Humanity, you are a creative being.
Born from the source of creation, each and every one of you is a creator.
Even at this moment you are creating yourselves,
And you will go on creating yourselves in the future.
Humanity, you are creators.
Yet the things that you have brought about
Are not what your intrinsic will intended.
They were created by a limited consciousness,
A consciousness ruled by confused yearnings and desires.
Humanity, by exerting your absolute freedom and creativity,
You once gave shape to negative thoughts.
Next, you fashioned those thoughts to suit your fancy.
Giving free reign to selfish desires,
You ran out in pursuit of personal gain
While threatening others,
And driving them down into fear and anxiety.
In time, your negative thoughts expanded into conflicts and wars
Among cultures, nations, and religions.
Now, it is time to awaken.
It is time for humanity to create itself anew.
— Masami Saionji
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About the Author
Masami Saionji is the chairperson of three organizations: Byakko Shinko Kai (www.byakko.org), The World Peace Prayer Society (www.worldpeace.org), and The Goi Peace Foundation (www.goipeace.or.jp). A native of Japan and a descendant of the Royal Ryukyu Family of Okinawa, she continues the work of her adoptive father, Masahisa Goi, who initiated a movement for world peace through the universal prayer May Peace Prevail on Earth. As a spiritual leader and lecturer, she has touched thousands of people’s lives through her guidance and inspiration. She travels globally on speaking tours, and has led peace ceremonies in many countries as well as at the United Nations and other international organizations. She has authored over twenty books in Japanese and eight in English and other languages. She is an honorary member of the Club of Budapest and a member of the World Wisdom Council. She was awarded the Philosopher Saint Shree Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize of India along with her husband Hiroo in 2008. She is also the recipient of the 2010 WON Award honoring distinguished women leaders. In February 2013, Mrs. Saionji had the privilege of presenting the Symphony of Peace Prayers ceremony at the United Nations, in a special event entitled ‘United for a Culture of Peace through Interfaith Harmony’, which was hosted by the president of the UN General Assembly. Mrs. Saionji and her husband currently live in Tokyo, and have three daughters, all working for peace.