Coexist or Live As One: Choosing Tolerance or Unity

The idea for this post was inspired by a bumper sticker I saw on the back of a mini-van as I was driving to church this morning.  You’ve probably seen the same bumper sticker; it say’s COEXIST, and it is written with symbols from different systems of thought that resemble and replace the letters of the alphabet that would actually spell the word: coexist1The Crescent and Star for Islam; the Pentagram for Wicca; the relativity formula for science; the Star of David for Judaism; the Karma Wheel dotting the I for Buddhism; the Ying and Yang for Taoism; the Holy Cross for Christianity.  I don’t know what you think when you see these symbols placed next to each other in this way to give rise to this message; you may feel that it is a great message, or you may feel otherwise.

Here are a couple of statements I found while I was searching the internet to get an idea of the range of thoughts about this message: “I honestly believe that it’s possible for many belief systems to coexist if they try and I think that more people need to see that,” on one end of the scale and, “You can try for toleration.  That is a goal we can have concerning religion.  But both Islam and Christianity have as part of their faith the commission to convert the whole world.  Coexistence implies you do not try and convert; you just live side by side.  This movement is in my opinion just a weak liberal theological movement tied to a desire for peace.  The desire for peace is good.  But you cannot coexist in the way the COEXIST Foundation talks about without watering down your theology.  So, don’t support them.”

While neither of these statements reflects my views on this idea, the first one does come a lot closer.  I feel more closely aligned with Mahatma Gandhi’s statement, “I am a Christian and a Hindu and a Muslim and a Jew.”  Feel free to throw the religion of your choice in to that statement for me.  If it is a monotheistic teaching of any sort, at its core, more than likely it somehow points to the Truth that God is all there is and we are all one because we are all expressions of God.

I see God as the One Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent Creator, and as the One Life, Love, Light, Power, Peace, Beauty, Joy, Spirit, Truth, Source, Mind and Intelligence of all.  I believe that some monotheistic religions may have been misunderstood and/or misinterpreted over time, but are rooted in the same recognition.

Thusly, I believe that all of mankind is One in Spirit.  The separation and differences that are sensed and felt by so many come from the misconceived notion that being born in different places, speaking different languages or having different physical features separate us and make us different.  So, I don’t simply choose to tolerate others that look or speak different, or those that were born in different lands, or even those that seem to think differently; I recognize God in all of mankind, and live in the idea of oneness with everyone.  I choose to see the Truth, honor the Truth and celebrate the Truth of God in everyone by loving everyone as I love myself, regardless of how anyone else feels about or sees themselves, or me.  Although I appreciate the world learning tolerance and choosing it over hate, I have decided to choose Unity and Love over all.



Peace Train

peace4I am for peace.  I am for peace for myself, my family, my community, my municipality, my state, my country and my world.  I am for peace for all people, all families, all communities, all municipalities, all states, and every nation in the world.  I am for the revelation of the Peace of God on earth.  I am for peace everywhere, at all times and for all time.  I am for the mutual cooperation and understanding of all people for all people.  I am for not just getting along or tolerance, but the pure, unadulterated, unconditional love of life for every person on the planet by every person on the planet.

I believe that all life should be regarded as holy and sacred, and respected by all persons.  I believe that I can have my good without the need to take anything from anyone else, but rather by doing what I can to uplift, aid and love everyone else.  I believe that the experience we have of life is to be cherished in ourselves and in others.  I believe that all persons are created equal, made in the image and likeness of God, sharing the Divine Sonship of God, and possessing all of the attributes of God, because all persons are manifestations of God.  I believe that all persons are connected because we are all of One Life and One Spirit.  I believe that once we all start seeing ourselves and each other in this way, we will begin to truly love one another.

I went to Church at six o’clock this morning because our Church takes part in the World Peace Meditation.  I, along with many other people around the world, dedicated my thoughts this morning to the idea of peace on earth.  I hope you spend time knowing peace for yourself and for our world.

If you search a little, you’ll find many sites and organizations dedicated to the idea of meditating on world peace.  Some dedicate one day a year while others advocate spending some time everyday meditating on world peace.  Here are a few of them.

I found this version of Yusef Islam’s (Cat Stephens) Peace Train on youtube.  I like it better than the more popularly known version because it sounds more peaceful to me. J!



Inspired Affirmation of the Day -12/31/08

I express the Peace of God, living from an inner calm so complete that nothing can disturb it.

Inspired Quote of the Day – 12/31/08

Definition of Peace, from the Glossary of the Science of Mind text:

Peace     A state of inner calm.  An inner calm so complete that nothing can disturb it.  A Peace which only comes from the knowledge that It is All.  Fathomless Peace is meant by the Peace of the Spirit.  This is the peace to which Jesus referred when he said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.”  The Infinite is always at peace because there is nothing to disturb It.  A realization of our Oneness with Omnipresence brings peace, the peace which is accompanied by a consciousness of power.

–Ernest Holmes

Inspired Prayer Treatment of the Day – 12/31/08

–Dr. Carleton Whitehead

There is One Life.  This Life is God.  This Life is Good.  This Life is the way of all.  This truth fills my consciousness, and I feel Peace.  I am in harmony with each and every unique manifestation of Life.

My supply of life, love, abundance, beauty and joy flows directly from the One, which is the Source for everyone.  I deeply respect each individual as the Power to express their divine potential.  I am clear that my good is inseparable from the Good of the Whole and that the Law of Harmony governs its expression.

I believe in the Omnipresence of university Peace and Harmony.  I see perfect understanding and cooperation, mutual helpfulness and kindness expressing between all people, across all neighborhoods, all cities, all countries.  In diverging points of view, the common good exists, and I accept that it is recognized and implemented.  I find mutual love and goodwill to be the normal and natural way for people to be. I delight in seeing all affairs handled cheerfully for the benefit of

I believe that I live in a happy, peaceful, loving world.  I rejoice that God is manifesting through all, and that I am the Peace of God in my world.  And so it is.