Wed February 01 2023 Law_of_Courage_North_Week Day 5
Day 764

I am a person who has problems believing, and yet, in spite of them or perhaps because of them, I believe.

Elie Wiesel (1928-  ), Romanian born recipient of Nobel Peace Prize, activist and humanitarian, committed to education about the Holocaust, author of more than forty books, starting with the famous Night also on (Audio CD)

Daily Guidance:

Are you struggling with your beliefs? Do you want to give them up or fight for them?

Cynthia's Journal:

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How much spiritual Courage does it take to continue believing in justice, goodness and God after experiencing the worst things human beings are capable of doing?

When I think of all the Holocausts that have occured in this world, from the slaughter of the Armenians by the Turks, the Native North and South Americans slaughtered by the Spanish, English and French, and what is still going on today in the Middle East, plus the prisoners of conscience being tortured in China and elsewhere, and the Sudanese women and children in Darfur refugee camps, and the homeless in the USA, it makes me ashamed to call myself a member of this group called human beings.

My challenges are insignificant in comparison, yet my beliefs have been shaken to the core too. Knowing others have survived worse, and still found reason to live and hope, gives my soul Courage. And I'm grateful for that. It keeps me going.  

Here on the Island , it is a windy, stormy day, inspiring me to ask why the darkest days inspire the greatest Courage? Why is spirit synonymous with wind, breath and air? And why are these things represented here on the North side of the Wheel, in the place where we put winter, midnight and starlight?

In the opening lines of Night by Elie Wiesel, the need for Northern, spiritual Courage is clear.

Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.

Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever.

Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.

Elie Wiesel is still alive, and witnessing, many decades later. Originally he tried to forget his experiences and he did not write about them until 1954. That is when he became convinced that ...to remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all.

His foundation (www.eliewieselfoundation.org) sponsors international conferences on the anatomy of hate and other subjects. Each year he awards a prize in ethics for the best essay he receives. I wonder what he would think of the Wisdom Wheel. Could it prevent another Holocaust? All I can say for sure is that I have seen it inspire spiritual Courage in me and others who have taken it to heart. 

(Elie Wiesel was born under the Law of Forgiveness, the balancer of Enlightenment. The Germans tatooed the number A-7713 on his left arm and it is still there. On February 1, 2007, Wiesel was attacked in a San Francisco hotel by Eric Hunt, a twenty-two year old man and admitted anti-semitic, who confessed to this attack on an antisemitic website. Wiesel has written, Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

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