"A revelation of insight into the foundations of human suffering & transcendence. It not only lays out essential steps for inner freedom and joy but illuminates the way to true human potential." Paul Rademacher, author: A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe

"The masterwork of a profoundly gifted healer of the soul. Dazzling, challenging, wondrously useful." Peggy Rubin, author: To Be and How To Be, Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world and practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd, author: Daring To Be Yourself

Monday, October 31, 2011

We Are All One

Over the past 10 days or so I've had the good fortune to be swamped with a number of pieces of information that all converged in one main statement, which is the title of today's piece: We Are All One. They were, in no particular order:
  • the movie Oranges and Sunshine about the thousands of children who were illegally deported to Australia and other parts of the Commonwealth from the UK in the 50's, 60's and 70's. In many instances they were told their parents had died when they had not, and when, years later they attempted to find their roots back in the UK, they were stymied, until a very courageous social worker margaret Humphries - and this is what the movie is mainly about - discovers the entire malodorous situation and attempts to remedy the plight of these seemingly rootless adults.
  • the TED talk by author Isabel Allende titled Tales of Passion in which she discusses gender inequality and the plight of poor and uneducated women across the globe.
  • the BBC documentary Spain's Stolen Children, the DW-TV report, and the report by Journeyman TV about the same subject, in which the unspeakable story of thousands of children who were literally stolen from their parents at birth in Spain during the 60's, 70's and 80's by telling them that the child had died, and then 'selling' said child to adoptive parents, as well as other, earlier tales, of children who were taken from their parents for ideological reasons during the Franco régime and also given to adoptive parents.
  • the CNN documentary Not My Life, narrated by Glenn Close, about human trafficking and slavery, in particular about those most hit by it: poor, uneducated women and children, but not only in third-world countries, but documented in North America and Europe as well
  • the work of Somaly Mam, the Cambodian anti-sex trafficking campaigner and founder of AFESIP, rescuing women from brothels, of whom I heard in the Allende talk listed here. Her book The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine tells the stroy of her life
  • the movie The Fever with Vanessa Redgrave (and a cameo by Angelina Jolie) about a bourgeois woman who - quite late in life - comes to recognize the blithe blindness of her way of living, as she visits an Eastern block country
  • the HBO documentary about Gloria Steinem's life: Gloria - In Her Own Words, which portrays, as you can imagine, much of the second chapter of the women's movement, equal rights, abortion, etc.
  • the movie Red Dust with Hilary Swank about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa after the collapse of the apartheid régime, that tells the story of human pain and suffering, and ultimately the possibility of overcoming it by the power of forgiving
  • and finally, the Occupy Wall Street movement that is now - as most of us know - not restricted to the USA, but totally global (this was not one of the items that only came to me in the last 10 days, but has coincided - in its spectacular world-wide growth - with all the other items on this list)
As all these pieces came into my life - serendipitously (with the exception of the last one) - with all their horror, pain, tragedy, outrage and suffering, I had to ask myself: what can I do? And then I read a quotation from the Buddha that I have read many times before:

"If there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person,
there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house,
there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world."

It's really quite simple, isn't it? We all have to find our inner light and let it shine.

So I decided to start the weekly Live Your Best Life * support group. If you click on the link, you'll be able to read about it. Finding our inner light and letting it shine is what each of us can do to make the world a better place. It HAS to start with each one of us, it can't be any other way. You can do this. I can do it. We can all do it. And the more that do, the more the world will change.

* The name of the group must have been hibernating in my subconscious mind, as I now realize it is the same name Oprah gave to something ... sorry! :-) 

For much more about finding your inner light, about the fact that we are all one (the book has an entire chapter dedicated to this subject), about being aware of your thoughts and feelings, how you react to others and how you love yourself, as well as about choosing to seek your inner well-being above all, in order that you may have a ripple effect on all those who come in contact with you, get my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, available at Amazon as a paperback or e-book for Kindle and all Kindle applications. Click here to download the first chapter.

Description of the Book:

Ask anyone, whatever their circumstances, if their life is vibrant, fulfilling, harmonious and happy. An honest reply is likely to be 'no', because to answer a truthful 'yes' is no mean feat. Only to grow psychologically and emotionally is not enough. And only to grow spiritually is not enough either. All three dimensions need to be developed in order to realize your full potential. If you are willing to assume total responsibility for the self and to start what is an on-going journey, you will quickly begin to glimpse the first fruits of the ultimate goal: inner well-being, freedom, peace, harmony and joy. This book sets out the pathway to self-mastery and self-discovery and walking that pathway will be the most exciting adventure of your life.

A Review From the Back Cover:

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world and practical. Read it and Soul is no longer just a dogma, nor hypothesis, it is made real and as much a part of your being as your toes. We usually shut off our inner voice, yet by recognizing this aspect of ourselves we begin to discover our essential nature, our intuitive truth, and that becomes our loving guide. The author illustrates the limitations of living only as the mind's Ego, and demonstrates in practical terms how we can transcend this by awakening a conscious viewpoint, following the path of our intuition and feelings, no longer separated from our body and the reality around us, and integrating at last our Soul's inner guidance and wellspring of love. The implications are profound." PETER SHEPHERD; Founder Trans4mind - www.trans4mind.com; author, Daring To Be Yourself

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