What if people all over the world, from all religions and no religion, united for one hour?
How much Light would be revealed? How would the world change?
It has been my dream that one day, barriers will be removed between people, and that we will find respect for each other’s spiritual practices and beliefs. For holy books from different traditions may contain different words but the message remains the same: To love each other, to love ourselves, and to grow our love and awe for the Infinite Force that is all around us and gives us life. Indeed, unity can be the foundation of our differences.
This year, the New Moon of Aries begins on the evening of Monday, March 27th. The kabbalists teach that this is the lunar New Year, the seed level of the coming 365 days, the start of a new cycle. What better time to use the technology available in our generation to do what has never been done before— to join together, regardless of our individual paths, to infuse the seed with unity and respect, to create a year that is the Tree of Life from which all the world can be nurtured.
With this in mind, I extend this personal invitation to join me for An Hour of Spiritual Unity, wherein we will all come together to read from any holy scripture that speaks to our hearts — be it the Zohar, the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Quran, the Yogi Sutras, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Pali Canon, even poetry if you would like. Those who prefer not to read can do meditation, contemplation, yoga… anything that personally awakens your spirit. The hour can be of your choosing, any time during the evening of March 27th. It can be as you get home from work or perhaps just before you go to sleep.
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If you plan to join us on March 27th, tell us now how you plan to spend your hour by using #HourOfSpiritualUnity on the social media platform of your choice. In this way, we tie our individual choices into one sentiment, and give one form to all our many spiritual expressions. As of today, I am also changing my profile picture on Facebook to reflect my commitment to spiritual unity. If you would like to do the same, we’ve created an easy way to add this to your profile picture by clicking here.
This is the beauty of social media, as it brings everyone together like never before in history, with no boundary of geography, language, or other such barriers. Let us create a wave of energy that will ripple throughout the digital landscape, and around the globe. Let us inspire the choice of spiritual unity.
For many people in the world, these are dark times. Yet, we know that when you turn on the Light, the darkness disappears. May the Light that emanates from our unified efforts during this hour, shine so bright that it illuminates even the darkest corners of the world.
This is my most heartfelt desire, and I pray that you will join me.
Spiritual Director of The Kabbalah Centre
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About Karen Berg
||Over four decades ago, Karen and her husband, Rav Berg, set out to make Kabbalah understandable and relevant to all people. Their goal was to teach the spiritual wisdom and tools of Kabbalah, without exclusion. As the spiritual director of The Kabbalah Centre, Karen Berg is devoted to an enduring vision— within each person is a spark of God that can be bound together to create transcendence beyond all differences.
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Message from Dr. Ichak K. Adizes, Ph. D.
"On March 27, for an hour that each one of us choses, let us focus and meditate on unity, on humanity, on peace, all over the world. This video is my contribution to that hour."
~Dr. Ichak Adizes
Over the course of more than 40 years, Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes has developed and refined a proprietary methodology that bears his name. The Adizes Methodology enables corporations, governments, and complex organizations to achieve exceptional results and manage accelerated change without destructive conflicts. Leadership Excellence Journal named him one of the Top 30 Thought Leaders in the United States, and Executive Excellence Journalput him on their list of the Top 30 Consultants in America.
In recognition of his contributions to management theory and practice, Dr. Adizes has received 20 honorary doctorates from Universities in ten countries. He is honorary Chancellor of the University of Fredericton, Canada, received the 2010 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, holds the honorary rank of lieutenant colonel from the military and has been made an honorary citizen of two Eastern European countries. Dr Adizes is a Fellow of the International Academy of Management and has served as a tenured faculty member at UCLA. He was a visiting professor at Stanford, Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities and taught at the Columbia University Executive Program. He also served as Dean of the Adizes Graduate School for the Study of Leadership and Change, and is currently an academic advisor to the Graduate School of Management of the Academy of National Economy of the Russian Federation.
Dr. Adizes is founder and president of the Adizes Institute, based in Santa Barbara, California, an international consulting company that applies the Adizes Methodology for clients in the public and private sectors. The Adizes Institute was ranked as one of the top ten consulting organizations in the United States by Leadership Excellence Journal.
In addition to consulting to prime ministers and cabinet-level officers throughout the world, Dr. Adizes has worked with a wide variety of companies ranging from startups to members of the Fortune 50. He lectures in four languages, and has appeared before well over 100,000 executives in more than 50 countries.
