The Hebrew word for ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye’  is SHALOM but literally the word means PEACE, but also completeness, welfare and prosperity. You will find it in blue above this line.

The Arab word for peace is SALAM, as in:

As-salamu alaykum (Arabicالسلام عليكم) is an Arabic greeting often used by Muslims around the world and is widely used in the Muslim world even by non-Muslims. It nearly translates to “peace be upon you”, but is often considered the equivalent to “hello”, “hi” or “good day” in English. The standard response to the greeting is Wa alaykumu s-salam. (Wikipedia)

As Hebrew is a vibrational language, meaning that the sounds call forth meaning and that Divine sound created our cosmos in the first place (according to the teachings of the Kabbalah), the word SHALOM has been on my mind since I recently learned to read and spell it in Hebrew.

A dear friend in Israel tells me that things are extremely hairy over there just now. Another dear friend from Israel has been known to refer to her country as the ‘Not So Holy Land’.

As the political issues surrounding Israel are huge and I am not very politically astute I will not even attempt to describe what is happening there. I think we all know from the media – yet no one really comprehends. It can be hard to keep on caring when one feels so powerless and so…. clueless. Yet, how could spiritual  ‘compassion fatigue’ ever help Israel or any warzone?!!

This blog is about language and the healing properties of sound and vibration. The ‘seed’ for this blog is a very simple reflection: if the word SHALOM is used as ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ in Israel, it means that Israeli people are wishing each other PEACE every time they meet or part.

The official languages of Israel are Modern Hebrew and Arabic. This means that people are wishing each other SHALOM or SALAM every time they exchange greetings.

So if peace is invoked constantly, why is there no peace in Israel? Not  a question I could begin to answer, but here is a thought-provoking article on the subject:

A better question for me to ask here  is: could the words SHALOM and SALAM be used as tools in the peace-making process. Could even people from other countries meditate on the words SHALOM and SALAM and actively hold the vision of peace for Israel?

Often it is very hard (even impossible) to practice detachment when one is right in the middle an argument or conflict. So what if the rest of the world starts creating a ‘Meditation Container’ for Israel that is build from the sound and vibration of the word SHALOM? A sacred vessel where SHALOM is seed concept, from a which a mighty tree may grow if it takes root and is watered daily.

What if we sing it and chant it and meditate on it and wrap it around Israel?

Just a Thought for Today.

And if you do this,  let me know how the Shalom Meditation unfolds for you please!

 Shalom (שָׁלוֹם) (Sephardic Hebrew/Israeli Hebrew: shalom; Ashkenazi Hebrew/Yiddish: sholom, sholem, sholoim, shulem) is a Hebrew word meaning peace, completeness, prosperity, and welfare and can be used idiomatically to mean both hello and goodbye.[1][2][3] As it does in English, it can refer to either peace between two entities (especially between man and God or between two countries), or to the well-being, welfare or safety of an individual or a group of individuals. The word is also found in many other expressions and names. Its equivalent cognate in Arabic is salaam, sliem in Maltese, Shlama in Syriac-Assyrian and sälam in Ethiopian Semitic languages from the Proto-Semitic root S-L-M.

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