I have really been touched by the news this past month of the political turmoil in Iran. The protests and demands for freedom by the Iranian people have both moved and inspired me, probably in the same way that many have been inspired by the labors of those who became the founding fathers of the United States. There are many countries that still fight for even the smallest liberties that many of us of take for granted. Did you know, that out of 103 countries of the world, 43 are still not free? And that actually equals over a third of our world population!
In some of these countries, the population is kept in the dark, denied education and healthcare, and often left in a constant state of fear for life and limb. In others, women are denied education and live an extremely oppressed existence. And in still others, entire tribes or races are the victims of genocide. If what I am writing seems too terrible to think about, well it is terrible! I have to admit that, when I compare my life to the lives of people in countries who still struggle under the yoke of oppression, all of my personal cares and concerns seem very small indeed.
I certainly don't want to imply, that we should feel guilty about the freedoms we benefit from. On the contrary, we should be joyful and grateful for the many liberties we enjoy each and every day, because any of us could have been born in a country where we might never experience the independence and free will we have now.
We enjoy a number of very precious liberties, including the right to speak freely without fear of being arrested, the right to a free press, the right to practice the religion of your choice, the right to a full education, and the right to vote for your candidate of choice. And because these freedoms have been practiced for a long time, it has become an accepted and expected way of living. I just wanted to take this opportunity in lieu of the turmoil going on in our world to say how fortunate those of us who do benefit from such freedoms actually are.
"Freedom" may be a small word, but it carries a huge significance, especially for those who are still fighting for it and for those to whom it is nothing more than a dim hope. I am sure you will agree that we should greet each new day with a sense of humility and gratitude for the privileges and liberties we continue to enjoy, and that we should never take our freedom for granted.
Let's be grateful for what we have and how about a prayer for our Iranian brothers & sisters?
Cup of God,
house of beloved, David
Song of Prayer from the Heart of our Iranian Relatives,
We pray today in the Grey the place we can not see. It's here I say, the way if here, follow my heart, I'm here to stay. When will the doors open the breeze to let all that I know to come in? How can I find the sun inside when the darkness always wants to come in. I know my brother and sister exclaims, "Where are the diamonds in the door". (The doorway into heaven, who are the crystal people. They represent today Heaven or our unseen Darkness, the realm of the heart and soul, as part of evolution, now in recognition as so many have spiritual awakening. These are the pearly gates that open upwards towards Heaven and downwards towards Earth. This is naturally occurring now, because Heaven our darkness has now begun to enter our space, and we need learn how to manage our space. Offer blessings each moment, at least each hour to cleanse all impurities away!) There I will find liberty, to end all despair. I know that God is here, standing at my feet. For he is Greater than I can believe even in the streets. When will the violence stop all the pain, to enter into our hearts? I want to be a better view, just peering in the dark. When whispers come home and fly to me, they seem so confused all the time. Don't know what is right or wrong anymore, for there is so much pain it smarts. If I could be the lost of thee, come please rescue me. I need your love and I need your store, that fills my heart for sure. Inside of you, will be the blue, the home that I miss so much. I want to return, but I know it's the stern, that makes me keep up this start. I know I will always live inside of you, but do you remember me?
Just bless my house and my brothers too, and give us a helping heart. WE need you our relatives where did you go? It's been so long I have not known, the time has gone by and now, I must lie, inside the darkness where all who reside. How will the relatives who conquer us now, learn that they have a heart? I need them to know, that they are part of this show, just give them love, so they will know. I want you to be, inside of me, this way, maybe I could grow apart from all that is impure, and all that finds cures, the truth is I need just a heart. Give me your love, I need you so much, and I don't know how to find you. I pray everyday, and I say, god, hooray, your glory is coming some day!
Sung by White Buffalo Calf Woman, your Twin Deer Mother, Elder Crystal person
Drum of the Heartbeat by Holiness David Running Eagle Shooting Star, Elder Lavender person, The house of the beloved, the star of David