EMANA is not a religious experience. However, it will be a highly spiritual one.
(I will explain this statement, bear with me)
Whenever one of us thinks about religion, we think of “GOD”, and then different thoughts flood our minds. Perhaps most of them are unanswered questions about the idea of a god. Philosophers are exceptionally skilled at developing those thoughts into more questions, hoping to reach a clear-cut conclusion, hoping to find peace in their hearts with questions of their mind.
In EMANA, we don’t believe religion is God, or that God is a religion. We believe in purpose, and if anything exists, then it has purpose of being.
To illustrate the point of purpose, try to imagine what happens when a baby is being formed after an sperm and and egg come together in a woman’s womb. Two different cells, of miniature size, come together carrying within them only a ‘genetic map’, the DNA, of what they are meant to become. Imagine the combined cell expanding and then splitting in half, then they continue to expand and multiply over and over again. As you picture this image, ask yourself how does each miniature cell knows ‘where does it belong?’ ‘what organ or body part is it meant to become?’. Of course the answer lies in the ‘genetic map’ carried within each of those billion cells. This is how one cell knows it’s meant to become a fingernail, and another knows it belongs in the eye.
As humans, we can see ourselves as ‘cells’ of the larger human-kind body, carrying a ‘genetic map’ within ourselves. This map is what we, in EMANA, call purpose. We believe every human being has something to contribute to the world, and it’s of good and not harm. Sadly, many people in the world are blinded from their purpose and/or don’t know how to interpret their map.
EMANA is a spiritual experience
We believe that our purpose can be revealed through love… unconditional love. In fact, EMANA is the practice of unconditional love, doing selfless acts of love to help people in need, without expecting anything in return.
It is EMANA’s goal and duty to assist the poor people of El Salvador and the world. We choose to act in good faith, with the shared belief that helping people not only fulfills a general humanitarian goal, but most importantly helps Us find our own purpose in life. This is not a theory, this is not something you can understand with your mind, this is the reason why EMANA exists in the first place.
During an EMANA experience one thing is for sure: you will be filled with joy and love. After participating in our projects, most of the time, participants return to their lives being changed and with a different worldview; their lives change for the better. Many factors add up to a positive experience, among them are cultural exposure, selfless intentions, and a group of amazing people to share a new culture though a selfless perspective.
Young people from El Salvador, United States, Canada, Brazil, and Germany have been part of EMANA so far, and all of them carry on their lives feeling connected to this project and always longing to return. Next, you can see the 7 values that we believe in: