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It is redundant to think of reaching out to build teams, alliances and communities, as we are already all connected. There is no us and them. There is only us. We – all of us who occupy this planet, organic and inorganic, living and not, past, present, and future – are the world.

We all come from the Earth and return to Her belly. We are all made of the same substance, same as the sea, the soil, the stars. There are, and ever have been, only so many molecules in existence and all the rest – birth, growth, death, development, change, adaptation, transformation, evolution – is really just about recycling.

We breathe the same air as our cave-dwelling ancestors; inhaling and exhaling, exchanging carbon dioxide and oxygen with our plant relatives untold billions of times over the millennia. And the same holds true for water. It rains, it pools, it evaporates, it rains. Again and again in a grand scale cosmic round robin.

All borders and boundaries and separations are pure illusion. Each time we touch someone, we leave some particles of our skin atoms behind and pick up a parcel of new ones. Thus we merge, literally becoming part of each other. I am you and you are me and we are we.

We are all in this together, inextricably bound on our beautiful blue planet. We are one family, one community, one world, one living, breathing entity. And the sooner we realize it, the happier, safer and saner we will be.

These are terrible times of artificial division, manipulated resentment and fear. The real dynamic being played out right now is not about warring religious, economic or nationalistic factions. The struggle is actually between those who believe that the world is defined in terms of opposition – war or peace, right or wrong, rich or poor, with us or against us – and those who are able to see things in a more holistic, congruent manner.

It is imperative for those of us who see the big picture to decide, to commit, to make a concerted effort to reach out in ever-expanding circles of affinity and embrace. Now is the time to create healthy, functioning networks in recognition and in honor of our mutual state of being and our common fate.

Let us come out of the cocoon closets of our isolated, separate selves and come together. To make connections. To make friends. To make magic. To make sense. To make art. To make amends. To make time. To make love. To make change. To make peace in our hearts and on the planet.

Let us put ourselves forth as co-operative partners; as interdependent members of our families, communities and species; as consciously co-existing inhabitants of our planet and as conscientious co-creators of our combined future.


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Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, ritual expert, award-winning author, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporaryceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. She has published four books, a CD, an acclaimed Ezine and writes for The Huffington Post and UPI Religion and Spirituality Forum. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.

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  1. A lovely sentiment of interconnectivity. In my viewing of you, I can scarcely make you out for the illusions and assumptions I’ve made; the same for you of me. The art of compassion is the art of getting out of your own line of sight.

  2. I loved it and especially the part about us coming together. I like to think many of us are doing that in some small way…now it needs to be done more.
    A question – I am still learning how people who feel like you do express themselves and much I agree with (is it still called new age?!) I would just like to know how this sits with a deity that traditional religions talk about. I’d like to think that it all fits in but I need to hear it from someone who is more learned that me
    Thank you michelle

  3. Donna – Eight years after this first appeared in this newsletter, your message is even more important. Division, opposition, and non-working cohesively together is even more rampant. If each individual just tried their best to be nice (from peace in the heart) the changes would be positively amazing. Thanks for making the concept so simple to understand.

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