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TOUCHED BY THE LIGHT


Vision Statement:

“Touched By The Light” is an image which has a place in every home on earth. It encourages us to remember to slowly seize and savor the opportunity of each moment so that each of us can fully experience the touch of the light emanating from the caregiver of our universe.

Mission Statement:

“Touched By The Light” is the vehicle to uplift our universal consciousness of a powerful force that is far greater than the natural. Through the mentorship and patronage of kindred spirits it is our goal to share this vision globally through the active participation of those who can feel and share this vision. This image has been produced in several formats in order to make it accessible to all and to meet the various levels of artistic interest – for fine art collections, family displays, as well as decorator selections. No matter the form this image will spiritually impart an encouraging and hopeful ambiance and promote introspective calm as one ponders the light source captured in this piece of art.

The Capturing Of The Image “Touched By The Light”.

The image was captured on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at approximately 11am on a bright sun shiny day in Philadelphia Pa. I was at a political rally at the time of the capture, the image is completely unstaged and the only light source I used was the sun.

All Rights Reserved (2009) Raymond W. Holman Jr.

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  1. 08/5/2009

    I am committed to the image Touched By The Light being placed on the wall of every family’s home on Earth. To encourage all of us to remember to slow down and seize the opportunity of each moment. We can then realize we all are touched by the light of the universe our supreme caregiver.

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    • 11/22/2009
      Kelsey Keeling, 12

      This is a very important picture for a very important time in history.

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      • 12/15/2009
        Amisha

        Definietly !

    • 10/18/2011
      Douglas Thomas

      Raymond,

      Peace and blessings.

      I am Dr. Thomas who spoke with you at the Mt. Airy Fair last Sunday.

      I am interested in using the image for my book: The Obama Factor: A Journey into the Nature of Consciousness and Change.

      Please let me know how we can make that happen.

      I await your response.

      Douglas Thomas

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      • 02/6/2012
        Manohar

        I look forward to talking to you and would like to pick-up a copy of your book to show to my advisers. As you are aware from our past conversations this is a very special image to me.
        With high regards,
        Raymond

  2. 08/27/2009

    No matter what I will continue forward, No matter what. Focus Manohar focus.

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  3. 08/27/2009
    Herman Snyder

    Spiritually speaking I believe this image will have a global impact. As it speaks to those with a measure of faith and believe in a higher calling – TBTL will stimulate a movement of love and truth.

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  4. 09/24/2009

    “Touched By The Light” will be on sale in the form of a wall lamp, giclee print and poster at this years International Art Expo in Philadelphia Pa. November 13th,14th and 15th. For more information e-mail Raymond W. Holman Jr. at holmanjr@voicenet.com or call 215-205-7414.
    We are all touched by the light we just need to practice having the experience. It is our birth right as human beings. Om Namah Shivaya

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  5. 10/2/2009
    Raymond W. Holman Jr

    I had a meeting with a young man a few days ago. He is a minister who is committed to spreading the word about “Touched By The Light”. He will be spending the next two months traveling in the South talking about “Touched By The Light”. The movement has begun. The image is not political it is spiritual. OM

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  6. 10/2/2009
    Monna

    Great! I look forward to seeing you there

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  7. 10/2/2009
    Harry D. Sewell

    Great shot.

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  8. 10/7/2009
    Clif Robinson

    Ray,

    This is FANTASTIC… I wish you much continued success and hope that the Touched By The Light, photo opens many more doors of opportunity.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Clif

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  9. 10/9/2009

    I will be persistent like the Universe. I finally realize photography is the gift the Universe gave me. And “Touched By The Light” is the purpose for the gift. OM

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  10. 10/9/2009
    Raymond W. Holman Jr

    We are all touched by the same light. There is nothing that exist the great saints and sage say, that is not touched by the light of the Universe. OM

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  11. 10/23/2009
    Terri Smith

    Hi, Ray. I was asked to write something with regards to your wonderful shot, (by Herman). Here goes:

    drenched by the light
    encouraged, strenghtened
    and led by it

    the source of his power
    not known to all, yet
    awesome anyway

    standing confidently
    and self-assured
    ready to lead the people

    brown skin illuminated,
    highlighting chiseled features,
    like a statue

    odds stacked against him
    remaining prepared
    for the task at hand

    He knows the journey ahead
    is long and hard
    but he has been chosen
    and stands ready to face
    and change tomorrow

    for he has been….
    touched by the light

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    • 08/18/2010

      “OBAMA”
      The Obama generation, will soon be one nation. America is taking a stand, pretty soon, we’ll all be strong. How long? Not long. Yes we can keep hope alive; things won’t be the same, for we’ve heard our leader say: It’s time for a change! We the American people will persevere and grow strong, I know for some; this day has taken oh so long. My black, brown and yellow race went from Negro, to colored people, to blacks, to African-Americans, now that Obama is President, just like Moses, just like Martin, America welcomes this humble godsend! We will be known as Americans, for the sufferings of the slaves has an end, the wounds will mend, we’re working to rebuild America with liberty and justice for all, America has abolished the segregation wall, we love Obama, for his intelligence, for the sway in his walk, we sit and listen intently, whenever he talks, he’s a man’s man, that took a stand, and he didn’t use the word I, he want us all to work as a team, this way we can help fulfill Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. Obama want us all to be willing to lend a helping hand. What amazed me, was the newly elected vice President, when he let the whole world know, as he sat on the Oprah Show, that he’s learned a lot from Obama. He’s a White man, letting the world know, in this new age, a black man wasn’t different, but here he was, learning from this humble gent, to me, it was rewarding to hear, when so long ago, it was the black man the White man feared. I’m not saying Joe Biden feared us, I’m talking about the ones that felt it necessary for the blacks to head for the back of the bus! Free at last, those days are gone, never to remember again, like shredded paper the past is torned, we’re moving forward with hope in our hearts, we’ve shattered the segregation wall, with liberty and justice for us all, in God we trust, we’ll remember in mind, by being neighborly, having compassion, while helping all man kind.

      By Pearl M. Jenkins>January 22, 2009

      Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. By John F. Kennedy

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  12. 11/2/2009
    Les Heyward

    Is this a giving image or a receiving image?…????

    What ever your first thought notice the word “CHANGE”

    The more you have the more you should give. The more you give the more you will receive.

    Light gives Life, Life gives Change…

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  13. 11/3/2009
    Donna Drye

    Good afternoon Raymond,

    This is AWESOME!!! Touch by the Light has already touched millions.

    Light always conquers darkness!
    Soon the darkness will withdraw,
    And your heart will become bright,
    As it is filled with the light.

    Much success and God Bless You,
    Donna Drye

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  14. 11/9/2009
    jeff saul

    a beautiful enrichment to my day and life
    meeting Ray and casting my eyes on this God like photo that captures heavenly light passing through humanity

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  15. 11/9/2009
    jeff saul

    God like photo capturing light from heaven
    shining through mankind
    Raymond
    It was a beautiful experience meeting you and sharing some time
    i wish you good fortune and peace

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  16. 11/9/2009
    Hans Crews Jr

    Raymond;
    I don’t think that there any reason not to believe that, you were touched when you took this photo. It also shows who should be in that light, please keep up the good work. Lets thank God for such a shining example, “In the light.”

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  17. 11/9/2009
    John Kreidler

    Raymond,
    I am struck by how the light embraces Obama. It’s an image that suggest his power and ability to cast a vision. I’ve been around photography for a long time and have never seen an image like it.

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  18. 11/10/2009
    Joseph Carroll

    I am interested in your picture.

    Please explain the light source(s) you used when you took this picture on August 5, 2009 at 7:51 pm.

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    • 11/10/2009

      The light source was available light. It was captures outside during a political rally in Philadelphia Pa. on October 11, 2008 around 11:00AM in the morning. If you know anything about photography that time of day in bright sun produces contrasty images.

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    • 11/10/2009

      The light source was the sun. The date you have of August 5, 2009 at 7:51PM is incorrect. The correct date is October 11, 2008 around 11:00AM in the morning. Thank you for for interest.

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    • 11/13/2009

      Mr. Carroll I now understand why you questioned the light source. The date August 5, 2009 at 7:51pm was the date and time I started working on this blog. I am sorry for any confusion.

      With high regards,

      Raymond W. Holman Jr.

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  19. 11/10/2009

    Thank you for your comment. You seem to misunderstand what I mean as “birth right” as human beings. Also at times I do give the image away.

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  20. 11/11/2009
    V Dub

    The hope is that people will follow him along the same path to the light that touched him to be moved to greatness.

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  21. 11/11/2009
    Terry Johnson

    This is a truly unique photograph that captures a moment in history that hopefully will provide a guiding light to a world in which all will live in justice and peace and to their fullest potential. It is now up to all of us to take responsibility to make the world a better place. Now, do the right thing.

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  22. 11/11/2009
    Don Harrison

    The photo really captures the essence of the man in whom we have placed such hope and trust.

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  23. 11/11/2009

    What a beautiful; photo! – a photo nonliken to pass down from generation to generation -it speaks of the light of God shinning through a man sent to make a change for the betterment of all humankind. It captures the presence of an inner strength and determination only granted by Spirit Devine. Thank you for this portrait Raymond you too were touched and inspired by Spirit Devine when blessed with the opportunity to capture this great moment. Love ya Momar & Saleema

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  24. 11/12/2009

    Ray, the inspiration of your photograph “TOUCHED BY THE LIGHT” happened for a reason . . . so that it will bring brightness and hope too many people of all ages and future generations.
    Thanks for sharing and the best of luck in all that you pursue.

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  25. 11/12/2009
    Tamera House

    When I first saw this picture, the first words out of my mouth was “Lovely”, Just lovley.
    I was truly inspired, and found it to be in divine order when we met in wholefoods on 11/11.
    I look forward to seeing more of your soulful works of art.

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  26. 11/12/2009

    Ray, this photo is a conversation piece that will last until the end of time. The man, the time, the moment.
    Best of luck…Lorraine

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  27. 11/14/2009
    Rahama Harewood

    “Touched by the Light” is a powerful, thought provoking image! Could a touch move us to receive the “Light?”

