“Blessed are they who see the change we call death as a liberation
from the limitations of this earth-life, for they shall rejoice
with their loved ones who make the glorious transition.”
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Global Symposium of Peaceful Nations (index)
A Gathering of the Most Peaceful Countries in the World
shared by Lisa Callan, New York, USA
The challenges facing the world in the 21st century open the opportunity for the creation of systems and mechanisms to resolve conflicts in peaceful ways through international cooperation. In response to this need the Global Symposium, the first forum aimed at recognizing and honoring the most peaceful countries in the world took place November 1st-3rd at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Each country was invited to send two delegates to the Global Symposium - one from government and another from civil society and/or the business community. These experienced delegates from around the world participated in two days of rigorous reflection with the following objectives:
The Symposium opened with the celebratory Gala Dinner to recognize the achievements of the 18 participating nations.
The Symposium was most importantly an opportunity to examine peacefulness and develop insights into the history, policies and characteristics of the most peaceful nations. The proceedings were recorded in a report and documentary that will be presented to the global community.
The insights of the Symposium will be offered as guidance to decision makers in governments, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations worldwide. In addition, the participating nations will be encouraged to embrace a leadership role to help advance the cause of peace.
Profound change is active consciousness in the evolution of the Soul.
Néstor Hugo Almagro
Exploring the Wonders of Inner Peace (index)
by Mayte Picco-Kline
Cycles in Life
Reflecting every once in a while on the cycles of life can bring new light and understanding about our inner processes and mission. This exercise can also facilitate a focus on our core ideals as guide posts for action.
I invite you to take a moment to consider the cycles in your life. Think about the various stages through the years and see the patterns that have emerged through experience and expanded consciousness. Cycles evolve in a spiral, each cycle being wider in realization and in potential for manifestation.
Dianne Dreher in “The Tao of Inner Peace” suggests the following reflections:
- “Which are the short cycles?
- Which are the longer ones?
- What areas do you need to cultivate more actively?
- Where do you need to be more patient and respectful of the process?
Remind yourself of these patterns by contemplating the beauty of natural wood. With its knots, swirls, and tiny lines, each piece is as distinctive as a fingerprint.”
Other blogs from Mayte include:
- Love every Moment
- Discovering a Calling
- Story of Forgiveness
- New Commitments
- The Power of Silence
Wholeness in Living: Kindling the Inner Light (index)
by Mayte Picco-Kline, watercolor by Lilia del Valle Rogel
Being in Wholeness
“Everyone lives in everyone else and everyone lives in us in a family unity of all that is. Our flow outward in a sharing with others stresses the oneness of all. Conscious participation in totality is a personal choice.”
An Integral Theory of Everything (index)
Our friend, Stan Carnarius, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA is sharing with us some insights from the book, Science and the Akashic Field, by Ervin Laszlo.
"Most of us think of information as data or what a person knows but the reach of information is deeper than this. Physical and life scientists are discovering that information extends far beyond the mind of the individual person, or even all persons taken together. It is an inherent aspect of both physical and biological nature.
"The living organism is extraordinarily coherent: all its parts are multi-dimensionally, dynamically, and almost instantly connected with all other parts. What happens to one cell or organ also happens in some way to all other cells and organs.
"The higher forms of knowing, such as human awareness and intention, have their roots in the cosmos; they were there in potential at the birth of the universe."
A warm welcome to our newest friends in the Peaceful Journey circle: Bert Gunn, Sue Tarr, Jesús D. Banda, Kathryn Mary Van Order, Lisa White Persons, Marjorie Manninger, Jill Kathleen Johnson, Rosemary Augustine and Tamara Pilar Wagner in the United States, Aldo Veranzo in Italy, Daniel Chamorro in Argentina, Mary Jane Facchino, Rhonda Rhodes, Miranda Li, Elaine Brainard and Latonya Powell contacting us through our website, and other virtual friends who prefer to keep their names private.
Steps toward Inner Peace in Korean! (index)
Early this year our friend, Harry Ha decided it was time to have “Steps” in his native language, Korean and thanks to his activity in the following months after discovering the Peace Pilgrim materials it is now possible to download a PDF file from the Peace Pilgrim website:
Harry (Hyon Ki Ha) immigrated to Canada in 1970 and now lives in Toronto. He was inspired to do this work by his son, who gave him the Peace Pilgrim book in January 2009 and he read Steps toward Inner Peace on our website. This is his first translation ever and Harry reports that it was very difficult at the beginning.
He says, “when I first read the Peace Pilgrim book and Steps I was deeply moved. I thanked my son and decided to put the Peace Pilgrim Book on top of all other books. Some years ago, I sent my Christmas card with a picture of a beautiful bird perched on a tree branch in an idyllic white snow background and read “Peace”. I thought the most urgent message now is Peace.”
Peaceful Journey and our Website (index)
by Bob Kline
Words of Inspiration
Every two weeks we update our website with Words of Inspiration, including affirmations from a different chapter of Mayte’s book, a Peace Pilgrim beatitude, a new set of Sabian Assembly affirmations and a different watercolor. We hope you'll share our enthusiasm for this on-going feature of our consciousness-evoking endeavor. Signup on the site or send me an email at RAK@SolarM.net and I’ll add your name to our list. Mayte enjoys interacting with those who receive this document and she will be happy to hear from you.
