Spirituality is an integral component of the Unplugged History program because it is a combination of self-awareness and the interconnectedness we feel with all human beings. We can love our neighbors as we love ourselves, because through the lens of spirituality we are able to see ourselves in our neighbors. The exploration of ethnic and/or cultural heritages increases self-awareness and acceptance within the community and encourages an environment of unity where people embrace a shared vision inclusive of all cultures and motivated by the welfare of all.
The laws that govern the natural world can also be observed in the spiritual. For instance, in Christianity it is taught that whatever we reap we will sow. This is an example where the physical world is used to reveal a spiritual truth. The reconnecting of individuals with their ancestral heritages is a spiritual journey. It gives us a starting point as well as the tools needed to take the baton passed to us further than our ancestors have been able to. Our prayers are that the physical reconnecting of individuals with their ancestral heritages, via traveling to a historically significant part of the world, will induce a spiritual awakening that will aid individuals in discovering their life's purpose.
In our mission statement, we express our sincere desire to empower individuals to become leaders in their communities. We want to be the remedy to the apathetic state so many people suffer from regarding issues of social and economic inequality. In order to do this, it is imperative that we promote personal growth in order that people become what Abraham Maslow coined as self-actualized individuals. Self-actualized individuals actively seek out lives that are not only self-fulfilling, but they also become the embodiment of benevolence and love because they are able to see the connection they have with other human beings and nature. People who become self-actualized live purpose-filled lives whose actions reverberate throughout the world.
Most, if not all of us, at some point have felt what is usually described as a 'void'. This void dominates much of our motivations and desires. We seek to fill this missing piece with many things, all of which provides only temporary relief, if any. People turn to cars, clothes, drugs, and interpersonal relationships that serve as validation that they are important. Some of us have resorted to watching the doctored and edited lives of reality television. The reason these shows have become so addicting to so many people is that when people are not self-actualized, it is easier to become more interested or involved in other people's lives instead of facing the uncomfortable void we feel in our own lives.
“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” - Abraham Maslow
To not understand who you are is to walk through a cave with only a match or candle. All that can be seen is what's directly in front of you and you may have to rely on what is told to you by others around. This would mean that you are vulnerable to the other person's perception of things. When you become aware of who you are, there is no need to walk with a candle because you become the light.
Many of us have been told the story of our histories from a perspective not our own. Some of us were given no story of our histories at all. Distant Beginnings was created to serve as a remedy to this and to promote and increase cultural awareness. We realize that the journey of self-discovery is a spiritual one and we will work to ensure that the hunger people have for something real is given adequate nourishment.