No matter if you are Black or White, Yellow or Red, a member of any of the religions of the world or an not, we all still bleed red, we all are born from a mother and a father, and we all walk on the same earth. The hatred towards other peoples in many histories have sowed seeds of hatred in our hearts like weeds in a garden that should grow love and respect for one another instead.
The love and respect that grows in our hearts should have been bountiful like a harvest of wheat and shared with everyone. Instead, the harvest of wheat was replaced with a harvest of weeds to be shared with the masses, allowing hatred to grow instead of love and respect. This in turn has formulated many of the ill wills we see still lingering today: racism, bigotry, discrimination, segregation, human trafficking, and so on. We are more than this hatred in our hearts. Human nature involves humanity being at peace.
The religions of the world have given people many different paths to finding peace. Buddhism provided the eight folded path, Christianity brought the seven sacraments, Islam provided the five pillars, the hopi provided their virtues, Sikhism provided the 5 Ks, and many religions of the world provided other ways of finding peace. As the balance starts with us, then the first step is to understanding the Connection.
The connection is beyond hate, beyond pride, beyond greed. The connection is beyond all our scientific achievements and the homes we build. We, the whole of humanity, are the connection; humanity is a collection of different races with the same principle creeds. We all share faith in a higher power, all walk on the same planet earth, and we all interact between different life forms. We are caretakers of the world around us from the seeds we sow to birds we feed. Humanity is the connection between each other, the Higher Power, and the Earth.
The connection is taught in many different ways around the world and has paved ways for many lives to be connected to the higher power and find peace. For example, take a look at the below quotes and proverbs from across the world:
“If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body” Corinthians 12:15
“Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary [beneficial] for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.” Guru Nanak Dej Vi
“And whoever holds firmly to Allah (God) has (indeed) been guided to a straight path.” Quran 3:101
“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.” Buddha
“Hold on to what is good, even if it’s a handful of Earth” –Hopi proverb
“If you pick up one end of the stick you also pick up the other.” Ethiopian Proverb
While these quotes may seam vastly different, they all share the same premise: A foot is still part of the whole body, though it is not the hand. Meditation on what is good for the soul may allow the person to realize though a part of them is different, it is still good that it is a part of them. Perhaps this meditation quote from Guru Nanak is also inline with the Quran quote that whoever holds firmly to God is guided on a straight path – which is beneficial for the soul. The Hopi also advise us to hold on to what is good and that even a handful of earth is beneficial for the soul as a handful of love with the Higher Power/God. The Ethiopian proverb also advises that what we pick up one end of the stick, we also pick up the other. If we pick up the soil of the earth and find it good, then we find that all soil from where we picked it up from is good. If we allow God in our minds and hearts, then we allow the connection to the Higher Power in us to grow as well. If the stick we pick up keeps us standing tall, then we too keep the stick standing tall as well. If we have lived a life not seeing what is good and what is straight, then we are lost; however, if we are to be the connection, then we must do something now and pick up that stick, allow God to grow in us, and see all earth is good.
As these six quotes may seam different, they are all connected in some way in us finding our connection. As we are black or white, yellow or red, and may adhere to any of the religions of the world, we are all connected as well. While these six quotes are based on spiritual bases, we must also understand that our connection is not only based on our spirit, but also on or ingenuity.
“The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both…Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.” – Carl Sagan
It is not Black or White: It’s Mind and Heart
Both Science and Religion have been in feuds over who is right and who is wrong just as often as many religions have in our history; however, if the religions of the world provide different was of peace on the same principles as the other, and if science is continuously working to find ways for us to heal the scars we made onto the Earth, then there is no reason for these two need to continue to fight for who is right and who is wrong.
As the balance starts with you, and as the connection starts with you, then the beginnings of change start with you. The connection is humanity living mutually with the Higher Power, the Earth, and all life and understanding how they are connected to all. To start the connection, we must first look into ourselves and our ways to connect before we tackle anything else. How can you change the world to be better if you have not changed yourself?
As science is working tirelessly to change the world for the better with greener energy, cleaning the ocean, finding cures for diseases, the religions of the world and all faiths are working tirelessly as well to remind humanity of our virtues and our connection. Both are not wrong, but both are right and both can work together; however, they can only work together if you allow yourself to see they can work together. Science and religion are two ends of the same stick. Science is the left hand and Religion is the right hand of the same person that hold the same soil from the Earth. Science focuses from our mind while Religion centers around our hearts.
To better the connection, mind and heart must work as a team within you. With over 7.8 billion people in the world as we are in 2020, there is no one clear way as the mind and heart of a Somali girl may experience and see the world very differently than a Finnish boy, a Monk in Lhasa may have very different ways than a Priest in Brasilia. Be that as it may, a tomato seed can grow in Italy as it can in Mexico, although it may be a slight variation in shape and taste. If you choose to find the connection between you, the Higher Power, the Earth, and all life around you, then I would suggest asking yourself the below questions objectively – as if you are seeing yourself from the other side of a room. If only religious thoughts come to mind, try and include some degree of science when you answer these questions and vice versa. We live in a world where both science enhanced our lives as much as religion, so it will be a disservice to you not to answer these questions without how both affect your current connection.
Questions to Consider:
What is my current connection to The Higher Power (Allah, God, Yahweh)?
What is my current connection to The Earth?
What is my current connection to all Life around me?
How content am I with my current connections?
How can I better my connection to the Higher Power to benefit myself and the Higher Power together?
How can I better my connection to The Earth to my benefit and to The Earth’s benefit together?
How can I better my connection to all Life to my benefit and to their benefit together?
Remember, these questions must first revolve around you first – not your community, not your state, not your nation, not your faith – just you. One seed can only grow in one spot. If you break the seed into multiple pieces and attempt to plant it in twelve different areas, it will never grow.
More to come on this.
Be well and be safe.