Friday, October 28, 2016

I have a dream . . .

Were you able to listen to any part of Global Oneness Day?

If so, I'm sure your reaction was the same as mine . . . a sense of deep gratitude.
Spanning a period of thirteen hours, and featuring the views of over forty participants, it was a truly memorable event.

You may remember that Chloe accused me last week of being addicted to the 'News' bulletins.  She was perfectly right . . . I plead guilty.

However, as one of Tuesday's speakers pointed out, there's very little that's new in the 'News', the correct definition should probably be the 'Olds'.  This is because, in the belief that 'if it bleeds it leads', the media usually focuses on what's breaking down.  It provides us with accounts of all that's tragic, alarming and fearful . . .  items that paralyse our minds, and strip us of hope for the future.

Global Oneness Day produced scientists, academics, spiritual teachers, diplomats and peace workers all of whom told a different story.  This was the new 'News'.

And what did I learn?
From the scientists I learned that we are currently well into the process of the sixth mass extinction.
An extinction which, unlike all previous occasions, has come about not through natural causes, but by our own behaviour.
This was confirmed by the BBC News yesterday.

But it seems that, in addition to the elephants, the hedgehogs and all the other species, there are also dinosaurs facing extinction, dinosaurs that we have created.

These dinosaurs are the large institutions . . .  political, financial and industrial . . .  institutions who have outlived their beneficial aspects and are no longer functioning for the good of the whole. 
The scientists cautioned us not to be alarmed, this, we were assured, is no more than a stage in the constant evolution of the universe.

From the academics I learned the value of appreciating the broader picture.
As James O'Dea pointed out, who could argue against our common unity when we share our DNA with cockroaches and bananas?

And, extending this to the universal viewpoint, who could fail to warm to Ervin Laszlo's description of the universe.
It is, he said,  'an informed, self-organising pattern of vibrations held together by a cosmic mind.'
Doesn't that definition carry your soaring spirit way beyond Brexit and the American Presidential elections?

All the diplomats and peace workers were united in their wish for change, counselling that this should come from unity, not friction.  Change, they told us, won't come about by alienation, or by fighting existing conditions.   It will only be achieved by uniting to make the old ways obsolete.

As for the spiritual teachers, whilst an acknowledgement of our divine source underpinned the contribution of every speaker, there were several who saw this era as being a time of profound change in human consciousness.  One spoke movingly of the support and guidance offered by the angels.
And who could disagree with Steve Bhaerman's encouragement to 'leave the static of the head for the ecstatic of the heart'?

So . . . with Global Oneness Day over for another year, what part is there left for us to play?

Clearly we need to unite, we need to hope . . . hope, we were told, is active not passive, or, as Matthew Fox put it, 'a verb with its sleeves rolled up'.
We also need to acknowledge the link between joy and consciousness, love and creation.
Above all we need to recognise the theme under-pinning every discussion . . .  our intrinsic oneness.

A time of mass extinction this may be, but it's also undoubtedly a time of new birth.
Birth pangs can be painful, so it might help to remember something.
Martin Luther King didn't say, "I have a complaint," what he said was, "I have a dream!"