TOGETHER, LETS BREAK DOWN BARRIERS AND BUILD BRIDGES OF UNDERSTANDING…

…AND SO FOLLOWS HOPE

And we CAN do it

ONE MIND, ONE HEART, ONE SOUL, ONE LIFE AT A TIME

“It always seems impossible….

until it gets done.”

– Nelson Mandela

No matter whether you’re a candle in a corner,
or a beacon on a hill…
as you let your own light shine brightly,
you light the taper of that bright spark,
which can one day become a fierce flame in others.
– me

“May all beings everywhere be awakened, healed, peaceful, and free;
May there be peace in this world, and an end to war, poverty, violence, and oppression;
and may we all together complete the spiritual journey.”
– Lama Surya Das (thanks, Lynda)

A Collection of YouTube videos on “breaking down barriers” and “the pursuit of peace”

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  • “breaking down barriers between christians      and muslims”

Submitter’s Note:

I have only viewed a few of these videos (very quickly) in this selection (and like me, you may or may not agree with their politics). However, no matter what your political stance may be, I have included those from their titles pertinent to my particular ‘sphere of interest (and I especially like sharing inspirational stories of hope)… in  alignment with the core message of this “e-book”:  “attempting in some small way to share the message of breaking down barriers and boundaries of the heart”.

One person CAN make a difference

YOU

Happy viewing

craig

Craig’s new book ‘I’ll Do It My Way’: My Story, My Life, My Dream is now available at https://www.createspace.com/3779691

The various books that Craig ‘felt inspired to write’ are available at : http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4www.creativekiwis.com/`http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock and www.lulu.com/craiglock

“Let us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than walls. Rather than borders, let us look at distant horizons together…in the common spirit of the value and dignity of a shared personhood as citizens of planet earth. We here in far-off New Zealand share the common bond of humanity: the pain, the sadness, suffering and joy
inherent in the human condition, no matter where in the world you may live.”
– Craig (3rd September 2004)

“In our own little ways in our individual lives we can touch others and in so doing illuminate the hearts and minds of humanity. There is neither East nor West, Christian, Buddhist, Moslem, Hindu or Jew…but just a God-filled humanity

 “Few (of us) will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man (or woman) stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (she or) he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
— the powerful and greatly inspiring words of Robert F. Kennedy (with my little insertions in brackets)

“Instead of the limits of borders (of countries and of our minds) let us and our leaders expand our sense of possibility… and together let’s look at building bridges to distant horizons, far and great. Lord, help us all lift our eyes a little higher.”

– craig

“I’m only one but I am one. I can’t do everything but I can do something and what I can do I ought to do and that by the grace of God I will do.”
– Brett Blair, Sermon Illustrations, 1999

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Ignorance is Bliss – 62% of Americans have never met a Muslim.

Share your story.

by myfellowamericantv | 10,335 views

9:42

Israel kill to steal Palestinian land

Summary of the bloody history of Israel since 1878 Movie clip from documentary film The film covers a wide range of topics — which include — the

by aIjazzera | 3 years ago | 5,850 views

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6:27

Beit Jala Protest Part 1/4 (near Bethlehem)

Palestinian Christians and Muslims, along with Israelis and internationals, share their concerns about the illegal wall’s destruction of

by PCPFvideos | 1 year ago | 2,132 views

3:53

FTF Films: There Is A Better Way [TZM]

I was inspired to make this video for The Zeitgeist Movement because I feel what was said a press release of theirs was very eloquent and should

by djhardcoretruth | 1 year ago | 64 views

 

6:24

Beit Jala Protest Part 3/4 (near Bethlehem)

The soldiers let the protesters pass down the same road just 15 minutes after the demonstration in which they threw sound bombs at them. The

by PCPFvideos | 1 year ago | 842 views

1:11

Ignorance is Bliss – 62% of Americans have never met a Muslim.

