Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Declaration of Unity


Have you ever looked back on writing that you did years ago?  And have you ever noticed that the basic themes don’t really change all that much?  And it doesn’t even matter how many years it’s been. And I’m not talking here, mind you, about personal things, internal issues, I’m talking about greater things, worldwide things, evolutionary things.  

As I was surfing around earlier this morning, noticing all the interest and activity being focused on this day of 12.12.12, I found a really cool trailer of a movie celebrating the interconnectedness of everyone on the planet. That struck a little cord, in the back, back recesses of my mind.  I remembered that 30 years ago in 1982, I had written an article entitled The Declaration of Unity.    

I searched and searched and finally found a typewritten draft. (It was so long ago that PCs were still a dream of the future!) It did end up being published in some South Florida magazine.   

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.  I know it's a bit long! Comments are always welcome.  

A  Renaissance of the American Spirit

We, the people of South Florida, in the spirit of brotherhood with all of mankind, would like to proclaim March 28, 1982 as a turning point in the course of human events.

1982 marks the 200th anniversary of the Great Seal of these United States.  As the national Coat of Arms, the Seal clearly represents our nation’s character and purpose, and the principles which animated the founders of our Republic.  To commemorate this event, we are beckoning our fellow man, our planetary brothers, if you will, to take this opportunity to restate and rededicate themselves to those universal principles of upon which our great nation was founded.

The true American spirit has always glorified the freedom to be, in all of its many forms.  The founding fathers of these United States established our nation in the spirit of brotherhood, cooperation, strength, duration, peace and with a spiritual vision.

In light of the present state of national and world affairs, it is obvious that many of these fundamental principles have been being forgotten. 

The time is now for a new declaration … not of independence, however, for independence implies separateness … but rather a Declaration of Unity, of Oneness … of Being … a United States of Being … in body, mind and soul … Of the People, By the People, and For the People.  

We are presently on the launch pad of transcending old values for new ones … just as we were in 1776. Right now, it is imperative that each and every one of us begin to become more consciously aware of our unity … beginning with an internal unity of our fragmented, disconnected parts and extending to the unity with all. Only then can we begin to turn the tide of the overwhelming negativity that seeks to engulf us and our planet.

As the symbolic statement of the destiny of America, the Great Seal was meant to serve as a continual reminder of the principles on which our nation was founded.  The phrases found on the obverse and reverse sides of the Seal
E. Pluribus Unum … Out of Many, One; Annuit Coeptis … He hath prospered our Undertaking; Novus Ordo Seclorum … New order of the Ages 

all clearly state the fundamentals of Unity, Divine Guidance and the establishment of a new opportunity for man to realize his Essential Nature.

The eagle is an ancient symbol of spiritual wisdom, and as such, proclaims that spiritual vision was and still is essential to the true Spirit of America.  The olive branch represents peace and the eagle faces that symbol.  The (13) arrows, while emblems of war, more importantly symbolize aim, which denotes purpose, will and intention.

The obverse side of the Great Seal sets forth the principle that the primary aim of the United States shall be to establish peace in the world.  According to the prophetic promise of the Great Seal … Novus Ordo Seclorum … it is the destiny of the United States to bring forth a new order of the ages based on reason, reciprocity, goodwill and peace.  A reconsideration of this message will point us to the truths that have the power to truly set us free.

Together, the two sides of the Great Seal represent the totality of man.  The eagle pertains to the material aspect of our unfolding and the pyramid relates to man’s spiritual nature.  E. Pluribus Unum is the connection. Together, they point toward the movement of the human mind from the fractured view of external appearances toward the discovery of the One.   

E. Pluribus Unum, suggested in I Corinthians, reflects not unity through uniformity, but oneness of aim and purpose, devotion to similar ideals, and agreement as to direction and allegiance to God as the over-seer of our Land. These spiritual truths, as set forth in the Great Seal, were intended to serve as a guide in ordering our social relationship toward greater harmony, fuller cooperation and genuine brotherhood.

For the past 200 years, we have primarily been concerned with laying the foundation for the new order.  It has been the role of the United States to create those material conditions that will provide the maximum in physical comfort and leisure, such that the higher life of man might receive added opportunity for development.  We only have to open our eyes to see that we have succeeded to that end, admirably.

The pyramid, or reverse side of the seal, however, proclaims that while we must develop a civilization that has at its command the riches of the earth and a mastery of the forces of nature, it must at the same time, make these servants of the mind and spirit and aids to the cultivation of the higher faculties of man.  “First the natural, then the spiritual.” We have yet to realize those intentions.

It was not until 1935, more than 150 years after its initial acceptance and for the first time in the history of our nation, the message of the Great Seal of the United States went into circulation, on the back of the one dollar bill.

We, in South Florida, are gathering strength daily.  Obviously, the need for a new Spirit of Unity to emerge which will turn the tide of the overwhelming negativity that surrounds us all is great and pervasive.  On March 28, 1982, South Florida will initiate a three month long celebration commemorating the 200th birthday of the Great Seal of the United States.  Efforts are presently underway for a daylong celebration … A Declaration of Unity … the theme of which will restate and honor the symbolic statement of the Great Seal. That will set off a chain reaction of similar events, nation and worldwide, culminating on June 20, the actual date that the seal was adopted.  

What can you do? How can you be part of this transformation process?  “As we begin to change ourselves, we will change the world.”  Take this opportunity to begin your own personal transformation, by turning your awareness within and unite with other like-minded souls … Inspire or stimulate those more skeptical … Begin today!

Please join with us in this united effort.

If our founding fathers had not united in belief, effort and action, we would certainly not have this great and glorious land of ours in which to live …

“America, America, God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood.
From sea to shining sea.”              

©Susan Schanerman 2012           |

Friday, December 7, 2012

heART and Soul Connection

I am thrilled to announce the I have started my very first Meetup Group The heART and Soul Connection. Our first gathering is scheduled for Sat., Jan. 12 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. in the Marietta (GA.) area. Exact location still to be determined.

I have thought about this on and off for some time and believe it or not, something came over me on Monday afternoon and the next thing I know I had created the group!! The following is how I described my vision:

This is a group for everyone that would like to explore and empower their heART & Soul. Our very nature as human beings is to be creative, and yet, for most people, the creative spirit has been forgotten, suppressed or denied. 

My vision is to see this group as a gathering place for like-minded spirits ... a place to rediscover and reclaim our Authentic, Creative Selves ... in an atmosphere of safety, nurturance and support ...To light each other's way ... To celebrate each other's successes ... To begin to live our lives as our greatest work of art! (And have FUN!) 

If this speaks to you in any way, please join us!

Do you know anyone in the Atlanta area? I would be so -o-o grateful if you would pass on the news!