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  28. 11/15/2009
    Russell Morris

    This unique image, in many ways, touched me… to learn more of the story of its creation, its compelling photographic elements, its provocative spiritual nuances, as well as its special significance to you Raymond. Thank you for sharing this image, its story and through it yourself. I have been, and hopefully we all may be, so touched by the “Light”.

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  29. 11/15/2009
    Sharron Donaldson

    Greetings Mr. Holman,
    I would like to thank you for sharing your story with my sister and I on Friday, November 13th, 2009 at 9:04pm. “touched by thr Light” reminded me of my cousin who has now passed over some years ago. She too was touched by the light and I do believe on Friday while you were sharing your story I felt my cousin’s presence. She wrote a poem before she passed on “The Light”, it became a part of her obituary. Thank you for helping her light to shine.

    Peace…

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  30. 11/16/2009
    Raymond W. Holman Jr

    A comment e-mailed to me on 11/12/09 @612PM, regarding Touched By The Light. “Today, I was cleaning up files and ran across the image you sent me. I felt very emotional. It is a truly very powerful image.
    This comment was by B. Wallace (an art advisorer).

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  31. 11/17/2009
    Stephanie Fennell

    I saw this beautiful photo at the October Gallery’s Expo. Looking at it I felt like Obama was choosen in a spiritual way. In the same vein I felt like the photographer was also choosen. Sometimes GOD puts you in the place you are supposed to be.

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  32. 11/22/2009
    Sheila Sawyer

    Raymond, you created Touched by the Light, and you were touched by the light. Truly a Divine inspiration, it will continue to touch others as God meant, all along, for it to do.

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  33. 11/22/2009
    Len Trower

    There is something both prophetic and humble about “Touched By The Light.” The President looks like the average working man, yet his outstretched wave of greeting seems to announce the coming of something more other than his presence. Excellent.

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  34. 11/23/2009
    Herman Snyder

    As I read the comments that are added, faith and belief tells me a higher calling is at work. Continue to press on to the mark of the high calling.

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  35. 11/23/2009
    Robert Chapman

    Cetainly, the photo promotes conversation.

    The photo quality, unique setting, and the feeling of divine inspiration leads to a dialogue that would not take place otherwise. “Touched by the Light” is a most symbolic addition to our collection of photographs by Ray Holman we proudly display throughout our home.

    Robert and Tami Chapman

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  36. 11/24/2009
    Carol

    The striking pose you captured during the campaign is very unusual–I don’t recall having seen that expression on his face in any of the many photos. The sunlight must have emitted a strong light at that moment.

    President Obama’s expression is very serious, even mystical. His feet are placed firmly on the ground and he is standing tall as always. It is a good photograph.

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  37. 11/24/2009
    Barbara Wallace

    Hi Raymond,

    Today, I was cleaning up files and ran across the image you sent me. I felt very emotional. It is truly a very powerful images.

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  38. 11/28/2009
    Rosalind Medley

    When I first saw “Touched By The Light” It immediately inspired me to think deeper; it told me that we are truly one people in this world; we come and go full circle; the “light” tells us that whatever is good for some of us, is good for all of us in terms of what God wants for us. Now I have always known that in my heart. The “light” confirms this. Our president was chosen to be the one to finally pull us together as God had intended. Now, we wait and just know that we will find that oneness. Just remember the “light”!

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  39. 11/29/2009
    Jadea Asante

    This ia a truly amazing shot .

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  40. 11/30/2009
    Aja Roberts

    Picture is great, but the words you write are inspiring.

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  41. 12/1/2009
    Ruby McCullough

    Hey Raymond,
    Thanks for sharing this unique photo, when enlarged it really gives a profound description, of which I believe that is the anointing of the Holy Spirit touching our President.

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  42. 12/3/2009
    Derek A. Washington

    I am a really big critic of President Obama.I don’t agree with his cabinet selection,policies ,or politics.I think he is extension of the Bush administration,and he is setting us up for the New World Order.
    But, now I saw this Image ,and although I have not fully changed my position.I have softened my perspective ,and feel that President Obama has the possibility of infinite potential,and I am going to give you a chance.Pray for you,and your administration ,and the world ,and hope for the best.I remain critical of you and your choices ,and policies,but I leave room for the divine to work thru you as well.I am proud of you Black Man.Just to become the president should be enough, your campapn was flawless,and your success was complete,but I challenge you to stay true to what you campaigned about.To stay true to you.We are all counting on you .Please remember this a goverment of the people,by the people ,and for the people.All power is in the people not the Plutocrocy,not the banks,not the fat cats.The bar is raised high ,and the potential is infinite.Barack this from a critic who wants to be a friend .Peace to you ,and your family But ,remember peace is not cheap;the price of peace is struggle.What I am really trying to say is struggle for us Barack ,and don’t sell us out.peace Thank you MANOHAR AKA Raymond Holman.ShantiShantiShanti!!!!!

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  43. 12/4/2009
    amelia walker

    A vision…a dream…a movement…one look…one thought…one touch…can change your life forever…Obama…stands with the many who have come from the past..present…and future…this is our time to stand before the light,in the light and radiate the light. Thank you Raymond for capturing what words can not express…a work of art…a work of excellence…ashe’

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  44. 12/9/2009
    John Savage Jr.

    you have captured on that day greatness in illumination,an asset to your craft and artistry this is an inspiration of professional photography.The rest is what your minds eye believe…….picture that!!!!!!

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  45. 12/9/2009
    John Savage Jr.

    You Are A Great Photographer ……..

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    • 12/9/2009

      Thank you John Savage Jr., but in my mind I am still learning to capture images. Hopefully one day I will reach my potential as a photographer and as a human being.

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  46. 12/10/2009
    Kenneth Freeman Jr

    I think this picture will touch everyone!

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  47. 12/15/2009
    Amisha

    This is an amazing blog about obama!

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  48. 12/15/2009
    Vicki Moton

    I have a postcard of the Touched By The Light on my desk as well as the larger print in my home. I have been looking at the pictures for months trying to determine what it is saying. I have heard and read what other people get from the picture. This is what I see.

    Knowing how unlikely it was that a black man would win the presidency and how difficult and dangerous the campaign was, what I see in this picture is God’s anointing falling upon Mr. Obama. The sunshine (God) strikes his chest (heart, love, compassion),face (eyes to see, mind to think) and open hand (strength, generous spirit, openness) covering him with the full armor of God. Providing us with hope for a better tomorrow.

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  49. 12/17/2009
    Carole

    Thanks for your note. I’m sure you are right about this movement. Each day, I’m reminded by a comment from my Reiki associates, my real estate associates, etc., from the U.S. or Great Britain, Sierre Leonne and other places that this is an important moment in history. Thanks again. I’m glad that we happened to meet.

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  50. 12/17/2009
    Raymond W. Holman Jr

    My intention is to not post many comments on this blog, but today I had to. We human beings really need to figure out how to love each other and have patience with each other. I was reading a story about a young Chinese teen aged girl (her name is Lou Jing) who lives in China with her mother. Lou Jing is half black half Chinese. She is being harassed for being of mixed blood, her father is a black man. I did not realize how bad race relationships were in China when it came to black people. In this world we have reached a certain point of understanding, but we still have a very long way to go. I do not understand why this image “Touched By The Light” is so important to me but it is. We must learn forgiveness, I must learn forgiveness. We most learn who we really are. I will be the first to admit I have a long way to go, but let’s all try our best each day.

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  51. 12/17/2009
    Amisha

    Definitely!

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  52. 01/4/2010
    Troy Balkum

    Dear Raymond,
    Thank you for your photograph. My dear brother Herman Snyder asked me to forward my thoughts.
    “TOUCHED BY THE LIGHT”

    “Touched by the light” in focus through the dreams of awakening eyes;
    Lost ships searching near and far for the outstretched beacon of his guide;
    Shinning on him a brilliance similar to the sun reaching for the hand of the divine;
    One by one the whole masses of sleeping darkness moved towards the declarations scribed in red and white within a bright sky of blue;
    High sails under the darkness with eyes weary from their nighttime travels prayed for a world of peace and a light for growth of a new;
    In their sights, this Obama of a man and Hallelujah crying in the wind towards his light so true;
    Inside this light, the Glory of God for all to see and a promise also made for you;
    God is light and light reveals if you only believe

    TROY BALKUM©

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  53. 01/10/2010
    pat cleveland

    Our leader the President of the United States of America has the capacity to not only follow the light of the spirit within himself, but in this photo he seems to be able to radiate that inner light out towards humanity. This photograph represents moving towards the brightest light, with out fear, no matter who you are, or where you have come from. Illustrating the point that, the light of trust belongs to everyone.

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  54. 01/10/2010
    Sharifah Ali

    Dear Brother,

    I have always loved you and sometimes I was jealous of you.

    Each day I am more and more proud of you.

    Who would ever thought you were so talented outside of varsity basketball with West Philly Speedboys (1964-1966).

    Your photography has shown me on many occasions, you seem to capture people’s souls.

    The ancestors are beaming. Can you imagine the grandfathers who died before you were born, sitting with the Aunts, Uncles and grandmothers who saw you growing up. They are all saying “That’s my baby”.

    I didn’t get it when you first showed me’ “Touched By The Light”. I was looking for another “Mr. Cool” picture. You said “look again”.

    I did. You have truly shown the man so many people love, being touched by the light.

    Hope and belief and change has come to so many people. Young and old, rich and poor, regardless of religious beliefs or social backgrounds.

    You were suppose to do “Touched By The Light.

    Continue to do what you do.

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  55. 01/11/2010

    My friend and colleague Raymond does it again..”this photo speaks a thousand words”thats what i call catching the essence..

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  56. 01/16/2010
    Nancy

    Hi George-

    Thanks you for forwarding the link, I recognized Ray in the video piece on his website. He sounds like someone who tries to incorporate the spiritual with the prosaic.

    His Obama shot is a great one. It takes more than luck to make that kind of picture-the response is an indication of the power of the image.

    He has accomplished what every photographer instinctively tries to do: create a lasting image which is born out of inner wisdom.

    Many thanks again,

    Nancy

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  57. 02/5/2010
    john foreman

    This portrait speaks volumes of how far we have strived to better our position in government, economics, social welfare. We know there is more to be done but we also know “we have come a long way baby.”

