Hands Around The World
I invited my friend, Esther-Maria Lindner, a Doula, Reiki Master, and apprentice to my dear friend Christine Gregg, a wise woman, honored as an elder on two continents, to guest post about an organization and a topic that mean a great deal to her. She writes with passion and wisdom for one so young. It is an honor for me to host her today.
:: Striving for Oneness, Peace & Unity ::
A gift of wisdom through the voices of our elders
By Esther-Maria Lindner from www.KindledSpirit.com.au
“When the Earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colours, creeds and classes, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They shall be known as the warriors of the rainbow.” Hopi Prophecy
The time for the warriors of the rainbow has come. We are living in it. The animals around the world are dying, and the earth is so ravaged it can barely take any more. From mining, to logging, to animal poaching, to the radioactive pollution that we are seeing as a result of the Japanese reactor that leaked, and is still leaking, significant amounts of radioactive material into the Pacific Ocean every day.
Oneness has been a topic often discussed by spiritual people around the globe. At this point it has always just been a philosophy and a spiritual goal to become one with everything. But Oneness is more than just the individual feeling at one with the world, and feeling at one with the universe. It is more than a theory. It needs to be applied now. Now is the time that we break down separation and division. So far Oneness has been an energy and a spiritual principle, but you rarely encounter anyone who physically manifests and applies the energy. It is as if we are keeping the concepts stuck in the upper three chakras, not allowing it to be embodied and made manifest through physical actions.
The biggest threat to Oneness is judgement. Judgement keeps us separated and divided. We judge others on the basis of colour, race, religion, socioeconomic level, language, taste in music, political ideologies, and more.
You only have to look around your own neighborhood to see the divisions among your neighbors. Then you switch the news on, and you see the divisions among peoples nationally and internationally.
Why do we have to judge others? Why do we think our culture, our belief system, our value system, our religion, has it right over someone else’s? Why can’t we just agree that what is right for you is not right for me, and what is right for me is not right for you… and be okay with that? Why can’t we see that in the end we all strive for the same thing… to be loved and to be secure… We just go about it in a different way.
In the words of my teacher Christine Gregg: “We are all of the tribe of men. The tribe of men is like the tree of life. We are born as tribe of men, and as we grow, we become part of a physical tribe; we choose a branch in which to live. Each branch of that tree is a different tribe that is distinguished by different criteria, such as colour, culture, country, language, and so. However we are still of the same tree, the tree of men.”
And this is exactly what Christine will be talking about at Hands Around The World. Hands Around The World is a fundraising event that hosts both indigenous and Caucasian elders, from around the world, who share their wisdom with participants. It is an event that strives to bridge the gap of differences, thus demonstrating and teaching Oneness. In the words of the organizers, it is a “Celebration of Life, Peace, Unity and Oneness. Standing Together Shoulder to Shoulder Through Education and Learning from Each Other’s Differences, Caring and Sharing.”
So back to the question, how can we create Oneness in today’s world? Today’s society? How can we bridge the gaps that exist even in the smallest groups of the bigger branches? By taking responsibility on an individual level. We all, and I include myself, need to learn to listen once again. Not listening where we wait our turn, while thinking about what to say next. I mean listening beyond our ears and our mind…listening with our heart and soul.
So once we are willing to listen, to whom shall we listen? Why are we no longer listening to the wise people of society? When did we stop listening to our elders? When did we stop listening to medicine peoples who have been carrying accumulated wisdom from the beginning of human kind? When did we start giving more power and voice to the young, who have not yet had a chance to gain knowledge and experience? Our so called advanced modern society hides our most experienced and wise people in nursery homes, or brands them as senile, not giving them attention or validation. I agree that new vision, passion and drive, the gifts of youth, are needed to create change in the world and move projects and ideas forward. Those gifts, however, should be guided and directed in partnership with our elders. The generational gap created by modern western society has devalued the teachings and wisdom that our elders hold. That gap needs to be bridged as much as the cultural and religious gaps that divide peoples. Elders need to work hand in hand with the young again. If they listen to each other, they can learn from one another.
Thankfully, times are starting to change now. As our earth is dying, as the global energies are rising and changing, as global consciousness is slowly being elevated and forced to awaken, we are getting thirsty for change, thirsty for wisdom, thirsty for greater depth in our lives, and thirsty for Oneness.
Hands Around The World is the embodiment of Oneness. It is a first step towards creating a rainbow nation. Elders from different traditions and tribes are coming together, sharing their wisdom, their stories, their healing. Come be a part of this great movement. Learn from a rainbow collection of elders from Indigenous Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and North America. Share in storytelling, dance, art, walks of sacred land, and an Earth Grid Point Healing Activation. All event fees go towards supporting local indigenous communities and travel expenses for elders from other international communities.
Hands Around The World
March 20 to 25, 2014
Tickets Available until mid-February
Visit www.HandsAroundTheWorld.com.au for more information