The Spiritual Work of the United Nations:
Building a Planetary Consciousness

Thursday, October 21, 1999, 3-5:30 p.m.


Ida Urso

Several of you referred to the great amount of work that has been done around the theme of the spiritual work of the United Nations. Mention has been made of the many individuals who came before us who struggled with the same issues that we struggle with here today. With that in mind, I want to mention that in 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt recited a prayer before the representatives of 26 nations that met in Washington D.C. pledging themselves to uphold the principles of the Atlantic Charter. This group of 26 nations also referred to themselves as the United Nations. The full prayer is available on the literature table. In closing, I want to share just a few sentences from that prayer. It is, I think a good reminder and symbol of the great vortex of energy that exists around the theme of the spiritual work of the United Nations. This concern with spirituality and planetary consciousness is a part of humanity's evolutionary journey and therefore a part of humanity's history as well as its spiritual DESTINY.

Excerpts from the Prayer:

"Our earth is but a small star in the great universe. Yet of it we can make, if we choose, a planet unvexed by war, untroubled by hunger or fear, undivided by senseless distinctions of race, color or theory."

The prayer goes on: "Grant us the wisdom and the vision to comprehend the greatness of man's spirit that suffers and endures so hugely for a goal beyond his own brief span. ....Yet most of all grant us brotherhood...-a brotherhood not of words but of acts and deeds. We are ALL OF US children of earth-grant us that simple knowledge."

Thank you for coming.

Thank you for your participation.

And, I know I speak for all of us who organized today's meeting when I say, may each of you know great success as you seek to move this work forward! 

Closing Meditation
Led by Lynne Murguia

Introduction to Lynne Murguia who led the closing meditation: Lynne coordinates the NGOs for Servas International-- an international homestay organization of travelers. She has taught Spanish in the New York City high school system, has coordinated micro-credit projects based on the credit-model of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and has worked the Spanish desk of an international school for spiritual training. Lynne has been in meditation for 35 years.

"We come together in group intent -- raising the attention as high in the head as possible-thereby opening the mind to the inflow of spiritual energies-in the form of light.

We visualize this light pervading our bodies -- this group -- this United Nations building-and coming to rest in the General Assembly Chamber. We see the light permeating those present in full plenary. We hold this vision-and at the sound of the bell intone the chant "May - Peace - Prevail - on - Earth."