By June Soyka Cook
When I despair,
I remember that all through history
the ways of truth and love have always won.
There have been tyrants, and murderers,
and for a time they can seem invincible,
but in the end they always fall.
Think of it - always.
- Mahatma Gandhi - early 20th century
Twenty years from now, the collective memory of the world will likely recall "life before 9/11"
and "life after 9/11" - so shocking and devastating were the events of this day. For now, the
memories are still raw and many people are still coming to terms with the loss of loved ones,
a secure way of life and fear of what the future holds.
Some spiritual healers and leaders have called 9/11 a "wake-up call." Could it be that the great
loss of human life that day (on a soul level) was their "gift" to humanity? Would you agree that
only such massive devastation would "wake-up" the world from its complacency towards our fellow
man and woman, and awaken or renew our spiritual connection with the Divine?
During World War II, Tudor Pole, advisor to Winston Churchill, initiated "The Silent Minute" in
which the people of Britain collectively prayed in silence for a minute each night as Big Ben
stuck 9 PM - just before the evening news. After the war, Nazi records noted the Britons had
"a secret weapon connected to Big Ben." The Nazis never uncovered the nature of this secret weapon.
This is a wonderful illustration of the power of collective consciousness. To many, it is
unfathomable that we could have this kind of power because we have remained separate from our
divine essence and each other for so long. By uniting together - in prayer and simple acts of
kindness - the collective consciousness will evolve creating a more harmonious, a healthier
world for our children, our grandchildren and us. Allow prayer to play a part in your healing
and the world's healing.
In his book The Hundredth Monkey
, Ken Keyes, Jr. tells us how scientists observed the Japanese
monkey for a period of 30 plus years. In 1952 the scientists dropped sweet potatoes in the sand
of the Island Koshima. The monkeys liked the taste of sweet potatoes but not the sand. One of
the monkeys, Imo, discovered that this was remedied by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream.
She taught this behavior to her mother and playmates, who in turn taught their mothers. The
scientists observed as more monkeys learned this technique. But what surprised them most
occurred in 1958 when the behavior jumped over the sea and colonies of monkeys on other islands
and the mainland troop of monkeys began washing their sweet potatoes. Ken Keyes supposes that the
addition of just one more monkey, say the 100th monkey is what shifted the consciousness of
island monkeys to monkey's elsewhere.
Keyes said, "the Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know
of a new way, it remains the consciousness property of these people. But there is a point at which
if only one more person tunes-in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness
is picked up by almost everyone!"
Could the next person that reads and embraces this awareness be the 100th monkey and in effect
raise all human consciousness towards inner and global peace? Let's pray so -- together.
Uniting in Daily Prayer at Noon
As demonstrated by the Silent Minute, the power of a prayer is greatly strengthen when a group
of people "attune" to the same prayer or intension - at the same time. Today, set your
PC alarm or wrist watch and join
thousands of others - of diverse faiths - participating in a 5-minute
at NOON DAILY. This is already occurring in various time zones around the world but clearly we
await "the 100th Monkey" desiring inner and global peace.
Violence never again!
War never again!
Terrorism never again!
In God's name,
may all religions bring upon earth
justice and peace,
forgiveness, life and love!
His Holiness Pope John Paul II
January 24, 2002
O God, we are one with you. You have made us one with you. You have taught us that if we are
open to one another, you dwell in us. Help us to preserve this openness and to fight for it
with all our hearts. Help us to realize that there can be no understanding where there is
mutual rejection. O God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely, we accept
you, and we thank you, and we adore you, and we love you with our whole being, because our being
is your being, our spirit is rooted in your spirit. Fill us then with love, and let us be bound
together with love as we go our diverse ways, united in this one spirit which makes you present
in the world, and which makes you witness to the ultimate reality that is love. Love has overcome.
Love is victorious.
Thomas Merton, 1915-1968
American Poet and Monk
Lord, take me where You want me to go;
Let me meet who You want me to meet;
Tell me what You want me to say; and
Keep me out of your way.
Father Mychal Judge - FDNY - died 9/11/01
Let us be united;
Let us speak in harmony;
Let our minds apprehend alike.
Common be our prayer,
Common be the end of our assembly;
Common be our resolution;
Common be our deliberations.
Alike be our feelings;
Unified be our hearts;
Common be our intentions;
Perfect be our unity.
From the Rig Veda
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About the Instructor
June Soyka Cook is the founder of Self-Healing Expressions. This web site provides free and
nominally priced self-paced email courses on personal growth and holistic topics including:
The First Year of Grief: Help for the Journey
By Marty Tousley
Holistic Prayer: Healing the Mind, Body and Spirit through Prayer
By June Soyka Cook
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