Swastika on TC Columbia Univ Prof’s Office Door

It seems hatred occurs, happens, exists, for many many reasons. One reason could be disconnection. The head form the heart, the heart form the body, the senses from the the world around. How does a person, disregard someone(s) else and engage in acts that are hateful, fear making? Are they recreating and enlarging their own separation in and on others?

What can we do? See me as you and you as me. When we bridge that gap, that separation, in ourselves – with connection, understanding; we begin to open to the possibilities of connection with others. We begin to open to the possibility of empathy with someone(s) who may be so different than us then we think there is no connection. It must begin somewhere, let it begin with me.

Like some others, I too discovered the Holocaust as a child. My Father was in an infantry unit during WW 2 and he smuggled a small camera with him when he went over seas. His unit arrived at Buchenwald a few days after it was liberated. and he took many photos of what he saw there. I looked at the photos many times as a child and asked him why he took so many. He told me that he felt compelled as it was so unbelievable, so incredible … so methodical – the killing – the stench of death.

I will not describe the photos but urge all to google Holocaust (Museum)to learn more and find a museum near you. I did visit the Huston Holocaust Museum, and can recommend that. I do know that Keene State College has the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies, which I have not managed to go to yet.It must begin somewhere, let it begin with me.

http://www.yadvashem.org/

Central Database of Shoah names

http://www.keene.edu/cchs/

Richard  student of AP/DMT

" Returning violence for violence only multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

"If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed — but hate these things in yourself, not in another." Mahatma Gandhi

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About RichardB

I am trained and work as a Creative Arts Therapist. I have passionately studied, worked, and taught as a hands on practitioner of the Creative/Expressive and Healing Arts since 1983. I have integrated training’s in modalities which include Swedish Massage, Jin Shin Do, Trager Work, Hatha Yoga, Gestalt Therapy, Halprin Method, Group Creative Arts Therapy, Tai Chi, Meditation, Motional Processing, Rituals, Interfaith Celebrations, Progressive Early Childhood and Adult Education, Addiction and Recovery Services, Counseling and Psychotherapy, Dance/Movement Therapy. I currently provide Creative Arts and Counseling services to a local nonprofit agency as well as teaching local classes and workshops. I use compassion and acceptance to create an environment that is safe and nurturing for individual clients and/or groups.
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