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  58. 02/10/2010
    Peggy

    What strength and power you captured in this extraordinary leader-thanks

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  59. 02/10/2010
    Kim

    Magnificent picture. Ray!

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  60. 02/12/2010
    Marcus Anderson

    “After taking time to consider “Touched by the Light” both as a complete body of work and as a title; it is evident Mr. Holman captured a man who decided to grasp the light, making it more feasible for individuals such as myself to be touched by that same light. In addition, the work of art and the artist serve as the medium in which we are all touched by the light! So walk in the light If it gets a little dark remember Obama dared grasp it, while Raymond shows the tangible proof it is possible.

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  61. 03/2/2010
    Raymond W. Holman Jr

    The following comment was posted to my Facebook page by a friend. “It is an incredible picture. I only wish the man was able to live up to the majesty of the image

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  62. 03/8/2010
    Dawne Greene

    Touch By Light is an excellent depiction of dream,hope and aspiration. It captures the imagination of how one’s life touches the whole world in the most positive ways. This photo transcends the joy of all humankind who delight in keeping hope alive.
    Great job Ray.

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  63. 03/9/2010
    cory

    THIS WAS A DAY IF YOU ARE BLACK, THE WHITE MAN HAS TO TAKE NOTE. BLACKS CAN BE AND LIVE LIKE WHITES. WE HAVE HOPES AND ASPIRATIONS ALSO. OUR EDUCATION GOALS ARE THE SAME. WE EAT, SLEEP, AND DIE THE SAME. NOT BECAUSE WE ARE BLACK. IT’S BECAUSE WE ARE HUMAN.

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  64. 03/15/2010
    Aisha

    This is truly a remarkable and insightful photograph. Truth comes in many forms, light energy brings fourth life. Creating such truth through his art is fantastic. Namaste

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  65. 03/28/2010
    Terrance

    The photo is extremely great. My past year has been filled with excitement because of the accomplishments of our new president.

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  66. 03/28/2010

    I’ve been a long time fan of Ray’s work and enjoy seeing how he captures images that others may not see. His work to document our community in a positive manner is important. I also appreciate his willingness to take the time to talk to other photographers like me to help us take photography to the next level!

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  67. 03/28/2010
    Quamir Green 12

    in this picture i see many things. i see the first afro-american prez.
    another thing i see is a great change.I see a man who is successful and has an ability to change the world

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  68. 03/28/2010

    I see the movement of the hand of God in your picture, as the anointing of the light of God shines down in your picture on our prez

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  69. 03/30/2010
    noel g miles

    Raymond; You have created an iconic image of President Obama. Regardless of ones politics this image of Obama will be one for the history books.

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  70. 03/30/2010

    Touched by the Light is a beautiful photograph. The truth is we are all the light. The light is within and that is our essence. This photo is the embodiment of that. Great work!!!

    Many blessings

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    • 04/9/2010
      raymond W. Holman Jr

      Thanks Phil,

      That is my understanding of this image also. We are all touched by the same light. The light of the Universe. As True Human Beings it is our birth right as human beings to experience that inner truth, if we desire to. We just have to make the self effort to have the experience. It is hard, but all of the great beings say it is possible. We all have great potential. Obama, became President Obama. We all can reach great heights! OM.

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  71. 04/3/2010
    John A Jackson Jr

    What we are looking at here is Divine Intervention.

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  72. 04/5/2010
    Jabari

    When I look at this photo I can’t help to wonder if the President would consider it one of his ‘best photos.’I really like this photo named Touched By The The Light (TBTL). In TBTL, our President Obama seems radiant, strong, regal, welcoming, composed, yet vulnerable. Mr Holman captures the Pesident in the most extraordinary ways.
    Way To Go Ramond.

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  73. 04/11/2010

    I have been having an odd conversation off and on this week regarding “Touched By The Light”. Please understand I do not see this image of Obama I captured as a symbol that this man is higher then God. I see it as a unique image because of the way the sunlight high lighted him at that moment. There are actually a lot of very good images of President Obama captured for the most part by White House staff photographers who are very aware and accustom to the environment and habits of President Obama. And I honor and respect their images. To me Raymond W. Holman Jr., my experience of having captured this image is one of gratitude to the Universe. And because I find the image motivating my desire is to share the image with the world. So I ask people who log on to my blog to respond with their heart not their mind. May we all experience great love in our life now!

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  74. 04/12/2010
    Raymond W. Holman Jr

    A “Touched By The Light” poster should be hanging on the walls of the Philadelphia Daily Newspaper reporter. My client took it to have it framed a couple of weeks ago. I also sold another yesterday and will be dropping another off to a new client.

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  75. 04/13/2010
    raymond W. Holman Jr

    I am going to Washington DC on April 15, 2010 to capture images of the Tea Party rally on the Mall. It is part of the President Obama years in office. I was told to be alert about the fringe element, which I will. But I really have to stay focused on capturing great images.

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  76. 06/14/2010

    I have not posted for awhile because of lack of some energy. But I will continue to move forward. On “Touched By The Light” and me. Moving towards film and video as a form of expression. I will soon post captured video to this blog. I will keep you posted. Om Namah Shivaya

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  77. 06/23/2010
    Raymond W Holman Jr

    I had a conversation with a young lady from Chicago yesterday regarding “Touched By The Light”. We spoke for about a half a hour. For some reason I forgot how important this image is to me until I started sharing my experience with her on how the image was captured. And the following of the inner voice. Father tell me what to do.

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  78. 06/28/2010
    Raymond W Holman Jr

    What is the price you have to pay when you try to live by the Golden rule?

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  79. 07/27/2010
    Manohar

    I gave a young person one of the “Touched By The Light” cards. He taped it on to the top of his desk at the school he attends. He wants to become a photographer. I have been showing him how to use a camera for the past month. He is in fifth grade. I would like to be in a position to help him become a professional photographer. He had a story to tell. We all do. OM

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  80. 07/28/2010

    Staying focused on “Touched By The Light”. The path seems to get narrower the further you travel. You follow what seems to be the Universal Will instead of your own. But sometimes it hard to tell which is which.

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  81. 08/9/2010
    Vernon

    YOUR PHOTOS EXHIBIT THE QUALITIES OF SOMEONE WHO HAS ACCESS TO THE DIVINE QUALITIES OF GOD (IE., LIGHT, SOUND AND VIBRATION). I HAVE SEEN YOU SET-UP AND TAKE PHOTOS AT THE MEDITATION CENTER. YOU SEEM TO BECOME A WITNESS TO THE PLAY OF CONSCIOUSNESS BEFORE YOU. YOU THEN AS JESUS INSTRUCTED HIS DISCIPLES, SEEM TO “WATCH AND PRAY”. THE PHOTO IS TAKEN/SNAPPED IN AN NON EGOIST SURRENDER TO GOD”S HIGHER FORCES. IT IS AS IF YOU ARE IN MEDITATION. YOUR PHOTO OF PRESIDENT OBAMA QUITE LITERALLY EXHIBITS THIS.

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    • 08/10/2010
      Raymond W Holman Jr

      My intention is to as much as possible capture a different type of image. That is why at times I may seem detached when I am capturing images I want to press the shutter button at exactly the right moment. It seems to be the gift that was given to me, so I try to honor it. Salutations to the Universe. Salutations to Nityananda.

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  82. 08/10/2010
    Raymond W Holman Jr

    I was speaking to some people last week in New Jersey about “Touched By The Light”, one person asked how can they help or what do I want to do next regarding the “Touched By The Light” movement. At the moment I said I did not know. But now I have an idea regarding the next step. Salutations to the Universe.

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  83. 08/18/2010

    Always move forward, be fearless.

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  84. 08/20/2010

    “It’s Time For A Change!”

    Some of us, are ready for a change,and then it’s some of us, who thinks it’s srange.

    Why can’t we all live happy together, why is it that it’s just some of us who want the whole world to do better?

    We have a new President, that’s trying his best,it seems like some of us are trying to break him…trying so hard to cause him stress; but keep on Mr. President, and do what you do,because there’s somebody who’s on your side, that’s higher than you.

    No matter what the world may say; and no matter what they do, I have all faith in Him, and I know He’ll see you through! Just don’t you doubt, for He’s going to work it out, everything will be all right soon, some people are so comical though, some may even be envious, for they think (How dare he be President,) he didn’t eat cavair!

    (they don’t know what you’ve eaten in life) for they may feel, you’ve eaten like some of us, (imagine that!) Oat meal, Grits and cold cereal without a millionaire’s silver spoon. We should all be able to see, that you’re humble and so down to earth, why don’t they give you a chance, they just might be amazed to see, just what you’re worth?

    To me, you’re worth more than rubies silver or gold, for your personality goes well with everyone, the young and the old. For those of them who don’t like you, the quantity of them is less, than those of us who do, and don’t forget Mr. President, you have God, Lady M and your children, and a mother-in-law and now a dog that enjoys you too. Mr. President, you don’t have to tell them, for I will, for I love you and your family and this is how I feel…LEAVE MY PRESIDENT ALONE! STOP TRYING SO HARD TO CAUSE HIM ANY STRESS, CAN’T YOU SEE HE’S TRYING TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE SO WE CAN ALL FINALLY TAKE A REST? Make an effort to stop the hate, can we try to live in unity? After all, we say we live in a land where men are actually FREE! It would be grand, if the whole world would take this time to come together; and all of us try our best to lay down the hate by the riverside and altogether participate, it would be oh so grand if we would all do it now, showing love to one another, for it’s never too late. After all, things don’t always stay the same, and I’m with my President, “IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE”

    There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. (Hebrews 4:9)

    by Pearl M. Jenkins>11/03/2009

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  85. 08/21/2010

    “A Letter To MLK (beyond the grave)”

    Dear Martin Luther Kng Jr.

    You led us off with that old spiritual hymn: “We Shall Overcome” hug your wife Coretta snd tell her the former slaves anscestors won!

    Guess what dear Martin? We overcame, for it’s 01/20/09, and we have a newly elected President who shouts out loud: “It’s Time For A Change!”

    You stood for peace and didn’t want us to have any violence in our demostrations,you just wanted us to stand for what was right, so that we could become one nation. When Barack Obama won, it was a wonderful sight! The races came together, that was a warm sensation.

