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Vol. 11, No. 2, February 2015
Luis T. Gutiérrez, Editor
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Awakening the Divine Spark in the Spirit of Humanity

Hiroo Saionji


This article was originally published in
Kosmos Journal, Winter 2014
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A new phase in the evolution of human civilization is on the horizon. With deepening states of crisis bringing unrest to all parts of the world, there is a growing need for change in our ways of thinking and acting. We now have the choice of either spiralling into deepening peril, or breaking through to a world of dignity and well-being for all.

Throughout its history, humanity has been guided primarily by a material consciousness. Fearing scarcity, we have continued to pursue material gain beyond necessity, taking from others and depleting the Earth’s natural resources. If our aspirations continue to focus only on what is material and finite, our world will face inevitable destruction.


Almost a decade ago, the Goi Peace Foundation, together with our partners including Kosmos Journal, launched an initiative for ‘Creating a New Civilization,’ envisioning a peaceful planetary civilization based on four pillars: Sustainability, Systems, Science, and Spirituality. So, how far have we come in attaining our goals? While environmental, social, and economic crises continue to bring unrest to all parts of the world, many of us are sensing that a new phase in the evolution of human civilization is on the horizon. We are connecting with one another with accelerated speed, and more and more people are awakening to what we may call a ‘divine spark’ that resides in us all.

We have arrived at a critical point in time when each and every one of us must rediscover the sacred spirit—our innate goodness, love, compassion, and wisdom—and express it in our being and in all spheres of human activity. With this aim, the two of us, along with systems philosopher Dr. Ervin Laszlo, are inviting all people to endorse and embrace a new document called the Fuji Declaration.

The Fuji Declaration calls attention to the infinite potential that dwells within every human being and reminds us that we are part of a living universe that exhibits boundless diversity yet embraces oneness. It calls on us to co-evolve with one another and with nature in a constructive and coherent relationship.

There are an increasing number of people working in various fields—authors, activists, scientists, spiritual leaders, politicians, business leaders, and others—who share the kind of consciousness the Declaration calls for. They have deep insight into the nature of humanity and the world and are dedicated to contributing to a better future for the whole planet. Encouragingly, almost a hundred such globally-minded leaders in all fields—including Oscar Arias Sánchez, Deepak Chopra, Duane Elgin, Jane Goodall, and Muhammad Yunus—have joined this initiative as Founding Signatories, contributing their words of wisdom to the Declaration.

In addition, Ervin Laszlo will direct and coordinate in-depth research studies in key areas, including the economy, business, politics and media, to report on practical measures for reaching the goals and objectives that the Declaration articulates.

Events in Tokyo, Copenhagen, and Mount Fuji

The official launch of the Fuji Declaration will take place in the framework of a historic East-West celebration in May 2015. In Tokyo, on May 15th, a public forum will bring together leaders and experts from various fields to build upon the aforementioned research studies and explore how we can nurture the necessary transformation to forge a new paradigm in the various spheres of human activity.

In Copenhagen, on May 16th, a live event featuring world-class artists and visionaries will take place at the Danish Radio Concert Hall. Under the theme ‘Connecting the World,’ we will explore the basic nature of the interconnectedness and unity of all things and offer a glimpse into the miracle and magic of who we really are. As we embark on a journey through time, we will trace our evolutionary history and perceive that, for the first time in history, we have the ability to connect with each other across continents and cultures, sharing information and becoming actively engaged in shaping the future.

The evening event in Copenhagen will overlap with the sunrise on May 17th at the Sanctuary at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan, where peace-loving people have been gathering for decades to pray for world peace. Here, thousands of people will gather for the annual Symphony of Peace Prayers event to celebrate the launch of the Declaration with a day of intense prayer and meditation led by representatives of various faith traditions. Transcending all differences of religion and culture, we will pray with one voice for peace on earth, creating a positive energy field filled with vibrations of love and healing. This high-dimensional energy will be anchored in the Fuji Declaration to awaken the divine spark in all people touched by its message.

Connecting the world in oneness with diversity, these events will be broadcast through the Internet and other media. Similar events of varying scales will also be organized by volunteers in many locations worldwide.

Our vision is to create a world that gives expression to the highest potential of the human spirit—a world in which every individual manifests the very best in themselves in service of the human family. The time has come for all of us to become courageous pioneers— to venture beyond our personal, cultural, and national interests and come together in wisdom, spirit, and intention for the benefit of all. We sincerely hope you will join us. For more information or to get involved, please visit fujideclaration.org beginning in January 2015.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hiroo Saionji is the president of the Goi Peace Foundation and the World Peace Prayer Society. Together with his wife, Masami Saionji, he travels around the world promoting dialogues on peace and leading World Peace Prayer Ceremonies at the United Nations and at other international organizations.

ABOUT THE KOSMOS JOURNAL

The mission of the Kosmos Journal is "to inform, inspire and engage individual and collective participation for global transformation in harmony with all Life. We do this by sharing transformational thinking and policy initiatives, aesthetic beauty and collective wisdom. KOSMOS is an ancient Greek term meaning the harmony and beauty of the universe wherein all parts have their place within the Whole."


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