Oscar Wilde's quotation, "Most people are other people" is an interesting one. We assume that our memories are real, though they are constantly re-imagined. We believe that our perceptions of the present are accurate, though they are conditioned by our memories and habitual responses. How much of what we think is reality is based on having digested the ideas and behaviour of others, and integrating it into ourselves, as ourselves? Haven't previous generations in turn, done the same?

Many spiritual teachings indicate that our original basis is complete and pure, but that subsequent events have created a separation. This separation can be experienced in various ways, including that we are 'not good enough' and must strive to win approval and love, by manipulating our appearance and behaviour. We feel anxiety, because no matter how hard we try, something is missing.

The practice of meditation provides a window through which we can experience ourselves, and others, with more freedom and dignity. Thoughts are not discarded, feelings are not abandoned, they are simply accepted without additional involvement. We allow ourselves and others to be, just as they are.

When we move into the ritual space of performance in this state of mind, we have the opportunity to witness each other, and ourselves, from a different point of view than that which is ordinarily available to us.

We are not attempting to be 'compassionate' or 'accepting of flaws', we simply realize that we are in a continuum or kaleidoscope of change, responding to that change, together, as human beings. This glimpse provides us with a window into the simple dignity of ourselves, as we are, and as others are, together. As such, it is revolutionary, in the gentlest possible way.