Share your story.

by myfellowamericantv | 10,335 views

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  • “pursuit of peace”

I Am Imperfect !” : OBAMA | BARACK’s

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International Crisis Group’s In Pursuit of Peace Award 2011-rudaw-english

International Crisis Group’s In Pursuit of Peace Award 2011/ New York . Rudaw columnist Namo Abdulla attended the ceremony and produced this video

by rudawkurdish | 3 weeks ago | 37 views

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Pursuit of Peace Video

3 Communication students from Carleton University set out to make a video promoting peace and mutual understanding of one another. Project Team

by ksjsmith | 1 year ago | 481 views

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Breaking down barriers

Meet the Muslim woman scaling the business world while smashing stereotypes against her religion and gender. See more at tennews.com.au

by ten | 7 months ago | 488 views

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10:59

Breaking Down Barriers

Rev. Jennifer Whipple Congregational Church of Brookfield (UCC) Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost August 22, 2010 Jeremiah 1:4-10 and Luke 13:10

by uccbvideo | 1 year ago | 59 views

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Breaking Down Barriers

Peace It Together brings Israeli and Palestinian students together with Canadians in BC to make films.

by CBCtv | 5 months ago | 987 views

2:15

Richard Whitehead: Breaking Down Barriers

Runner Richard Whitehead shares his inspiring story behind his journey to the Paralympic Games.

by bplondon2012 | 6 months ago | 111,069 views

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Video of the day | Breaking down barriers

On November 9th of this year Germany will celebrate 20 years since the fall of the Wall – a monumental event in national and world history – but

by deutschewelleenglish | 2 years ago | 241 views

Breaking Down the Barriers

by csandoval06 | 5 videos

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Al Jazeera Breaking Down Barriers

Consider how TV can be a powerful voice in a movement where 75% of the population is illiterate. What has Al Jazeera done for the Arab world since

by AgendaStevePaikin | 11 months ago | 132 views

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Article Title: Sharing a few Thoughts on “Breaking Down Barriers and Building Bridges” Around the World Author: Craig Lock Category/Subject: Empowerment, inspiration, spirituality, philosophy, social and political issues, peace, pursuit of peace

Web Site: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com and newbooksbycraiglock.wordpress.com

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 (Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)

Publishing Guidelines: These thoughts may be freely published, electronically or in print/

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Sharing a few Thoughts on “Breaking Down Barriers (and Misunderstandings) and Building Bridges” Around the World: What can one person, do about the seemingly insoluble problems of this world?

A few thoughts to “kick off”… As the human species we are all spiritual beings on a “spiritual journey”, yet living an earthly existence.

What’s the difference between religion and spirituality?

I like this quote by an anonymous writer… “Religion is for those who fear going to hell, but spirituality is for those who’ve already been there.”

Now on to more serious ponderings…

Religion (and its fanatical beliefs) plays a critical part in many conflicts around the world. I believe, it’s vitally important that in order to reduce tensions, world leaders especially (but each one of us too in our own little ‘spheres of influence’) can emphasize the common values shared by the religions of the world.

I feel that religion CAN be turned around from being part of the conflict to be part of the SOLUTION. Religion was often blamed as the cause of the conflicts, whereas it was people misusing religion for their own ends, ie. personal agendas. Instead of focusing on the differences between people, we should focus more on what we have in common. Whilst celebrating our differences, that is far more important. Because, no matter where in the world we may live what unites us is far more important than what divides us. We share common human needs and values – history is very similar in many religions (Islam, Christian and Jew). We are all connected in spirit. So each one of us, if we CHOOSE, can release human potential through harnessing energy (through our “individual energies”) and share our common humanity as citizens of ‘planet earth’.

“Let us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than walls. Rather than borders, let us look at distant horizons together…in the common spirit of the value and dignity of a shared personhood as citizens of planet earth. We here in far-off New Zealand share the common bond of humanity: the pain, the sadness, suffering and joy inherent in the human condition, no matter where in the world you may live.” – Craig (3rd September 2004)

“In our own little ways in our individual lives we can touch others and in so doing illuminate the hearts and minds of humanity. There is neither East nor West, Christian, Buddhist, Moslem, Hindu or Jew…but just a God-filled humanity.

