Tuesday, June 05, 2007

BIG HUG!



This is a pretty mediocre news clip from an incredible event called "the Hug around Jerusalem". A couple thousand humans, Jews, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hippies, Religious, Atheists, you name it, gathered at different gates around the ancient walled city and gave her a long overdue, good 'oll fasion hug. We held hands and chanted words of peace and comfort to the old city, the epicenter to so many peoples spiritual practice, and we tried to imagine what real peace would actually look like. It was totally positive. Some pro-tests quickly deteriorate into anti-test where people vent and point fingers. This was a gathering of vision, of dreams, of how we want it to be. We hugged the walls in silence and then in song and then a drum circle dance jam session boogie broke out by the (predominately Arab) Damascus gate. Yes folks, its true, it might not have made the cover of the New York Times or CNN, But Jews and Arabs danced together in celebration, in public, for the whole world to see. It felt great. Sometimes the situation out here can make us feel paralyzed and helpless. We leave the mess for the politicians to try and fix over coffee at negotiations that thus far have proved fruitless. The hug felt empowering and uplifting and the celebration lasted all night. No borders were shifted and no grandiose documents were signed, but something changed a bit. Perspectives were shifted. One can't help but look at the "other" with a new pair of eyes after one has danced with him and prayed with him. Im not sure how, and its not something I can prove, but Im pretty sure that a big part of the healing that must take place out here will be with music and dance and people dreaming together over late night cups of tea. All the big religions proclaim God is one, Jah is one, Great spirit is everywhere and everything, we're all interconnected. If only we actually believed this. Imagine your cutting a cucumber and you slip and cut your left hand. Left hand would never pick up a knife and strike back at oll righty. Its clear to us that these two are interconnected and part of a greater oneness. By celebrating we connect, when we connect we can greater see oneness, the clearer we can see the oneness the greater becomes our impulse to live harmoniously, and that, and the hokey pokey, is what its all about.

4 Comments:

Blogger Marissa said...

Inspiring, Eye opening, Uplifting, Hope!

4:26 PM  
Blogger tamalinalovesyou said...

jer sometimes i can't believe how you are out there doing what you do. you are such a inspiration to so many and thank you so much for your life. you do it well my brother.. i got huge goose bumps watching the hug and i am so proud to be a fellow human being with so much possiblity all around. by the way I just put a bumper sticker on the r.v. that say's " what if the hokey-pokey IS what it's all about" I love you brother..

6:13 AM  
Blogger lizabeth sunny said...

some links for youuuu:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1259/544088156_2f5d0b8f62.jpg

other pics:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/offthemap/collections/72157600349352656/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/offthemap/

i hope youre doing well!

sunny.

1:55 PM  
Blogger philoza51 said...

this blog touched my heart. lets hope that one day all peoples of this beautiful planet of ours will realise that we are all one, despite our outer 'clothing' - peace, love and light to you and all our brothers and sisters who walk planet gaia.

7:49 PM  

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