[Catalyst #15] Peace from Syria to our hearts: shifting to a culture of peace
By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
With the drums of war beating with Syria, it's ever more imperative for us to ramp up our skills as peacebuilders—on both the outer and inner levels.
In today's issue of the Catalyst, we have many insightful articles on how to activate peaceful solutions to Syria, cultivate the power of prayer, participate in the 11 Days of Global Unity (that concludes with the International Day of Peace), and understand Gandhi's nonviolent prayer work on a deeper level.
There are beautiful virtual and live events this month, including a 3-day Peace Day broadcast you can read about below. It draws from hundreds of events worldwide, and culminates with the Be the Peace global meditations—aiming for 500 participating cities worldwide. Additionally, we will also take the time to honor Avon Mattison, a beautiful pioneer of peace, who has led the way on this work for decades.
Rather than sliding into yet another destructive and polarizing war prematurely, please join us in making this month one in which peace breaks out all over. Our Prayer for Syria call yesterday—featuring 6 inspiring peace leaders—was profoundly touching and powerful. You can download it here, and we'll be launching a new prayer site soon.
Join us on the International Day of Peace for a Global Synchronized Meditation in hundreds of cities around the world.
On September 21st, organizations around our planet are collaborating to create 3 Moments of Inner Peace at 12:00 midnight, 12:00 noon, and the following 12:00 midnight GMT.
Syria: How Peace Ambassadors Should Respond By James O'Dea James is on the Shift Network Peace Faculty, Former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Former Director of Amnesty International (Washington, DC Office), social healer, activist, teacher, and Summer of Peace Wisdom council member. www.jamesodea.com
We have trained over one thousand Peace Ambassadors, and we will be convening another training in November. How should Peace Ambassadors and peacebuilders respond to Syria?
In building a global culture of peace, our work is about long-term whole system global transformation, and at the same time, radically skillful personal peacemaking. This also means we have to respond to immediate crises, like Syria, and other imminent threats to peace which demand an effective response . . . [read more]
"I am praying for the light that will dispel the darkness; let all those with a living faith in nonviolence join me in the prayer." M.K. Gandhi
Gandhi was once given a seemingly impossible scenario: what would he do if a plane were flying over his ashram to bomb him? He rose to the challenge with an equally challenging answer—he would pray for the pilot. Some may take Gandhi's response as preposterous. I argue, however, that his call to prayer was consistent with his vision of nonviolent strategy, for at least three reasons . . . [read more]
While the situation may seem hopeless in Syria, I do believe there is a pathway to a transformational outcome—one that results in real evolution for our world.
That pathway begins by looking at the situation with the lens of our new, global consciousness: how do we ensure that criminal acts on the scale being perpetrated now, are stopped and transformed for the good of all future generations? . . . [read more]
At the heart of the (r)evolutionary shift being called forth on the planet today, is the emergence of a truly planetary consciousness. First and foremost, it is an awareness of ourselves as planetary beings, in interdependent relationship with each other, and with all the creatures who walk, swim, fly, and scuttle with us on this Earth. An awareness that extends care and compassion to all earthlings, not just members of our family, tribe or nation. An awareness that, perhaps, may actually represent the dawning self-perception of the great global being itself . . . [read more]
The evening of September 21st 2004 was a peak experience in my life, and in the lives of 500 people who participated in the launch event of 11 Days of Global Unity in New York City. Celebrating the International Day of Peace, it took place in the old "Limelight" (also known as Avalon), a church that had been converted into a disco at 20th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan . . . [read more]
Peace Day Global Broadcast By Stephen Fantl
Stephen Fantl is a producer with PeaceDay TV and member of the Summer of Peace Leadership Team. Stephen played a key role in the Birth 2012 global broadcast. www.peaceday.tv
The International Day of Peace (IDP) was established in 1981 by a United Nations resolution (supported by all member states), and on 7 September 2001, the UN General Assembly fixed the date of 21 September as the permanent day of observance each year. The observance is to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the UN and its Member States as well as of the whole of humankind, "...to promoting the ideals of Peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to Peace in all viable ways. This day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of Peace within and among all nations and principles." As a result of this day, cease fires have taken place that allow aid organizations to safely deliver medicines, books or computers for education, and check on refugees; the day has a very significant impact that can be measured . . . [read more]
On September 21, we observe the 31st annual UN International Day of Peace, a.k.a. "Peace Day." This Peace Day also serves as the annual highlight of the Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI).
To commemorate this historic day, in 2012 the Catalyst interviewed Avon Mattison, co-founder of Pathways To Peace, and one of the pioneers who worked with the United Nations to create the International Day of Peace. Her decades of work in Peace offer an inspiring story of someone who had an idea, took action on it, and is having a tremendous impact on Peacebuilding today. Her story also sheds light on the history and significance of the International Day of Peace . . . [read more]
Create or attend a BeThePeace meditation event on Sept. 21. There will be groups in hundreds of cities participating in what could be the largest synchronized global meditation events in history. Together, we can create a collective field of "subtle activism."
Summer of Peace – The Summer of Peace will feature sessions about Moving Beyond Gun Violence on Sept. 10, featuring Jamira Burley (Shift Innovation Award winner who became a peacebuilder after the murder of her brother), William Killebrew IV (a peacebuilder who witnessed the murder of his mother and brother); Dot Maver (Summer of Peace Wisdom Council), Heart Phoenix (President of the River Phoenix Center for Peace Building) and more.
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