Beneath the veils of public faces,
Under the layers of cloth and flesh,
Between the beats of pulsing hearts
Breathe the souls of all mankind.
Though infinite and eternal,
Creator- and all created-
Soul’s Breath is no more than the wind
Blowing softly across the earth.
But embodied within our hearts,
Soul’s Breath becomes a whisper-
Given voice to honor our nature,
Precious voice to cherish life.
Let’s speak of love, of joy and wonder,
Abundance in a single breath-
Which is shared by all humanity,
Intermingling Soul’s Breath with each other.
Indeed. Let us speak!
In a world whose history seems to have been defined by the fears, power struggles and intolerances among its human inhabitants, it’s time we created a new kind of history. We must speak with each other to do so, and we must speak from a different perspective. That perspective can be created by each person choosing to: honor all the things we humans have in common; acknowledge our differences without judgment; celebrate the uniqueness of each individual.
While most of us have heard such admonishments before, I think we forget- or possibly we don’t realize- that such actions do not happen naturally. They are actions we choose – or not. They are choices we make with each interaction, either consciously or unconsciously. I suggest we bring such choices into our consciousness and decide to relate to others from this perspective, so we may help create better relationships among those who share our planet.
Let us speak both to cherish our lives and help create a life worthy of the perfection within us all.
Humankind has evolved as a thinking, feeling, intelligent species. We all have a world view, a belief system, a way of defining our lives within both our immediate and expanded societies. This view, for the greatest majority of people, includes belief in a Higher Power, a God, existence beyond earthly life, and/or a soul. Widely varied as these beliefs may be, having such a set of beliefs is a part of human nature. Therefore, when referring to honoring all we have in common, I will call this the practice of honoring each other’s souls.
It all begins with speaking, though it can’t go far without listening- paying attention, truly hearing and internalizing thoughtfully what others have to say. Sharing thoughts and life stories have helped create the bonds we have formed since before written human history. By expanding our sharing outside our usual communities, we can increase human bonding. With each such interaction, we get a glimpse of the souls within all participants.
Choosing to honor each other’s souls, deciding to interact with each other from a new perspective, and interacting with those outside our usual comfort zone will positively impact our lives. Have faith! Very soon, we could become a Human Community which creates a history that reflects the beauty and wonder of our humanity!