The Human Cohesion Project — 25 April 2020
“Out beyond the ideas of right-doing and wrongdoing, there is a field I will meet you there.”
I connected deeply with the spirit of the Sufi all through today, and particularly when I worked on my reflection and connection with Islam this evening.
The day was long and intense at work, interspersed with a few people reaching out related to this project as well. There were some concerns expressed about me doing this work, in a country with rising Islamophobia aggravated by the lockdown.
As I received the concerns with gratitude, I also got in touch with what seems to be fuelling this work through me. What I connect with is the deep longing for ‘home’, to the source that we really belong from, expressed in myriad forms through our existence, including religion. Somehow along the way, human drama took over and garbed religions in personal stories and in the process, we anthropomorphised the source, the home. And of course, stories have literary tools — protagonists and antagonists. Naturally, in the story of religions, some had to be volunteered to be the villain. In our current space in history, Islam seems to be that scapegoat so that the story continues. And I wonder, are we missing the forest for the tree? Are we perpetuating a story that was merely a means to an end (the source), instead of staying committed to the source?
In one community conversation today, several people spoke about how they feel called to, going forward, ‘be home’ more often. And while it was said to mean stay at home, I also wonder, was it also the unconscious signalling, that we need to ‘be’ home — to become, to live as, the source?
That cue was my gift from today. And it has placed me in restful commitment to connect with the ideal of fraternity, that has been the intention of this project.
- What did you receive today from this journey?
- What is the re-formed relationship with religion? With home?
Ramadan Kareem. May we have the capacity to receive the generosity that life is.
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