Give Peace a Year – meeting twenty four

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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.

We have now given peace a year!

The big review is complete.

Upon reflection we see that priceless things have been happening.

For which we say thank you, and

 MORE! 

We are going to give peace another year. 

Give Peace a Year²

 

The priceless things and how the first year went

We started on the 11th February 2016 and it’s been quite a year in the world.  We’ve been glad to be together ‘giving peace a year’ during this year of upheaval in many ways.   

A year of words, thoughts and deeds in our lives, that felt violent to us, brought to be given a dose of our collective attention.

Sometimes looking for ideas of how to change things, other times it’s empathy we’re in need of, feeling shocked to find violence right there in our seemingly peaceful selves.

The most effective thing, as far as peacemaking goes, and most appreciated, has been having the space to think. A space where it feels safe to bring anything, even things that are distinctly not our best moment, and being heard without judgement. That, that acceptance, rather than ideas or suggestions for what to do, has been what brought us most peace. 

We’ve worked directly on specific examples of violence, in conflict at work, in business, conflict between family members, as well as the violence we hadn’t realised we’d been subjecting ourselves to. Always committed to finding a nonviolent, peaceful way to do things, no fighting for peace.

This, about light, from David Spangler of the Lorian Association for incarnational spirituality, rings true for what seems to have been happening as we have been gently giving peace a year.

“ Light does not attack or contest.

Light evokes itself within a sytem. 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 to 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 there are light bearers, those who can bring into and evoke from a situation, potential for sacredness in expression.”

Extending this kindness towards ourselves, the space to be heard without judgement has been especially appreciated, and resulted in a growing presence of peace within us… it awakening…coming more to life.   

As the presence of peace has, without our being particularly conscious of it, grown within us, things have changed in our environment. Several situations that had historically been way less than fun than is good for our health, and where sniping back and forth was the pattern, surprisingly, didn’t pan out the way they had in the past. The habitual retort just wasn’t there, or it was spotted making its way out but dissolved before making it out into words.

These were instances where we hadn’t worked on the situation at all nor brought them to the group, and without our doing anything, it has been more peaceful.

This is a joy to me. Amongst all the calls for fighting for things, anything… and the valuing of hard work, effort and striving and sacrifice and so on… living amongst all that and to find things changing effortlessly. That it changed through our having changed our being. And that we’d changed our being by gently and regularly bringing our attention to it.

Stunning!

Does that feel pretty stunning to you?

It does to me… I feel a hallelujah! coming on.

Absolutely fan bloody tastic!

*big wide eyed smile of happiness that this really can be so*

It seems that, in these instances, we are being peace.

Being peace bearers.

No-one’s looking for a sainthood or polishing their halo… it’s in small, human, day to day life situations we’ve found the increased presence of peace, and there are many, many  situations where things aren’t peaceful at all.

And, that the presence of peace has grown in any way, as we have given it our attention throughout the year, we are happy. And declaring that worth it. 

.And we say thank you, and

MORE! 

We’re going to give peace another year. 

Give Peace a Year²

 

.The group is full.

– You can however join an ‘interested when places are available’ list, just email me via the contact page.

 

And I will be working 1:1

in response to requests for individual coaching on the apparent ease of being and how to bring it into service in life and work.

-Email or call me if you’d like to see whether some of that might work for you.

This coaching offer might be a way to try it out without committing to more.

 

 

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