Peace is such a loaded word in so many ways. It can be political, conjuring 60’s flower-power and civil disobedience, or a sleepy term we apply to those who have passed (R.I.P). It is somehow both active and passive at the same time. It is even a bit confusing to some who consider that defending their country is noble and being peaceful is somehow cowardly. Peace is most often noticed after it has been taken away, but we have the ability to tune into it and raise the “volume” of peace if we make a conscious choice to do so. Every year across the planet, thousands of organizations do just that for the International Day of Peace. This year it is being called World Peace Weekend, September 19-21, and people everywhere are recognizing just how deeply humanity desires peace, and the healing medicine that it can bring to our world.
Everything that we humans create starts with a seed from somewhere deep within us. Inventions like computers, airplanes, art, and music all somehow emerge from our inner-world of dreams and imagination. This process of making ideas, concepts and abstractions into reality is one of the most amazing things about being human. As our technology has almost allowed us to master, and potentially even destroy the world around us, we all have a long ways to go in order to master the realms within our own being. There is a science to navigating this inner world and it is called meditation. The practical application of using meditation to create positive change is called Subtle Activism.
We can’t afford to avoid the pink elephant in the room when it comes to peace. It is a very real, and scary realization to consider how hard the war-profiteers are working to manipulate us into endless cycles of destruction, suffering and trauma response. However, it only takes a little bit of self-reflection to also recognize that each of us empower the war profiteers every time we buy their stories of fear and separation. It is easy to believe these stories if we haven’t ever experienced true peace within ourselves, if we have never taken the time to feel the breath of life connecting our inner existence to the planet and the endless galaxies that surround us.
We humans are copycats, we model ourselves off the reflections of those who are around us. If all we ever see are people who are reactionary, defensive, or violent, we may never experience anything beyond that. That’s why global initiatives like International Day of Peace are so important. It puts the concept before us to contemplate, it challenges us to consider what we each may be doing to add to creating peace in the world around us. It is an opportunity for all of us to become an example of the peace we desire in the world, and in doing so we give everyone around us something to experience that rarely ever makes the evening news… Peace!
This years global event is focused on the wisdom that we must find peace within us before we can bring it forward into the world around us. Since International Day of Peace is on a Monday, event organizers have decided to make a 3-day weekend out of this years peace celebration. There is an interactive map at www.unify.org that lists the various types of event that are happening across the globe. Thanks to internet, we can now easily go to the map and add our own local event, or find other events happening in our area. This effort strengthens the larger peace network and builds an international community of people who are committed to making peace a priority.
UPLIFT has taken a lead role within the large list of organizers this year along with Unify, and Be the Peace. The Mind Unleashed, Sustainable Human, Global Coherence Initiative and many other popular Facebook Pages have stepped up also to help promote, and the growing World Peace Weekend Event Page is quickly approaching 20,000 participants.
The online World Premiere of ‘Inner Peace To World Peace’ starts on Saturday, September 19 at 4pm PST/ 11pm GMT followed by the Global Peace Meditation at 5:00 pm PST / 12:00 Midnight GMT. Then on Sunday September 20th, there will be a wave of live events at starting at 12:00 noon in your time zone. On Monday, September 21st, everyone is encouraged to take peace into the world by forgiving someone in their life. This is a time to commit to raising the vibration of peace now and moving forward in your life.
There is even an event being hosted in Damascus, Syria. Together, everyone, everywhere we will be sending them love and light as we all face the dark horrors of violence and war with courage, love, and a shared resolution to be the peace we seek in this world. If you’d like to read more about the theory behind globally synchronized meditation, check out The Collective Field. Please join this historic evolution as we bring the dream of peace from the depths of our inner selves into the world around us!