    All the world and it’s nation’ changed right before our eyes; Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Asian, and Native Americans, hugged lauged and cried,and your former friend Jesse Jackson had tears in his eyes.

    You can be proud of your people though, Red, Yellow, black brown and White, there were no looting nor violence in sight. some of the world prayed to God, that Obama would win, and as we know there’s nothing impossble for Him! (GOD)

    With God’s help, Obama won! Give two thumbs up to the newly elected President, Barack Hussein Obama for a workman’s job well done.
    by Pearl M. Jenkins>01/21/09

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  86. 08/24/2010
    Raymond W Holman Jr

    I continue to ask people to post a comment. I continue to support President Obama. I continue to ask people to ask themselves this one question. Why was this photojournalistic image captured of this President?

    Secondly I ask myself this question, why was I the one to capture the image. My only answer to the second question is, I followed my own INTUITION on Saturday October 11, 2008.

    Manohar continue to follow your own INTUITION. Continue to follow the Light. OM.

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  87. 08/24/2010
    Manohar

    People are being challenged, focus is required. The Light has been mentioned through out time.

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  88. 08/25/2010
    Raymond W Holman Jr

    There was a time when President Obama was in kindergarten learning his ABC’s. He became the first black president of the United States of America. We all have that same “Light” within us.

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  89. 08/25/2010
    Raymond W Holman Jr

    I went to a small business located in North Philadelphia two days ago to do a business transaction. The local electric company had just arrived to turn off his service due lack of payment. I was thinking how many times that had happened to people in the last four years. I when back yesterday to see how he was doing. He was waiting for the service people to come back to turn the electricity back on. He had paid the bill. We talked I said keep moving, forward the “Light” that dwells within each of US. On this level of awareness nothing last forever. Bad times are followed by GOOD times.

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  90. 08/26/2010
    Raymond W Holman Jr

    I was having a conversation this morning with someone. He was talking about from Darkness to the Light and That which dwells between those two states. OM.

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  91. 08/28/2010
    leslie pinkney at

    this photo depicts an image of our president in the light a reflection of hope of change an image that our children need to see an image that signals a certain positive influence on us all.

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  92. 09/1/2010
    Shasta Bady

    Raymond,

    This image is powerful. Radiate.

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  93. 09/1/2010
    Leslie

    MY THOUGHTS ON THE FIRST DAY I SAW PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAK.

    There he was standing on the stage no more than 200 feet from the front door of my business. It was so surreal him standing there 10:30 that morning over looking a crowd of hundreds in Progress Plaza the first and oldest Black owned shopping plaza in the country. Where some other great men stood talking about Change. Leon Sullivan, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali. I felt so proud, proud to be black, proud to be one of the first business owner’s in my family trying to make a difference. Thinking how difficult a journey it is going to be for him to become and succeed as President of the United States. Relating his Path to mine, to be successful in my endeavors.

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  94. 09/1/2010
    Roni Green

    I love this picture. It is so powerful and I was very proud to work on the Obama campaign. I remember when I first met him in Cleveland before becoming President of the United States and hearing him deliver a speech, he made me think of how my parents must have felt when they had John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, I walked away with a feeling of hope, amazement, in love with the dream that things were really going to get better. I also walked knowing that if we EVER had or was going to get a African American President, this was the man! Not a doubt in my mind. Thank you Raymond for capturing the powerful stance of our President in the “Touched by the Light” photograph. You, too, are amazing!!

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  95. 09/8/2010
    raymond W Holman Jr

    I followed my conscious today and went to a Governor Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee presentation at Penn University in Philadelphia Pa. Gave out some “Touched By The Light” posters. The response was positive. We move forward always forward. No matter want.

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  96. 09/16/2010
    raymond W Holman Jr

    The “Touched By The Light” movement is going forward in Philadelphia Pa, North and South Jersey and Ohio.

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  97. 09/21/2010
    kandis

    i love that the light is on his chest.

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  98. 09/21/2010
    emily

    if ever you can capture one’s humanness through a photograph, it has been captured here.

    his light was and still is very much needed in this country.

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  99. 09/28/2010
    Manohar

    I shot an assignment for a very large law firm in Philadelphia recently. It was a high profile case. My invoice never reached the proper person for payment for some reason. I received a phone call from an administrative assistant asking me to fax a copy to her. The next day I called to verify she received it, she stated she had and would put it in for payment once one of the senior partners sighed off on it. I called this morning to verify the invoice was being processed. I had to leave a message on her voice box, she returned my call shortly there after asking me if I wanted to check the check up it was ready. This is my point I called this person three times and left a message to please call me back, three times she called me back within a hours.
    I felt like I was dealing with an angel when I was speaking to her. I told her she was a rare human being (an angle). This morning I felt like I was being “Touched By The Light”. That was my experience a couple of hours ago. OM

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  100. 09/28/2010

    Light is the entity. It comes from above, down, inside out. “Touched By The Light”,captures that for me. The light seems to be embracing and emanating, simultaneously. Raymond, thank you for sharing this with me.

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  101. 10/23/2010

    Thanks a lot for the informative posts guys, have been following your blog for the past several months while trying to lose weight for my wedding on the Cambridge diet and it’s going really great. I’m down about 20 pounds in the past couple of months and this website has really inspired me to keep trying. Fantastic work.

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  102. 11/11/2010
    manohar

    People are being challenge, keep moving. Believe in the “Light”, Manohar.

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  103. 12/7/2010
    Manohar

    Displacement. Must follow the “Light”. Everything that exist is the same. No need to debate it’s a waste of time. That’s what the GREAT ONES say.

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  104. 12/7/2010
    Manohar

    Correction no displacement. Only One thing exist.

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  105. 12/29/2010
    Manohar

    President Obama is rebounding. That is such as the Light.

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  106. 01/7/2011
    Manohar

    This comment was sent to me recently. “Thank you! What a wonderful photo. Seeing it on facebook doesn’t give it justice. You can really see the beams of light so much better in person. Again thanks so much! Spreading the light.

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  107. 01/7/2011
    Manohar

    Always believe in the Light. It is written about consistently in all the great teachings.

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  108. 01/8/2011
    Kevin A. Fassett

    This is truly a “Work of Art”. I am also touched & reminded by the Vision Statement. “It encourages us to slowly seize and savor the opportunity of each moment……” Today is not promised by The Light.

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  109. 01/14/2011
    Thad Govan, Jr.

    Light: What beautiful inspiration! If we all look for the light in everything we touch, do, and aspire for, wouldn’t that be marvelous? I sense a wonderful, powerful “becoming” that began to envlope us about the time of Obama’s election. That “becoming” spoke to attributes we all learned as children: respect for others, kindness, generosity of spirit, truth, gentleness in our reaction to the earth, and acceptance of the difference in people. These are all aspects of “light” that drove an overwhelming number of people to the “Obama movement” in the first place. Let us continue in that “light” as we continue “going ahead”

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  110. 01/15/2011
    Manohar

    You have the good karma to be born in the this human body Manohar use it to experience the “Light”, that dwells within you. Sit down and meditate no matter what. Time is moving fast.

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  111. 01/15/2011
    Manohar

    OM

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  112. 01/16/2011

    Thanks for the TBTL poster. It is a provocative image and generates conversations on so many levels – who recognizes that each of us is touched by the light? how ready are we to move forward into the light? how do we support others as they are being touched by the light?

    Thanks for encouraging us to be enlightened!

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  113. 01/19/2011
    Manohar

    There are moments when the mind says “stop I can’t stand it any longer”, but something else says “Manohar move forward”. So I move forward this is a brand new day. OM

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  114. 01/21/2011
    carol trotman

    I saw and listened to Barack Obama speak that day. It was the 2nd rally at Vernon Park, Phila, maybe an hour after this picture was taken. I distinctly remembered how happy Barack Obama was when he walked unto the podium that day, happier than I had ever seen him- I met, hugged and shook hands with him on three other occasions- there was something special about him that day- it was as if he knew that he would win the election. I remember that it was one of those bright clear days. The sun was bright in a clear sky. I remember how he looked as he danced unto the podium. I sensed and felt something new and powerful. Now I know what it was – he had been Touched By The Light. I always believed that he was born to fulfil his destiny of being the leader of the world. He is the anointed one.

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  115. 01/26/2011
    Manohar

    At school learning Final Cut Pro for video I have to do it in order to move forward. Stay close to the Light Manohar.

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  116. 02/7/2011
    Vincent Morello

    Congratulations, Ray, on capturing an image that is timeless and uplifting to all. You document the interaction of person and spirit. Your words are the perfect compliment to your image. It would be great if one of these images were in every school in America.

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  117. 02/14/2011

    Recently added video to my blog at http://www.1raymondwholmanjr.wordpress.com
    in an effort to more completely share views by interested parties.

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  118. 02/21/2011
    raymond

    “Sadhana” and “Touched By The Light” are merging.

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  119. 03/10/2011
    Manohar

    I went to an office last week to drop off one of the posters. I told the person at the front desk it was a very unique image. The person said to me “if it is not a image of her it can not be unique”. I unrolled it so she could view it, her response was “uh” she said “it sent chills thru her”. I said I often hear that. It was the “Touched By The Light”, of Obama. True story

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  120. 04/1/2011
    Manohar

    I am fighting for this.

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  121. 04/1/2011
    Manohar

    I walk in the rain for miles at night to get home.

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  122. 04/1/2011

    I interviewed Ms Ethel Nichols a couple of weeks ago, regarding the Obama image she saw the light coming out of Obama as well as to him. Ms Nichols play a large part in helping Dr Martin Luther King’s birthday become a national holiday. She and friends of started a signature petition in Philadelphia Pa.

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  123. 05/4/2011
    Leslie

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  124. 06/3/2011

    We absolutely love your blog and find many of your post’s to be just what I’m looking for. Do you offer guest writers to write content available for you? I wouldn’t mind writing a post or elaborating on a number of the subjects you write regarding here. Again, awesome web site!

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    • 06/3/2011

      Please feel free to post on this blog your comments and insights. I am looking forward to reading them. The intention of “Touched By The Light” is divine love. I shared your comment with my business partner, his response was very positive. With high regards Raymond

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    • 01/26/2012
      Manohar

      Feel free.

