Stories of Nonviolence: Living a Committed Life


As we sit in meditation during this Season for Nonviolence, let us envision a grid of Unconditional Love encircling our Globe, supporting all those individuals and organizations working to make nonviolence our planet’s operating principle.


 ‘In my identity, I have very little power – I have a personality, I have some clever things to say – but when I’m in my stand, I’m in my soul.  When I’m in my commitment, I’m in my heart and there, I’m unlimited! Nothing can stop me, I’m unstoppable, I’m formidable, I’m effective, I’m true to myself and I can make an infinite, unequivocal difference!’    – Lynne Twist


Twenty-six years ago, Lynne Twist responded to the reverberations of an inner nudge from Soul, took a stand and joined with others to create The Hunger Project, dedicating herself to ending hunger and poverty in the world. Energized by the vision of this possibility, Lynne stepped firmly into her authentic power and used her talents as a writer, speaker, activist and fund raiser to tirelessly challenge and awaken people to respond with their best selves to end hunger and poverty. She traveled to many countries sharing her Being and her expertise with children and people from all cultures and all walks of life.  It was hard but fulfilling work, and Lynne made a commitment to stay the course for as long as it took to realize the organization’s vision.


But then, twenty years after being with the organization, she had a visionary dream - a dream that called her to pursue another path.  She was torn, torn between the old commitment and this new path ~ she was asked by the indigenous Elders and shamans of the Amazon region to help them to preserve their culture, their way of life and their rainforests, still untouched by deforestation and development.  She was asked to ‘find a way for human life to be a sustainable endeavour’.



Amidst great confusion and guilt, Lynne fell seriously ill.  Exhausted, she took a leave of absence, but the illness, which ultimately turned out to be caused by two strains of malaria, was in fact a godsend, for it gave her time to think. It gave her time to fully come to terms with the fact that her job with The Hunger Project was complete, and she took the time to let go of the old and make space for the new. During this time, her husband took the lead and made contact with the Achuar peoples of Ecuador.  Then Lynne joined him, once again on the move, responding to that inner nudge, taking on the challenge and moving with the authentic power of Soul in a new direction. 


Together, Lynne and Bill co-founded an organization called The Pachamama Alliance to ‘preserve the rainforests by empowering the indigenous peoples who are its natural custodians’ and to create an effective synthesis of the technologies of the world with the wisdom of the indigenous peoples, for sustainable living on this planet. 


Their partnership with the Achuar was designed to bring to fruition, a 2000-year old Amazon prophecy which foretold that the eagle peoples (those of us of the material world living from the mind and the intellect) will dominate the earth with technology but will be spiritually impoverished. And that the condor peoples, the indigenous peoples who are close to the earth, use their intuition, and live from their heart spaces, will have great spiritual power but will be materially impoverished.  In both cases, our survival as a species is at risk.  The prophecy continues:


“At the beginning of the tenth Pachacuti, the eagle and condor will remember that they come from one place. They will fly together in the same sky, wing to wing. In other words, mind and heart will rejoin. Intellect and senses will reconnect. The world will come into balance in a miraculous way, but not before Pachamama [Mother Earth] herself will humble all creatures to remember their rightful role in relation to her.”


When you live consciously from Heart Space

and walk in balance as an embodiment of unconditional love,

you are nonviolence in action.


Lynne Twist is unstoppable in her power and her commitment to humanity, to making an ‘infinite, unequivocal difference’. Lynne’s journey is one that is familiar to many of us as we tread similar paths – it is the journey into Heart Space, the journey of consciously expressing and expanding soul.  And as we step into our power as Beings of Love and compassion, our lives by example, are an inspiration for others, especially our youth, to seek and express their own Center of Being.


…And a new trend is born supplanting the old

        Our sons and daughters

 Genetically encoded and nurtured for Peace

Harmonizing our world

As the old programs for violence and trauma


Fade to nothing,

              Transmuted into love

   Transmuted into peace.

 -  excerpt from the poem ‘Blueprints of Love’ by Fay A. Marks.


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!


Please light your candles (optional) and commence with the following peace poem:


We hold a vision of all our relations reconnecting at all levels

Of the individual, of nations and of the planet ~


May we walk lightly on the Earth

And may we walk in balance.

~ 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.)


~ Celebrating Great Souls Becoming ~


Please close your peace session with the extinguishing of the candle.



This Peace Circle was inspired by Lynne Twist’s commitment to living authentically from her place of power.  It is the 12th and final in the series of SNV2004 Peace Circles.



  “A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing.

She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination

prepared to be herself and only herself.” 

-  Maya Angelou


April 11, 2004


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