I feel as if I have been hibernating over the past couple of months; much like a bear does during a harsh winter.
I have been experiencing my own internal winter; feeling lethargic and somewhat unproductive on a creative level.
I was awakened from my slumber by an e-mail that was sent to me by Jan du Preez, a South African businessman. He wrote the mail and sent it to everyone in his address book. It was a personal mail that was activated by the tragic shooting at Lonmin. His mail stirred something inside of me.
I share part of the mail:
‘Yesterday was a tragic day in the history of the NEW SOUTH AFRICA!
In fact, I would be so bold as to say that yesterday was one of those days in our country that has the ability to take us even further down the spiral of disaster – OR create the opportunity to set new goals as we aspire to “Madiba’s ideals of a Rainbow Nation”.
(Maybe even be the start of a new Miracle – as we really do need one!)
We need strong and positive voices to “contribute to a vibrant, transforming, growing economy and a peace full South Africa”, and we need it now!
We all have different skills, different ideals and different perspectives on life.
We belong to different faiths.
HOWEVER we all share a love for South-Africa – as it is our children’s Country!
I am not sure what I can do to make our country a “safe enjoyable place” for my children – and a better place for all other people.
But I do know that I have to do something! And something is better than nothing!
Tonight, – and the days ahead - I will again be on my knees begging our Father, our God and Jesus his son and the Holy Spirit for more wisdom – and more wisdom for our leaders – as our country do deserve better quality decisive leadership!
Whatever you decide to do – please do something and make a difference…’
Research by Masaru Emoto has shown how conscious thought and intent affect the structure and beauty of water crystals. The fundamental conclusion of the research by Emoto is that pray and conscious, thoughtful intent, especially centred on love, or images thereof, can have a healing impact on any situation that you mentally focus on. These ideas are supported in an interview with Dr Dossey, where research is discussed to show how prayer and meditation assists with physical healing.
Events such as the civil war in Syria and the senseless shootings at Lonmin are examples of how human beings can default into destruction when diversity of opinion collapses into a dualistic reality of ‘us against them’. Emotional reactions get escalated and there seems that have is no other recourse to resolve the issue than to resort to violence. This dualism usually has its roots in a difference of opinion around a sensitive dilemma (issue) that has the power to set up contrasting, oppositional camps that then seek to destroy each other through domination and force. In such cases, there is the simplistic belief that destroying the opposing opinion through war and violence will ensure the survival of one’s own perspective.
IDASA issued a press release about the shootings at Marikana; ‘For some time now an increasing number of South Africans have begun to turn to violence too easily whether they are in political formations, unions, the public service or merely citizens. This incident should be a lesson in the danger of this approach’.
Tom Atlee recently posted an article ‘Public opinion, public judgement, and public wisdom‘ in which he states that ‘current forms of democracy have (to put it mildly) limited capacity for generating collective wisdom’. He believes that efforts to generate public wisdom engage us in wrestling more thoroughly and creatively with what is fair, righteous, and sustainable. According to Atlee this requires respectful dialogue between communities that stretch into such realms as deep moral and ethical quandaries, insights of ancient cultures and traditions, and our profound common earthly humanity.
While militant, simplistic and dualistic opinions such as being offered by Malema may appear to have no place in such a process to enhance public wisdom; it is necessary to understand and listen to that voice if one is truly aligned to the philosophy of what constitutes collective wisdom.
In times of tragedies, there are (a) those that are directly impacted and (b) those that indirectly witness the event through the information flow of news of television and internet. While you may be removed from a tragic event and have had no responsibility in causing it, you will get connected to it via the information flow. And once you ‘see’ the event; you will not be able to deny it.
Being a distant witness of a tragedy begs the question: ‘So what can I do about it?’ As South Africans, each one of us has the power to help assist in healing the trauma that occurred at Marikana, near Rustenberg.
- Give time for conscious, loving intentional thought for those who have been directly involved in the tragedy. Your thoughts need not offer any solutions. Your thoughts need to be sincere and aligned to the most powerful energy of love.
- Secondly, act respectfully with those you interact with. Attempt to open up space for dialogue with others by consciously listening to their voices. Such encounters will allow us to develop the greatest possibility of deeper understandings of the struggles that we may be enduring. The accumulation of such interactional encounters creates a critical mass of experiences that helps enhance and sensitize our collective consciousness.
My sincerest loving thoughts go out to everyone who has been hurt and pained at Marikana:
- to the victims and their loved ones
- to the police who seemed to have panicked and acted so hastily
- to the management and employees at Lonmin
- to those who have reacted with further messages of violence and destruction
- to the President who needs all the support and wisdom to manage the political tensions
- to all other human beings who are being wronged and physically and emotionally hurt through violence in other parts of the world