Journey to Peace – Palatine, Illinois-USA

March 12th, 2018

World Peace Begins Within Ourselves
by Sandy Leitner

About eight years ago, I experienced a great deal of loss in a short span of time and my life changed dramatically.  I was feeling lost and anything but peaceful from within.

But it seemed that the Universe was eager to assist me in finding answers. Through a series of coincidences, I enrolled in the School of Metaphysics and quickly began to learn about what it means to be peaceful from within.

Sandy (left) and Aneta Baranek

As my studies progressed, I had the honor and privilege of becoming the Peace Ambassador for my School branch.   Our branch was sorely in need of a new Peace Pole (our organization had collaborated with the World Peace Prayer Society to plant Peace Poles at each of our School branches throughout the United States).

As the Peace Ambassador, it was my responsibility to lead the creation of this new Peace Pole and to engage other students enrolled in the School with this process.  I was determined to make it fun and a great shared experience from which we could all grow and learn.

With the help of the Director at the School, I picked out the wood that we were going to use for the new Peace Pole.  As for our languages, we chose English, Spanish, Persian, and Chinese, simply because of the sheer number of people on the planet that speak them or because we felt that peace was very much needed in the region of the world.

One of the students created stencils so that we could write “May Peace Prevail On Earth” on each of the four sides of the Peace Pole. We purchased a wood burning utensil and, over the next several weeks, the students at our branch were invited to contribute to the creation of the Peace Pole.

As students were engraving the individual letters into the Peace Pole, they were guided to think about what peace means to them, what they can personally do to cultivate peace within themselves in their own lives, and to infuse the Peace Pole with these thoughts.

Aneta Baranek

We also had a book where all who participated could record their peace thoughts.  This added to each student’s mindfulness and connection to the purpose of creating the Peace Pole.

Once all the letters were engraved, it was time to finish with a wood stain and to install a solar cap that would illuminate the Peace Pole at night.   It was now ready to be planted on the lawn in front of the School to be a beacon for peace in our neighborhood!  We held a dedication ceremony to honor the planting of the Peace Pole.

The mindful collaborative effort of all the students was gratifying for each of them, knowing that they were a part of a community that stands for peace.  Each student contributed to creating the Peace Pole and in doing so realized how they could personally bring more peace into their own lives by cultivating an ongoing awareness about what peace means to them and what they need to do daily to bring that about.

Brian Kraichely planting the Peace Pole while his wife, Golbahar Dadyan-Kraichely, and Sandy watch from the stairs.

I personally found the process of completing the Peace Pole extremely gratifying and peace-producing for a multitude of reasons.

First, having all the students involved was a remarkable accomplishment during which I observed how they each evolved as part of the process.

More specifically for me, I feel that I grew exponentially and view myself as a leader now.  I learned the value of asking others for help when needed!  The old pattern of allowing projects to mount up and drain my energy became a thing of the past, which is invaluable to me, adding to my inner-peace and decrease of stress.  I now know myself as someone who completes things no matter how daunting a task may feel!

The Peace Covenant, is a document that was created in a collaborative effort by a group of Doctors and teachers at the School of Metaphysics.

One of the messages within the Covenant that I love most is:
“Peace is first a state of mind. Peace affords the greatest opportunity for growth and learning which leads to personal happiness. Self-direction promotes inner peace and therefore leads to outer peace. We vow to heal ourselves through forgiveness, gratitude, and prayer. We commit to causing each and every day to be a fulfillment of our potential, both human and divine.”

I truly believe that every individual that cultivates a practice for producing peace within themselves daily contributes to the world of like-minded peaceful people and the ripple effects of that could eventually lead to world peace!  It starts with the individual, and radiates out from there, to family, workplace, community and so on.

Let’s all do our part to bring peace to ourselves and others every day and watch our world change for the better.  Begin now and learn first-hand that living peaceably begins by thinking peacefully.

May peace be with us all ways.  May Peace Prevail On Earth.

 

Sandy Leitner is a Licensed Massage Therapist and resides in Palatine, IL.
She is currently a student, a teacher, and has directed the School of Metaphysics branch in Palatiine.
Sandy is a nature and animal enthusiast and loves biking, hiking and kayaking.

 

Amy Poehler along with “May Peace Prevail On Earth” at the “Not on the Menu” event at the Rockefeller Foundation-NYC-USA

February 20th, 2018

Amy Poehler wasn’t the only one in attendance at the “Not on the Menu” event at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City. The World Peace Prayer Society, WPPS, was represented as well.

 

L to R: Phoebe Blue-NYC Musician, Amy Poehler-Actress & Comedian and Brandon Perdomo-WPPS Rep. at U.N.

