This is peace week according to my calendar. September 21 is the United Nations International Day of Peace. A lot of folks are doing a lot of good work to try to shift our thinking this week so that our consciousness might move us closer to a lasting peace among humanity.
Here’s just a sampling of events this week:
At noon (your time) on September 21 via a multi-faith movement, we are all called for a moment of prayer in the form of prayer to which you are comfortable. I say, if for some reason you miss that specific time, you can still hold a moment of prayer. Just consider it part of the eternal now. Here’s the details on this project for a “million minutes” for peace.
The Peace Alliance and the Shift Network are co-hosting a week long a “global telesummit” for building a culture of peace. They’ve got lots of great speakers, you can sign up and hear them and its all free. Lots of great organizations have signed on as partners in this event. Here’s the details on this.
World leaders are meeting this week in New York to discuss our progress towards meeting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Although not specifically a “peace event”, we all know that by meeting these goals we will be raising the standard of living and increasing the chance to live a safe and productive life for millions of people around the planet–and that success will move us in the direction of peace. Here’s the link to what’s happening.
There’s lots more going on to raise our awareness of peace this week, go use your googling skills if you want to see more. You might even discover other peace weeks as well…I say we can’t have too many peace weeks!
A comment on peace….
Almost all of us say we are “for world peace”. We’ve heard the phrase so much that it has almost become a cliché, something beauty pageant contestants discuss during the oral questioning phase of the competition, something to satirize as “visualize whirled peas” on a popular bumper sticker….something to say “we are for” and then go on with our lives as if there is really nothing we can realistically do to bring about the peace we desire.
But if we truly are “for world peace”, then there is a lot we can do! First off, realize that peace begins with you and it begins with me. It begins inside us with our consciousness. Therefore, let us be peaceful in all of our thoughts. Let us be peaceful in all our interactions with others. Let’s not take things so personally when someone does something that might upset us. Let’s always look for ways to respond peacefully in all situations. Let us “be peace”. Let us “be love”.
And beyond that, think about other ways to “be peace”…..consider visiting the sites listed above and reading about peace. Share this note with others and encourage them to read about peace. Talk with others about peace. Generate your own peace ideas! (I’d love to hear your thoughts!) Get involved!
Oh, yeah…..and…..Pray for peace. Below is good prayer I like.
A Prayer for World Peace
by Dr. Ernest Holmes
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.
I know there is but One Mind, which is the mind of God,
in which all people live and move and have their being.
I know there is a divine pattern for humanity
and within this pattern there is infinite harmony and peace, cooperation, unity, and mutual helpfulness.
I know that the mind of humankind, being one with the mind of God,
shall discover the method, the way, and the means best fitted
to permit the flow of Divine Love between individuals and nations.
Thus harmony, peace, cooperation, unity, and mutual helpfulness are experienced by all.
I know there will be a free interchange of ideas, of cultures, of spiritual concepts, of ethics,
of educational systems and scientific discoveries – for all good belongs to all alike.
I know that, because Divine Mind has created us all,
we are bound together in one infinite and perfect unity.
I know that all people and all nations will remain individual but unified
for the common purpose of promoting peace, happiness, harmony, and prosperity.
I know that deep within each person the Divine Pattern of perfect peace is already implanted.
I now declare that in each person and in leaders of thought everywhere
this Divine Pattern moves into action and form,
to the end that all nations and all people will live together
in peace, harmony, and prosperity forever.
And so it is.
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