Santiago: report by Sandra Contreras
Here in Santiago we held an SOPP ceremony on a bright autumn Sunday. Everything flowed perfectly, and everything fell into place like magic, just the way we had created it in our minds. We found a wonderful venue, and although the decoration was simple, I feel it looked spectacular. The warmth of the people who gathered was strong enough to compensate for the cold outside. The place, shining brightly, invited us to prayer and meditation.
We felt that all the participants believed in what we were trying to do, and helped us unconditionally, advising us, giving a helping hand, even offering their time to get everything ready.
The prayer leaders who attended came from the Catholic, Jewish, Brahma Kumaris, Buddhist, Krishna, and Baha’i faiths, and there was also a shaman representing the original people of Chile. We also had someone read the Great Invocation, which we always like to include because of its wonderful message and power.
The event took three hours, which felt too short! Everybody seemed to be moved, and I believe everybody felt and understood the importance of the Symphony of Peace Prayers. People connected, they committed themselves, and many said they were grateful for having had the chance to be part of this network of love which is formed around the planet, and of which we became part, sending our message to the world from this distant country. I myself felt very happy and satisfied. I believe the aim was achieved absolutely: the symphony of peace sounded once again from Chile, uniting with the world. I am extremely grateful to be a part of this fantastic project.