the world beyond, gives us the evolutionary edge to tip the scales of life and balance in our favor. It begins with awareness of our deepest truths and how we rely on these truths daily for choices in our lives.”

Equatorial Guinea is evolving in its own time and true to its own nature. Mother Earth is far more patient than any one generation of mankind. Or man unkind either. Thanks to our collectors for their help in holding a vision of deep truth through Common Ground 191. (Pix below; (Wikipedia)

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Equatorial Guinea






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