Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Training is a Dream Whose Time Has Come!

There is a beautiful story by the well-known mystic Persian poet Rumi about a tiny fanciful mouse and a big compassionate camel traveling together called The Mouse and the Camel. The mouse has this idle fancy of holding the rope tied to the neck of the camel and dragging her in every direction he wishes. The big camel is amused by the vain imagination of her tiny companion and decides to go along for the ride just for a while and let her little friend do as he pleases. The mouse pulls the camel this way and that way and is feeling very self-sufficient and full of himself until they both come across a mighty roaring river the mouse looks at the gushing water and instantly freezes to a quick stop. The camel looks down in amusement and asks her little frightened friend; What happened, how come you stopped, we got yet quite a ways to go before we reach the end of our journey? The mouse, shivering and pale declares, there is a roaring river before us and it is way too deep for me to fathom! The camel smiles and teases her friend saying; what happened to all your self-confidence and pride, what happened to all that claim of independence and huff and puff?  What kind of a master are you after all? The camel takes an easy step into the river and while laughing remarks; look, the water is only knee deep!! The mouse feels humbled and awakened to his miserable limitations and admits, yeah my friend, I see, but there is a big difference between your knees and my knees!! The camel laughs with compassionate amusement and invites her little friend to climb up on her back so they can cross the mighty river and finish their journey together.

The above story reminded me of the beautiful and insightful words of Abdu’l-Baha I have quoted in an earlier  blog called Integrated Education, Spiritual Attraction and Cultivating Healthy Minds

 

The human body is in reality very weak; there is no physical body more delicately constituted. One mosquito will distress it; the smallest quantity of poison will destroy it; if respiration ceases for a moment, it will die. What instrument could be weaker and more delicate? A blade of grass severed from the root may live an hour, whereas a human body deprived of its forces may die in one minute. But in the proportion that the human body is weak, the spirit of man is strong. It can control natural phenomena; it is a supernatural power that transcends all contingent beings. It has immortal life, which nothing can destroy or pervert. If all the kingdoms of life arise against the immortal spirit of man and seek its destruction, this immortal spirit, singly and alone, can withstand their attacks in fearless firmness and resolution because it is indestructible and empowered with supreme natural virtues. For this reason, we say that the spirit of man can penetrate and discover the realities of all things, and can solve the secrets and mysteries of all created objects. While living on the earth, it discovers the stars and their satellites; it travels underground, finds the metals in their hidden depths, and unlocks the secrets of geological ages. It can cross the abysses of interstellar space and discover the motion of inconceivably distant suns. How wonderful it is! It can attain the Kingdom of God. It can penetrate the mysteries of the divine Kingdom and attain everlasting life. It receives illumination from the light of God and reflects it to the whole universe. How wonderful it is! How powerful the spirit of man, while his body is so weak! If the susceptibilities of the spirit control him, there is no created being more heroic, more undaunted than man; but if physical forces dominate, you cannot find a more cowardly or fearful object because the body is so weak and incapable. Therefore, it is divinely intended that the spiritual susceptibilities of man should gain precedence and overrule his physical forces. In this way, he becomes fitted to dominate the human world by his nobility and stand forth fearless and free, endowed with the attributes of eternal life. The Promulgation of Universal Peace p. 263

It is very important and indeed vital that parents and educators learn how to activate the spiritual powers of the children and adolescents and set aflame the candle of their hearts with the divine fire of Universal love and knowledge, burning in their own hearts. The key is, that love without a universal and updated body of knowledge is like a ship that has big sails but no navigation manual and no information about how to sail and which direction to steer the vessel of humanity. Love of God must be accompanied by the latest Divine knowledge manifested and supported by the latest discoveries of sciences in harmony with spiritual teachings that like science are free from the man-made traditions of the past, embraces the eternal virtues of humanity but reveals the latest values necessary to govern human conduct that ensures the well being of all mankind.

 

Our Titanic of life must be equipped with the latest know-how and equipment of navigation and how to negotiate the icebergs of present human conditions which is far different from what was given to us in bygone ages before the modern age of science and progress. The value befitting the eternal forces of love is different today than it was two hundred years ago when humanity was mostly living in a tribal age of love, identity, and loyalty.

 

Being spiritual today means the realization that our light and warmth must benefit all humanity. Our children and youth must experience the powers of their own spiritual force by transcending the lesser loyalties of bygone ages where our love and loyalty could only reach the small circumference of our particular tribe, village, city, country, religion, race, class, company, etc. Today humanity’s consciousness and identity have been awakened to its global and universal values and it cannot find peace and prosperity unless and until it is taught how to love and serve all humanity of all backgrounds, ethnicity, class, color, creed, beliefs,s or disbelief.

One of many articles referring to The Occupy Wall Street global movement writes: You cannot evict an idea whose time has come.

 

Yes, You cannot evict an idea whose time has come. Our economic injustice problems are only a symptom of our spiritual blindfold that has kept us captive of our outdated values and traditions that divides us based on old and outdated loyalties of class, tribe religion, nationality, color, etc. This outdated filter bars us all from seeing our common destiny and humanity declared by Baha’u’llah 160 years ago, that we are one human family, as cells of one body, flowers of one garden, waves of one see. The global crisis is a symptom of our refusal to see and act on this principle of oneness and interdependence of all of us on this small planet, our ailing spaceship. This is a long overdue spiritual and moral wake-up call.

 

The cry of the Occupied Wall Street for economic justice and humanity is one symptom of a divided and dying world gasping for justice disappointed by the values of the past and yearning to see all humanity as waves of one sea, flowers of one garden, cells of one body, united, agreed, using the latest of science and religion available to all to navigate the rough waters of the present challenges with renewed love but new values and manual to transition from a tribal minded community to the morn of a new day for the oneness of all humanity.

Keyvan Geula is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist; LMFT. She received her Master of Science in Marriage, family, and Child Therapy from the University of La Verne, in La Verne, California. She employs the latest research in behavioral sciences, neuroscience, and the Baha’i principle of the oneness of all humanity to serve the well-being of her clients.

She offers her services as a clinician, lecturer, trainer, and supervisor to a global set of clients in person and online. In her clinical work, she incorporates the wisdom of the Baha’i Writings, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy research, Mindfulness meditation, and consultation skills, as well as knowledge of the spiritual self.

She is an adjunct professor of Behavioral Sciences at Citrus Community College, faculty of continued education at Claremont Graduate University. She teaches psychology online to students at Baha’i Institute of Higher Education.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of Center for Global Integrated Education (CGIE), a non-profit Baha’i-inspired educational organization, which explores oneness of all humanity, and teaches the integrated mind-body-spirit approach in education.

She has served for two years as the producer and host of a two-hour weekly live radio show for the Persian community in Sothern, California focusing on the role of the psychology of spirituality in personal and social transformation, creativity, emotional and social intelligence, and a greater sense of harmony in a global society. She also has been the host and producer of TV series called Transforming Human Consciousness for eight years. She regularly writes and blogs on www.cgie.org/blog on topics related to integrated education, the oneness of humanity, the powers of the human spirit in the betterment of global society, elimination of all prejudice, equality of women and men, and education reform. Some of her shows are posted on her; Keyvan Geula YouTube Channel.

Mrs. Geula has served in several Baha’i institutions since her youth in Iran and USA.

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