Revealing all the colours of the rainbow

2016-06-07 06:00

How heartwarming it is to know of the commitment to the Relay Race Against Racism that took place last weekend. How needed this is!

What happened to our marvellous Rainbow Nation born of snaking lines of voters 22 years ago? Defying all negative predictions that her birth would be violent, her early years were bright with self-discovery and untried possibilities. She learnt to stand on her own two feet and to read her future in a new light – no longer that of black and white but the light of a rainbow.

Yes – the “rainbow of races” seemed a fitting symbol with which to identify ourselves – an apt foundation on which to build our society. But the appearance in recent years of further categories of division such as ethnicity, tribalism, sexism and their related violent acts of discrimination and intolerance, reveal a deeper demand that must be met.

A closer look at a rainbow’s formation may help us here: is it all the colours gathered up and rolled into one? Or one light ray passing through a prism to reveal the light’s innate hues?

My experience leads me to believe that the unity and harmony, cooperation and support we require to thrive, can be found by looking through the “lens” of a more spiritual mentality.A “spiritual prism” that reveals unity expressed in diversity and does not simply bridge the gap between people, but transcends physical descriptions and categories.

Every physical form of identification is a label that divides. The dozens of ways we identify ourselves, group us into categories that inevitably lead to separation.

But spiritually viewed, we each and all originate from one divine Source or Creator, I call God. Recognising that this infinite One expresses Itself in infinite identities – as individual as are our thumbprints – reveals a constructive, unified, basis from which to judge and reason.

Adopting a more spiritual view enabled me to “lazer through” these labels (and their associated fears and limitations) to uncover each one’s innate spiritual identity, seen in qualities that are universal – qualities that can be cultivated and nurtured, to assist in producing constructive, healing and fulfilling lives and relationships.

The common need is for a sense of belonging, safety and love. The common enemy is fear. The darkness of fear threatens to extinguish the rainbow’s promise.

Understanding God to be the infinite source of all good and recognising each of us to be in as direct and as inseparable relation to God as sunrays are to the sun, can release us from the fear of isolation and vulnerability.

No sunbeam is ever a threat to any other. No one ray can ever receive or emit more nor less than its share of light and warmth. And every beam passed through a prism reveals all the colours of the rainbow.

Linda Stocks-Copley Noordhoek

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