Monday, February 21, 2011

HEAL THE WORLD... What does it all mean?

Every generation breeds a new wave of incredibly talented artists, musicians, and writers; all of them
messengers, all of them bringing with them a piece of light from the heavens to place into our hands.

It is a light we call hope.

I am often stunned by the reactions of people to music, especially that which is written by artists who have a vision far beyond the modern day understandings of society. These revolutionary thinkers and feelers are attacked and ridiculed for their ideas, for their outspoken and often blatant cries of anguish with regards to the current state of our world. We look at not the content of the message, but rather the packaging, and we think ‘that person is too far out there to ever see Truth’...

Yet I ask you, how many lives have been saved? How many children have been fed, clothed, educated and offered freedom of choice due to the bravery of these artists?

I have been watching in awe in the last weeks as people around the world have stood together hand in hand in a fight for freedom. The freedom of the people had truly become the plight of the people as brothers and sisters, not of blood, but of spirit stood together in a global showing of strength. Yes Egypt stood up and said NO MORE, yes they spoke out and yes they birthed a showing of strength unlike anything ever seen before and YES they did not do it ALONE.

Our advancements in technology have allowed us to stay with them, to follow them, to support them, to let them know that we stood behind them – even if distance prevented us from standing beside them. We prayed for their safety, we protested the assault on their freedom of communication and we celebrated their victory. Yet as our world changes, it is the reality of those changes that there are yet many struggles ahead, not just aboard, but for us here at home as well.

I have been reflecting much on the courage of those who stood for freedom and I wonder when the time comes will we stand as strong. Then I listen to songs like this and I realize that yes, we have and will continue to do so as long as we stay true to our purpose and true to ourselves. To stand up for what is right has often been to stand alone yet I do not feel this to be our current reality. For generations our artists and musicians have taken the risk to say the things we might not dare to say, to voice the anger we have all felt at injustice and to be true to their nature as creators, to be true to their hearts and their message of hope.

I remember growing up, I spent a lot of time with musicians and the one thing that always amazed me was their ability to work together; regardless of their individual genres, their backgrounds or beliefs, when it came time to play, nothing mattered but the music. So I ask you what can we learn from them other than just the message in the song? Perhaps it is the unity with which they stand together to bring that message forward, perhaps it is the fearless sense of self worth and value of that which they have created that we can look to as an example of how to be the change we all wish to see in the world.
Let us not forget the valuable gifts we have been given through their art, through their music, through the sharing of the very core of who they are; let us not forget the love that has been offered to us by them through song...

Let us not forget, as the brave souls of Egypt have so boldly proven true to us all, the strength and power of that song of freedom when it is sung together.

There's a place in your heart and I know that it is love and this place could be much Brighter than tomorrow.
And if you really try you'll find there's no need to cry. In this place you'll feel there's no hurt or sorrow.
There are ways to get there if you care enough for the living make a little space, make a better place.
Heal the world. Make it a better place. For you and for me and the entire human race. There are people dying if you care enough for the living, make a better place for you and for me. If you want to know why there's a love that cannot lie. Love is strong it only cares for joyful giving.
If we try we shall see in this bliss we cannot feel fear or dread. We stop existing and start living. Then it feels that always love's enough for us growing
Make a better world, make a better world.
Heal the world. Make it a better place. For you and for me and the entire human race. There are people dying, if you care enough for the living make a better place for you and for me.
And the dream we would conceived in will reveal a joyful face and the world we once believed in
will shine again in grace. Then why do we keep strangling life wound this earth, crucify it's soul;
though it's plain to see, this world is heavenly. Be God's glow.
We could fly so high, let our spirits never die. In my heart I feel you are all my brothers.
Create a world with no fear, together we'll cry happy tears. See the nations turn their swords into plowshares. We could really get there if you cared enough for the living make a little space to make a better place.

Did you recognize it? I would bet you are more than willing to accept the beauty in those words yet the singer of them was harassed, persecuted, condemned and ultimately killed because of ignorance and greed. Why is it we must lose that which is most precious in our world in order for us to truly appreciate its worth? Has the time not come for us to uphold and uplift each other, to encourage our unique individuality and to appreciate the beauty of the gifts that are brought to us through that unique and diversity?

Michael had a vision, as clearly as you can see the printed words of this blog he could SEE a better world and that vision carried him through long enough to bring forward a very strong message of love. How many other artists have we pushed aside because we were too busy being concerned with how they dress, where they live, how they spend their time (their time – not yours – not mine – theirs) --- how many other messages of hope have we ignored because we judged what we saw on the surface?

I am reminded often of late by those much wiser than I that it does not matter where in their life a person is, it is exactly where they need to be because from where they are they have something of worth and value to share with another. Regardless of whether or not we see the value, is it not enough now in these times simply to KNOW that it is there? As we move together into a new day I pray that we may do so with an attitude of appreciation for all those we share our world with, and a sense of unity that allows us to see the true beauty in ALL that is so that we may through the looking glass that is our own vision share that beauty with the world.

Niki Norlock, author of Truth - My Synchromystic Journey

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