During a critical moment of impending war between Israel and Iran, something beautiful emerged from the mire of divisive thinking, racial intolerance and mutual hate. Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry designed this poster of himself and his daughter, and shared it on Facebook. It created, and reflected, an exquisite moment in our human evolution, an instant when the soul rises above the muck of the most ugly human ideas, glimpses its True Self and is transformed.
Many other Israelis responded positively to this message, designing their own posters to join the force of love. Iranians returned the gesture of love with their own posters, and in the wake of these communications of the heart, Facebook communities entitled ‘Israel loves Iran,’ ‘Iran loves Israel’ and ‘Palestine loves Israel’ have been set up to suggest an alternative way of dealing with each other.
This story reminded me of the lotus flower, which in Hindu, Buddhist and Egyptian religions, is considered a symbol of purity and resurrection. The lotus, rooted deeply in the mud, ascends through murky waters to blossom at the surface as a beautiful flower. For me, certain people of these warring nations have awoken to the illusion of their beliefs in separation and hatred, and like the lotus flower have risen from the abyss into the sunlight of their heart space.
Truth, once seen, cannot be unseen. The stalk of the lotus is pliable, easy to bend, but very hard to break. Once the love that binds us as human beings is remembered at the deepest level, nothing can render us apart.
To watch this video of people rising from the depths of human misery, is a gift. I thank Noeleen over at WordsFallFromMyEyes for bringing my attention to it. It gave me a hope for humanity that I have not felt in a very long time.