[Catalyst #16] Today is The International Day of Peace! Celebrate with us...
By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
For me, peace is at the heart of the Shift. When we can heal the schisms in our soul and in the human family, there's a natural upwelling of great peace, wisdom and love. Peace is the remembrance of our divinity.
That's why we're so delighted to share the abundance of goodness happening around the world today on the International Day of Peace!
While we tend to focus on the negatives in the news, the truth is that the world IS on a trajectory to peace, with a broad trend towards less violence and war almost every year. I believe we CAN create global peace in our lifetimes. But it will take wisdom, science, education, justice, economics, spiritual practices, non-violent communication and more so that we can get there.
We have some great articles below from partners at places like Peace Day Live, Peace Link Live, Occupy Love, and Peace x Peace to inspire you below and you can also access a full library of insight from the Summer of Peace series here.
Today, we also particularly turn our prayers to Syria for a peaceful transformation (listen to the beautiful Prayer Call here or participate in the daily Call to Prayer here).
And whatever you DO today, dare to BE the peace we all aim to create in the world and open your heart to the remembrance that we are all One. Peace be unto you!
Here's the call in information for the Be the Peace global meditation today at 5 p.m. PT today that I'll be participating in with leaders such as Dr. Ariyaratne of Sarvodaya.
UN High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace Address by Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, a Summer of Peace Wisdom Council Member and Chair of the General Assembly drafting committee for the United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action on Culture of Peace (1998-1999)
at the UN High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace, UN Headquarters, New York, September 6th, 2013.
I am deeply honored to be invited as the special guest to address today's High Level Forum on The Culture of Peace convened by the General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic. It is under his presidency that the Assembly adopted last December by consensus its resolution 67/106 which mandated the President to convene the Forum devoted to the implementation of the Programme of Action on Culture of Peace on the occasion of the anniversary of the adoption of the Programme. President Jeremic deserves to be commended for convening this Forum. I would like also to pay tribute to his predecessor Ambassador Nassir Al-Nasser for his pioneering initiative to hold the first-ever forum on the culture of peace last year. The assertion by Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson that "the culture of peace permeates the work of the United Nations" is welcomed by all of us. Let me also take this opportunity to welcome the presence of my dear friend former UNESCO Director General Federico Mayor whose inspiring leadership gave the concept of the culture of peace a unique prominence and profile around the world . . . [read more]
We are all heartbroken by the news of 12 people killed at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC. Our deepest sympathies go to all the people that were affected by this tragic event.
Having lost loved ones in Sierra Leone's deadly war—some killed by child soldiers—I know the shock and horror of deadly violence all too well. It is devastating to know people killed by senseless violence; yet, such atrocities have become too common in the world. Every person killed leaves family and friends in pain, asking why did this happen and how can we prevent it from ever happening again?
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The time has come for humanity to unite. We have created the intentional field and our vision for the future; but is intention enough? The truth is that if our vision of peace is to manifest it must be matched with the appropriate actions and strategic planning to make that vision a reality.
The Creator needs us to be actors in this Divine play called life. He needs our hands and our hearts and for us each to do our part. The indigenous peoples would make their decisions based on how it would affect seven generations to come . . . [read more]
There are coincidences in life that we come to see are not coincidences. Such was my experience one overcast November 2003 afternoon in Washington, DC as I approached the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial off Dupont Circle to meet a young man named Jonathan from Iowa—who was making Steps for Peace across America to demonstrate by his life's actions—that "there is another way" beyond what now seems to be an almost perpetual world state of conflict and violence. To my left at the monument stood a distinguished looking man with his wife. He was stately, yet humble and seemingly supportive of the young man's efforts to speak about the United States' recent invasion of Iraq. Little did I know at that time what an impact the friendship I developed with this man would have on not only my life, but on countless other lives . . . [read more]
Today is Peace Day, and as we celebrate the good works and global impact of organizations and individuals around the world, I am reminded of the incredible power music has to uplift, inspire and harmonize humanity with its universal appeal. In particular, I'd like to recount my experience with The Shift Network in helping to harmonize people in the Middle East during a prophesied time of shifting the collective consciousness . . . [read more]
When we describe our work, one question we never get asked is why bridging Western-Muslim relations is needed. Persistent misunderstanding between Muslim and Western communities can be harmful, divisive and lead to conflict. One of the causes of mistrust and tense relations is pervasive stereotypes, which we have seen can lead to open displays of violence and hatred against Muslim communities within Western nations like the United States. Some of those stereotypes and misunderstandings include . . . [read more]
Occupy Love By Velcrow Ripper—philosopher and filmmaker.