Brandon Perdomo, WPPS Representative at the United Nations presented a Peace Pole to Actress/ Comedian, Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler is a passionate advocate in the powerful  #metoo movement, she is also spending her time advocating fair wages for restaurant employees across the Country, through “Not on the Menu”.

To have her help in spreading the message of Peace, with her newly gifted custom May Peace Prevail on Earth Pole, is an honor to our organization.

 

Munich Peace Conference – Munich – Germany

February 16th, 2018
At the Munich Peace Conference
Old Munich Town Hall
February 16, 2018
The Munich Peace Conference is held annually bringing activists together to form alliances and discuss peace building.
WPPS Munich office headed by Dagmar Berkenberg hosted a booth with printed literature introducing the work of WPPS as well as desktop peace poles and various other giveaway items.
Banners with the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, translated into multiple languages were also displayed prominently at the Old Munich Town Hall where the Conference took place.
Among the attendants was ICAN Germany founder Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm.  ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) won the 2017 Nobel Peace prize “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition.”  
 
Dagmar presents a Peace Pole to ICAN Germany founder Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm.
May peace be in Munich
May peace be in Germany

Flag Ceremony and Peace Pole dedications honoring The World Interfaith Harmony Week – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

February 2nd, 2018

Representatives of various faith traditions, visionaries, musicians and artists from around the world came to Ethiopia, “Land of Origins”, to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week from 31 January until 7 February 2018.

The week began with a Unity Earth sponsored U-Day Festival – Convergence of Fire.  The two day spiritual retreat and opening ceremony of the U-Day Festival was held in sacred Lalibela where a ceremony to light the Torch of Peace, the Torch of Unity and the Torch of Compassion was presented in the presence of global spiritual and religious leaders, change-makers and musicians.

The highlight interfaith event took place on February 2nd in the Plenary Hall of the African Union Commission building under the theme, “Interfaith Cooperation to Promote a Culture of Peace, Harmony and Human Dignity.”  It was a most auspicious location as members of the African Union Peace and Security Council meet here on a regular basis to negotiate resolutions and programmes which affect the lives of millions of people on the African continent.

The African Union Commission Plenary Hall

Graced by the presence of H.E. Dr. Mulatu Theshome, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, as well as His Holiness Abune Mathias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, H.E. Mrs. Amira ElFadil, nearly four hundred international religious, spiritual and cultural leaders and change-makers joined this official World Interfaith Harmony Week event to advocate how peaceful coexistence among religions and spiritual traditions fosters a sustainable and harmonious planet.

President Mulatu Teshome of Ethiopia delivers opening remarks and joins the moment of prayer to commence the program.

Prayers from various faith traditions were offered to open the program followed by the message “Treat others the way you want to be treated” coined in the Golden Rule read from different holy books by representatives from the Christian Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikh, Bahaï and from the indigenous native American, aboriginal and maori traditions.

Greetings and prayers were offered by His Holiness Abune Mathias (left), Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Shieikh Muhammed-Amin Jamal Omar (middle), President of Ethiopia Islamic Affairs Supreme Council.

Inspirational messages from dignitaries were delivered for this auspicious occasion including a message from Mr. Hiroo Saionji, President of The Goi Peace Foundation and The World Peace Prayer Society which was read by Mr. Patrick U. Petit, representative of The Goi Peace Foundation.  In his message, Mr. Saionji stressed that the ‘divine spark’ inherent in each human being and in all living things is our common source of existence. He called upon and reminded participants to help igniting the divine spark in humanity’s consciousness in order for lasting peace and harmony to prevail on Earth.

Patrick Petit – Goi Peace Foundation

The World Peace Flag Ceremony was presented by Fumi Johns, Executive Director of WPPS as a grand finale of this auspicious event at the African Union Commission Headquarters.  Participants joined in prayer by offering their hearts and minds for peace to prevail in each single country while young Ethiopians carried with pride and dignity the respective flags of all the nearly 200 countries of the world. An atmosphere of oneness with diversity filled the room. Participants were ecstatic and deeply moved by the energy of oneness as the Flag Ceremony came to a dramatic close in the presence of all the member flags of the African Union.

Once the Ceremony came to a close and while the room was filled with a vibrating spirit of joyful unity, a Peace Pole was presented to the people of Ethiopia and to the African Union Commission followed by a series of desktop Peace Poles presented to religious and cultural dignitaries present at this commemorative event.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week event at the African Union Commission Headquarters was facilitated and orchestrated by H.E. Ambassador Mussie Hailu, WPPS Peace Representative in Ethiopia and Representative of the United Religious Initiative to Africa and to the African Union Commission, who worked tirelessly to make this special event happen, and to whom we would like to cordially express our deepest gratitude and respect.

