Feng Shui Mentors Can Help Bat NHA With Human Rights

I love America for its great spiritual heritage and strength. It is a land of churches, synagogues, temples, tabernacles, pulpits and alters. America has on its coinage and currency a national motto saying simply in “In God We Trust.” I believe that this was the foundation on which this great country was established; the unequivocal trust in the power of the Almighty to guide this nation and bless others.

"God Bless America" for I stand on the shoulders of those who preceded me; men and women of courage and conviction, who in the midst of adversity put their trust in faith and hope knowing this great nation was His creation.

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Sister Chan Khong & Gwen Coronado at Deer Park
Sister Chan Khong & Gwen Coronado at Deer Park

America is still strong, but destructive forces are hard at work trying to sap its spiritual strength. Today, we face challenges, and there is serious unsteadiness in our country’s stance, but even with the problems that face us, I am an optimist because I believe there is tremendous residual goodness in its people. Men and women of all denominations have helped settle this land, and they built for us a tremendous inheritance because they too were men and women of great faith and conviction. For the most part, they appreciate that which is good, beautiful, uplifting, and I believe that everyone on planet earth should enjoy freedom of speech and belief, and freedom from fear.

Others are not so fortunate. Lately, the microscopic eye of the media has been Vietnam regarding human rights. The monks and nuns of Bat Nha have been dragged out of their monastery with force by a mob of vandals, policemen, hired troops that use violence and aggression. The monks and nuns have been beaten up and pushed in trucks. They are being threatened to be killed if they do not obey.

There is a global sense of urgency to speak up against the continuing violence and for the protection of the lives of 400 monks and nuns. Emails and letters have been sent to global leaders and organizations to step in to help end the abuse. Anyone can petition against violence in the Bat Nha Monastery website: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/help-Bat-Nha

The Bat Nha Monastery has been completely destroyed. Alarming details and updates can be read at: http://helpbatnha.org

In my efforts to try and understand why peace loving citizens aspiring to worship a belief of their choice and subjected to indifference overwhelmed me with information begging for attention. The subject of human rights is vast with many facets that can take one in many directions. There is a learning curve to this journey that opens up a whole new side of the world I did not know existed in respect to human rights. I decided to stay focused by concentrating on areas I felt most familiar with such as Asia.

I asked myself, then why all the abuse that is being reported? This led me to understand more about the United Nations and its makeup. American government is a piece of cake compared to learning about the hierarchy and structure of the United Nations, a much needed complex system to oversee world events.

I discovered that we are not independent on this planet anymore and that we continue to enjoy freedom that is taken away from others abroad. This could happen to anyone in any country. Other countries have been blessed with freedom because of this great nation of ours; therefore, those countries will be subject to the first attempt and attack to strip them of those rights outlined in the International Declaration of Human Rights.

I discovered the International Bill of Human Rights which consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was drafted in 1948 containing 30 human right articles. Article 18 for example reads: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

I realized that each country outside our great nation suffers different dilemmas that infringe on people’s rights. The dilemmas encompass every one the feng shui areas of life in the Bagua; health, wealth, fame (reputation), relationships, children, mentors, careers, knowledge (information), and family. The United States of America continues to enjoy the balance and harmony of all these areas, albeit some people would not think so, in comparison to many other nations cluttered in chaos. It all boils down to fairness; fairness for others to live their lives as we would want to live ours.

The war on human rights can be fought with a few clicks of a keyboard; a simple email, a typed letter, or an electronic petition. No need to send our children abroad to fight this war. No costly campaigns and excess spending. It is our freedom too; and our duty to others. As feng shui practitioners, it means we too are mentors, and helpful people to the others.

I would like to close with the following quote by a Pastor, Martin Niemoller, from a German Evangelical (Lutheran) Church during the Hitler era:

In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists, and I did not speak up, because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak up, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak up, because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak up, because I was not a Catholic. Then they came for me... and by that time, there was no one to speak up for anyone.



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