Harmony in the Lives of Children by Nina Meyerhof

May 10, 2016

The 21st century holds the greatest possibilities for an integrated peaceful and prosperous global community. Connected by telecommunications and a growing spirituality, humankind has a chance to actualize an evolutionary state of being. At the same time, the future has never before been more challenged by worldwide terrorism, poverty, rapid climate change, inadequate education and health care and geopolitical unrest. The kind of world that the next generation will experience will depend upon the collective vision and intention of world leaders. As long as the global culture is grounded in fear, greed and scarcity, we will continue to use our human and financial resources for war and destruction. As we shift towards love, compassion in education, we will deploy resources for the common good, lifting up all people to a life of hope and security.

Today, science and spirituality are coming to the same conclusion that all people are intrinsically similar; the human genome project has proven that we are genetically 99.9% alike with only 1 tenth of one percent that makes us different. Until we realize that “I am you and you are me”, only then will right action and thought be supported by the universal laws of nature. Until we can concentrate on what makes us the same instead of what makes us different, only then can we deal with the challenges ahead. It is imperative that we spend our time and resources on young people, supporting leadership and educational experiences that promote respectful communities, common ethics, sustainable practices, peace, and economic opportunities.

It is very relevant to begin to reflect on this word Harmony. It is meant to create a sense of bringing together in easy oneness, a blending and piecing together of parts so that we are no longer in separatist thinking. Like a symphony of sounds. If we as a common human family can begin to understand the interrelationship of parts to the whole then we will find the harmony needed for building a unitive sensing of how humanity might live together as a human family. It appears it is our ego driven isolationist sense that creates a world of people who feel they must protect and build their own personal fortresses rather than experiencing a complementary relationship to one another. Presently we behave in a manner to feel individually safe and secure as a basis a sense of fearfulness of loss for self rather than to give freely with an open heart. The movement into harmony is the transformation from fear to love so as we step into this basic holographic relationship then the transformation into harmony begins and nature’s flow emerges.

So how do we educate for this understanding of moving from the personal to the more spacious understanding of the whole? How do we as educators model what we ourselves are not capable of to date? Do we realize that each generation is more fully conscious and thus more capable to move into an abstract understanding of living from hunter gatherer to transcendent being? It is our obligation to give the next generation an opportunity to evolve to the next level of consciousness. Each successive generation carries the greater potential to learn to live as a family of humankind. Many of the children carry the genetics for unraveling this mystery. As adults we must create safe spaces for this exploration and understanding and fostering growth of the potential for universal harmony while living one’s full potential.

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