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  125. 06/16/2011
    Manohar

    Great things happen when a human being is persistent and is for the good of the UNIVERSE.

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  126. 06/16/2011
    Manohar

    I was involved in a fire ritual yesterday with a brahmin priest, it was ancient. I sat by the fire, threw rice into the fire, when it was over I knew there were things I would never be able to do again. Be persistent Manohar , it is for the GOOD. Touched by the fire of the Universe that dwells within each of us and everything. Om Namah Shivaya.

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  127. 06/18/2011
    Manohar

    I am walkIng thru the hall way of a major center city hotel, very young children from a different culture that looks nothing like me are playing hide and seek. A little girl maybe four years old runs to me grabs my hand as if she knows me. I walk down the hall way with her I tell her I have to go in a different direction she ask “why”, I say I have to meet some friends. I had the experience of being “Touched By The Light” of the Oneness of this Universe. She was so open so free. Salutations to the Sadguru.

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  128. 06/21/2011
    Manohar

    Practice moment to moment focus, Monahar. Become aware of the Universe as it truly is, make persistent effort.

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  129. 06/21/2011
    Manohar

    Practice moment to moment focus, Monahar. Become aware of the Universe as it truly is, make persistent effort. Plan.

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  130. 06/22/2011
    Manohar

    Great goals were reached as a result of great effort, Manohar. the “Touched By The Light” movement requirers great and persistent effort. Om Namah Shivaya.

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  131. 06/22/2011

    Thomas Edison tried 10,000 times before the Universe said OK!

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  132. 06/26/2011
    Manohar

    Our ancestors kept moving forward, so will I. There is something that dwells within us. It keeps me moving forward even when I have no idea what is going on. I just know I captured this image and I must work consistently to show it to the world. I need a IT person to contact me.

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  133. 06/30/2011
    Manohar

    The economic conditions in inter-city Philadelphia is not good, it can be emotionally draining to walk thru areas like 52nd and Market Street which is located in West Philadelphia. I have been fighting the desire to shooting video clips of West Philadelphia but the urge is getting stronger by the day. My concern is doing street photography is not as safe as it once was. To many people act like they are wanted by the FBI.

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  134. 07/1/2011
    Manohar

    I am going to document the ghetto called West Philly. There is homeless, death, hookers, a feeling of hopelessness, the smell of urine in certain sections, it is not the West Philly I grew up in. Follow me on http://www.1raymondwholmanjr.wordpress.com

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  135. 07/28/2011
    Manohar

    By Guru’s grace I am learning to live on faith, through fire! As we all know fire burns, Manohar live in faith.

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  136. 07/29/2011

    President Obama is also being tested in the fire. We most never forget light always over comes darkness. “Touched By The Light”.

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  137. 07/29/2011

    I received an e-mail message today regarding the mistreatment of President Obama because he is a black man. The article was written by an older white gentleman. I agree with that statement, United States of America is not ready for a black President. After reading the article I gazed up to the “Touched By The Light”, image and asked the Universe to tell me what to do with it. It has to be a reason why it was captured.

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  138. 08/1/2011

    I went to a memorial service yesterday for a friend who passed away recently. They spoke glowingly of his warm heart, love of freedom, black people and his desire for all black people to be free. It was a beautiful service. During the service the President Obama administration was spoken about in a not so pleasing manner to some maybe. Every person has a right to their own opinion. Here is my take on President Obama in reverse order. President Obama, president-elect Obama, presidential candidate Obama, Senator Obama, community activist Obama, graduate student Obama, college student Obama, middle school Obama, elementary school Obama, in his mother’s womb Obama, in the spirit world Obama preparing to come to this world we live in. It is said we are all the same spirit but we are covered by Maya. We are all spirit fighting for our freedom, the freedom of the awareness of our own true-self. No manner what President Barack Obama does, he could become a black militant we still have to fight for our own freedom it is the law of the Universe. To me President Obama is a blessing to this world we live in. We have to fight for our freedom as spiritual beings no matter what. It is said by the great beings, that fight for FREEDOM is the greatest of all.

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  139. 08/10/2011

    I had a conversation with a friend last night about President Obama, he was very discouraged about the performance of our President. He had hoped, President Obama would be a trend setter, a creator of a new way of handling politics in DC. My thought is, he is the president of the United States at one of the most difficult times in this country’s history, he is the first black president of a country build on the shoulders of slavery. There are a lot of people in this country who are trying to imposing their will in away that is not positive. I believe it is our responsible to fight back using our own free will to create a positive environment can dwell in safely. It is the nature of the Universe to move forward no matter what.

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  140. 09/9/2011

    This photo speaks in volume!!!! wonderful image of CHANGE!!!

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  141. 09/9/2011

    Thank you, it was captured as a result of blessing from the Universe. I believe it was captured to be used for the coming campaign Obama 2012!

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  142. 09/12/2011

    Hello there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

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    • 09/12/2011

      Thank you for visiting my blog and posting a comment. Please tell others about the blog, I am encouraging people to post comments, suggestions on how we as positive, strong beings can change the world in a positive, divine manner. Tell me more about your initiative. the “Touched By The Light” movement. With high regards, Raymond

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  143. 09/14/2011

    Hello! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us so I came to take a look. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Outstanding blog and brilliant design and style.

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    • 09/14/2011

      Thank you for logging on to the blog. My intentions are to use this blog for the good of the Universe so it always feels up lifting to me when a new person posts a comment. With high regards, Raymond

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  144. 09/15/2011
    Manohar

    Are we, creators of our own Universe paying attention to our Inner Self. I use to think if I treated people well, got up each morning and meditated, that would be enough. It once was, it no longer is, there is more to do, more to discover, more to experience in the inner world.

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  145. 09/15/2011
    Manohar

    I am a photographer so I am in the habit of watching body language. It seems I see to many people walking around in the middle of the day in certain sections of the city as if they are in a dazes. No jobs or jobs that pay barely over the legal limit. Human beings most remember who they are, move inward toward the light so you can move forward in the outer world. It is a practice. Practice Manohar.
    Practice Manohar.

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  146. 09/26/2011

    I look at the image and I follow my heart. They say, “God dwells within the heart”. Manohar follow your heart, that is what you did on the day you captured “Touched By The Light”.

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  147. 09/27/2011
    Manohar

    I asked an elementary school teacher to show her students (they range in age from 5 to 9 years old) the “Touched By The Light” image. The following is one of their comments, “It looks like he is touching nature”.

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  148. 09/30/2011

    “He who control images controls everything.” -Robert Townsend. Excellent enlightening uplifting purposed work.

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    • 09/30/2011

      Good morning, thank you for viewing my blog and posting a comment. My intention is to follow uplifting impulses, as that is what happened on the day I captured the image. Please share the blog with others. Salutations to the Universe.

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  149. 10/5/2011

    I read in the Philadelphia Daily Newspaper today, the “Occupy Wall Street” protest is spreading to Philadelphia Pa starting to tomorrow morning October 6, 2011. I talk about faith, the light and focus a lot, I guess sometimes in order to experience the Light you have to experience darkness.

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  150. 10/5/2011

    I have been watching RT television station (35) and am starting to believe Wall Street (big money) IS controlling America at the cost of the non wealthy. If that become a wide based belief in America, What will happen? We must still focus on the Light no matter what. President Obama is the right person for this time in America’s history. But he can not do it alone.

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  151. 10/9/2011

    I went to “Occupy Wall Street” Philadelphia today. I am hopeful the movement will grow. I do believe many more people from all communities need to get involved. There are not enough people of color showing up and supporting “Occupy Wall Street” in Philadelphia. To many seem to be stuck in their world which only expands to around the corner and up the street.

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  152. 10/17/2011

    I did an art show this past weekend to sell my work. It took me awhile to start talking about “Touched By The Light”, but once I did, it was full on 100%. What I said was, “I am here to talk about this image I capture of Obama on October 11, 2008”. The Universe wanted me to capture the and now it is time to put the effort out to get it viewed nation wide.

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  153. 01/14/2012
    Manohar

    The year 2012 is here I am committed to the “Touched By The Light” image. Some people have come and gone. The year 2011 was very challenging, I went thru a period of near homelessness. If it were not for the help of a couple of family members I would have been on the streets. I have learned to focus on the Indweller no matter what. I have learned people I thought were my friends, were not. I have learned to be careful of the company I keep. Both within my own mind and in the outer world. This image of President Obama was captured for a good reason. I keep my faith in it. Your’s truly, Manohar.

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  154. 01/14/2012
    Manohar

    I have learned there is a huge difference from going into a situation and capturing images versus being the individual in the situation. When you drive thru a poor neighborhood, you do not have the experience of being the person living in that neighborhood poor and not able to determine out to get out. You do not smell the environment, the urine, the feeling of hopelessness waiting to grab hold of you, waiting to bring you down if you are not strong enough to fight if off. There were moments when the thought ran thru my mind, “give up”! Then I remembered who I am. I am Manohar the son of God.

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  155. 01/20/2012

    I have a headache. I was tutoring 2nd graders in the Philadelphia School System for two months. A lot of the kids are in trouble with there reading and math skills. Too many are in trouble because of their home life, can not control their emotions, can not focus on school work. They come to school crying. WHAT IS GOING ON! School teachers are not paid enough money for what they deal with in school.

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  156. 01/20/2012
    Manohar

    For some reason the Universe wanted me to be a tutor for a short period of time. I went to school to tell the students I would have to stop. It was hard to do. I noticed some of the students looking at a classmate to the right of me. The boy’s eyes were red, he was fighting back tears. He was not a student I really worked with. I taken back by his response. I had to fight back tears.the “Touched By The Light” movement goes forward. I will continue to capture images. I will use the gift the Universe gave me.

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  157. 01/24/2012
    Manohar

    You can create your reality, mine is one of abundance, peace of mind, good health and a golden mind.

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  158. 01/24/2012
    Manohar

    President Obama will win a second term in office as long as we go out and vote for him. 2012 is a major year in the lifes of the middle class and lower class in America. Fight for abundance.