We invite you to participate in Mayte’s blog as she posts items of interest periodically. This new, thought evoking content expands on many of the concepts in Mayte’s book and we invite you to add your thoughts and reactions on our blog page.
We are going to publish our international bulletin on a more frequent basis -- in Spanish and English -- in electronic form only. As this is the last paper-based Peaceful Journey we will create, we hope you can provide us with an email address we can use to send you the electronic version. Please send your email address to me at RAK@SolarM.net and I'll take care of the rest.
We have made these changes in order to provide more time for us to concentrate on expanding our outreach by publishing Mayte's book in Spanish in mid-2010 as well as a second printing of her book in English.
Thank you for the continued support and encouragement you've provided us over the
years. We have reached 15 years of continuous activity since we first published this newsletter and look forward to partnering with you as we continue to explore together the wonders of inner peace.
Rainbow that flies,
with your wings of radiant quartz
that adorn my garden;
your brief song,
announces your presence in my soul.
Little piece of coal that burns not,
you live flowing in time without time;
of the hand of the Eternal all.
Beam of Air that flies,
you know how to unburden
the flower of existence;
thanks for doing from the non-doing,
your anointed drawing of delicate nectar,
floating in the Ether,
with unequaled joy;
transmuting the dense into the subtle,
almost without realizing.
Bless our Home,
Gaia or Planetary Home;
so that our souls,
liberate all the birds,
and fulfil us with happiness
the simple things of Life.
Taking the necessary,
you leave the superfluous
Thanks for teaching us
to die in every flight;
and be reborn each instant,
throwing ourselves into emptiness
to reach plenitude.
we backtrack the footpath,
yes, that of the internal steps,
we perceive the immense force of detachment
and Providence craftily smiles
opening his heart
with intense gladness,
to give us Love
with full hands.
tiny dust of the Wind,
you remind us of the value of little works,
drink from the Water of Life that nourishes us
and embrace us with new breath.
Néstor Hugo Almagro
Translation by Bob Kline
Multicultural Gathering In Israel Promotes Inner Peace (index)
shared by Bob Kline, Pennsylvania, USA
For five consecutive years, the International Kabbalah Congress has established itself as one of the world's most culturally diverse gatherings for spiritual growth. A three-day celebration of human unity and deeply transforming personal experiences, the 2009 Congress hosted around 6,000 guests from over 50 countries.
A press released announced that despite the tension between Israel and its neighboring countries, flight costs and a growing uncertainty about the global financial situation, record numbers made the annual journey to attend this meeting. The Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds in Israel was a place of magnificent diversity, a coming together of people of all ages and from all walks of life including celebrities, performing artists, engineers, road workers, dancers, administrators, students, musicians, stock-investors, teachers, performers, tradesmen, writers, DJs, plumbers, academicians, politicians, and designers, to mention a few.
The aim of this annual event is to discover and nurture the common point of human unity beyond all the differences that separate people, and to create a special environment that will allow participants to realize the true potential that lies in the connection between people. In other words, this congress aims to give its participants a taste of the better world we all dream about and the practical tools for taking our first steps toward becoming one big human family.
Connecting to the Internet (index)
In the words of Marc Edmund Jones, living the ideal positively and definitely, the seeker can manifest the whole-giving that is a contribution of peace to every last phase of existence.
Peace, It's Wonderful
Communion is silence,
The language of the spirit,
In the depths of quiet seeking
All becomes clear.
"I am acknowledging the good that is already in my life. This is the foundation for all abundance. Give and you shall receive. . . . I am a conscious participant in the unfolding of that higher purpose of life. I am aligning myself with it."
Patti Hudson, inspired by quotes from
A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
by Eckhart Tolle
Act of Peace (index)
Maria Talis wrote a Peace Poem inspired by the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven (Alle Menschen werden Brüder - All people will be Brothers) in English, French, German and Dutch. For more information about her activity and music for peace, please visit her website. She invites people to add/sing this verse in any language, record it, put a file on youtube and send her the link.
Words: Maria Talis, April 21, 2009
We are brothers, we are sisters, humans, living side by side,
All on earth and all connected in our hearts through Love and Light.
Listen good and look around you, offer help, be still and wise...
Grateful hearts beat peaceful sounds and find their way to Paradise.
Listen good and look around you, offer help, be still and wise...
Peace Pilgrim Reflections
All difficulties in your life have a purpose. They are pushing you toward harmony with God’s will. (Emilia Kuri, Mexico)
All human beings are of equal importance in God's sight, and have a job to do in the divine plan. (Stephen Awudi Gadri, Ghana)
Blessed are they who after dedicating their lives and thereby receiving a blessing, have the courage and faith to surmount the difficulties of the path ahead, for they shall receive a second blessing. (Rosemary Southwell, South Africa)
Live this day! Yesterday is only a dream and tomorrow is only a vision, but today, well-lived, makes each yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a dream of hope.
(Zoraida Consuegra, United States; Silvia Crespo, Argentina; Mayte Picco-Kline, United States)