One day I was taking a walk, a walk I do often, along the water’s edge between Richmond, CA, and El Cerrito. It’s a beautiful walk.
As I continued on my way, I happened to reach some stairs that led down to a tiny beach. I noticed a man walking up the stairs. He seemed kind, and happy… quite at peace. We nodded to one another, and I carried on my way. Not many paces later, something told me to stop and look back at the water. I saw him doing the same.
And then I noticed what looked like a giant fish, made of wood, lying on the beach. I couldn’t help myself… I asked him ‘Is that a giant fish?’ to which he smiled, and nodded. ‘Did you make it?’ He nodded again. Now I smiled. He was an artist. We started talking and he quickly shared that he was from Israel – that he was visiting the Bay Area. His name was Eitan Kedmy. We spoke of world peace, and he mentioned that he knows people in Israel who are working for peace between Israel and Palestine. I felt something in me tugging to know more.
As we spent several days in each other’s company, I took him to meet another artist friend of mine, Salma Arastu, from India. The three of us did Mandala’s together for a morning, and found a place of deep connection through the Art. I was again reminded of the deeply transportive capacity of art to help us heal, connect, and transform. It was beautiful. In fact, whilst we were drawing and sketching our mandalas, we listened to the music of my newest CD, Elemental Trance. There was peace in the room, as we worked. Eitan and I connected in a way that is based on peace and it changed me. We did art outside on the beach, together, we walked, talked and ate together. And then he left. But, by then, a seed had been planted; he had invited me to Israel. After he left, I knew I was going to take my Shruti and sing, sing for peace in Israel, and in Palestine, possibly even Gaza, if it wasn’t too recklessly dangerous.
A number of weeks later, the invitation to go came back to me, internally, in a strong way, and I decided to do two things; record a new sound healing CD “Singing the World to Peace”, and plan the trip to Israel and Palestine. My intention is to sing for world peace, through the songs of our one big heart, as they show up in each place. For the people. For the planet. For peace. For love.
There is an ongoing campaign page. If you can contribute then the CD can be made, and shared. We are scheduled to go into the studio December 23rd. Also, if you can contribute then the trip can happen. It all helps. I don’t feel we have much time to establish peace in our hearts. I’d like to do my part… would you be willing to do yours, to help make this happen?
I thank you for the possibility of collaborating with you on this adventure for peace. And I thank the gods, and goddesses, of serendipity that helped make this idea come forward in the beautiful way of friendship, as it did.
Thank you. Namaste. Clare