Whether you subscribe to any particular faith or not, you’re bound to know someone celebrating one religious festivity or another. With all the religious reverence around the world one would think that there would be more peace on our planet.
No More Excuses
Far too often, faith in one’s religion is used as an excuse to separate oneself from others who hold another belief system. With this separation often comes fear, judgment or intolerance. Instead of recognizing similarities some people choose only to focus on differences and cultivate fear in the unknown.
A few years ago when I was teaching yoga in a private international school one of the students approached me before class one day to ask if we would be meditating. Confused by the question and wondering if the student wanted me to include meditation, she went on to state that her parents did not want her to meditate because it was against their religious beliefs.
I wonder what her parents would think of the following quote from the Dalai Lama? “If every eight-year-old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”
Forget About Semantics
Meditation was not intended to be part of my school programme but it was interesting to be made aware that some people would feel threatened by an activity that in its essence is the same as their own.
Whether it is called prayer or mediation, each of these two practices is a way to communicate with Divine Source. People from different faiths call the Source by various names: God, Allah, Buddha, for example. Here, too, we see different names to express the same phenomenon. What is important, however is the action, the communication.
The Art of Communication
I recently learnt that the drum was created as a way to communicate with God, as a response to the thunder that was thought to come from God. Similarly, wind instruments were created in attempts to respond to the blowing wind, also thought to be an expression of God.
The Hindu greeting, namaste, acknowledges the God spirit within each individual. In this regard, there are 7 billion-plus aspects of God on earth.
As we communicate with each other, what would this world look like if we acted as if we were speaking with Divine Source, with God? Words have the power to transform, let us use them to help transform this world into a more peaceful place.
Karen Gay, A-Roaming Bodyworker, is a holistic health practitioner practicing in Hanoi. For information on the types of services provided, visit a-roamingbodyworker.com