Ancient, timeless rituals are also acquiring a freshness and new layers of meaning as a result of the increasing interplay between different cultures. Thus, for example, the wisdom traditions of Tibet are reaching out to the West, bringing profound approaches to ritual that are surely playing a significant role in the evolution of the new humanity. Perhaps the Western Masonic tradition in its different forms will also in time emerge as a power point of ritual in the evolution of the new humanity ?< There are other, less obvious but no less significant rituals emerging as a central feature of the transformation process. Take, for example, the growing proliferation of "world days', celebrating, particular aspects of humanity's struggle to incarnate right human relations Human Rights Day. United Nations Day, World Day of Peace, World Invocation Day [etc]. These moments of time in the global calendar are dedicated to the future society that is still in process of being born. They provide an opportunity for focused thought and aspiration (conferences, media events and documentaries prayer and meditation) and an occasion for local communities to devise ceremonies to impress upon themselves something of the reality of the oneness of the human family, and the challenges facing us on the path to unity.
The thousands running for Africa in the Live Aid event, and the millions watching the Band Aid concert, were participating in rituals that helped to unite us all. The major global conferences which provide a spotlight for world attention on key issues are also emerging as vital rituals in the collective life of humanity. The Earth Summit at Rio in 1992 and similar gatherings are collective rites of passage in the evolution of a more mature and responsible global civilization. More than this, they provided an opportunity for the soul of humanity to express itself in a way that could be heard by all who work with the energy of goodwill.