GHR 2014 Q3: Unity/Compassion-Understanding

Global Healing Response Quarterly

2014 Theme: Unity

So powerful is the light of unity that
it can illuminate the whole earth. —
Baha’u’llah 

Juuly-August-September

Focus:   Compassion/Understanding

Quote:  “Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” ― Albert Einstein

Color: Green for the heart chakra—because understanding and compassion come from the heart.

Prayer:

Holy ones, we ask your guidance in coming to the heart of compassion.
Help us to be with the suffering of each being.
Help us to imagine the pain of poverty, oppression, illness, hatred and fear.
Help us to understand courage in the face of despair, nobility in the face of adversity
And give love to all who suffer.  —Judith Tripp

Ideas for benefiting organization: Local organizations that provide aid to the homeless, food pantries, domestic violence shelters.

Ideas for ambiance: I love this idea from Judith Tripp: I have been thinking about Kuan Yin when it comes to compassion lately, reading a wonderful book by Stephen Levine, Becoming Kuan Yin.  I would recommend images of her for ambiance.”

Music: “Edges of the Soul” by Dr. Harold Grandstaff Moses. Get it thru www.musicfortheheart.com. The opening & closing selections called The Circle.

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  1. Monthly Labyrinth Walk – July 21, 2014 – Duncan Conference Center, Delray Beach, FL

    Global Healing Response
    2014 Theme: Unity
    3Q Focus: Compassion/Understanding

    This date in
    1861 – American Civil War: First Battle of Bull Run – at Manassas Junction, Virginia,
    the first major battle of the war begins and ends in a victory for the Confederate army.

    Note: One of the casualties of the artillery fire was Judith Carter Henry, an 85-year-old widow and invalid, who was unable to leave her bedroom in the Henry House. As Ricketts began receiving rifle fire, he concluded that it was coming from the Henry House and turned his guns on the building. A shell that crashed through the bedroom wall tore off one of the widow’s feet and inflicted multiple injuries, from which she died later that day.

    The Reading
    The Meeting of Two Brothers (excerpt from Thich Nhat Hanh, Going Home–Jesus and Buddha as Brothers)

    If Jesus and Buddha met today what do you think they would say to each other?

    The first question addressed to Jesus by the Buddha might be, “My dear brother Jesus, is it much more difficult in (this) time? Is it too difficult to continue in this time of ours? Is it more difficult to be straightforward, to be fearless, to help people to understand and to love than it was in the old time?”

    The question addressed to Jesus is the question addressed to the Buddha within himself.

    Having asked that question, Buddha might continue, “What can I do to help you, my brother?” How should we design the practice so it will be understood, accepted, and effective, in order to rebuild what has been shattered, to restore what has been lost: faith, courage and love?

    The Buddha and Jesus have to meet every moment in each of us… the peace, solidity, hope.

    Buddha and Jesus are two brothers who have to help each other—not for the sack of Buddhism, not for the sake of Christianity but for the sake of humankind and for the sake of other species on Earth. We live in a time when destruction is everywhere and many are on the verge of despair. That is why the Buddha should be helped. That is why Jesus should be helped. So instead of discriminating against each other, the Buddha and Jesus have to come together every day, every morning, every afternoon, every evening in order to be true brothers. Their meeting is the hope for the world.

    Every step you make in the direction of peace, every smile that you produce, and every loving look that you have inspires and helps the people around you to have faith in the future.

    07212014 Linda Hurley, Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

  2. Monthly Labyrinth Walk September 15, 2014 Duncan Center
    Global Healing Response 2014 Theme: Unity
    Focus: 1Q Consensus, 2Q Diversity, 3Q Compassion-Understanding

    There is a popular poster circulating on the internet listing Ten Ways to Love–the first suggestion is Listen without interrupting.

    The reference given is Proverbs 18:13 He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is his folly and shame.

    We listen to today with an intention of Compassion and Understanding.

    Mahatma Gandhi said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
    Thoughtfulness about September 15…past 250 years
    1789 United States Department of Foreign Affairs incorporated into new Department of State.
    Its mission statement: To advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system. In addition to international governmental relations and diplomacy in U.S. embassies, the State Department oversees policies regarding the Oceans, Energy, Human Rights, Aids, Youth, and Human Trafficking.

    2001—after 911 the U.S. State Department established a campaign called Shared Values which included a series of commercials about Muslim life and freedom in America. Problems with the campaign resulted in abrupt withdrawal of the program.
    2007–(Sheldon Ramptom Oct 17, 2007 http://www.prwatch.org/node/6465 noted these problems causing the declared ‘failure’ of this campaign)
    1) a lack of clarity about the intended audience for the ad campaign.
    2) not that the ads’ messages were false but that they avoided discussing issues at the core of Muslim resentment of the United States.
    3) propaganda is such a one-way form of communication that the propagandists are really talking to themselves; they lose the ability to really listen to their audience, and as a result they don’t know what to say to them either.

    2007–the United Nations General Assembly resolved to observe 15 September as the International Day of Democracy—inviting all member states and organizations to commemorate the day to raise public awareness. The preamble of the resolution affirmed that while democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy and that democracy does not belong to any country or region… democracy is a universal value based on the freely-expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and systems, and their full participation in all aspects of life.

    What have we learned about listening in our world?

    Today we embrace the initiative for Global Healing Response focusing on Compassion and Understanding and prayers for the leaders listening in our world.

    Linda Hurley, Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

    For a series of brief meditations and drawings about Sacred Listening refer to: Kay Lindahl and Amy Schnapper, 2001, The Sacred Art of Listening–Forty Practices…Begins with 1. Qualities of Deep Listening—Listening for Essence.

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