Velcrow is a guest faculty in the Peace Ambassador Training and was featured in the Summer of Peace.
Today is a day to focus our intentions and come together to create the culture of peace that we know in our heart of hearts is our true nature. The shift from a culture of war, a culture of domination, a culture of "us versus them," to a culture of love, a culture of shared power, a culture of "us" is at the core of our evolutionary journey, and key to our very survival on this precious planet . . . [read more]
The recent floods left many devastated, including an profoundly hard-working ally at Humanity's Team named Dee Meyer, who has no home and no possessions. Let's help her restart her life. Read about her and contribute here.
Grandmother Flordemayo's Sacred Seed Temple
In 2011, Flordemayo received a vision of the Seed Temple. The Beloved Mother said to her, "Make bundles for the children being born and gift these bundles to them. Remind the parents that they are to take care of the seeds the same way that they take care of their children."
Flordemayo began the process in January, 2012 for the construction of the Sacred Seed Temple, located in Estancia, New Mexico. On February 27, 2013 the final touches were made on the Seed Temple. On October 27, 2013, The Path will be hosting an Open House to commemorate the opening of this Sacred Temple and they send a heartfelt "thank you" for the support and prayers that have been received to make this vision a reality.
Chloe Goodchild, Founder of The Naked Voice Chloe Goodchild and Andrew Harvey were featured in the Summer of Peace in a dialogue about the Sacred Feminine and Peace. The following is a story written by Chloe about her relationship with Anandamayi.
Sound gives to consciousness, evidence of its existence...It is the active part of consciousness itself which turns into sound. The knower becomes known to her /himself as consciousness bears witness to its own voice. (Inayat Khan, Music and Mysticism)
In the mid 1980's, whilst I was exploring the philosophy and practice of classical Indian vocal music, I was introduced to one of India's greatest woman saints, Anandamayi Ma, otherwise known as the Blissful Mother. This sudden intervention of her immense and unconditional presence in my life was epiphanal, accelerating my own spiritual evolution through an exploration of the Eastern concept of non-duality (advaita) or oneness. This gave new meaning and purpose to the role of my singing voice as a spiritual practice, a poetic and mystical language of the soul. . . . [read more]
The response to rising spiritual teacher Thomas Huebl's work this year has been nothing short of spectacular. His penetrating insight and sophisticated understanding of awakening in the modern world are wowing advanced seekers the world over. You can listen for free to his teleseminar "Awakening Through Intimacy" here or directly sign up for his 12 week program on Awakened Intimacy here. This work of expanded awareness in relationship is at the core of creating a lasting shift in our lives.
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Global Oneness Day 2013 - Registration now open!
Global Oneness Day was created to heal the illusion of separation that has such a powerful grip on the Earth. Even though scientist and notables have been sharing for some time that everything is connected, we are one, the world's institutions, organizations and cultures are based almost entirely on separation and this has created the chronic and acute problems that we see in every sphere of society. We're joining the call for an awakened world, a culture of solidarity and a compassionate and sustainable Earth.
The program this year features renowned leaders such as: Michael Bernard Beckwith, Ervin Laszlo, Jean Houston, Ken Wilber, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Neale Donald Walsch, Paul Ray, Riane Eisler, Rickie Byars Beckwith, Peter Kater, Gregg Braden, Bruce Lipton, and more. Join for free here.
Upcoming free event with Anodea Judith:
October 10, 7:30–9PM
East West Bookstore
324 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA