What if we were to take a look at our planet from on high? Would we see borders and boundaries that separate us? Would we have a sense of tenderness as we gaze upon this living, breathing being that we take for granted and often treat with carelessness, rather than the devotion that a Beloved who has nurtured us deserves? How would we interact with (as is expressed in Lakota) Mitakuye Oyasin which translates to “all my relations”? They are not just speaking of the ‘two leggeds’, but also the tree people and rock people, the four leggeds and the winged and finned ones. What if we knew that we were all one, all united, all in this together.
According to the website for Global Oneness Day: ” Since the late 1960?s, when pioneering astronauts captured the first photographs of Earth from space, there has been a growing realization that everything and everyone on our beautiful blue planet are deeply connected. A realization that we are One.
And yet, the popular perspectives and dominant institutions in our society are still primarily based on a mentality of separation. The focus on “us” separate from “them”, or “me” separate from “other”, while appropriate in context, is the root cause of so many of the escalating challenges we now face. Thus, if we want to bring about a sustainable global society, nothing is more important than changing this outdated way of thinking.
Global Oneness Day was created to recognize and celebrate the fundamental interconnection of all people and all of life. It is an opportunity to join thousands of participants in the exploration not only of the idea of Oneness, but ways in which this thinking can and is being applied “on the ground” so that our global society and culture increasingly reflect it.”
Humanity’s Team has brought together a pantheon of transformational teachers including Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch, Panache Desai, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Barnet Bain, Jean Houston, Rickie Byars Beckwith, Ken Wilber, Joan Borysenko, Peter Kater, Steve Farrell and Claire Zammit. Events are taking place on line and in person and they invite us all to join them at the table. One of my favorite stories touches on that concept.
A woman dies and is greeted by St. Peter. She asks him to show her heaven and hell. He guides her to a room that has a long table laden with all kinds of scrumptious food. The aromas are mouthwatering and yet, the people around the table are starving; wailing and moaning. She asks how this can be when there is this bounty before them. St. Peter points out that the people have long forks attached to their arms and that each time they reach for a morsel of food, they drop it before they can eat it. “This is hell,” he tells her. “Oh this is horrible, please take me out of here. Show me heaven.” He then directs her to another room where she beholds the same scenario and yet the people are laughing and smiling, well nourished and happy. Puzzled, she asks St. Peter about what she is witnessing since these people have the long forks on their arms as well. “Can you not see the difference? They have learned to feed each other across the table.”
How would our world be if we knew that there was really enough for all of us and what was needed was a bit of ingenuity and out of the box thinking so that we could indeed ‘feed each other across the table’? Would war continue to exist? Would abuse devastate families? Would addiction grab hold of our souls? Would violence snatch away precious lives? Would our eco-system crumble before us? OR would we live as if this place was Heaven on Earth?
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http://youtu.be/5_wEL0nq654 This Pretty Planet by Tom Chapin