He has written 20 books that have been published in 26 languages. His book Corporate Lifecycles: How Organizations Grow and Die and What to Do about It (subsequently revised, expanded and republished as Managing Corporate Lifecycles) was named one of the Ten Best Business Books by Library Journal.
Dr. Adizes and his wife, Nurit Manne Adizes, live in Santa Barbara County, California, and together have six children. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing the accordion and practicing meditation.
Message from Sheikh Dr. Muhammed Al-Hussaini
“I confirm that on 27 March 2017, I will endeavor to read from Islamic scriptures concerning the closeness of Jews, Muslims and Christians in their filial relationship to the One God. I will also read parts from the treatise, Guide to the Duties of the Heart, by the great Andalusian rabbinic sage, Bahya ben Joseph ibn Pakuda, a copy of which I attach, this being my own translation from the Judaeo-Arabic. I wish you every blessing in your time of prayer and meditation.”
Sheikh Dr Muhammad Al-Hussaini
Sheikh Dr Muhammad Al-Hussaini is Research Fellow in Islamic Studies. He was educated at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Al-Azhar, and teaches courses in Arabic, Islamic theology and classical interpretation of Islamic sacred texts with relevance to Jewish-Muslim relations. His area of research is in comparative Islamic, Karaite and Rabbanite approaches to exegesis of Scripture in the Middle Ages.
Message from Dr. Bawa Jain
"This is a very powerful initiative, for we know well the Power of Prayer and when we come together that Power is multiplied many fold. The World is in an urgent need of healing and I pray this uniting of divine souls from across the planet would be a transformative and seminal moment, when the consciousness shifts and we can love and respect each other, care for each other. For in so doing, we allow the light to shine in us, each of us and we are the greatest beneficiaries."
Dr. Bawa Jain
The Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders
The World Council of Religious Leaders
Dr. Bawa Jain serves as the Founding Secretary General of The World Council of Religious Leaders, which is the direct outcome of The Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders that brought over 2000 of the World’s pre-eminent Religious and Spiritual Leaders to The United Nations for the first time in 2000. WCORL is actively pursuing Religious Diplomacy and seeks to serve as a strong Inter-Faith ally to the United Nations, Governments of the World and Inter Governmental bodies to reduce religiously motivated conflicts and to build, peace, harmony and respect.
He serves as Founder Chairman of The World Youth Peace Summit - an initiative that has brought together Young Leaders from over 100 Countries in an effort to harness and explore new and innovative Youth driven initiatives to address Global challenges.
He Co-Founded the Religious Initiative of The World Economic Forum, Founder of The Gandhi King Awards for Non-Violence; launched WCORL’s Religion One on One Initiative and is a strong proponent of Religious Diplomacy.
Message from Ilchi Lee
"What we see now more than ever before is this idea of Earth consciousness that motivates us to do something positive for the sake of global good. With information spreading over seas and across continents at the fastest rate we’ve ever seen yet, we find ourselves more intimately influencing the thoughts and actions of those in other countries and not just ours. Ultimately what will save this world is not one person, one religion, one nation, or one race of people. It’s all of us living as united Citizens of the Earth as we individually brighten our own consciousness and play our roles with this spirit of global consciousness in mind. Thank you Karen Berg from the Kabbalah Centre for spearheading this important effort for mindful love for global unity. I offer this Prayer of Peace for the Earth and the #HourOfSpiritualUnity event."
- Ilchi Lee
ILCHI LEE is an impassioned visionary, educator, mentor, and innovator; he has dedicated his life to developing and teaching methods to nurture the full potential of the human brain, particularly Body & Brain Yoga and Brain Education. Author of over 40 books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Call of Sedona, he is also a well-respected humanitarian who created the Earth Citizen Movement and has been working with the United Nations and other organizations for global peace. He serves as president of the Korea Institute of Brain Science (KIBS), the University of Brain Education (UBE), the Global Cyber University, and the International Brain Education Association (IBREA). For more information, visit ilchi.com.
Message from Monika Penukonda
Monika is the author of Kaleshwar and a modern rendering of the Sri Sai Satcharitra, The Wonderful Life and Teachings of Shirdi Sai Baba. She was the editor of Sri Kaleshwar’s books, including The Real Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ and Shirdi Sai Baba, The Universal Master.