The Power of Awe -- The unifier, the conflict healer

04 September 2017


"A human being is part of the whole, called by us Universe.

A part limited in time and space.

He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as

something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to

our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by

widening our circle of compassion to

embrace all living creatures and

the whole of nature in its beauty."

            ~ Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

               Physicist, Nobel Laureate


Living, perceiving, and identifying beyond one's own, exclusive, limited life experience,

in a way that transcends boundaries and disconnection from each other and Earth, and

includes all of humankind and creation -- newly realized as

interconnected, spiritual, holy, sacred, awe.

            ~ Anon

1.  The Power of Awe As Unifier, Healer
2.  Awe of Engagement Changes Lives in Palestinian-Jewish Relationships
3.  Awe of Being Together Changes Young Women's Middle East Relationships
     (two special quotes)
4.  Awe of Worshiping Together Unites Nebraska, USA Muslims, Christians, and Jews

== 1 ==
The Power of Awe
As Unifier, Healer
Unleashing the power of the human embrace was the plea to all of us from Professor Albert Einstein.
The visionary was seeing disconnected, fearful humankind drifting with technology worship and atomic powers toward "unparalleled catastrophe."

Just as Einstein uncovered mystery, now we humans must discover, practice every day, and  teach the new power of authentic engagement that unites .
Not splits.

Experiencing the dependable, mystical beauty and overwhelming awe of returning to one another.
Being heard and listening
, lowering walls, touching hearts, opening minds -- becoming fully alive and reunited with our global sisters and brothers, and with our one Earth.

This is awe.
Transcending what divides,
with the power of face-to-face, heart-to-heart human connection and Dialogue communication that dignifies and equalizes. . .finally.

This Summer, 2017, psychologist Kirk Schneider's landmark publication details why and how experiences of awe have a powerful outcome following successful civil discourse.


The Spirituality of Awe

by Kirk J Schneider, Waterfront Press, June 2017, 195 pp


A hopeful advantage and beauty of awe is that it resonates with everyone.
Culture-inclusive, it transcends differences in gender, age, tribe, and religion -- empowering people to become their best selves "in spite of and in light of their pain."
By participating in something greater than oneself, cultivation of awe additionally increases life satisfaction, patience, emotional health, volunteerism, and even one's immune system.

Describing "The Intercultural Impact of Awe," the social scientist cites a wave of studies documenting the intercultural power of awe for conflict resolution.
Schneider calls for urgent training of a "New Army of Depth Healers" and facilitators "as important, and hopefully more important, than the conventional army now enshrined. . .in a new war...for humanity's dignity."

== 2 ==
Awe of Engagement
Changes Lives in
Palestinian-Jewish Relationships
In Jerusalem this summer 2017, the Parents Program Coordinator of Kids4Peace (K4P) -- -- created a chavruta program pairing up
Palestinian and Israeli parents for facilitated one-on-one meetings to strengthen individual relationships over the summer.

Nava Levine-Coren:  "Participating in K4P was a catalyst for me.
It opened my eyes to the other side of the story (and) led me to become aware of the brokenness that exists.
And it also gave me a glimpse of the simple sweetness of human connection."

 "After our last meeting, I wanted more.
I wanted to keep up the relationships I had begun to forge."

READ of the parents' moving and transformative experiences:


As a Religious Zionist, My First Encounter With A Palestinian Changed My Life

The Forward -- 24 August 2017

Nava Levine-Coren

== 3 ==
Awe of Being Together
Changes Young Women's
Middle East Relationships
Creativity for Peace -- -- is summer camp-like program in New Mexico, USA.
Relationship based, it includes art experiences for preparing "the next generation of female leaders  in Israel and Palestine" -- young women facilitators of courage, communication excellence, compassion, and friendship in their own communities and across borders.

The Palestinian and Israeli young women are prepared to partner as leaders by transforming anger and prejudice to mutual respect, facilitating an understanding of themselves and the others, and inspiring action that models equality and living together supportively.
Back home, they continue with a two-year process of seminars and trainings -- a continuation of the Dialogue and personal growth.

Palestinian living in Israel:  Creativity for Peace widens our horizons, encourages us to think out of the box, and helps us deal with the conflict.
We live together in the same country, but there's no contact."

Jewish Israeli: "We sleep together. we shop, we play. . . what girls like to do.
The biggest impact on me was doubting all the truths I was taught.
It's a different thing hearing it from the news, than from the other people directly."

Palestinian:  "It's not only about sharing stories and expressing yourself.
It's also about hearing the others' stories that are still in my heart."

Jewish Israeli: "It's easy to hate when you don't know the other person.
To say they should die, they should not be here.
But when you meet the people, they become your friends and cannot be your enemy any more."

Palestinian:  "Sharing and listening; it's only in the Dialogue.
I cannot not come back, because they are the only people who can really understand me."

Palestinian: "I think we're making the way for peace, showing people there's hope,
It's not easy, but it's worth it."
WATCH their video:


Creativity for Peace

7-min video -- 06 July 2017

            "Without diversity and contrast, life's meaning is lost.

            We complete each other."

                        ~Taleb Al-Harithi, Hebron, Palestine

            "We were together.  I forget the rest."

                        ~ Walt Whitman, poet

== 4 ==
Awe of Worshiping Together
Unites Nebraska, USA
Muslims, Christians, and Jews
The Tri-Faith Initiative -- -- is a new kind of neighborhood nearing completion in West Omaha, Nebraska.
Muslims, Jews, and Christians will share spaces, food, ideas, joy, and pain.

For over 10 year, a tenacious, visionary group of Omahas religious and lay leaders have held firm to their divine dream.
Three, brand-new houses of worshipa temple, a mosque, and a churchlocated close together on the same plot of land, will feel borderless, flowing, and inviting of interaction.
It will encourage communication between communitiespromoting, among other things, cross-religious education and understanding.

This beautiful, transcendant example of life together can only help inspire awe -- awaken the imagination of others on Earth, on the road to global reunion and community. 


In Omaha, Three Faiths Share One Big Idea

The Tri-Faith Initiative brings together a synagogue, a church, and a mosque,

with a promise to build bridges between them

Tablet Magazine -- 30 August 2017

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