The immense pain and suffering these two inspirational leaders have witnessed, resonates with the current plight of West Papuans. West Papua is situated embarrassingly close to Australia. The Media is silent about the genocide taking place. There is too much oil, too much gold, too much exploitation, too much collusion and too many Indigenous people. West Papua are being colonially enslaved and Indonesia is cracking the whip. I started a campaign because I felt the cries of West Papuans.
To celebrate the start of the campaign to help Indonesia embrace West Papua with Love, I headed to Trafalgar Square to do some chalk art. On my way there, I bumped into Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi in parliament square. They were statues side by side facing the Houses of Parliament. The home for the making of laws in the UK.
[Disclaimer: At this point, I can neither confirm or deny any of the following events in this story. Embellishments may occur]
I suddenly became overwhelmed by the Gandhi and Mandela statues. I vaguely recall, my last clear rational thought, it was, do I create an art piece in Trafalgar Square in the presence of the statue of Admiral Nelson, a war maker. Or do I create an art piece between the statues of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandhi, two love and respect makers.
That's when I lost it! I lost consciousness. I slipped into some kind of weird void where time stood still. A moment seemed like eternity filled with endless love and joy.
When I woke, this is the picture which appeared beneath me.
I gazed for a while and stood in awe. The Infinity symbol on top of the Love symbol looks exactly the same as the Embrace Infinite Loves symbol. It also looks like two people in an embrace. There were flags and words which read, "Indonesia embrace West Papua with Love instead of Brutality". This was very similar to something I would say. As I wondered about how this appeared, I began to feel a little light headed again. Thoughts started flashing through my mind
What would Gandhi say? What would he say about the tears of West Papuans?
What would Mandela say? What would he say about the inability to see beauty in others?
How could they work together to help Indonesia to embrace West Papua with Love?
"You're not allowed to do this here"
My gaze was interrupted, I noticed something, something even more bizarre than the unexplained phenomenon of artwork which appeared beneath me. I gasped! The chalk pieces which I brought were littered all over the floor. I was perplexed. I did not even begin to think about how they got out of my bag onto the floor, right in front of me. Without thinking I scurried around on my hands and knees to retrieve them all. Within 8 seconds of me putting the last piece of chalk in my bag, a Warden approached me.
She said, "you're not allowed to do this here".
I said "it was not, me".
She looked at me and pointed to my hand and knees. I was covered in chalk. I was speechless, I was in a right mess. I needed to sit down and process this. My hands and knees were filthy. I learned a valuable lesson that day. I will never shuffle around on a dirty, chalky floor to pick up pieces of chalk which mysteriously came from my bag. Never again.
Look at the picture, I was so upset I could not smile properly.
"someone is coming to get me"
The Warden started talking in her radio. I could not hear what was being said, a woman informed me that the Warden was talking about me and she thinks someone was coming to get me. For a split moment I thought it could have been me. Reassurance came in a flash which confirmed my fears. People are still mispelling my website name, The person initially wrote InfiniteLoves.com and I can see where they corrected it to say InfiniteLoves.com. I would never make a mistake like that, thinking there is only 1 form of love in our world. I love West Papua and I love Indonesia too.
As I was contemplating, the Warden went over to pour libation over the Embrace Infinite Love symbol. I felt humbled, not only was the Warden African, she was a Woman. Traditionally, African Women are the most spiritual practitioners. I became overwhelmed I felt it was time to go, there were tears for many reasons in my eyes. I would have loved to have waited to speak with the people 'coming to get me'. It would have been interesting to use the CCTV to find out who had done it.
A person, asked if I had noticed the Warden trying to wash the picture off. I chuckled and whispered it was a libation.
Please help Indonesia to embrace West Papua with Love.
Love is the answer, the question is not relevant.