Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on Compassion – TED Talk

I need to write this morning about a fascinating website of talks from foremost thinkers from around the world. This is in light of some spiritual struggles that I’m having personally with my ego and strong will and working in group process. I’m really horrible at group process and it is scary to me how large my ego is at times and my will to be right and be the final decision-maker and all those godawful parts of my shadow that keep me from being in my heart when it comes to certain aspects of my life.

A friend of mine, David Eisenberg, of DCAT [] just introduced me to this website of great thinkers and doers, at And last Sunday he was visiting with me and we watched together one of the talks on compassion (Robert Thurman who has studied Buddhism for years) that this group has put together (among hundreds of other talks). So this morning, I revisited the website and sought out more talks on compassion from other religious/spiritual teachers. And I discovered this talk from an Imam. He is an eloquent, very humble man with a beautiful calming presence who has clearly done much spiritual work.

It seems what he says at the end of his talk about our egos, including national ego’s, is so much at the heart of so much of the conflict in the world these days. And as I work on calming, rather shrinking my big ego, it really is a journey for national leaders and consciousnesses too. Sigh. very big work. very big work.

So, I thought I would share this and all who read this might be able to find the time to watch it.

Indeed, we talk about peace. And there are so many peace groups. But how many of these members of all of these groups really know how to cultivate peace within. For there is where it starts. In one person at a time. In all of us hopefully over time, if we choose it.

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-two years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home.
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