Time for Peace, Love, and Respect
We Need to Co-Exist with All People
How Can You Make a Difference?
Be Gentle: You are Being Human
Christchurch Mosque Attack: New Zealand Responds
The evil that got unleashed on Friday in the Christchurch Mosque Attack has given the world yet another opportunity to transform and move towards peace. The clear majority of New Zealanders have stated our willingness to make this a better place by gathering together at community events in support of the victim. As a result, we have made the commitment to address the issues that are often marginalised or swept under the carpet.
Therefore, it is time to start having tough but empowering conversations about current government policies and social practices. Likewise, it is not the time to have knee-jerk reactions that force more rules and regulations on people. However, it is the time to include people from all backgrounds and walks of life, to find WIN/WIN solutions that respect all viewpoints. Furthermore, it is the time to mutually empower all people, so that we can co-exist peacefully, and create a much better world.
United Country Provides Community Support
In the past few days, New Zealand has shown the world how it responds to evil – by doing the exact opposite to what was intended. We have come together, to show our united support and love to the people who chose to make New Zealand their new home, because it seemed to be a safe place. Our innocence and way of life has been shattered, but we can bring peace and safety back to our land, and the world. So, let’s absolutely “do this”… “this” being keeping the conversations open and momentum towards peace, respect, fairness, and equality for all going. Let’s be the most transformational country in the coming years and inspire other countries to follow our lead.
Let Our Own Light Shine
Do you want this to be the start of a transformative journey? Are you willing to help create a place where individuals are given the freedom, support, encouragement, and resources to pursue and reach their fullest potential? How will you make a positive difference to the world? The responsibility to do this falls upon every single one of us. We can use “the Force” and let good triumph over evil, and the light outshine the darkness.
Empower Others to do the Same
On Friday, the alleged gunman believed his actions would unleash our deepest fears. He didn’t understand what our deepest fears are. So his darkness has unleashed the incredible power of humanity, which flickers deep within each and every one of us. It is, therefore, fitting to end my reflections on the Christchurch Mosque Attack with the following quote:
Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love:
Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Further reading on how to make sense of the Christchurch Mosque Attack: Statement from the MHF: Extremism is not a mental illness
“What is freedom and do you need to fight for it?” This is a question that is on my mind 24/7 these days. Especially with the huge amount of division, coercion, bullying and misinformation that is going on (from “both sides” of the “argument). Note: this article is my independent opinion, based on extensive research
Why tell your story? 81% of people want to write a book before they die. But all books start with having a good story to tell. What’s yours? Most importantly… who do you want to tell it to? Will they read it? And will they want others to know your story? Lots of Questions –