general question on everyone’s mind (students, Rotarians, us, etc.)
is, “What can I do?” I think a short answer is, “Be a peace
leader and peace educator, with the goal of affecting all of our
relationships for the better, and ultimately our community leaders (i.e.
political, business, education, etc.; and by community I include at a
national level, and eventually international level).” Building a
healthy culture is about building healthy relationships, and I believe
in encouraging and supporting others to do likewise. To do this we
must build our knowledge, wisdom and application. We must
“own” the problems/issues, which infers “owning the responsibility
to find and implement solutions”, believe that change is possible
(that we can build a better world), understand how to change/build (i.e.
change management), and how to be a servant leader (leading by example).
In the case of a School Culture of Peace Program, for example, once they
have a general introductory Open Space to Open Minds to Peace, I imagine
that the students will then need help in how to learn more about peace
issues and peacebuilding, how to be a peace leader/servant leader, how
to be a peace educator, building relationships (including difficult
conversations books), change management, influencing others (including
community leaders). This will also mean that the teachers will
have to learn these skills, to keep up (hence “Educating the
Educators”). Very important to note that these are key skill
sets that will help these students in whatever career they choose, and
hence a good selling feature for the school.”
A Message to Our Readers (May 15, 2006; updated November 2,
I have been taking a sabbatical for a period of reflection on
how I can better serve the Peace Community (by working smarter, not
). In the process, I have
been undergoing a significant personal transformation – a journey that
I will be pleased to share with you over the next few months.
In the process of seeking peace, we are likely to give
ourselves anxiety, pain and even depression – your mind can become a
war zone. Stress is the
signal that it’s time to question your own thinking.
Seeking peace is how you lose the awareness of peace.
But you can only lose the awareness of it, not the state.
That’s not an option, because peace is what we all are.
Look around you and you will find peace in many ways, if you look
hard enough – celebrate them. The
spiritual secret that applies here is this: what
you seek, you already are.
The U.N. Culture of Peace Program calls for the
transformation of all institutions from a culture of violence to a
Culture of Peace and Non-violence. The
first ‘institution’ that must go through this transformation is
ourselves. As Gandhi
instructed us, “be the change you seek in the world”.
In a sense, our old selves (our selves raised in a culture of
violence and reflecting it) must die in order that our new selves - our
selves living a Culture of Peace and Non-violence – may be born.
We must truly be “Renaissance Men and Women”.
I suspect many of you are also labouring with your rebirth.
Each of us has to find the actual experience of
peace and calmness on our own. The secret for doing that is to free the
mind. When it is free, the mind settles down. It gives up its
restlessness and becomes a channel for peace.
As the UNESCO motto proclaims, “Since wars begin in the minds
of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be
constructed.” This applies
to us as well as “them”.
I invite you to join me in this personal transformation.
A major goal over the next period will be to strengthen our
section of the www.peace.ca web site
on Building Peace at the Individual Level.
I will share with you some of the key books that I am reading,
and their highlights. They
Advanced Reading - click on this link to find highlights of recommended books for the advanced reader
etc. (more to come later)
also the Message to Readers at http://www.peace.ca/proposalsfamily.htm
I fully believe that the people who need the most peace
education are peace educators, peace leaders and peacebuilders.
One of our major goals at Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace is
to help with the necessary personal transformations – to accelerate
the personal growth and wisdom of all peace educators, leaders and
builders, by supplying helpful information.
Since everyone is a potential peace educator, leader and builder
– this means engaging everyone. It
truly takes an astronomical vision to make a global difference.
I am very grateful that I have found my purpose in life:
peace education. We all have
our own unique talents to bring to peace education – I am pleased to
bring my unique leadership, management and business talents to bear on
this most worthwhile cause. By
teaching peace and wisdom, our students can transform their lives and
make a difference teaching peace and wisdom.
Today, start to act as if your influence extends everywhere
– you should know that it does.
Happy transformations, and remain centered no matter what
THE WISDOM I AM LIVING
By Bob Stewart
Higher Purpose - work for the
welfare of the whole world, by significantly reducing the human cost of
direct and indirect violence through peace education, raising social
intelligence, true wisdom and self actualization throughout the world.
Higher Purpose - work for the welfare of the whole world, by significantly reducing the human cost of direct and indirect violence through peace education, raising social intelligence, true wisdom and self actualization throughout the world.
Communion – communicate and develop relationships with everyone else in the world, to notify the world’s farthest reaches of the purpose and intention (above).
Awareness – listen to understand, everything that impinges on the purpose (above). Meditate on it, adapt, remain flexible, respond accordingly.
Acceptance – There are no enemies. Understand my values and others’ values, and communicate with myself and others accordingly. I am a genius and they are also. Recognize every one as equally important and interdependent.
Creativity – think thoughts never thought before, ‘dance’ in a way never seen before. Continue to solve the peace ‘problem’ every day, in creative new ways.
Being – obey the universal cycle of rest and activity. Live a balanced life. Sleep on it. Meditate on it. Develop routines and cycles. Live the Nature of Peace, and Peace of Nature.
Efficiency – work smarter, not harder. Prioritize. Seek value, including profit in what is done. Benefits must significantly exceed all costs. Stop doing things that are not significant contributors to the purpose.
Bonding – know that we are all fundamentally the same. There are no outcasts. Extend the hand of friendship to all.
Giving – give and receive automatically, without expectation, without hoarding. Give students of peace your time.
Immortality – pass on your knowledge, experience and talents to others – and become immortal by leaving a legacy of peace education that will keep on giving when you pass on to another plain. Be remembered.
Exercise: write your own "Wisdoms" page.
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The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life: A Book of Practices, by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander, 2000. Click here to see an excellent 7 page summary of the book. 5 Star Must Reading. "Anything is possible."
The International Declaration of Human Rights Guarantees
Peace Begins Within by Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Getting Along -By Howard Zinn - You ask how I
manage to stay involved and remain seemingly happy and
Approaches for Preventing Youth Violence (Dr. R. Flannery Jr.):
- "Define success by what one gives, rather than what one has." (Gifford Pinchot)
- "A major challenge will be to inspire and educate citizens about the value of "investing" for the future. One hard reality that will not change is that long-term value will still be the result of vision, creativity, innovation, and hard work." (Marshall Goldsmith)
- "outlearn, outprepare, outwit, and outwork." (Hugh Price)
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