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The Spiritual Side of Whistleblowing

Each of us, as Medical Whistleblowers, are injured and traumatized by the retaliation we suffered.  Each of us is on our own pathway to recovery.  During that healing journey we will many times revert back to an earlier stage of vulnerability or lapse in our forward momentum.  But when we work together as a team, we can accomplish great things and will change the system in ways, even we, can not anticipate.


“Acquire knowledge. It enables its possessor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to heaven; it is our friend in the dessert, our society in solitude, our companion when friendless; it guides us to happiness; it sustains us in misery; it is an ornament among friends, and an armor against enemies.”

Muhammad (570-632)



Many a successful movement has been accomplished by ordinary people doing extraordinary even heroic accomplishments.  No one who was ever perfect led a successful movement for change.  These tasks were accomplished by ordinary people,  not waiting for perfection or sainthood.  You do not need the most perfect understanding. You do not need to have more perfect moral consistency of character.  You do not need to be gifted with perfect eloquence.


“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

Lao Tsu




Non-Violent Dissent

"Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right.”

Marie Ebner von Eschenbach


The great Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. called it “Fearful faithfulness.”   In Fearful faithfulness – one does not have to feel courageous to be an effective activist. Dr. King explained that those opposing evil or the abuse of power, may not feel particularly courageous, or embody inner peace but could still effectively strive to attain their goals. 

"With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity."

Keshavan Nair


Dr. King did not hide the fact that to oppose evil would expose the truth sayer to possible violence.  Violence begets violence. Toughness begets toughness, Force greater force.  Dr. King told his followers that the path of non-violent resistance required great courage.  The non-violent dissenter is just as opposed to the evil he resists as the violent resister.  It is not a method for cowards.  MLK also noted that if the only alternative to violence was cowardice,  it was better to fight.   Non-violent dissent is not stagnant passivity but instead an act of spiritual strength to stand up confidently and even militantly to challenge the abuse of power.  It is passive physically but aggressive spiritually. 

"Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander."   

Holocaust Museum Washington D.C.


In opposing evil with non-violent dissent, the mind must always be active, alert to new ways and means to persuade the opponent that he is wrong.  Non-violent dissent is a means to shame and awaken a sense of conscience in those who abuse power.  It does not seek to defeat or humiliate the opponent but instead win his friendship and understanding. Through non-violent dissent one can not only defeat the evil system and stem the abuse of power but also win over the hearts and minds of the perpetrators of the system and thus make meaningful and lasting change. Non violence brings love into being along-side with the determination not to hate.   Non violent dissent is a means to an end not the end in itself.  The aftermath of non-violence is beloved community while in aggression or violence the aftermath is bitterness. 


“Taking an interest in what others are thinking and doing is often a much more powerful form of encouragement than praise.”

 
Robert Martin



Martin Luther King, Jr. took many of his ideas from Mohandas Gandhi and the teaching of Mahayana.  Mahatma Gandhi told his followers “Be the change you want to see in the world.”  Gandhi used the method of non-resistance effectively in the struggle for justice in India and to free his people from British political domination, economic exploitation, and humiliation.


“”We become human only in the company of other human beings. And this involves both opening our hearts and giving voice to our deepest convictions.”

Paul  Rogat Loeb



Mahayana


Mahayana which means in Sanskrit:  "Great Vehicle" and is a classification of Buddhism. “The Buddhadhatu is the True Self and, like a diamond, for example, it cannot be destroyed".  It is the acknowledgment of the transforming redemptive value of suffering.   Compassion, or Karuna is linked to the idea that acquired merit can be transmitted to others. Thus the gift of inner peace you acquire for yourself can be transforming to others as well.

“Show me the stone that the builders rejected: That is the cornerstone.”

Jesus

(c.6 B.C.E. –30)

 

 

“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”
"Wowi©aíe uñiaöi kta ©a, wi©oie oþa uñöi ßni."

