Posted September 15, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
“But when two people are at one in their inmost hearts, they shatter even the strength of iron or of bronze. And when two people understand each other in their inmost hearts, their words are sweet and strong, like the fragrance of orchids.”
– I Ching or Book of Changes (12th Century B.C.)
Combining spirituality and activism is a delicate kind of endeavor, as one comes upon the clash of ideas which have varying amounts of anger, righteous indignation, calls for criminal accountability, brotherly love, sharing of natural resources in a fair and equitable way, levels of forgiveness etc.
With the tremendous amount of information available now to men and women of every country on Earth, the realities of events which have taken place through history are well-known by an unprecedented percentage of the human race. This awareness is exemplified in the reactions people now have to reports of CIA coups, the overthrow of democratically elected leaders and their governments, of “everyone knows that” and “tell me something new”.
This awareness has become exemplified by 9% of the American people in favor of military strikes against Syria-91% of the people are against military escalation in Syria and the Middle East. One would be out of alignment with truth to underestimate the great significance of this phenomenon in America and around the Earth, in all countries. One can argue that this phenomenon is not a result of any type of spiritual evolution of the human race. One can argue that this worldwide awareness of the negative consequences of more war and killing, more bombs for peace, more war is peace, is evidence of a spiritual evolution occurring before the eyes of humanity.
Now the question humanity faces is how to bridge the ideas and thoughts of those who hold the view that events occurring on Earth are separated from spiritual content, to the ideas and thoughts of those who hold the view that current events are directly linked by a spiritual content, the raising of collective human consciousness.
We think of historic figures who possessed a certain level of awareness of things spiritual-people like Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, and many somewhat lesser-known others. What do we find when we try to understand the common motivating force-what drove the energy and actions of those responsible for igniting any significant social changes for the better? For the good of all?
Some point out that every person comes into this world of physicality from a realm of pure spirit, hopefully carrying out what some call their “soul contract”, an agreement to experience a life with pre-determined parents, localities, status, and significant life events to learn higher truths, or come across spiritual wisdom in various ways. One could look at the idea of “soul contracts” and immediately consider it over the top New Age fantasy. Many consider the concept of reincarnation in the same light, as the product of minds grasping for truth in a utopian, uninformed, over-simplified way.
To state the obvious, there are many and various views on events now occurring around the Earth, from the physical dimension viewpoint and the spiritual dimension viewpoint. Events in Syria and the Middle East have seen the bubbling up of a massive number of these various views, thoughts, and suggestions from both the physical and spiritual realm perspectives. One can see in their mind’s eye a gigantic television screen with thousands of faces on it, each speaking on the Syria crisis, the Middle East region, aspects of the current situations and circumstances for humanity in the year 2013.
No person can predict with accuracy how the worldwide discussion will go ahead-which views, voices and suggestions become screened out of the talks, leaving only the ideas which will result in the greatest good for the greatest number of people on this Earth. The following video from unity.org, made to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Peace on September 21, 2013, represents a few of the many thousands of faces with views, voices and suggestions on that gigantic television screen.
The human race will decide if the ideas presented get screened out, or will flow through the screen to become accepted as real possibilities for the greatest good of all.
- Winnipeg’s Peace Day celebration expands from one day to week of activities (metronews.ca)
- Peace in Action (part 1) by Suna Senman (UTS’87) (utsalumni.org)
- Prayer as Action for Peace (intothebardo.wordpress.com)
- Music Together(R) to Celebrate United Nations International Day of Peace with Worldwide Events Featuring Children Singing “May All Children” Around the Globe September 21 (hispanicbusiness.com)
- Peace Day September 21, 2013 (balletmoxie.wordpress.com)
- Vatican: 100,000 attend Syria peace vigil (cnsnews.com)
- Vatican estimates 100000 attend Syria peace vigil – Fox News (foxnews.com)