Birthing Peace, One Fertile Heart at a Time
Lapsed blogger that I am, I do hope a few of you are still out there, cause I’m burning to share some news.
Thanks to your let’s-do-it spirit, and your enthusiastic on-and off-line comments, the inspiration that emerged through my 9/11 Bowing Project, and the ideas I talked about in the Want a Miracle post has now morphed into a new website,www.fertileheartedhuman.org, gorgeous t-shirts, a video, a petition, a lovely meeting room in Tribeca, a Turn It Around Chant (which hopefully we’ll be posting on the new site soon, and most important: An anticipated gathering at Ground Zero on September 11.
Moving forward with this project has been once again a stupendous opportunity for nudging the Orphans out of the Orphanage; and rousing the slumbering-Visionary-Rebel-Mama in me.
A few days ago, a beloved teacher, Rabbi Yael Romer, who was lucky enough to have studied with Ellie Wiesel was telling me about his views on parenthood. Ellie Wiesel, as some of you might know, is the recipient of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, the author of some of the most haunting books about the Holocaust; a revered teacher and humanitarian.
Rabbi Romer said that for most of his life Ellie Wiesel didn’t want to have children. I imagine that having lived through one of the darkest nights of human history, the possibility, that his child might need to experience similar horrors, was too much for him to bear.
It was not until he was much older that he finally decided to become a father. To him, as Rabbi Romer reports, this was the highest form of optimism for the human race.
In my workshops and private work the question that comes up most frequently is: “Why me? Why is this happening to me when all my friends are popping out babies like there’s no tomorrow.”
The answer to that question reveals itself for everyone who embarks on a pilgrimage to find it.I know for me, there is one overriding reason for the arrival of all life-challenges. Pain is sometimes the only way that life can get our attention, the only way to crack our hearts open to the current injustices and suffering of our next door neighbor or the victim of child-trafficking across the globe.
Sadly, for many of us (I’ve done this countless times, just hope I’m doing it less) as soon the pain subsides, so does our resolve for action. Sometimes all that needs to happen is a positive pregnancy test, and the flame-of-the-emerging-activist-heart, the drive to– do the right thing; to speak up for the benefit of others– fizzles out never to be seen again.
And yet, as Ellie Wiesel teaches us in his 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech: “…action is the only remedy for indifference, the most insidious danger of all.”
Like Ellie Wiesel, I too have lived my faith in the human race through giving birth to two beautiful human beings. But unless I earn my optimism through continued commitment to speaking up for Truth, Justice, Compassion, in whatever imperfect ways I’m able to speak up, I’m not only betraying all the victims of violence who perished throughout the ages, while the human-majority remained mute, I’m betraying all the future children that many of us so fervently long to bring into the world.
Here’s to Turning it Around!
Meet us at Ground Zero
On September 11, 2010
Gathering 8:46 to 11:00AM
Free Workshop: Birth Your Next Creation, Repair the Earth
!:00 to 3:00PM
8:46AM – 11:00Noon – Gathering at Ground Zero
At 140 Broadway Between Liberty and Cedar
in front of the Brown Brothers Harriman Building
1:00 to 3:00PM EST Free Workshop: Birth Your Next Creation and Repair the World. with author, activist, Julia Indichova in Manhattan. Space in the workshop is limited, Preference will be given to people participating in the morning gathering. RSVP email@example.com 845.679-5469
Between September and November 9th, Birth Your Next Creation Peer Circles are planned in London, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and encouraged in as many places around the world as possible. Feel free to call on us for guidance if you’d like to initiate an event in your community.