One Day In Peace ~ Celebrating the Peacemakers
Gently get into a quiet, meditative Soul Space of healing power.
“The World Peace Flame…burns every where, in every human heart – just waiting to be awakened. To a peacemaker such as myself, it represents the ability of each individual to make a difference in this world.”
– Dr. Mansukh Patel
We are not alone in our desire for peaceful coexistence although the media elects to selectively report the opposite. In actuality, all over our planet, groups and individuals are taking courageous steps to resolve conflict and seed peace.
Their achievements all started with a vision, a vision to assist our world to evolve into a higher, finer planet of compassionate coexistence where we understand and actively practice a reverence for all life. One of Dr. Mansukh Patel’s visions was realized in July 1999, when seven live flames from all the world’s continents were flown across the oceans aboard military aircraft and united to create the first eternal World Peace Flame. This important symbolic act of peace took place at the Life Foundation International Course Center in North Wales, UK, the Flame’s permanent home.
Peacemaking is not just the province of Churches, Synagogues or Temples. People from all walks of life and traditions are actively working towards the same humanitarian and spiritual goal of peacemaking to create a world fit for children. And as with the World Peace Flame, many are coming up with fresh and creative, new approaches to peacemaking. All are working to reveal and harness the real essence required for fostering lasting peace partnerships: a raising of consciousness, reaching for and expressing the highest human potential and making sincere attempts at understanding our interconnections.
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”
– Nelson Mandela
Forgiveness is another approach taken by Ruby Bridges Hall, ex-President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Robert Coles, M.D. In their “Campaign for Forgiveness Research”, these peacemakers are demonstrating that the act of forgiveness is an important jumping off point for reconciliation, and a powerful tool for healing ‘individuals, marriages, families, communities and even entire nations’. In her dissertation research focussed on adolescent and adult war refugees, Nancy A. Peddle, Ph.D. reports finding that for many, forgiveness can heal even the most horrendous of war-initiated trauma.
And in the wake of September 11, a scientific cutting-edge technology for peace has emerged. Harvard-trained quantum Physicist Dr. John Hagelin and his colleagues have presented a proposal to the US Congress calling for the establishment of a permanent group of 40,000 people practicing specific ‘technologies of consciousness’ (i.e. meditation), as a peaceful, scientifically-validated approach for diffusing violence, terrorism and social conflict. According to Dr. John L. Davies of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, the basis for this approach has a scientific root in the generally accepted Unified Field Theory of Physics. Dr. Hagelin’s proposal has found support on Capitol Hill, especially from holistic US Congressman Dennis J. Kuchinich, author of the Congressional bill to establish a cabinet-level Department of Peace in the United States.
As we celebrate ‘One Day in Peace’ worldwide on this first day of 2003, we must remember that the idea was born with the dream of Manhattan schoolchildren over thirty years ago. They dreamed of having just one day when there was no violence between nations, no violence on the streets, or in homes or on television. And through the tireless efforts of many, this dream became reality in the year 2000 when the day was officially recognized by 100 countries, the UN General Assembly and a thousand organizations worldwide.
“When the bells of peace ring,
there will be no hands to beat the drums of war.”
- Anwar Sadat
Tonight we join with all peacemakers everywhere to hold a vision for a peaceful world. And we celebrate the individuals, groups and organizations working quietly and steadfastly for the manifestation of harmonious coexistence amongst all peoples of the earth.
“One dream can change the world
Keep believing ‘till you find a way…”
- Billy Gillman
As we join our hearts together, know that powerful beacons of Light and Love will shine forth into the world, will join those from others of like intent, and be directed to those in greatest need on our beloved planet.
As we each prepare for the moment, let the mood be one of unconditional love…
…and May the Force be with us! J
Please light your candles (optional) and commence with the following peace poem:
We are gathered tonight to celebrate the peacemakers of the earth,
Those lively, innovative and determined people who
Seek to make the world a safe and peaceful place for all, especially for our children.
And on this special day, we hold the vision
That there be no violence between nations, no violence between individuals
and no violence on television.
We rejoice in the knowledge that many of us share the same vision
Of a world free of the violence that shatters our human spirit.
We celebrate the increasing number of people stepping forward
To manifest their desire for peace,
And we set our intent that one day in peace will come
and then one more
until we have a season of non violence worldwide.
After this introductory vision/meditation/prayer, please express your own vision of peace. (As always, please feel free to modify the peace poem, or to use your own.)
Please close your peace session with the extinguishing of the candle.
· The inspiration for this peace Circle comes from the One Day in Peace Campaign and the wonderful, tireless efforts and inventiveness of peacemakers around the world.