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  159. 01/24/2012
    Manohar

    I watched today people looking for nickels and pennies so they could move around. I heard a middled age woman say, “it is messed up being poor”. I have a feeling she was not always poor. That it was a new experience. Have faith people. Nothing last forever,

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  160. 01/25/2012
    Manohar

    There are moments when there is nothing to say. Human beings most be strong minded and pure of heart to create a positive life. Life changes in split seconds, people change their mind’s in splits. It is illogical to believe everything stays the same.

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  161. 01/26/2012
    Manohar

    I told someone I was a photographer. I showed them “Touched By The Light”, they said “wow”. They asked if I was going to continue, I said “yes it is the gift God gave me”.

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  162. 01/28/2012
    Doug Thomas

    The Obama Factor: A Journey into the Nature of Consciousness and Change

    Douglas E. Thomas, Ph.D.

    Release date: April 2012

    Preface

    The Obama Factor: A Journey into the Nature of Consciousness and Change is the first book that inquires into the spiritual nature of Barack Obama prior to his political rise to power in the United States. The approach taken by the author to write this book is through the theological and ideological lens of “New Age” or what is presently referred to as “New Thought.” The content of this book was primarily developed from Obama’s autobiography Dreams of my Father and other recent biographies. For it was in his memoirs that were first published in 1995 that Obama’s unguarded ideas of himself and the world were freely discussed. This book is a very creative and imaginative extrapolation of his memoirs. One that unveils and decodes Obama’s true nature and sheds light on the religious and political philosophy that continues to shape his thinking.

    The author systematically explores the nature of religion and spirituality, and how it shaped Obama’s perspectives on life from his early days in Indonesia where he was exposed to Roman Catholicism and Islam; to the epiphany and vision he had at his father’s grave-site in Kenya; to his time in Chicago spent with Reverend Jeremiah Wright. It was in Chicago under the tutelage of Reverend Wright, where he fully embraced African American culture, its historical vision, and the spirituality of the Black Church in general. In particular, it was Obama’s experience with Reverend Wright that allowed him to develop a clear portrait of himself as a black man in the United States. Only after his experiences in Chicago was he then able to reflect on his life and finally begin to find meaning out of the world he was so desperately trying to understand.

    In his book Dreams of my Father, Obama makes numerous statements that clearly place him outside of the traditional confines of religion. Such as, his continuous search to find ways on how best to “heal a malnourished world” and seeing a “new map of the world.” This book carefully explores those ideas from a spiritual or interfaith perspective and concludes that Obama’s rise to power is a universal symbol or microcosm of the energy shift occurring on planet earth. It is this change in consciousness that is currently showering upon us all a heightened sense of awareness. It further encourages the reader to take in this same energy and watch the unimaginable manifest in their life, as it was able to do so with Obama.

    Overall, I am very grateful to the people who assisted me with this project. I especially want to thank the two primary founders of Boricua College in New York City, President Dr. Victor Alicea and Vice President Dr. Maria Montes. Both are responsible for creating a holistic approach to educating that has not only benefited the students at the college, but I have also used many of the humanistic methods to create a structure for writing this work of love. I also want to thank my colleagues and especially my students at Boricua College for allowing me to think out loud and openly discuss some of the ideas expressed in this book with them. They provided me with the kind of support and unconditional love that was necessary for the completion of this project.

    Finally, I want to thank Ms. Tamar Bonne-Annee, Dr. Rachel Ortiz, Ms. Katherine Nelson and Ms. Yvette Stokes who is the founder and president of YS Auxiliary Service for their commitment to my scholarship and me. Each one of these individuals are very busy professionals and yet they assisted me in ways that without their support this project could not have been completed. I cover each one of them in love.

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  163. 01/28/2012

    For over a year the Universe has been waking me up around 3:00AM to meditate. Most of the time I would not get up, I waited until 5:00AM or 6:00AM instead. I knew I should get up but I did not want to! All of the great saints and siddhas meditate between 3:00AM to 6:00AM. I guess the Universe got tried of asking nicely to get up and me not obeying. I am now in a situation where I have no option. I now go to bed at 8:00AM get up at 3:00AM, sit down and meditate for a hour on the Indweller. The Universe knew I would not go out into the world, without first meditating in the morning. The image “Touched By The Light” is the result of over 32 year of me getting up each morning and first mediating in the morning before going out into the world. Salutation to the Universe!

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  164. 02/2/2012
    Manohar

    People Are fighting to make it through hard times. You see it in the man standing at a gas station pump at 4:30am in the dead of winter asking for a quarter if you let him pump your gas.

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  165. 02/3/2012
    Manohar

    I am devoted to the Force that put me in the position to capture this image. I am devoted to getting it viewed around the world.

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  166. 02/6/2012
    Manohar

    Humor is important.

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  167. 02/6/2012
    Manohar

    The great Beings have said complete identification with the INDWELLER is most important. The outer world is constantly changing, nothing last forever. The importantance of Touched By The Light” for me is the awareness that at the moment I captured the image I was listening to the INDWELLER say , “press the shutter button”.

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  168. 02/7/2012
    Manohar

    People, choose to know your own greatness.

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  169. 02/7/2012

    I had an interesting experience in search of the “LIGHT” this morning.

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  170. 02/13/2012

    Picture this scene. You are at a toll booth in your car it is 6:21AM, your toll fare is $1.25 you need to get to work. You dig deep in your pockets for nickels, dimes and pennies. Mostly pennies. With a great happiness and disbelieve you find the coins to pay the fare. You wonder how you created this life of no money.

    Picture this scene. You are aware of the fact you are a GREAT BEING! You have the ability to create your own reality.

    We do it every morning when we get out of bed. We make a decision to get out of the bed and that is what happens. We create everything that happens in our life. The good and bad. Listen to your thoughts. Thoughts create your life experiences. That is what the great beings say.

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  171. 02/23/2012
    Doug Thomas

    The Obama Factor: How Barack Obama Elevated Human Consciousness
    Excerpt
    Release date: April 2012
    Author: Douglas Thomas, PhD

    Chapter 1

    The Obama Factor

    Barack Obama is perhaps the most important political figure in the history of the United States. He symbolizes the shift in cosmic energy that is now occurring throughout the planet. More than any other individual in this country, Obama’s presence does indeed represent the shift in consciousness that is preparing us for the next phase in human growth and development. He is not unique in this regard, but simply the most visible person who became a vehicle for the flow of energy in our universe. This movement of energy has elevated him and human consciousness in general, to one of its highest levels since the last great western awakening that occurred with the Olmec/Myan civilization in Central America. As quickly as the offspring of the Olmec’s disappeared, leaving only a few visible traces behind, Obama also seemed to come out of no-where and was suddenly thrust onto the world stage. Yet, in reality he has been preparing his entire life to assume the position he now occupies. His preparation to assume his current role is primarily due to the nature of his thinking. For eventually we all become our thoughts. In fact, all that we have ever thought is what will manifests in our lives. We can never be no less or anything greater than the thoughts we have of ourselves and the world.1

    Answering the Call
    Some charged Obama as arrogant to write a memoir at such a tender age when he wrote his autobiography, Dreams of my Father. Henry Ferris, editor of Time Books captures the wisdom that drove Obama to write his story as a young man instead of waiting until he accomplished more in life. “He thought enough of himself, that he thought to write his autobiography at age thirty. He knew his story was special, his parentage was interesting. He had that much of a sense of story. I saw him as a person who at that time was in a position to talk about race relations in this country in a way that certainly I can’t and few can. He understands the white world and the black world and he was tossed back and forth between them. That was something that I remember him talking about being in a position to speak about things in way that others couldn’t.” 2

    Another important character trait that distinguished Presidential Candidate Obama in 2008 from his political colleagues and others in general, was the belief he held about himself as a human being. He viewed himself as a person that was inseparably connected to the world and all its inhabitants. Obama also possessed an important political ingredient called audacity—the belief that he could create a life and future for himself in an image that maximized his talents, skills, and gifts. Thus, he kicked off his presidential campaign based on his unique understanding of himself and the universe. His presidential race in 2008 was not at all centered on what he had already accomplished, but he chose to run based on who he was and what he could be. In this regard, Obama was unlike all of his predecessors who ran for president based on previous experience. He entered the race with a focus on “where he came from, how he came to understand himself and ultimately, how he managed to protect his own temperament and personality as a reflection of American ambitions and hopes would be at the center of his rhetoric and appeal.” 3

    At the core of selling himself to the American people was his concept of self. Again, his vision of himself as a human being was not premised upon any prior great accomplishments. “He yet, by any means was not a great man,” said David Remnick. “But he was the promise of greatness.” He would market an idea of himself and his re-created image of a better future to the American people. Clearly Obama understood that the future was directly connected to the past and that one cannot properly move forward without honoring the past. Thus, he kicked off his presidential campaign at one of the most hallow and sacred places in all of America—Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama. This is the same place where Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. officially began his international campaign for peace and justice. King called his campaign a “Creative Battle.” 4 Obama referred to his as one of Change.

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  172. 02/29/2012
    Douglas

    Please see the following link. Review my book, THe Obama Factor: How Barack Obama Elevated Human Consciousness

    https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1097060

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  173. 03/1/2012

    Accomplishing once more exercises around day to day lows will be quite balanced and likewise states immense procedure into the split second along with long term.

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  174. 03/19/2012
    Douglas

    Pissed off at the President of the United States

    Cornel West and Tavis Smiley are pissed off at the President of the United States. No one is quite sure why this is the case. All we know is that they are not happy with how his administration appears to ignore the dismal plight of African Americans.

    Both West and Smiley seem to have good hearts and their focus on the woes facing African Americans appears authentic. However, both of these men seem to have misunderstood the nature of external power. One may not expect Smiley to posses such knowledge of matters that are quite subtle and existential in nature. But West is a philosopher and has been playing the game as a Harvard and Princeton Professor for his entire adult life. He must know the difference between external power and real power. External power is something bestowed upon another by an individual or source that share a similar ideology. On the other hand, authentic power is internal and not dissuaded or influenced by external forces. This was the kind of power exhibited by Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. and Malcolm X.

