When I wrote my previous text Accessibility Is Not a Special Need I was thinking from a European point of view, i.e. a Western perspective. I wrote that we have largely broken free from the shackles of the past and our lives today are not as focused on cherishing family traditions, reputation and honour as they were centuries ago. But the fact is that a large part of the world’s population still lives by cherishing family traditions, prestige and honour. In the last ten years, even the concept of honour killing has become familiar in the West.
Last week I watched video clips of the protests by Iranian women that arose after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was killed in Tehran in the hands of the morality police. Mahsa Amini was arrested because her hijab did not cover her hair according to the rules. I recalled the documentary India’s Daughter, based on the 2012 Delhi gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student (the Nirbhaya case). I wrote two articles on the case in March 2015 under the title How the Mirror Works.
In retrospect, the most horrible thing about the Delhi gang rape was that the perpetrators defended themselves first by saying that ‘we had to teach her a lesson’. They were some kind of moral guardians who thought of themselves as ‘better people’ in the community. That’s where the teachings of fathers, mothers, teachers and ‘spiritual’ leaders had been assimilated.
Common Sense and Intelligence of the Heart
I’m sure many people have noticed, as I have, that people who have grown up in developing countries and certain cultures seem to lack common sense, which was particularly evident during the worst immigration crisis of 2015-2017. Watching the video clips and reading the discussions in them last week, it became clear that for some people there is nothing but the ego mind and its reason and logic. “What a load of bullshit!” someone blurted when I talked about heart intuition and logic.
It is understandable that a down and out, unhappy man/woman on the street who has been through hardships would consider lofty talk of love and heart intuition to be bullshit. However, these people who deny even the existence of the soul are often the spiritual teachers of their community and the people to whom people turn when they face difficulties. They are literally blind guides for the blind. It is written: “Stay away from the Pharisees. They lead the people, but they are like blind men leading other blind men. And if a blind man leads another blind man, both of them will fall into a ditch.” (Matthew 15:14)
The emotional intelligence of the heart
The intuitive intelligence of the heart, or universal logic and common sense, is the basis of divinity and godliness. The fact that many religious teachers do not see this only shows that religions and their doctrines are not spiritual, although they may talk about the Holy Spirit, the second coming of Jesus, angels, etc. They are political constructs that follow the same 3D logic as e.g. economics.
Fortunately, people do not have to wait for spiritual teachers or other leaders to wake up to reality. Everyone has a direct connection to God in their heart. The kingdom of God is fully accessible. We just need to open the gates and surrender to the guidance and energy of the heart.
Many are deeply saddened and angry by the brutal death of Mahsa Amini. However, we should remember that her soul is alive and in a better place. Most likely she has joined the forces of light and perhaps has a much greater influence behind the ‘curtain’.
I pray that those who feel a connection with Mahsa Amini will listen to their hearts and surrender to the guidance of their hearts. Souls live in the same collective consciousness regardless of whether the soul is in a physical body or not. This consciousness is the natural state of humans and its driving force is love.