In the course of scores of exhibits of the Hibakusha Peace Project, the comment I most often hear is that out of something so horrible there is beauty in these artistic renderings. Why is that? For me, the beauty is in these eyes that have seen the unimaginable and yet are inspired to share their experiences so that such horror will never again be visited on this planet. On Aug. 7, my exhibit will be shown at the Hiroshoma International House in Japan as part of a memorial program that includes the premiere of the David Rothauser film "Hibakusha, Our Life to Live."
Our dawning global consciousness is telling us there are no winners in war. We reap what we sow. With thousands more nuclear weapons at the disposal of many nations of the world, we don't feel safer or more at peace. I believe it is the time to move beyond this stage of human evolution and that the work begins within our secret selves ... within these immortal souls.
We are here, our God reminds us, forever. Long after this body dies, our consciousness continues in its quest for Truth, Love and Joy. Now is the time of great awakening. Let us lay aside the masks of ignorance and embrace new possibilities. The earth is waiting.
Jane Smith Bernhardt is an artist, performer and writer. She is a graduate of the interfaith Guild for Spiritual Guidance. Her book "We Are Here: Love Never Dies" chronicles an extraordinary period of three family deaths and many miracles of joy and forgiveness. Photos and information about the Hibakusha Peace Project can be found here.