Soul Connections ~ Bridge to Peace
Gently get into a quiet, meditative Soul Space of healing power.
“Together, let us dissolve the boundaries
and experience the gift of peace!”
I believe that we were meant to live joyful lives exploring the wonders of self, the excitement of interpersonal relationships and the exquisite beauty of the world, the Universe and everything!
Yet for our human family in the 21st century, it is not always possible to achieve this because our differences get in the way – differences of culture, skin colour and religion. And while these differences do give us great pleasure when we sample the cuisine and the arts and crafts from around the world, we falter when it comes to real (authentic) interpersonal connections.
The crippling legacy of religious wars, racism and ethnic cleansing over the centuries is our present xenophobia about people who look and think differently from us. And today, at the level of individuals and nations, these fears give rise to yet more violence and war in a weary, seemingly never-ending cycle. The problem is that in the middle of a conflict when we feel that the core of our beings, our way of life or our personal freedom is being threatened, we often feel that we have only one option – to lash out in violence verbally or physically.
But we do have other options. Let me tell you a story about two people in desperate conflict, who ultimately choose a different option, and with that choice, broke the cycle…
When their paths crossed, they both carried with them the traumatic legacy of their ancestors as well as their own personal fears spawned from past experience. He, fleeing in desperation to avoid capture by the police after an accidental shooting, ran into a suburban house and took its lone occupant, a female, hostage. She, frightened by the sudden intrusion and terrified of being killed by this hyper-talking, gun-waving fugitive, found herself facing yet another traumatic onslaught to an already fragile psyche.
As hour after hour of the siege continued with the captor and hostage trapped in the house by the surrounding police, she began to notice that certain things about her desperate captor did not quite add up. For in the midst of showing aggression, he showed compassion as he instinctively took her to the sink to run water over her injured arm. Also, he was genuinely captivated by the mobiles in her young son’s room, tapping them and watching them move with childlike delight. And, discovering the turtle her young son kept, shared with her wistful memories of the turtles he had had when he was a young boy himself.
Intrigued and emboldened by these observations, she initiated a dialog with him, slowly drawing him out in an effort to avert tragedy for both of them. As they talked, she found the commonality with her captor, and used it to bridge their divide. They connected. But her efforts seemed in vain, for close to the end of their ordeal, he tied her up and disappeared into the bathroom. She easily freed herself and ran to the door. But as she stood poised at the door, literally at the threshold of escape, she, following instinct, turned back into the house as her own past experience gave her insight into what he was about to do. In the nick of time she saved him from committing suicide…
He, a black male, and she, a white female made the choice, took the risk and stepped towards each other to connect across the chasm of slavery’s legacy. He, with an extraordinary act of trust in her promise of support, handed over his weapon to her – a weapon that in fact had no bullets - and surrendered to the waiting police.
She had found the courage and a way to connect with her captor, and she was able to do this because of one very simple, yet powerful thing – she cared! And in choosing to act from compassionate caring rather than from fear, she not only transformed herself, she changed the life of another human being. …and the ripples from that single courageous act of caring continue to spread… The two families have maintained an active friendship during and after his incarceration for the kidnapping.
Like her, we need to find the courage to look through and beyond the misbehaving personality to the wounded human frailty behind it. We need to be willing to take the risk of opening up to each other our vulnerable, fragile Center of Self where truth, beauty and authentic power reside, that pure core of our essential being. There we will find the commonality between us. And then we will see that (s)he is us.
And we can do this one person at a time until we transform ourselves and the world.
“Together, may we all walk in balance, holding hands around the world,
for the healing of each other, our families, communities, nations, and diversity of life that proliferates on earth.”
We join with likeminded groups and individuals tonight as we focus the light of our Love on interpersonal strife and nations in conflict, and hold a vision for a world transformed by the harmonious, light-filled vibrations of authentic soul connections.
As we join our hearts together, know that powerful beacons of Light and Love will shine forth into the world, will join those from others of like intent, and be directed to those in greatest need on our beloved planet.
As we each prepare for the moment, let the mood be one of unconditional love…
…and May the Force be with us! J
Please light your candles (optional) and commence with the following peace poem:
We are gathered tonight to hold a vision for the release from this planet
of all interpersonal strife and conflict between nations.
We focus our love on individuals
in the midst of conflict of all kinds at this very moment
And envision that they may harness enough courage and wisdom
to peal back the layers
of fear, mistrust and anger that cloud their vision of each other,
That they may find creative and non violent paths to conflict resolution
And that they may touch the core of each other’s humanity,
And experience the unique warmth and richness that the other possesses.
May we all find the courage to push past individual and collective fears
handed down to us through the generations as a result of xenophobia and racism,
And may we gracefully transcend these habits of separation
and separative thinking
That are now woven into the fabric of society
and into our very way of being.
…And in so doing,
May we find creative ways to make authentic soul connections
And by forging these connections, may we foster peace and peaceful coexistence
one person at a time,
one day at a time,
Until we have built a lasting bridge to peace
for the generations to come.
After this introductory vision/meditation/prayer, please express your own vision of peace. (As always, please feel free to modify the peace poem, or to use your own.)
Please close your peace session with the extinguishing of the candle.
● The inspiration for this Peace Circle came from the Lifetime TV movie “Five Desperate Hours” which was based on a true story.
The quotations are taken from WorldPeaceDay.com, a Native American-sponsored organization. http://www.worldpeaceday.com/2000/
December 31, 2002
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