Dr. Christine Madar, Coordinator for the PreParliament Event Sept 5th addresses those gathered for the Blessing
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Traditions Unite at Healing Wall
Christianity: 2.1 billion
Islam: 1.5 billion
Hinduism: 900 million
Buddhism: 376 million
Judaism: 14 million
Baha’i: 7 million
Native Americans: 4 million
| | On Sunday, June 7, 2009, student representatives from every SOM branch gathered at the Peace Dome in preparation for the Pre-Parliament event we are hosting September 5th. Dr. Daniel Condron opened the gathering with an affirmation of the ideal and purpose of the School of Metaphysics. SOM President Dr. Laurel Clark welcomed everyone and Rev. Paul Madar gave a poem he penned for the occasion. The attention then shifted to the Healing Wall and the seven individuals listed here who, in turn, offered a blessing from one of the world’s faith traditions.
This was the first time we, as the whole school assembly, connected the Healing Wall with the world. The Healing Wall was connected in cyberspace Heaven during the previous all student weekend on April 5th. At 1 a.m. (CDT) healingwall.org was launched into cyberspace with Dr. Sheila Benjamin, Dr. Terry Martin, and Jesse Kern in attendance. Dozens of students, gathered for the student weekend, used dream incubation to support the birth.
The site is the combined effort of many people who have received, catalogued, and organized the 300 or so stones we have already received for the Healing Wall. Paul Madar, Bryon Parrino, Natalie Axberg, Rory Colgan, and others have carried the torch here at the Peace Dome since its dedication in the fall of 2003. The Healing Wall was an idea birthed in January that year at the General Assembly, and as such has been part of the idea of the Peace Dome from its early conception.
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I pray for the environment
I pray for its cleansing
And the renewal of our Mother Earth”
Dr. Sheila Benjamin opened the blessing ceremony with a Hopi Indian prayer. She lit a smudge stick of sage the herb used for cleansing, healing, and blessing.
“Sing a new song for the Lord who has done marvelous deeds.”
The Prayer of Victory from the Old Testament of the Bible was read by Dr. Terry Martin in honor of the Jewish tradition.
| ||“Then I saw new heavens and a new earth. The former heavens and the former earth had passed away and the sea was no longer.” |
Divinity student Amy Pawlus read from the Book of Revelation in honor of the Christian tradition.
| ||“Namaste!” |
Rev. Damian Nordmann greeted those attending with the classic Hindu greeting. He offered the oldest Sanskrit mantra the Gayatri in blessing the Healing Wall. The Gayatri is unique in that it embodies the three concepts of stotra (singing the praise and glory of God), dhyana (meditation) and praarthana (prayer). Its meaning in English is “May the Almighty God illuminate our intellect to lead us along the righteous path.”
|The launching of the website, designed by Aisha Causey, is a significant step toward the week May 31 to June 6, 2012, when the stones we have collected will be inlaid, one continent at a time. The timing of the launch has particular signifance as this pertains to a celestial space event. Astrologically, the chart for the site contains what astrologers call a Grand Trine in fire signs Sun in Aries, Moon in Leo (the site’s designer is a Leo), and Rising sign in Sagittarius. Healingwall.org carries the energy of initiation (Aires), the day-to-day quality of devotion (Leo), and the constant expression of the pursuit of Universal Truth (Sagittarius). When I first saw this chart, I saw Holy Fire, the Spirit that heals. |
This summer, College grads Karen Mosby, Jonathan Duerbeck, College student Kerry Keller, and Chicago teacher Wendy Olindo met to design and plan a prairie landscape to frame the Healing Wall. The area will contain dozens of flowers and plants native to the Ozarks. This supports the healing potential of the wall.
In 2003, SOM Associates dedicated the Peace Dome to the world as a universal site for peace. In 2009, we took the next step in preparing the wall to receive the Earth by invoking the Receptive Principle in this sacred space. In Australia, we will have a unique opportunity to meet people from all around the world, inviting them to participate in the activation of the Aggressive Principle as we inlay stones from around the world in 2012. You are invited to join in this endeavor.•
Dr. Barbara Condron reporting
Hezekiah Condron and B Condron, photographers
| ||“Om Mani Padme Hum” |
The six syllable mantra which purifies human body, speech, mind, and activity was chanted by those present as Rev. Ivy Norris brought a Buddhist blessing. Om mani padme hum is the Buddhist mantra of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara, inviting compassion, wisdom, equanimity, and bliss. An 18-inch in diameter crystal singing bowl, positioned in front of the Healing Wall, carried the chant into the world.
|“Allahu Akbar” |
Dr. Pam Blosser held her hands in prayer pose and looked up to the sky. “God is the greatest” is the translation of the greeting. “You are the healer. There is no healing but the healing you give.” Representing the Muslims of the world, she offered a prayer for healing as she traced the continents with her right hand.
| ||“Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them Thy great purpose.” |
Thus began the Prayer of Unity offered by Jesse Kern in honor of those of the Baha’i faith. Baha’i is the second most widespread faith with more than 100,000 localities around the world and over 2100 different ethnic and tribal groups represented.