Transformation at The Pentagon by Diane M. Rousseau

In the U. S. Pentagon meditation room is a banner that reads: “May Peace Prevail on Earth”.
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Right: Stained glass window depicting George Washington asking God to Bless the Earth located in the Pentagon Meditation Room.
Photo by Diane M. Rousseau, 8/25/2004.

Transformation at The Pentagon
by Diane M. Rousseau

A firsthand account of meditation, prayer, integrity and compassion set in the United States Pentagon.

On August 25, 2004, I went to the United States Pentagon with two other colleagues. There we met with Pentagon Chaplain Colonel Ralph G. Benson. After introductions were completed, Col. Benson then showed us four very special rooms in the Pentagon which reflect Spiritual Values and Religious tolerance. Chaplain Benson also talked about a Transformation occurring already within the Pentagon itself.

The first room we visited is the Pentagon Meditation Room. There, hanging on the wall in the corner, is a banner that reads:
“May Peace Prevail on Earth”.

Left: Pentagon Chaplain Col. Ralph G. Benson standing near the “May Peace Prevail On Earth” banner in Pentagon's Meditation Room.
Photo by Diane M. Rousseau 8/25/2004.

Also, in the same room are three stained glass panels depicting three Spiritual Principles and events. The first glass panel is of one of our Founding Fathers, George Washington, kneeling on the ground on one knee. His eyes are closed with his right hand touching the Earth, asking God to Bless it.

The second glass panel depicts four Medical Officers who drowned giving their lives so others might live. The third glass panel represented NASA and showed an American Astronaut looking at the earth holding on to the post which holds the USA Flag. These panels show Spiritual Principles, and acts of Courage, Faith, and Values.

The second room the Chaplain showed me was the Reflection Room. In it is a Memorial with the names of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 inscribed upon it in memory of their sacrifice. At the top of the over 9 ft. Memorial are the words: “Lest We Forget”. (1)

Right: “Lest We Forget”
Diane M. Rousseau & Pentagon Chaplain Col. Ralph G. Benson standing in front of the 911 Memorial in the Pentagon's Reflection Room.
Photo by Jay H. Peters 8/25/2004.

There is also the Pentagon Memorial which will have 184 benches with radiant light reflection pools underneath that will be put on the grounds in the Memorial Park. Each bench or unit will be engraved with the victim's name. This is being done to commemorate the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, and the 184 innocent lives lost in the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77. Fifty-nine memorial units will face one way, and one hundred twenty-five will face the other, thus distinguishing victims on board American Airlines flight 77 from those who were inside the Pentagon.

The third room the Chaplain showed me had a table and a podium where Religious people of all Faiths took turns sharing their Spiritual Beliefs, Values and Philosophies. I saw this as a means for boundaries to be crossed, and where Religious tolerance and respect is the common ground as each Faith is represented. At the time I looked in the room a Rabbi was speaking to the people at the table. I was impressed with the efforts already underway for understanding Religious Beliefs, tolerance, and compassion.

The fourth room was the Navy Chapel, here each Faith can practice their Beliefs and others who are interested can join in the Religious and Spiritual Services for greater understanding, companionship, and appreciation. Daily there is Meditation and Prayer where people of all Faiths can Meditate and Pray together. Of interest, on a main floor the four different Departments of Service are listed with Values under each one, they all clearly reflect Spiritual Principles.

I told Chaplain Col. Benson that, upon our return home, I would contact the media about this experience which I feel will shed a greater light on the Pentagon, the Values listed, and the Transformation that is underway, as well as share some of the photos I took.

I had brought with me and then given the Chaplain two different articles about a disabled Veteran who started the Company, “Random Acts of Kindness”, who I had made a member of the Pentagon Meditation Society. Kelly had been on 5 news channels for her charitable act of putting baskets together for the families and loved ones of our Service people while they are away. The articles I gave the Chaplain were from The National Guardian and National Guard papers. He was going to take them to the Reserve Department to uplift the morale and also to show that there are people who care for those who are willing to give their lives for others, those who have, those who are disabled, and for those who feel forgotten.

Left: Pentagon Chaplain Col. Ralph G. Benson standing in front poster of US Army Values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage.
Photo by Diane M. Rousseau 8/25/2004.

We must think of the people who put their lives on the line in all the Service Departments and what they give of themselves for others daily. There must be compassion, human interest, and an appreciation for the people in all the Service Departments, Police and Fire Departments, as well as concern for the welfare of others. This will raise public concern as to the appreciation of all those who work for the welfare and needs of others, as well as raise the attention and concerns for the greater whole of all Humanity, everywhere.

The purpose of this story was to show Spiritual Principles, and the importance of Meditation and Prayer, truthfulness, wisdom, strength, integrity, tolerance, and compassion. It is also to draw attention to the needs, fairness, and the welfare of others, as well show that the principles listed above were truly seen and reflected at the Pentagon. It is also to inspire those in any and all Faiths to come together in peace, understanding, communication and respect; and to raise public awareness and shine a brighter light on those in any Service Department. It was written to create Unity, attention on Spiritual Principles, and to show the practicality and importance of how living these values has an effect on one's own life as well as the greater whole.

It is hoped that this story will raise the hopes, values, and create needed compassion, as well as inspire the Faiths and beliefs of others. This account is written to bring light to something currently being done which will affect all of humanity and raise the consciousness as to the needs and welfare of others, and for the benefit of all.

May Peace Prevail On Earth

Diane M. Rousseau
Institute of Spiritual Sciences (ISS)

(1) Department of Defense photo: Pentagon Chaplain Col. Ralph G. Benson welcomes the attendees to the Pentagon Chapel.

For more information on the Pentagon 911 Memorial please visit: The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

May the light and love of God prevail. Please let us know how we can help.

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