Listen To Me!

Peace Walker Drum Community Drum Ceremony

Peace Walker Drum Community Drum Ceremony

It is easy to get distracted today – there is so much competing for our attention. So many are shouting out: “LISTEN TO ME!!! Do you hear me? Please listen to what I am saying.” People want to be heard, to know you care, to be validated.

There is a saying Ubuntu: “I am what I am because of who we all are.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu offered a definition, a person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, based from a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.

Tutu further explained, one of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.

In Lakota we speak of Mitakuye Oyasin – we are all related.

This philosophy of oneness spirit energy speaks to my heart, it relaxes me like beautiful music, the sound of a running creek, the smell of a meadow after a rain, or the beauty of snow covered pine trees.

I connect with philosophies that enliven the human spirit, philosophies that highlight the unity and inter-connectedness.

Some speak of a “God” reaching down to us through Jesus – What about the voice within calling us to show up and bring forth greater goodness in human life?

Are we talking about the same God or god? I hear people exclaim we are all talking about the same god and maybe we are.

The god of my understanding is best described as good orderly direction – g  o  d.

I journey the red road, I acknowledge I am a seeker – personally I believe the vast majority of us are on a journey, a pilgrimage, a yatra. As one teacher used to say, we are human beings having a spiritual experience. An important aspect of the journey has been learning to listen – to others, to my inner voice, to the wind, to the messages I had not been accustomed to listening to AND learning to do so with an open heart and mind!

I am seeking to discover a path through the noise of common day religion, of common day ideology. I am seeking to discover and share a path of simplicity, love, compassion, understanding and service.

I see such divisiveness in the religion of separation;

the religion of I’m right and you’re wrong;

the religion of we are born sinners and continue to sin, the religion of original sin, Adam and Eve and death, crucifixion and resurrection.

I believe a preponderance of human suffering results from exceptional violence, born from these ideologies, these beliefs of separation and thus bringing forth a powerful human emotion often called fear.

The fear of separation of not being good enough.

The fear that you have something over me.

The fear of power and powerlessness, and the exceptional sadness all of that power over brings.

The power of not being heard for generations.

In the statement of purpose of The FUSION Foundation, we state The FUSION Foundation’s first commitment is the promotion of principled values such as humility, perseverance, respect, honor, love, sacrifice, truth, compassion, bravery, fortitude, generosity, wisdom and community development.The FUSION Foundation’s second commitment is the promotion of peace, harmony and understanding of our relationship with one and another and our relationship with the earth through ceremonies, rituals and traditions.

This to me makes sense.

We at the FUSION have come to believe that in creating an environment that inspires, educates and empowers you – the individual – have an opportunity to witness your connectedness to the whole, while, at the same time, explore more deeply your purpose, your desire, the strong messages that are radiating from within you. The powerful voice translating the energy of our being into words saying, “Listen To Me!”

Making a direct connection we believe promotes responsibility for one’s actions and collectively for the rippling impact on the whole. Early on, I was taught take what works and leave the rest along with more will be revealed. We can hear our inner voice.

I have often returned to previous contemplations and reflections to add a bit of polish or to experience the difference a few rounds with 80-grit sand paper has revealed. When I have to learn directly about the impact my actions have created, the ripple my actions have initiated, or not. I learn a lesson that becomes a part of me, my dharma.

I am not here to make a statement about what is right or wrong, good or bad, it has been my experience that what is perceived by one, to bad or wrong, may be good or right for another.

The red road has imprinted into my inner being that this journey is simple, not always easy. That the way of the turtle, slow steady, contemplative is a wise path to travel. That if I make a mistake – I offend another, clean it up make it right. Live today to its highest and fullest and when you lay your head on the pillow know you have done your best for today. When you awake and look to the east, know today is a good day to die.

Listen to me – for me to ask this of you – I must learn to listen to you, to listen to you I must first practice listening to the voice within me. It is easy to get distracted today – there is so much competing for our attention. So many are shouting out: “LISTEN TO ME!!! Do you hear me? Please listen to what I am saying.” People want to be heard, to know you care, to be validated.

Listen to me – for me to ask this of you – I must learn to listen to you, to listen to you I must first practice listening to the voice within me. This I accomplish through practice, walks, humbleness, studying, being a student and the list goes on!

I am most grateful for life’s lessons, for through them I have come to know a new understanding of freedom, truth and happiness, and live a more compassionate life in service to humanity.

Share with me your thoughts and insights!

in peace –

om shanti~

annie, The FUSION Foundation | Peace Walker Sangha

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