May peace be in Ethiopia
May peace prevail on earth

African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security accepts Peace Pole – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

February 2nd, 2018

WPPS sister organization, The Goi Peace Foundation presented a Peace Pole to H.E. Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security on 2 February 2018 for his outstanding leadership in peacemaking and security building, and for tirelessly implementing the African Peace and Security Architecture across the African continent.

The unveiling of the Peace Pole in the lobby of the Peace and Security Building.

Despite of the great challenges Ambassador Chergui and his staff are facing in the creation of a culture of peace and prosperity in Africa, they have never let themselves discouraged by all sorts of difficult circumstances, but despite all odds, continue keeping good faith and feeling compassionate in their noble mission to bring peace in all corners of Africa. To “silencing the guns” by the year 2020 and “sustaining peace” in Africa is the utmost objective of the AU Department for Peace and Security.

Patrick U. Petit, Representative of the Goi Peace Foundation, presents Peace Pole to H.E. Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security.

In his remarks, Ambassador Chergui expressed his gratitude for having received this Peace Pole which he will permanently display at the entrance lobby of the Nyerere Peace and Security Building. In his words, the universal message of peace, May Peace Prevail on Earth, should remind, inspire and encourage his Department staff day by day, as well as visitors to the Building to implement humanity’s collective aspiration. Ambassador Chergui also stressed that his ambition lies in the vision that every individual on Earth should embrace peace in its thoughts, words and deeds on a daily basis.
The AU Department of Peace and Security is located in the Nyerere Peace and Security Building on the facility of African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Goi Peace Foundation and the AU Department for Peace and Security are looking forward to further collaboration in the field of peace education, women and peace, peace through arts, and conflict prevention in the nearest future.
Please visit the website of the African Union Department for Peace and Security at http://www.peaceau.org

 

Ban Ya Temple plants Peace Pole – Korean Town, Los Angeles, CA – USA

February 1st, 2018

A group of dedicated WPPS members visited Ban Ya Temple in Korea Town located in Los Angeles, California.  The 5 peace delegation met with Huncher Sunim, the temple monk, who kindly accepted the Peace Pole to be planted in the grounds of the temple.  It was a glorious day filled with joy and prayers as all members gathered around the peace pole to offer their prayers for peace to prevail on earth to dedicate the Peace Pole together.

100th Anniversary Peace Pole dedicated at Gandhi Ashram in India

January 20th, 2018
Leaders and peace makers from every continents gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad.  A week long retreat was organized in January 2018 by  Nipun Mehta of Service Space allowing attendants to share, reflect and commune in the spirit of love, compassion and non-violence living.
At the Gandhi Ashram, prayers are offered while sitting on the ground.  When the Dalai Lama last visited, he asked his organizers to cancel all his plans and sat there in silence for 4 hours. Similarly, Masami-san told us, with very vivid confidence, “Gandhi’s essence is still alive here, but we must learn how to receive it and then share it.” Soon after, we inaugurated a Peace Pole at the Gandhi Ashram. Yet again, the pole was wrapped in a slow story that’s been brewing for several generations. In what felt like a remarkable marvel of serendipity, with so many monastics and spiritual leaders from so many spaces all gathered in one manifest circle, Masami-san led a collective prayer: May Peace Prevail on Earth.
 
The magnificent wooden Peace Pole was carved by the Ashram community and planted the central courtyard.

Shamanic Plant Medicine Journey- Final Class extended into January 2018 to close 2017 at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY-USA

January 11th, 2018

Student’s learned the healing properties and how to bring these healing gifts forward into their lives

In the last and final class of the Shamanic Plant Medicine Journey, students learned the physical and energetic healing properties of the garden plant, Comfrey as being a restorative and energetically providing a pathway to renewal.

Students learned how to share the plant’s gifts with others

 

 

Cub Scout World Peace Flag Ceremony, LaGrangeville, NY-USA

December 20th, 2017

Cub Scout World Peace Flag Ceremony led by Jim Dugan, WPPS
February 26, 2017
LaGrangeville, NY

May Peace Prevail On Earth *Peace Packages” in Sunlight of the Spirit gift shop in Sacramento, California-USA

December 20th, 2017

Thank YOU for being a Peace Troubadour, Robin!  I think that the Peace Packages are going to sell quickly as they make a lovely stocking stuffer for Christmas or gifting for other traditions & celebrations such as:

Three King’s Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festival Of Makar Sankranti, Lunar New Year, 12-Step Acknowledgements, Martin Luther King Day, Office Gift Exchanges, Promotions, farewells, etc.

I am thrilled that you have embraced the gift that radiates the universal peace  message “ May Peace Prevail On Earth” as authored by  Mr. Masahisa Goi.

Submitted by:
Renee Marie, WPPS Peace Representative of Sacramento California-USA
& Founder, Salute Integrity and
Peace Poles for Schools