Sitting Bull


Dalai Lama talks about Non-violence

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -- Gandhi


"The goal of attention, or shamatha, practice is to become aware of awareness. Awareness is the basis, or what you might call the “support,” of the mind. It is steady and unchanging, like the pole to which the flag of ordinary consciousness is attached. When we recognize and become grounded in awareness, the “wind” of emotion may still blow. But instead of being carried away by the wind, we turn our attention inward, watching the shifts and changes with the intention of becoming familiar with that aspect of consciousness that recognizes Oh, this is what I’m feeling, this is what I’m thinking. As we do so, a bit of space opens up within us. With practice, that space—which is the mind’s natural clarity—begins to expand and settle." - Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche


"Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach." -- Clarissa Pinolla Estes



"Love thy neighbor as thyself." -- Jesus Christ


"This is the duty of our generation as we enter the twenty-first century -- solidarity with the weak, the persecuted, the lonely, the sick, and those in despair. It is expressed by the desire to give a noble and humanizing meaning to a community in which all members will define themselves not by their own identity but by that of others." -- Elie Wiesel

 

"That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow." --The Torah



"None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." --The Prophet Muhammad (a hadith of Islam)

 

"Who burns with the bliss and suffers the sorrow of every creature within his own heart, making his own each bliss and each sorrow; him I hold highest of all the yogis. "

Bhagavad Gita

When body repeats the Holy Name the Self benefits,

When Self (Soul) repeats the Holy Name, the World benefits.

Baba Narinder Singh Ji

Desmond Tutu on Leadership

Supporting Medical Whistleblowers Spiritually with Interfaith Dialogue

Interfaith dialogue can unlock the power of religious traditions and provide the inspiration, guidance, and validation necessary for our Medical Whistleblowers to “Tell Truth to Power” and move toward more effective means of resolution of social issues.  Each faith group can make its unique contribution to the common cause by spiritually supporting the Medical Whistleblowers within their own congregations. They can also contribute to the interfaith dialogue of common goals for social change.

  • Religion has been, and will continue to be, a spiritual grounding and place of spiritual guidance for Medical Whistleblowers of all faiths.
  • Spiritual Support is especially important to Medical Whistleblowers as they face the day to day challenges of “Telling Truth to Power”.  During the Holiday season the need for companionship and camaraderie are especially important.
  • Being a Medical Whistleblower can often strain one’s spiritual strength to a breaking point.
  • Interfaith dialogue brings people of different religious faiths together for conversations. These conversations can take an array of forms and possess a variety of goals and formats. They can also take place at various social levels, and target different types of participants.
  • At the individual level, we are concerned with factors that may influence our ability to effectively support the Medical Whistleblower participants and improve long term and short term outcomes.
  • The spiritual support network for Medical Whistleblowers must include, but not be limited to, personal, face-to-face contact with program participants.
  • An interface spiritual support system for Medical Whistleblowers requires that a program develop a clear statement of its goals, methods, and outcomes.  Making these explicit at the outset helps sharpen thinking by providing an explicit yardstick by which to measure a program's success.
  • Over time, the knowledge accumulated through this interfaith dialogue will expand our understanding of the actual and potential roles of religious faith community members in the support of Medical Whistleblowers.
  • Evaluation is an integral part of program planning from the beginning and should be an ongoing process thus providing feedback so the Medical Whistleblower can improve the ongoing work.

Social transformative change clearly requires many hours of open dialogue within a context of tolerance, understanding and compassion.  Interfaith dialogue occurs in the broadest of senses, because each faith community shares a common underlying feature: reverence, the shared devotion to high ideals. Reverence enables participants from many different faith traditions to jointly affirm transcendent ideals such as honor, justice, truth, compassion, forgiveness, and freedom.

Fractals with Chi Mai

"My call for a spiritual revolution is thus not a call for a religious revolution. Nor is it a reference to a way of life that is somehow other-worldly, still less to something magical or mysterious. Rather, it is a call for a radical re-orientation away from our habitual preoccupation with self towards concern for the wider community of beings with whom we are connected, and for conduct which recognizes others interests alongside our own."  Dalai Lama

Ultimate Chillout - Relaxation Music

"If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility."   Henry Wadworth Longfellow

 

"And paradise will be brought near to the God-conscious, no longer will it be distant: This is what was promised for you - to everyone who would turn to God and keep God always in remembrance - who stood in awe of the Most Compassionate though unseen and brought a heart turned in devotion to God." [Qur'an: 50:31-33]

 

"We can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom. But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion. This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith. In this sense, there is no need for temple or church, for mosque or synagogue, no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine, or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple. The doctrine is compassion. Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need."  The 14th Dalai Lama

 

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."

Albert Einstein

 

"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope."

 Romans 15:4 NIV