A while back
I was inspired with a vision which many of us will be able to share, wherever
we are around the Earth.
15, the attention of an anticipated four
billion people around the world will be focussed
on the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games here in Sydney Australia,
in the lighting of the fire in the cauldron.
are many views about the relevance of the Olympics themselves, one thing
is sure, the focus of this many people in
the exact same moment is unprecedented in
There is a
way to take advantage of this moment with unpredictable capacity for positive
change: by aligning our focus with each other, creating a
synergy of mind and feeling. We know how powerful
this phenomenon can
be in when as two or more we are focussed emotionally and intellectually
on the subject at hand, whether as an audience listening to music, watching
a sports event, or inspired by theatre or art or some wonder of nature.
Imagine the potential of all of us who care
for the future, linking in the same moment!
There are many
possible ways we could direct this vast energy ~ toward
world peace, the end of hunger, an awakening
of cooperative politics, the end of environmental desecration, a more humane
economy, a vigorous spirituality that manifests in responsible
In the light
of so many pressing needs for a better world in this new millenium, our
focus can very simply be on the interconnectedness
of all living things: the exquisite harmony
of nature and the elements, animals and humans, all expressions of intelligence
window in time is a chance to take a pause, relaxing into the love and
connectedness that links all our hearts and minds, knowing that as we open
to the peace within, all things become possible.
of us who pray or meditate, or who are watching the opening ceremony with
others, can bring our minds and hearts into attunement as the ceremony
unfolds, and then, at the precise moment of
the lighting of the flame in the cauldron, simply
let go into silence.
It is my understanding
that in this moment, we will connect with the living essence which interweaves
through all life, reconciling differences and empowering our efforts for
a positive future. However you may envision the possibilities, I hope you
will join us,
for truly, whatever our different perspectives, we are one.
this message on to those who may wish to share, adding your own words as
you feel. You are welcome to write to me with your thoughts or inspirational
messages, or just to let us know of your intention to participate. Also
to get an update on the exact time for the lighting of the flame which
has not been made public at this stage, but will most likely be in the