The presidential campaign in the US has reached a new level of nasty, with vicious attacks occurring even inside party lines. Diplomacy, respect, and common human decency are often missing from the dialogue.
We’re seeing similar dynamics in other countries where extreme polarization is the new norm, ripping apart longstanding alliances.
Meanwhile, serious local and global problems need to be addressed... terrorism, climate change, low-employment and health care.
How can we solve these national and international issues? (Certainly not in the spirit of disconnection and divisiveness...)
And, how can we keep it all from overwhelming our daily lives?
It starts with you and me. Events on the national and international stages are a reflection of what’s going on inside of human beings.
We have the power to turn things around. To transform acrimony into harmony. Hysteria into sober dialogue. And domination into diplomacy.
Ervin Laszlo, a scientist nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, has said the world is experiencing a global spiritual crisis.
It’s time to bring forth our innate potential to evolve to the next level. A level of consciousness rooted in peace and justice, and compassion and positive regard, for every child, woman and man.
To be effective change agents and peacebuilders in this time of great discord, we need to deepen in our spiritual practices, whether it’s mindfulness, yoga, meditation or the practice of compassion.
These practices bring more peace and harmony to our world AND help you navigate the daily stressors of life with ease and joy.
During What The Bleep Is Going On?, you’ll discover:
You’ll also be the first to hear about the exciting launch of a world-renowned Peace Ambassador Training 2.0, a peacebuilding program in the world that combines the best teachings of today’s most inspiring builders of peace, from inner to international.
I am eternally grateful for the wisdom and knowledge I gained from going through the Peace Ambassador Training. The program is a consciousness expanding and spiritually enlightening experience. Whenever I had a question the next teacher/speaker would answer it. Being in the program was motivating, magical and fun. I recommend that you invest the time and energy, it will create a positive change in your life.
— Rev. Mutima Imani, Social Justice Minister, East Bay Church, Oakland, California
The Peace Ambassador Training was a transformative experience for me. I identified blocks that have kept me from working effectively. It also gave me tools for working toward Peace in my personal life, as well as my professional life, and as I work toward a just and sustainable future. Philip and Emily were amazing. I would recommend them, and this training to anyone who wants to create more peace and joy in their lives and in the world.
— Maya, Santa Clarita, California
Taking the Peace Ambassador Training strengthened my global connection with peacemakers and those doing peacebuilding work in communities around the world. It serves as an anchor for me as I continue to offer Peace Circles in my community. And the power of the carrier wave of peace is amazing! Thank you.
— Janet, Ireland
Peace Ambassador Training offers a survey of peaceful practices across the continuum, from inner peace to ecosystem change. I found the course a helpful introduction to the range of spiritual and practical solutions that are available for each of us to resist aggression and violence and instead choose peace. Peace Begins with Me. Now I have more tools at the ready to live into that pledge.
— Bob Reeg, Washington, District of Columbia
This course met my deep inner longing for peace on so many levels. I feel peace has grown within me and I got a magical toolbox to keep it growing and deepening further.
— Evelyn, Bali, Indonesia
Philip M. Hellmich is Director of Peace at The Shift Network and director of The Summer of Peace, an annual global celebration of peace launched in 2012. The Summer of Peace offers a free online telesummit featuring interviews with peacebuilders from around the world. The Summer of Peace is recognized for helping create a New Narrative of Peace: From Inner Peace to International Peacebuilding.
In 2012, Philip presented on the Summer of Peace at the first United Nations High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace. That forum was opened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. In 2013, the United Nations published an article about the Summer of Peace in its UNITY magazine in China. Recordings from The Summer of Peace are being placed in a virtual World Peacebuilding Library with interviews of over 350 peacebuilders representing over 15 sectors of society, including science, spirituality, education, business, military, etc. Having conducted a vast majority of these interviews, Philip has a bird’s eye view of the larger peacebuilding trends emerging around the world.
Philip has dedicated most of his life to global and local peacebuilding initiatives, including 14 years with Search for Common Ground. He also served for four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone where he lived and worked in small remote bush villages. A published writer, Philip is author of the best-selling book: God and Conflict: A Search for Peace in a Time of Crisis with a Foreword by Lama Surya Das. He serves as adviser to The Global Peace Initiative of Women. A long-time meditation practitioner, Philip enjoys studying and teaching about the parallels between inner and outer peace.
Emily Hine has more than 25 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, public speaking, volunteer management and social change. Over the course of her career, she has designed and implemented large-scale campaigns that have raised over $150 million for nonprofit organizations across the United States.
After 911, Emily quit her job at Microsoft in order to commit her life to expanding peace and compassion in the world. Shortly thereafter, she served on the Executive Team for Seeds of Compassion, a global event with the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu that brought 150,000 people together and contributed substantially to the worldwide compassion movement. She then became the Chief of Peace for The Shift Network and co-designed their first Peace Ambassador Training. Emily now serves on faculty for The Shift Network Peace Education Programs.
Emily is also the founder and host of The Global Compassion Summit and a Certified Compassion Cultivation Training™ Teacher from the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University (CCARE). She is also trained in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and in Vipassana/Mindfulness meditation which she brings into her courses.
Emily is President of HineSight Consulting and an inspirational writer at Holy Sit™, where she chronicles the story of how she took a nonviolent approach to healing stage II cancer without surgery, chemotherapy or radiation; she also writes about the importance of doing our inner work, in order to become an expression of peace in the outer world.