"As separate individuals, we live in separate cultures haunted by the vague memory of an intimacy that we all share. Let us, all together, chase the very horizon of existence, the edge of understanding, the point at which new sensations, emotions, thoughts and ideas begin to emerge… and let us bring this intimacy alive." ~Alex Mero
What is your advice on how we can contribute to a better world?
It’s by being and behaving in all sincerity with ourselves that we appeal to what’s just in the hearts and minds of humanity. It’s through our altruistic behaviour and generous deeds that we shed light on the false and unjust. This is how we participate in the purification of this world.
What advice do you have for parents interested in providing their children with a spiritual education?
All children are born with numerous characteristics, unique only to themselves. Therefore, the first step is to assess the special affinities of their spiritual level or maturity, and to then orient them accordingly. This is done by observing their ability in understanding the divine aspects of life, both their own and that of life in general. Parents play a crucial role as initiators, regardless if they fulfill this function in the same manner. The spiritual doctrine that applies to all children is that of Goodness. With regards to children’s discovery of the world, we as parents, and ideally as a society, show them the universality of the world, the vision that transcends any racial, religious, economic and other divisive concepts.
Violence in the world is the result of the tendency we have to form groups, whether they’re national, religious, racial or otherwise. These groups are founded on imaginary differences, designed to allow more restraint groups to appropriate themselves of power. Defending these differences is the main cause of violence, since each group defines itself according to its accentuated differences.
“I see that many of you are sincere in your desire to fight injustice. In this respect, I’d like to tell you something important.”
Everyone was all ears.
“My friends, remember that when it comes to improving life on earth, there is something much more powerful and much more efficient than the will.”
Everybody was intensely curious now to know what important statement Nathan was going to pronounce!
“It has to do with understanding the world around us! Every action we undertake is dependent on that. If this understanding is rooted in the source of our thoughts and feelings, it will guide us well.”
Again Nathan paused a moment to let the meaning of his words be understood. Finally, a man in a suit asked him: “How do we know what’s at the source of our thoughts and feelings?”
“By reflecting on what our real motivation is,” Nathan answered, “For that, we need to ask ourselves this question: what is the ultimate goal that I’m trying to attain?”
Nathan paused for a moment and then continued with fervor: “I know that you’re questioning and wondering about the best strategy to employ in organizing events, but is every one of you deeply convinced of the real reason for these events?”
He paused again. The public was completely still, mesmerized by every word.
“Ask yourselves ‘what do I think is an ideal world’, and ‘how can I contribute to it’. These are the questions that if you spend enough time on them, will give you a deep understanding of things.”
Nathan stood up, and ended his speech with strong and poignant sentences, interspersed with long pauses, which had the effect similar to that of collective hypnosis on the listeners:
“Those who are truly looking for the good will recognize each other! They will feel a powerful connection between each other and will then be able to use their full potential! Their actions will serve as examples for others, and little by little, this will lead to a transformation of the world, until it finally becomes a welcoming and inspiring place for all!”
Truly, to change anything on the external, requires a change on the internal. Perhaps not a change, but an awareness of who we are and what matters above all, Love.
Being aware, brings peace and harmony, and that influences the outside. Our thoughts, our actions, our words become ones of Love and Peace, and that has the effect of inspiring others.
You talk often about the evolution of humanity, but I feel like we are living an era of regression, an era of a great loss of important values.
What is lost at the level of the physical is gained at the level of true Essence. The Essential never disappears; what bears true value subsists forever. Each direct experience with the transitory nature of the physical, gives us a new opportunity to appreciate what possesses real value and helps us to discern the Essential from the temporary or illusionary – that which is perpetually changing and non-lasting. It helps us recognize and appreciate the timeless –that which was, is and will ever be.
“Why is there so much incomprehension between people of different origins?” Nathan asked Songo.
“Because in general, we pay more attention to the differences and not the similarities,” Songo answered.
These words reminded Nathan that Adnan had said something along the same lines.
“Then how come you’re understood by everyone everywhere you go?” Nathan asked.
“To achieve that, you have to arm yourself with patience and learn how to inspire confidence.” Songo said.
Nathan imitated Songo’s way of talking.
“But how do you make yourself accepted by people who live differently and how can you inspire confidence in them?” Nathan asked.
“You see, Nathan, our conscious mind is but a small part of our psychic activities. It’s the subconscious which constitutes the greatest part. When you address someone, it is better to reach his subconscious.” Songo explained.
“How do you address their subconscious?”
“First you have to pass through the nets woven by mistrust. That’s what you just did by imitating my very particular way of speaking.” Songo said smiling.
That’s exactly what Nathan had done. He had familiarized himself with Songo’s distinguished style of speech and his use of unique metaphors. He knew that this was partly how Songo got attention for his messages by those he dealt with. He knew that it was necessary to listen attentively, ask the right questions, and use imagination.
“What’s the role of these nets of distrust?” Nathan asked next.
“They prevent information from reaching the subconscious.” Songo explained.
“Do you always succeed in getting through them?”
“I start by studying the body language of those I’m dealing with. I observe as many details as possible, and then I imitate them when I’m in their presence.” Songo explained.
“You imitate them?” Nathan asked intrigued.
“Sometimes what people see has more of an impact than what they hear.” Songo stated.
These words confirmed to Nathan the power of the visual.
“People get the impression that I am one of theirs, “ Songo continued, “And many think that if you behave like they do, than you must have been brought up the same way and therefore share the same worries.”
These lessons were precious to Nathan. He understood better about the visual influence of images in communication.
We all look differently, live differently, and it’s these differences we notice, and hence why there is so much misunderstanding and discord between people, between cultures. To really communicate with one another, it’s necessary to look beyond the differences and see the similarities, and once we focus on the similarities, we’re able to “get through” to one another. Because in essence, we are all the same, and acting and speaking from the heart will reach the inner core of that other person, and they will understand you. The real connection and understanding is from within oneself to another…
“I saw that you were reflecting earlier on the effects of indoctrination when it is practiced on a grand scale.”
“I fear that when we are deprived of freedom of thought, it will be impossible to maintain a critical mind.” Nathan answered.
“And, according to you, what are the consequences?” Songo asked.
Nathan recognized his father’s style of questioning in the way Songo was posing the questions. This approach had permitted him to greatly develop his thinking and discover great truths. It also told him that what Songo wanted him to understand was of great importance. He took his time to reflect on his answer.
“The consequences are that people will no longer be able to think for themselves as to what is good for them. They will behave and live in the way that is expected of them by others, and they will justify this attitude by studied arguments.”
“Nathan,” Songo said in a grave tone, “What you are affirming is the basis for the lack of harmony on earth!”
There was a moment of silence, than Songo said softly:
“What feeling does that bring out in you, Nathan?”
“A feeling of injustice towards the victims of these charlatans, and the victims they will in turn make.”
“Nothing else?” Songo asked.
“What I always feel in cases of injustice; the desire to put an end to it!” Nathan stated firmly.
Songo put his hand on Nathan’s arm and spoke again in a grave tone, cue that he was about to say something very personal.
“When you go against the main current of acceptable opinions, you must always arm yourself with courage. Courage consists of resistance, hope and unlimited faith in the success of your undertakings.”
Example, if you listen to political speeches, how some individuals articulate their words, emphasizing some, using pauses at particular moments…using different pitches for certain words… what do you think they are doing? Just thoughts to ponder…. It most certainly takes courage to stand up for the truth, because most don’t see it–truth– and will try to ridicule you or your ideas. But courage is an amazing thing; once you give in to it, a tremendous strength develops, and with courage and strength for what’s right, Love and Truth always prevail… Grace