More on the Peacemakers…
Dr. Mansukh Patel, originator of the World Peace Flame concept is an author, philosopher, scientist, humanitarian, and a founder of the Life Foundation Worldwide. Life Foundation International are a group of health professionals who work in war zones (e.g. Bosnia, the North Caucasus and Northern Ireland) and every day life to promote the use of self-help approaches for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being in every aspect of living. http://worldpeaceflame.org, http://lifefoundation.com
A campaign for Forgiveness Research led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Jimmy Carter, Robert Coles, M.D., Ruby Bridges Hall and Everett L. Worthington Jr., Ph.D. was formed to promote more forgiveness around the world and to disseminate the scientific research into forgiveness. It is important to note here that forgiveness is not a passive act, it is in fact a sign of great strength. And its goal is not excusing an injustice, being a doormat or simply letting the other person off the hook as we sometimes think. Rather, it is a means of personal healing, of letting yourself off the hook – the hook of hate, bitterness and anger, emotions which eventually destroy peace of mind and health. http://www.forgiving.org
Nancy A. Peddle, Ph.D.,
author of “Forgiveness and Trauma - Can War Refugees Recover?” is a
research fellow at Prevent Child Abuse America, an international
associate for the Taylor Institute of Chicago, and the president and
founder of the Lemonaid Fund, which helps children and families in
Invincible Defense Technology is the peace proposal being put forward by Dr. John Hagelin. He is a co-author of the proposal and director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, a science and public policy think tank. Dr. Hagelin is unique among particle theorists in his dedicated efforts to apply the latest scientific understanding of natural law for the benefit of the individual and society. Note on the Unified Field Theory: “The generally accepted theory of the unified field posits that all physical phenomena in the universe, including gravity, nuclear reactions, electromagnetic forces and human consciousness is connected, bringing new meaning to the expression ‘no man is an island’.” – Dr. John L. Davies. http://istpp.org/news/2001_december/01.html,
One Day in Peace Campaign. http://www.oneday.net.
…And of course there are many, many others working for peace worldwide, including one great humanitarian and peacemaker I know personally, Mrs. Stella Marks. Here are a few more of us who are lighting paths to peace - some peace visions have already come to fruition and others are about to become reality…
Mahatma Gandhi . Martin Luther King, Jr. . Rigoberta Menchú Tum, 1992 Nobel Peace Laureate .
Nickole Evans, a youth peacemaker who made a commitment to choose peace and reconciliation over retaliation. http://www.myhero.com/hero.asp?hero=NickoleEvans .
Jason Crowe, youth peacemaker . GlobalKids.org . The Dalai Lama . Mother Teresa . Leyla Zana
. Mrs. Betty Williams, 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate, whose vision is for a new paradigm of peace and justice in the world. http://www.centersofcompassion.org .
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom . Oscar Romero . Bertrand Russell .
Dr. Jehan Sadat, humanitarian and peacemaker. She established a fully integrated city in Egypt for disabled war veterans and civilians. http://www.cidcm.umd.edu/people/jsadat.htm .
Movimiento por la Paz, el Desarme y la Libertad . Amy Biehl . Gregory Smith, youth peacemaker .
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Lakota Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe, tirelessly spreads his message of peace to all peoples. http://www.worldpeaceday.com .
Corbin Harney . Ellie Wiesel . Craig Kielburger . Anne Helmke . Gerson Andrés Flórez Pérez .
Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center – the Brahma Kumaris world of compassionate peace-seeding. http://www.peacevillage.com .
Albert Schweitzer . Lech Walesa . Mildred Norman . Aung San Suu Kyi . Cesar Estrada Chavez .
Seeds of Peace, an international camp founded by John Wallach as a place where young people from war torn countries could meet, get to know one another, and break the cycle of violence. http://www.seedsofpeace.org .
Fridtjof Nansen . Pete Seeger . Femmes Pour la Paix . The Christ . Jane Addams . Jeanette Rankin .
The Children’s Peace Movement led by five teenagers, Juan Elias Uribe, Mayerly Sanchez, Dilia Lorenzo, Wilfrido Zambrano and Farliz Calle in Columbia. http://www.myhero.com/hero.asp?hero=colombiaChildren .
Women Waging Peace . Mattie Stepanek, youth peacemaker . Muhammad . Henry David Thoreau .
James Twyman, peace troubadour. http://www.emissaryoflight.com .
Women Peacemakers Program . Samantha Smith . Swiss Peace Foundation . Mothers for Peace .
Ibrahim Alex Bangura, leading youth member of the Peace Links Musical Group of Sierra Leone http://myhero.com/hero.asp?hero=Ibrahim .
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel . Joan Baez . CelebratingPeace.com . Grupa (“Hajde da...”) . The Buddha .
Youth Ambassadors for Peace http://www.freethechildren.org/peace/kcftc/about.html .
January 1, 2003
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