Last night I Had The Strangest Dream
Gently get into a quiet, meditative Soul Space of healing power.
“Last night I had the strangest dream
I’d ever had before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war.
I dreamed there was a mighty room
And the room was filled with men
And the paper they were signing
Said they’d never fight again.”
- Joan Baez
This evocative dream, shared by many around the world, was vocalized decades ago and is still vital today. For in a mighty room at the United Nations Security Council Special Session, powerful men and women have gathered with an incredibly difficult, complex and important task ahead of them – to decide on the merits of war.
…And as they meet, all around the globe people are desperate for peace, desperate for a time to breathe and to love, desperate for a time to join, not divide… Like the veterans whose life-changing experiences have given them an inner knowing and conviction that peace is imperative, like the little boy in Santa Barbara, CA with his banner “The children in Iraq look like me, please don’t kill them” and like all those now forming a human shield around Baghdad.
The world is ready for the path of reconciliation, a path for which we already have a model. The extraordinarily creative, unprecedented and historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, created and chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has shown us that there is a path we can take other than war, to stop the cycle of revenge and violence. All we need is the courage to tread that path.
“[For] in the march towards truth, [passive violence such as] anger, selfishness, hatred, etc., naturally give way…”
We focus the light of our Love on the women and men gathered in the mighty room at the United Nations Security Council today and in the days to follow, that they may be able to open their consciousness to new, higher ways of thinking, feeling and being. For where we have a will for peace, creative human ingenuity can usually find a way…
“A problem is also an opportunity…”
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, January 7, 2003
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 today to hold a vision of support
For the women and men in world leadership positions who now have an extraordinary opportunity to change the history of the world in unprecedented ways.
We hold the vision that they may first be able to open their consciousness
to new, higher ways of thinking, feeling and being,
Open themselves to the hitherto untapped possibilities that can be revealed
by the power of truth,
And then with bold courage, harness and implement
truly creative, non violent charters
To stop the cycle of war, revenge and violence in the world.
We join with all those around the world
Raising their voices for peace, lasting peace in the world.
May the spirit of peace, truth and reconciliation flourish
in the minds and hearts of all human beings.
May that spirit be ever present
in places where the sacredness of life and the sovereignty of individuals
is a casualty
of power mishandled,
And may that spirit be ever present and supportive
For those at the United Nations tasked with the awesome responsibility
of right use of power in the world.
And may our collective dream of peace in our time
Aum and Amen.
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 ordinary people all over the world who are taking bold and extraordinary action to stand up for peace on this planet of ours.
CodePink: Women For Peace. A delegation from this American organization departed for Iraq on Thursday January 30, 2003 to join with other women from Europe, Australia and Rwanda in support of peace in our times. http://www.codepink4peace.org/article.php?list=type&type=19
“The World Says No to War” is an international campaign for peace. This month, on February 15, 2003, at least 44 cities around the world are launching demonstrations to take a stand for peace in our times. http://unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=725
Last year on November 28, 2002, with delegates from 47 countries and 75 NGOs participating, the International Nonviolent PeaceForce was launched in Surajkund, India. It is the realization of Ghandi’s vision of a peacekeeping corps trained in non violence techniques of conflict resolution, that would lend assistance in troubled areas to achieve peace in our times. http://www.forusa.org/programs/nv-peaceforce.html, http://nvpf.org/np/english/who/convening.asp.html
“Facing the Truth With Bill Moyers” is a 1999 PBS documentary recording the process of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. The TRC, which focussed on truth as the path to reconciliation in that strife-torn land, was Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s brainchild for peace in our times. http://www.pbs.org/pov/tvraceinitiative/facingthetruth
http://www.doj.gov.za/trc (TRC website)
February 5, 2003
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