“We must offer a compelling alternate vision for the world: a bright future of justice, tolerance, respect for other traditions and values and especially a vision of hope fuelled by the flame of love – one that banishes the fanatical ideology of intolerance and hatred to the darkness from which it emerged.” – a former President of Indonesia

P.S: “The greatness of a nation consists not so much in the number of it’s people or the extent of it’s territory as in the extent and justice of it’s compassion.”

– Inscription at the Horse Memorial in Port Elizabeth, South Africa for horses killed in the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).

“There is only one thing that has power completely, and that is love. Because when a man loves, he seeks no power, and therefore he has power. Only strive for power, if it is not at the cost of other people. Power corrupts. You first have to be pure and righteous, before one can attain power. I believe that love is a greater force than power.” – Alan Paton, great South African humanitarian and author of the classic ‘Cry the Beloved Country’

Former Archbishop and Nobel Prize winner, Desmond Tutu once said: “We have come to a time in the history of the world, where we need to rediscover the path to peace, and the path to peace can never be war. This pathway is lined with the concept of co-existence and co-inhabitance of the world.”

“To build a better world, just build a better you”… and don’t take life too seriously.

Have great FUN along the the amazing journey, the mystery of life

craig

“None of us has the power to make someone else love us. But we all have the power to give away love, to love other people. And if we do so, we change the kind of person we are, and we change the kind of world we live in.” – Rabbi Harold Kushner, in ‘Handbook for the Heart’

An old mystic said this about himself: “I was a revolutionary when I was young, and my prayer to God was, ‘Lord, give me the strength to change the world.’ As I approached middle age and realized that my life was halfway gone without changing a single soul, I changed my prayer to, ‘Lord, give me the grace to change all those who come into contact with me, especially my family and friends, and I shall be satisfied.’ Now that I am an old man, and my days are numbered, I have begun to see how foolish I have been. Now my one prayer is this, ‘Lord, give me the grace to change myself.’ If I had prayed that right from the start, I would not have wasted my life.”

We can waste years trying to change other people. But we can only really change one person — ourselves. In the end, that is probably enough.

“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.” — Author Unknown

No matter whether you’re a candle in a corner, or a beacon on a hill… as you let your own light shine brightly, you light the taper of that bright spark, which can one day become a fierce flame in others. – me

“I’m only one but I am one. I can’t do everything but I can do something and what I can do I ought to do and that by the grace of God I will do.” – Brett Blair, Sermon Illustrations, 1999

“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta

How’s this for a short and simple prayer for the world?

“May all beings everywhere be awakened, healed, peaceful, and free; May there be peace in this world, and an end to war, poverty, violence, and oppression; and may we all together complete the spiritual journey.” – Lama Surya Das (thanks, Lynda)

“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.” – J. Krishnamurti

“The kiss of the sun for pardon The song of the birds for mirth You are nearer God’s heart in the garden, than anywhere else on earth.”

“Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage … and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

These thoughts may be freely published electronically or in print

It was always seems impossible….
until it gets done.”
– Nelson Mandela

PPS

Few (of us) will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man (or woman) stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (she or) he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” — the powerful and greatly inspiring words of Robert F. Kennedy (with my little insertions in brackets)

“Instead of the limits of borders (of countries and of our minds) let us and our leaders expand our sense of possibility… and together let’s look at building bridges to distant horizons, far and great. Lord, help us all lift our eyes a little higher.”

– craig

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” – Indian saying

Thanks, dearest mom, your spirit will live on…forever craig

About the author: In his various writings, little by little, one mind, one heart, one soul at a time, Craig strives to break down and economic, social, cultural and religious barriers through attempting to build dialogue and understanding. Craig believes that whilst we should celebrate our differences, what we share in the form of our common humanity is way more important than what divides us.

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock (e-books) http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html and www.lulu.com/craiglock

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com and newbooksbycraiglock.wordpress.com

“Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage, enrich and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and so help plant the seeds to a better and brighter future.”

THIS PIECE MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

PPS

When (or perhaps if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith and love be the wings that carried you there.” – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

“The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”

– craig

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