Rasur Foundation International aims to create a world where every person practices the art of connection and passes this gift on. This vision was inspired by the following story:
One day, ages ago, in the village of Quizur in Costa Rica, all the children suddenly disappeared! A young teacher named Rasur had called them into a mountain and was teaching them about empathy and insight, the hidden treasures in their hearts. He taught them to use these innate strengths to connect to their own inner lives, to enrich their relationships with others, and to care for nature.
After realizing the youngsters were missing, the parents searched the countryside, calling for them. They heard them singing inside the mountain, and they looked for a hillside entrance but didn’t find one. Instead they had a timeless moment when their painful memories were erased and their innocence was restored.
At day’s end the children emerged, radiant with joy, and told their parents they had learned from Rasur that “empathy + insight = connection.” Now the adults were reassured that their children were safe and were having an extraordinary experience in this unique classroom. They allowed the children to go back every day and, in the evening, would hear what their sons and daughters had learned.
Before long, the empathy of the villagers created more harmony; now people walked arm in arm and sat beneath trees to listen to each other. Insights soon led to a wave of creativity – an artist was painting a magnificent landscape of the mountains, and the musicians were playing symphonies that could take your breath away. Young people were creating vegetable gardens that looked like works of art, and the women’s embroidery depicted the beauty of life.
At week’s end, Rasur said he had to teach other children in the world.
The children came out of the mountain one last time and told their parents that Rasur had traveled on. They all began to talk about the meaning of this visit.
One of the men said, “Before directing the lightning in the sky, we must first harness the storms in our own hearts.” The other villagers agreed. And they remembered how to stay connected so that each new generation passed this skill on.
The children came out of the mountain one last time and told their parents that Rasur had traveled on. They all began to talk about the meaning of this visit. One of the men said, “Before directing the lightning in the sky, we must first harness the storms in our own hearts.” The other villagers agreed. And they remembered how to stay connected so that each new generation passed this skill on.
This tale illustrates the power of connection. While modern life is a far cry from this idyllic village, connection has been shown to be the most essential ingredient for a healthy society. If people were schooled in the art of connection, we could resolve challenges without unnecessary suffering and use our strengths to thrive.
This is now possible. Rita Marie Johnson developed the Connection Practice, a combination of empathy and insight that leads to greater harmony and creativity in daily life. Self-empathy and empathy for others is attained by identifying feelings and needs. Insight is accessed through a physiological state called heart-brain coherence.
In Costa Rica, the Connection Practice has been taught to approximately 40,000 students per year since 2007. The first US Connection Practice school pilot in the Houston area was hugely successful and is documented in a video available at http://rasurinternational.org/k-12-curriculum-in-service/. More than 120 trainers, called “Rasurs,” have been certified as trainers. For further information on courses or to support this work, contact email@example.com or 214-458-4345.