July 17, 2012

A Peace Movement Emerges, Reflecting A Shift In Consciousness.


When your mind and heart are truly open abundance will flow to you effortlessly and easily.

We are witnessing a tidal shift in consciousness. Some see it as a great planetary awakening of awareness accompanied by an extended capacity for empathy and collaboration. The burgeoning networks of people who share these new values, along with the accelerating global communications environment, are creating an unprecedented planetary resonance. We are collectively beginning to shed the skin of humanity’s dysfunctional consciousness.

Here are key transformations defining the new peace movement:

We are moving from being locked into outrage at war and violence, or being defined as a protest movement, to creating a culture of peace from the ground up and from the inside out.
We are moving from the reactive condemnation of others arising out of a presumed superior moral position, to engaging in dialogue, listening, and drawing on nonviolent communication strategies.

We are moving from labeling those who disagree with us as the enemy to recognizing the inherent flaw in creating enmity as a peace strategy. In this way our work attempts to dissolve polarizing behaviors.

We are moving from a consciousness that is problem centered to one that is solution centered. This has a radical impact on how we organize. We are informed by our vision, and our approach is not always defined by the tactics or stance of the opposition.

We are moving from piecemeal, feel-good, quick-fix interventions, to whole-system maps and systemic transformation.

We are moving from a reliance on ideological frameworks to integral approaches that are embodied manifestations of peace at the individual and collective levels.

We are moving from activism that leads to burnout and relationship breakdowns to one in which working for the cause of peace requires self-care and time for quality relationships.

We are moving from the battleground of proving who is right and who is wrong to understanding worldview transformation and exploring who are wounded and how they can find healing.
We are moving from an obsession with punishment to the search for truth, reconciliation, and restorative justice.

We are moving from demanding rights to assuming our responsibility to create environments that promote rights and social justice.

We are moving from merely critiquing the absence of humanity in others to honing our own capacity for compassionate action, deep empathy, and authentic forgiveness.

This, then, is the sounding note from inside the heart of peace itself. It says, “Choose me. Cultivate my ways.”

Feel the pleasure of love, laughter, and service to others. Feel peace as the presence of conscious and compassionate awareness. Step boldly to incarnate your belief in the power of peace to transform indifference and hostility. Never allow meanness any foothold over you where instead there can be an ample generosity toward others.

Keep your conscience keenly attentive to the subtlest calls to live in attunement with your own evolving moral imagination. The world is full of moral dilemmas, so listen with confidence to the voice of your higher self, but always be willing to reconsider the validity of your position. Know that you have been asked to walk the path of essence, always drawing deeper from your own essential qualities and allowing them the freest expression—even when cold reason would suppress them. Work ceaselessly to connect the disconnected.

It is impossible to say whether you will be scorned or rejected or even if you will be cut down, but know that the winds of peace will carry your work into future generations and that you will be part of what turns humanity toward its true destiny.

Any action that begins in the core of your being is one that unites with the Source of All Being. Look for that igniting point midway between taking yourself too seriously and being too casual about your gifts; it is here that peace arises and asks you to dance with it. Whether your first gesture is to still the mind, pulse a drum, raise your voice, or cross the threshold of an old fear or enmity, celebrate your choice to leave passivity and disbelief behind.

Keep faith with your vision even if people scorn you for being an idealist. Make sure your vision is big enough for the time we live in and that your execution of the vision comes from a place of humility. Learn to celebrate your vision even in the midst of great suffering, for your vision is an answer to the suffering you see. Peace is the healer of wounds.

For as much as you cultivate peace in all of its dimensions, it will cultivate you beyond all recognition.

James O’Dea is author of Cultivating Peace: Becoming a 21st Century Peace Ambassador. Teaches peace and social healing, former Washington Office Director of Amnesty International and former President of IONS. Jamesodea.com

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  1. Kuruvilla

    It is very reassuring to read what Deepak Chopra has to say about the tidal shifts in consciousness. But is there any statistical validation of the variety or magnitude of these shifts or is that also one of the waves in this tidal shift, which could be loosely termed as maya?

  2. Djmclean

    Lovely sentiment. What is your evidence?

  3. Lawrence

    We were able to start the I Declare World Peace project (google it) as a direct result of (i) the upshift in consciousness described by Dr. Chopra here and (ii) the availability, for rhte first time in history, of social media, which permits the rapid spread of good ideas. Peace is always a good idea. The I Declare World Peace project has recently entered into a collaborative partnernisho with World Peace Is Possible, a Dutch based peace group and has a dynamic co-appreciation for Celebrate World Peace, and artist`s effort out of New Mexico. Mother Theresa`s comment about not attending anti-war rallys but happy to attend a pro-peace rally, appears to be in synchrony with the rise in consciousness descirbed in the above-article. Peace is achievable in our lifetime and we will get there.

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