    West and Smiley must understand that the President of the United States operates from within the realm of external power. He cannot do as he pleases and is forced to work from within certain boundaries and constraints. West should be ashamed of himself to believe that President Obama has the power to solve the dilemma facing the African American community. Even if he did have the power to make their situation improve overnight it would be a mistake to vanquish their problems by simply waving a wand. We are all here to experience life and to learn certain lessons that are necessary for our growth and development. No has the right to take that away from another person. We are called to work out our own salvation first and then we will have the power to create a beautiful community.

    President Obama did not come here to save anyone except himself and to share the gifts he has been given to deposit into the earth. I think that he is doing a great job carrying out his life assignment. No one has the right to judge another human being because we all have a unique calling. West and Smiley can make better use of their time by discovering their vocation and carrying out the beautiful work they were assigned. I am certain that they were not called to bash the President.

    Douglas E Thomas, Ph.D.

    Author of The Obama Factor: How Barack Obama Elevated Human Consciousness
    April 2012

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  175. 03/26/2012

    Today I was told I should lower my standards charge lower rates. Does that mean I should on purpose capture unrefined images also. My answer to all three is NO.

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  176. 03/26/2012
    Herman Snyder

    Bless you and may the power of the most High, the Invisible, the Eternal Almighty Creator continue to guide you direct you. Reading through the posted comments from the beginning to now is an inspiring journey. All the contributors are a blessing!

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  177. 04/28/2012

    It is important that people make certain they have the proper I.D. in advance of the 2012 presidential elections. The recent primary elect in Philadelphia shows the republicans are very aggressive in blocking the votes of low income and minority voters. You can be blocked to vote by ordinary people on election day if all of your bases are not covered.

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  178. 05/7/2012

    I was on the auspicious grounds of Lincoln University this past weekend and heard words of wisdom. Both from people who spoke and from within. Manohar the time is now. Continue to live fearlessly.

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  179. 05/7/2012

    Beware of the company your mind keeps. Your mind creates your life. Life is moving quickly Manohar, use the rest of your time wisely. That which you thought was true was not. Seek the company of the inner world. The land of the Blue Pearl.

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  180. 05/11/2012

    Everything is about sadhana Manohar. Time is slipping by. The last moment of life is coming. Finish what you started.

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  181. 06/23/2012

    I come in contact with a lot of people now days. It is a learning experience and very energy draining. It forces me to keep moving forward. Working on starting a new image capture project. I need to figure out how to approach the subject and exactly why I what to shoot it. It is an inner city street project I have to give it a lot of thought.

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  182. 07/29/2012

    Vote to better your own life!

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  183. 08/18/2012

    I am low of energy, but I keep moving forward. Motivated by this image I captured and the belief it was captured for a higher reason. That at the present time I do not understand. Have faith Manohar.

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  184. 08/24/2012

    I stopped to get gasoline right before I entered the New Jersey Turnpike this morning at 7:30AM. The first thing I noticed was the gas stations employees who were all pumping gas. There were three of them. They were all old white guys. The thought went thru my mind. Why are these guys working this type of job. They should be retired but they are here working a low paying job more than likely to make ends meet.

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  185. 08/24/2012

    I received good news this morning. Manohar keep moving towards the Light. Follow the passion of this captured image. Which was created by the Lords of the Universe.

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  186. 08/26/2012

    Focus on the Light, pass thru the Human Experience. Vote to change your own life. Pull up your pants.

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  187. 08/31/2012

    I am going to the DNC to sell Touched By The Light posters. I will find a street corner if I have to. I have no other option. I can only move forward and hold onto faith. I will go to the convention Thursday evening to listen to President Obama.

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  188. 09/3/2012

    In a few days I will head south to the DNC. Following a dream. An inter impulse to show “Touched By The Light” to people. Round trip it is about 1000 miles. I will drive alone but the Universe. It will be a great trip!

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  189. 09/7/2012

    I was in Charlotte NC for the DNC spoke to people about the image I captured of Obama. I was interviewed by a journalist from Brazil. I had a ticket to see President Obama speak last night. But due to poor weather the DNC moved it indoors. So I was unable to see him in person. My intention is to move forward. I walked so many miles yesterday carrying my portfolio case and a table it was crazy. I almost reached my physical limited. I really did not have time to eat while I was there. I had to drop down to living moment by moment.

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  190. 09/8/2012

    I am very uplifted by the speeches of The First Lady Obama, Bill Clinton and President Obama. I was listening to President Obama on the radio as I drove back from the 2012 DNC. If I recall correctly he said “the change is you”. That touched a high cord in me. Because I believe it is true, if we want a better life we have to change. We as beings with “free wil” have the ability to create our own life. It can be very challenging at times. I know from my own experience first hand. But if we continue to move forward and focus on the Light we will become aware of our own greatness! Vote for your own greatness.

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  191. 09/18/2012

    If you really look. This world is action and reaction. And it is all mental. A wise person will look at President Obama and say to themselve, “if he can become president of the United States”, I can accomplish great and wonderful goals also. Manohar be the wise person.

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  192. 09/18/2012

    Have you ever thought about the types of jobs people have? Have you ever thought about doing work you hate to do. And you spend half your your time there? I once had a job like that. Move towards joy Manohar.

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  193. 09/21/2012

    I never paid attention to the many ways human beings try to make a living in this world until I took on the role of a turnpike toll collector for a short period in my life. I am sitting in Central Park in New York City. There is a job here are people offering rides on three wheel bicycle rigs.

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  194. 09/24/2012

    I was introduced to a person by the name of Jan Frazier (an ordinary human being) this pass weekend. She published a book titled, “When Fear Falls Away”. Buy the book and read it. Many people are dealing with fear in their life, it need not be. Follow the Light.

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  195. 10/8/2012

    I was surprised last week when President Obama performed so poorly during the presidential debates. I do not no if that the plan or what. It can not happen again. Some say he is tired from three years of fighting with the opposition. If that is so he must re-energize himself.

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  196. 10/12/2012

    I watched the Vice Presidental debate last night. Vice President Biden did his part. He was aggressive. Manohar do your part be aggressive in pursue of “Touched By The Light”. Pursue peace and abundance.

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  197. 10/28/2012

    The 2012 Presidential election is soon. President Obama must win again. More importantly focus is required by me. My time is running fast. There are a few thing I want to complete, afterwards I am leaving.

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  198. 11/1/2012

    The Presidential election day is drawing near. It is very important that the black community @ 100% vote.

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  199. 11/1/2012

    President Obama recently received praise from Republican Gov. Christie of New Jersey, in his handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy which torn up the east coast of United States less than ten days before the 2012 presidential elections. He told the nation, ” President Obama gave him his cell number and told him to directly call him”, (President Obama) if he needed help.

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  200. 11/7/2012

    Watching the presidential election results on TV. Tension! United States is a divided country.

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  201. 11/9/2012

    President Obama won a second term.

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  202. 11/9/2012

    Millions of Black men need to standup in America. President Obama is the FIRST Black president of United States. (2008). During his first term the “others” and lots of us were on him like white on rice! He could have given up. He did not. He just won a second term. What lesson can be learned. Never give up. Focus and refocus. This goes for you Manohar. When you get caught up in some crazy fight to get OUT! Even if it seems to take forever. Even if you misplace your faith. Go find it. Sit down, meditate. On this planet the gift given to you is photography. Your guide is the GURU. OM

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  203. 11/9/2012

    There where moments when my mind said “GIVEUP”!!! Over and over and over again. I had to fight to Witness it. Why those thoughts came? I have no idea. Past life karma? I do not know. Focus on the Light. Manohar

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  204. 11/12/2012

    For a short, but too long of time I was a toll collector on the turnpike. I had stopped believing I was a professional photographer. It was not a good time, it was the first time in my life I actually hated a job. I found the courage to QUIT it. I share that little insight because one day I was at that job and a scene happened. I saw a co-worker and someone go into the toll booth next to mine. The next moment I hear this ranging scream of pain from a human being. The two people come out of the booth with the woman who was working in there. She was in mental torment. I later found out her 14 year old son dropped dead playing basketball. I never saw her again until yesterday. When I ran into her at a movie theater. We waved to each other, I walked up to her, I could see the tears in her eyes. Let me say this at this point, I did not really know this woman. She stood up and I held her. She cried. Sat back down cried some more. I grabbed her arm to have her stand back up which she did and I held her a second time. We sat down together, I tried to comfort her I knew there was nothing I could say to erase her pain, (and said that to her) she agreed. She was in mental darkness. She can not understand why her only son, the love of her LIFE was taken from her. I do not understand either. But I do know this. Earlier that morning I was in New York City, I made a decision to come back to Philadelphia. And I realize that 100 mile journey was suppose to happen so I could comfort the woman for a short period of time. I doubt I will ever see her again. LIFE IS MOMENT TO MOMENT.

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  205. 11/12/2012

    There was once a woman in my life I loved. She left, I almost lost my mind. I had to learn to live MOMENT TO MOMENt. And be every alert. OM.

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  206. 11/14/2012

    A couple of mornings a week I mentor second graders. I see one young man with the same problem I had as a student, lack of focus. There is always a lesson to be learned Manohsr. Stay focused and help others.

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  207. 11/19/2012

    I was talking to a friend yesterday by President Obama. He won a second term in office. About 52% of the country was happy. Lots of people were disappointed with his first term in office. Some people thought he was too soft. Too nice. I am one of them. I realize he had a tough job. First Black president of the United States, a Black man. A trail blazer that is a steep mountain to climb in this country. I think he has learned a lesson. You can not be soft with the Republican party. They eat human beings alive. That also applies on the lower ring of society. On a daily bases people are carrying heavy lots. Their actions can seem strange. What is pretty and handsome may be ugly and terrifying. It is the way of the outer world. Try to focus on the positive. President Obama will do a much better job during his second term in office.

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  208. 12/4/2012

    I have been complaining to myself I spend too much time alone. Get over it Manohar. Have you looked at the condition of the Outer world. Remember you are an active Light seeker. Remember your Self than go out into the World again.

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  209. 12/12/2012

    I just heard my mind think “I am afraid.” Right after that I heard “Do not be afraid Maonhar.” I will follow the light.

