Give Peace a Year – Meeting twenty one

Photo Dawid Zawila Unsplash

With the aim of peace everywhere,

 starting here and now, transforming violence and conflict of needs  in life, one word, thought or deed at a time.

And because

it’s not the slog that will get us there, it’s the joy

for balance, things that warmed our hearts and made life a pleasure.

 

Starting where transformation is needed from the group of peace lovers this week on Thursday 15th December

 

This week, we’re starting to look back.

To see what has happened as a result of giving peace a year. Just three more meetings to go before our year is complete.

We started because I’d been shocked at my hair conditioner stating it’s intention to fight signs of dryness and started gathering up examples of where violence or violent language had crept into our worlds without us spotting it, and to transform it into what it is we’d really like to have happen. Starting with my hair and the soothing, smoothing and moisturising… better!

We’ve brought a wide variety of things for transformation. And enjoyed ourselves hugely doing it. And the most surprising thing is the effect on things we didn’t bring to work on directly. This aim for peaceful, ‘do no harm’ ways of being has spread without any effort, to other things.

-Family situations turning out so differently from the fighting norm.

-The habitual impulse to criticise in response to criticism usually strong and biting, barely a whimper.

-No effort or hard work but simply the benign presence seemingly dissolving conflict amongst a business group.

These weren’t situations that we worked on directly at all, or even talked about but they turned out differently.

It seems that through the intention to find peaceful nonviolent ways of being, and working on specific situations, has had a wider reach than we imagined.

The qualities we have, that which we are but is often buried and not seen or felt, has been held gently and given the conditions to grow.

And now its presence is being felt.

With no efforting, no doing, it simply is there. Being.

 

I cannot tell you how happy I feel about that.

 

I read this from David Spangler at The Lorian Association this week. It sums up so beautifully the way in which this has worked for us in the group.

“Light does not attack or contest.

Light evokes itself within a system. It’s not so much that we send light to someone or someplace as it is that we evoke through resonance their own light or the light of that situation to emerge and make itself known.

Light operates by changing the environment.

If I step into a dark room and switch on the light, the light doesn’t start fighting the darkness and forcing it to retreat.

The light simply is, and where it is, darkness cannot also be. Light alters the environment whether we’re talking about physical light or sacred light. In a strict sense there can be no warriors of light. Rather light bearers, those who can bring into and evoke from a situation, potential for sacredness in expression. “

And THAT is a joy.

 

Next in person meeting

 

Thursday 5th January, 7.30 – 9pm

The Salisbury Arms Hotel, Hertford

Three meetings till the end of Give Peace a Year

Dates for the rest of the year here
Guidelines for the group here

Email to let me know if you’re coming and we’ll keep you a seat

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