These well-known lines of Christopher Fry resound with a new immediacy in our time. They were written more than a half-century ago, in the days before our collective awakening, when ‘soul’ was more often a vague allusion to something grander in the human being than a budding experiential reality. Now, at this pivotal moment, the poet’s words pierce like a sword of truth, imploring us to really see the scale of ‘wrong’ facing us, and to respond from the level of Soul.
In these unfamiliar times, the future hides its face from us. Many sense a phase shift on the horizon, knowing we can no longer predict what will be, based on what has come before. There is an awareness of living inside an unfolding mystery, and an intuitive sense that the key to unraveling the mystery lies within the human spirit. It is as if we are groping toward a new world together, with the light of the soul as our compass and guide.
Of all the many qualities of the spiritual Self, one of the most telling is an awareness of being connected to all living beings, an awareness that gives rise to the willingness to collaborate, share, and serve. Such willingness made this ‘wisdom forum’ possible. In the spirit of service, the writers generously offered their reflections on living through this unprecedented time—a time when all we know for certain is that we’re standing on the threshold of a new era. Crossing it, to borrow the words of the poet, will require “the longest stride of soul we ever took.”
There is a deep reservoir of thought and insight in the writings that follow. Whether you read the whole set or selected articles, the nature of this transition time will come into clearer focus. Each contribution is uniquely wrought from a particular set of life experiences and perspectives. But the emergence of common themes reveals the reality that the soul is 'group conscious.' May these individual reflectiions and the forum as a whole shed greater light on our collective journey.