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  210. 12/13/2012

    I use to be very quite. After this project is over I want to go back there. I believe the only reasons I am making commenting on my blog is because of the image I captured of Obama in 2008 and the “Portraits of Caregivers”, project I worked on in 2007. I had to start talking to get the word out about what I am feeling and doing. Both projects are very important to me.

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  211. 12/20/2012

    If it is true everything is prearranged. Than the capturing of the image was prearranged. On my part I had to make the decision to be there. Because free will must be considered.

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  212. 12/25/2012

    On 12/24/12 at 9:19PM I sold a “Touched By The Light” poster to Sally. We spoke about the greatness of President Obama, about Faith, about Divine Purpose, about prearranged meetings and events before we came here. OM

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  213. 12/26/2012

    I am ready for 2013. The past four years were a learning experience for me. At times I misplaced my focus. For a period of time I was a toll collector (the worst job in my life, I felt like a paid slave). I am thankful for the grace it did bring. It cleared the way for me to see.”I am a professional photographer”. I took the position because I was overcome by FEAR. And I lost faith in my own SELF. I wanted healthcare coverage which I happened had in five years. Which I still do not have. It is exciting to get up to meditate in the early morning again. I have strong ideas for my photography. OM.

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  214. 01/7/2013

    She thought I was out of photography. Yes. On the day I die. Great Gods of Photography grant my wish! You gave me the gift. Allow me to use it at full force. Now. OM.

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  215. 01/10/2013

    We often receive grace and do not recognize it.

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  216. 01/11/2013

    Sadhana.

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  217. 01/21/2013

    On the bus to DC.

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  218. 01/22/2013

    I was in DC yesterday. My intention was to sell 20 “Touched By The Light”, posters. And capture good images of the people attending. I sold all 20 and I captured good images. I will start uploading them later today. OM Namah Shivaya.

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  219. 01/23/2013

    The great sages say . Ask yourself, “who am I and why am I here?”

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  220. 01/27/2013

    Appreciating the dedication you put into your blog and in depth information
    you provide. It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted
    rehashed information. Fantastic read! I’ve saved your site and I’m including your RSS feeds
    to my Google account.

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  221. 01/27/2013

    I am going thru transformation. I can not go left or right or back it seems. Only forward. So with that thought in Mind I ask for the Guru’s grace. OM Namah Shivaya.

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  222. 02/9/2013

    Everything is cool.

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  223. 02/12/2013

    I did not feel like getting up this morning at 4:00am to go to the Center. But I did any way. Before I left home I sat down to meditate. It was beautiful. This is my path I have sadhana to do. The meditation I do is great for the healing of my Soul. Life on the planet Earth is wearing so something is needed to heal the wounds. Being in touch with your inner Self off sets the battle scars.

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  224. 02/23/2013

    I use to watch movies and think they had no connection to me. I was wrong. Everything is connected.

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  225. 03/1/2013

    The energy to follow is the energy of self love.

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  226. 03/24/2013

    Manohar. You live in freedom.

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  227. 03/27/2013

    Sometimes.

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  228. 03/27/2013

    Sometimes it seems you have to dig very deep for long periods of time.

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  229. 04/11/2013

    The light still shines.

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  230. 04/17/2013

    Always focus on the “Light”. Manohar

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  231. 05/14/2013

    A framed poster was recently auction off for $570.00.

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  232. 06/3/2013

    At this time I am ready to do my breakfast, once having my breakfast coming again to read
    further news.

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  233. 08/18/2013

    Was at The Lincoln University yesterday. I have always loved being on that campus.

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  234. 08/19/2013

    I am having this experience of love, have been since about 1:15P.M. Yesterday, it is deep. I do not understand. I can not wait to get back home.

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  235. 08/28/2013

    I did not make it to the March on Washington DC. We are all Devine Beings, we must never forget that.

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  236. 09/9/2013

    There are problems in America. Poor education options the public school systems, high unemployment or underemployment, etc. But I believe it would be worse if the republicans had won the last presidential election.

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  237. 09/9/2013

    The purpose of this blog is to capture images of events I see. And share them with the hope they may in some way up lift this Universe. I have also made a commentment to share the options of others here. I may not always agree with what is sent, I am willing to post most of what is sent. Please keep in mind this blog is for the Love of the Universe. And I reserve the right to disprove any comment which preaches hate. Lets Love each other. I believe at times human beings harm each other because of harmful things that have happened to them in the past. Please keep in mind at every moment of our life’s we have the opportunity to follow the high ground. I repeat at every moment in each person’s life we have the opportunity to follow the Higher Ground. This Universe, according to the Great Realized Being say this Universe was created out of Love. May we all seek to connect with that Love. May we all focus on that Love. May we all learn to Love each other one moment at a time no matter how hard it is.

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  238. 09/9/2013

    I am praying the United States does not attack Syria.

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  239. 09/13/2013

    In 2007 when I started this blog I thought it would take about four years for the economy to turn around. They say it is getting better. New car sales are up, new homes sales are raising. But I think that is only for a select group of people. If you do not have the education for the hot jobs, you are in trouble. 2013 in America is starting to remind me of a futuristic country where there are the have and have nots. I never thought I would think this way. Amazing, Manohar.

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  240. 09/13/2013

    The experience of freedom is important. The awareness of the power of thought is important. Manohar, remember that.

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  241. 09/13/2013

    Just because the world appears a certain way it does not mean you have to be that way.

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  242. 09/13/2013

    Manohar. Get caught up in the energy of the Inner World. The World that exist between the thoughts.

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  243. 09/13/2013

    Manohar. It seems you almost never want to ho home for some reason. Remember that is where the roof is over your head. That is where you sit down and mediate every morning. That is where you cook your own food that is where the walls protect you from the cold wind. OM Namah Shivaya.

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  244. 09/16/2013

    I would like to hear other people’s thoughts on the Syrian War. I am watching the tv program 60 Minutes.

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  245. 12/29/2013

    If I had been able to stay in the GapI would not have experienced loneness. Learn to live in the Gap Manohar.

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  246. 01/17/2014

    A new year has begun. I look forward to what it brings. As I live in the moment. Such is the promise of those touched by the light.

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  247. 01/17/2014

    My outlook on life has changed. Every moment is important. Moments once used can not called back. Manohar use your time wisely. Seek your own true Self.

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  248. 02/1/2014

    On my way to New York to meet some new people. Would not mind spending a year there working on my photography.

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  249. 02/1/2014

    I watched an interesting film last night by the name of Brother John. People thought he was a problem maker but he was actually an angel.

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  250. 03/28/2014

    The world is as you see it. You would do yourself good not to see it thru TV.

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  251. 04/4/2014

    Once I did not have the courage to move away and stay away from Philadrlphia in 2004. Once I did not have the courage to get on an airplane and fly to India in 2002. This time I fear not. Manohar.

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  252. 04/22/2014
    Herman D. Snyder

    Amazing grace guides and inspires -“TBTL” is most purposeful…

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  253. 07/9/2014

    Manohar always live in the moment. Have you noticed when you do challenges are handled with peace.

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  254. 07/15/2014

    Manohar no matter what hope and faith must be kept strong. You are a photographer for a great purpose. You meditate for a great purpose. Manohar continue to meditate continue to develop hope and faith.

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  255. 07/28/2014

    As a person who has meditated on a daily bases for a hour each morning for the past 34 years. I have recently realized I also have a need to meditate in the evening. The negativity that is broadcasted via the media and other sources is such that I use the evening meditation to offset that negativity.

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  256. 07/29/2014

    Faith and Hope are important in life.

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  257. 08/6/2014

    I was just looking at the image of President Obama. One day it will be seen by millions of people. That is it’s intention. That is why it wanted to be captured. We only think we are this body with this mind and it’s thought. The great beings of the Universe tell us we are not. They say we are without limitation. We are greater than the greatest.

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  258. 09/2/2014

    Pure hope and faith. That is what I have to live by. That is the challenge. The man most survive!

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  259. 10/15/2014

    To get caught up in your own silly thoughts is silly. And unproductive.

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  260. 12/5/2014

    Over 65 million people voted for President Obama in the last 2012 election.

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  261. 01/3/2017

    Sent on January 1, 2017 12:12:05 AM Written by Herman D Snyder III

    Twelve thirty-one sixteen -‘the end is imminent;
    8 years the increment. Looking back considerin’
    the pros, cons, and benefits…
    Though well short of “hope and change’s” expectations,
    the reality still amazes.
    Of A nation built by racists
    on the backs of blacks and victimization
    came a man of both races;
    African and Caucasian,
    Intelligent and engaging;
    Harvard education,
    clean cut and clean shaven,
    had us contemplatin’
    -the result of generations’
    -hard work and hard prayin.
    -Maybe partial payment
    for so many days of enslavement…
    But looking back the evidence be
    “White House residency”
    and “presidency”
    lack relevancy
    -if the man’s intent is actually to be addressin me.
    The going rate for re-election:
    voting rights act’s protections,
    and black boys’ subjection
    to contaminated injections.
    It seems it’s all a ruse,
    Bland & Rice received abuse,
    but then in the news
    -it’s ill to hear the truth.
    they stopped to pick up food for dillan roof
    and labeled the goon a “troubled” youth
    -for this there’s no excuse.
    Barack had good intentions…. -well maybe.
    But when a homemade plane landed on the lawn, it’ll drive a brother crazy.
    Secret Service in colombia abandoned they’ post;
    the underlyin message ain’t that they were chasing them hos.
    Just another subtle reminda
    “u can get touched -cuz ain’t no body behind ya.”
    In the end, u gotta be willing to risk it all.
    No compromisin -u gotta have the courage, u gotta have the gall.
    Not like X, MLK or Khalid Muhammad, they created this guy “he killed osama bin laden.”
    This man wasn’t built for the challenge, and so for THEM he did it right.
    He was built to talk, built to sell, but not at all built to fight.
    As I reflect on a picture I saw of him once,
    I see the continuation of our plight, I realize he’s been touched by something, but not yet by the light.

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  262. 01/3/2017
    Les Heyward

    Poem is right on and to the point. I only like to change and disagree with the last line.

    I see the continuation of our plight, I realize he’s been touched by something, but as he leaves the White House so does leave the LIGHT!!!

    Light is being replaced by DDT which was outlawed in the late 50’s.

    Dangerous Donald Trump.

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