The attempt to create world peace from without could easily end in totalitarianism.„Peace begins in the own house” (Karl Jaspers) is an already more realistic claim that is worth the effort, but it is still very difficult to realize. In fact, peace and freedom can only come from within, and so does peace begin with oneself. Here it is, where „dust is turned to light”.
When the individual experiences inner healing, that is what changes the world. Thus, this project also socially stands for repentance, peace and freedom. It shall serve a healing in the collective consciousness (shadow) and release the energy needed to positively shape the future. This vision, that became reality, is a response to the nihilism in western culture.
A language in metaphors
The Garden of Freedom in Bensheim is connected through the Heart of Jesus Chapel near Fulda with the Holy City of Jerusalem. The three places dedicated to peace form the Hebrew letter Vav. The distance between the Garden of Freedom and the chapel at Fulda is exactly 80 old Roman miles. The distance between the chapel and the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem is almost exactly 25 x 80 Roman miles.
The Garden of Freedom in Bensheim
Near the way in the foreground there is theBorder Stone. In the background there is the Peace Memorial with the Tree of Life breaking open a dark vicious circle. The symbolism shows how man can free himself from his entanglements and thus a whole society becomes free for peace.
From the Peace Memorial you can look into the Rhine valley on the former "Jerusalem on the Rhine" with the city of Worms. This area is considered as the birthplace of the Jewish Ashkenasi culture. The Garden of Freedom was inaugurated on 27 September 2015 with a celebration of encounters as part of a greater celebration to commemorate “The 50-year-long relationship between Israel and Germany”.
This place can free man to stand upright and with courage for freedom in our society today. That is what "learning from the past" means.
Heart of Jesus Chapel in Fulda
From Fulda, large areas of Germany were (also partially compulsory) Christianized under the responsibility of Boniface on behalf of the Catholic Church. Fulda became the most importantbirthplace of Christianity in Germany. The message of the Heart of Jesus Chapel in Fulda (Heart of Jesus Mysticism) in relation to Jerusalem is this: Jesus was a Jew! It shall be a sign of reconciliation.
A Rose of Shalom for Jerusalem
In theGarden of Freedom the Rose of Shalom is located in the center of the Tree of Life, that is pointing with its "roots" towards Jerusalem. The inauguration of the Rose of Shalom was on Mai 17, 2012 (Ascension Day).
Shalom represents more than peace. Shalom means salvation, abundance and well-being. The Rose of Shalom was first introduced to the public on the front page of the Jerusalem Post in 2013. It serves as a reminder that the lessons that can be learned from Germany’s recent past would help to bring Shalom to the world.
The Turning Point in the center of the "Rose" with the inscription "Chai" (Life) was set by a orthodox Rabbi on May 14, 2017.
The Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem
Actually, there is only one goal in this project: Peace and Shalom. This refers to a comprehensive peace that is anchored in one's own soul. Peace is understood as one's own inner attitude that works from the inside out into the world. This is what the Rose of Shalom at the centre of the Garden of Freedom represents. This comprehensive peace includes everyone. All humans have their own suffering and joy. Everyone can visit this site and find Shalom as peace in their own hearts. As such, this location carries a piece of the heavenly Jerusalem. Thus, it is not a "monument to the Jews" or a "monument to the Germans", but a shalom for humans.
In addition to the good words for the mind, I would also like to give you a feeling with a piece of music, what this is about: Return of my soul (by Shlomo Carlebach, born in 1925 in Berlin).
Connecting Link: Garden of Freedom