Peace with All Life

Peace with All Life with Sailesh Rao

Imagine a radically inclusive, equitable human society that is in harmony with a thriving natural world. You are invited to wake to the notion that compassion for all life is infinitely sustainable. Sailesh Rao talks about compassion and the Codes for a Healthy Earth: Cultivating Peace with All Life.

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Sailesh Rao is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated towards healing the Earth’s climate. As a systems specialist with a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, Sailesh worked on the Internet communications infrastructure for twenty years after graduation. In 2006, he switched careers and became deeply immersed, full-time, in the spiritual and environmental crises affecting humanity. He is the author of Carbon Dharma… and Carbon Yoga… He is also the Co-Executive Producer of the trilogy of documentaries, The Human Experiment, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, and What The Health, which explore the systemic causes of human and environmental ill health and of the documentary, The Compassion Project.

Play for Peace

Play for Peace with Sarah Gough

Five hundred million people live in countries in conflict, many of them children at risk for violence and exploitation. Play for Peace shares a hopeful, but ambitious vision to unify the world starting with bridging the divides in the most conflicted areas led by local youth leaders. Play for Peace teaches children, youth and communities that there is another way. Differences and conflict are a part of human reality, but hatred, violence and fear don’t have to be.

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Sarah Gough, MSW, is Play for Peace’s Director enjoying over 20 years field work with youth in diverse settings. Involved with Play for Peace since 2001, Sarah co-authored “Peacecircles” (2013) and has facilitated training and workshops in experiential peace education around the world. Through Sarah’s leadership Play for Peace has grown to include thousands of children, youth and adults in over 40 countries. As an experiential educator she has facilitated growth, learning and change in corporate, governmental, religious and school groups.

A Pep Talk with Humanity

A Pep Talk with Humanity with John Viscount

You open the morning paper, turn on the radio or T.V., and what do you experience? You log-in to social media and a plethora of emotions and opinions storm your field of awareness. You can eloquently remain in the peaceful sanctuary of your higher mind no matter what the world presents. John Viscount shares wisdom and practices that transcend the obstacles of our daily lives. His life and work begin with promoting the kind in humankind and these times call for more kindness. Listen in for a compassionate and loving “pep talk” for us all.

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John Viscount is the Founder of the Peace Entertainment Project (PEPSTAR) and Co-Founder of PeaceNow.com, which is gathering one billion signatures for a proposed United Nations Global Resolution that establishes peace departments in governments worldwide. He is also a filmmaker, playwright, composer and author of “Mind What Matters. A Pep Talk for Humanity.” John began writing as a delivery system for the helpful teachings that cured him of cluster migraine headaches that he suffered with for 16 years. Their nickname was appropriately, “suicide headaches” and The American Medical Association called these headaches one of the worst pains known to humankind. He eventually turned to spiritual teachings that helped him change the way he thought and turn his mind into an ally. Once the headaches were healed, he began writing to share the perspectives that had been so helpful to him so others could benefit. Those perspectives and teachings are featured in all his work including his book, his award-winning film, “Admissions” and his upcoming film, “The Principle” which tackles cyberbullying. John has also created dramatic scripts which address societal challenges such as human trafficking, racism, homelessness, opioid addiction, PTSD, the global water crisis, universal free health care, climate change, the homeless children of La Paz, Bolivia, terminal illness, divorce, bereavement and teenage suicide. John also has a full slate of for-profit feature films and television series, in addition to original music he has created for these commercial intellectual properties. For more information, please contact his manager, Trish Reilly at [email protected]. You can also visit www.johnviscount.com.

The Missing Piece/Peace

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A Halloween catalog came in the mail.  I don’t usually look at catalogs but my husband suggested I would enjoy the fun and creative visual feast.  I opened it and immediately spotted this image: “Rest in Pieces.”  Instantly, I had one of those moments of recognition.  It was as if a story of “unity and connection” had written itself, begging for my signature.  I chuckled out loud and thought, “How perfect is that!?”

The play on words from “Rest in Peace” to “Rest in Pieces,” with the spooky, graveyard zombies, took my mind on a whimsical, yet contemplative, journey.

One definition of peace is personal.  Inner peace, or peace of mind, refers to a mental calm, serenity, or tranquility.  This peace is considered by many to be healthy homeostasis and generally associated with bliss and happiness as opposed to stress and anxiety.  Another definition of peace is relational.  It means a freedom from disturbance, disorder, dispute, or war.  Peace is a sign of harmony and suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships.

Piece, on the other hand, refers to a portion of an object or something “not being whole.”  What happens when we view ourselves, and our world, as “not being whole?”

Humanity has been “Resting in Pieces” for centuries.  We have been living out a powerful and very destructive story of separation.  In developing the ego, the self-reflective mind differentiates the self and creates an illusion of separation from the earth, nature, God/Spirit/Source, other humans, the cosmos, and the whole of creation.  The mind compartmentalizes everything into pieces, including our body/mind/spirit.  As a result, we have become obsessed with comparing, contrasting, and competing.  This perpetuates an even greater sense of separation, stress and anxiety as we experience perennial failure – never measuring up or fitting in.  Feeling incomplete, we find ourselves in an epic wandering, searching outside of ourselves for the missing piece/peace.

Relationally, seeing the world from the story of separation has left us feeling threatened and vulnerable.  We have created myriad social forms – political, economic, spiritual, and so on, in an attempt to create order, a sense of belonging, and protect ourselves (from “them” – the other pieces of the whole).  This worldview of separation has led to unhealthy boundaries, beliefs, judgment, and injustice.  We have created greater disturbance and unrest by seeing the world through separation and fear.  In the pursuit of power and dominance, we are destroying each other, our planet, and ourselves.

There is no peace when we rest in our pieces.

It is time to awaken and move into action.  Let’s put our pieces back together and claim our authentic power through peace and connection.  The power of peace comes from an integral lens, seeing Creation as one living, interdependent system. It’s time to tell a new story of love, integration and unity.  We are essential pieces of an integrated whole.  We are part of one living system.  We are members of an interconnected universe.  We have never really been separate.  Remembering our wholeness, and seeing the world and ourselves in this way, moves us into greater health, harmony and yes, peace.

Peace be with you… and may we all rest in the awareness of our complete piece/peace.

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My Colorful Greek Garbanzo Bean Prayer

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I love to make up my own recipes. I was in the mood for a Greek salad with “substance.” That called for my famous Greek garbanzo bean concoction: a colorful celebration of nature’s most delicious flavors beautifully combined in a visual pallet that is sure to please the other pallet.  I opened my new jar of Calamata olives and popped one into my mouth. Ugh, they were not pitted! How was I going to make my Greek salad without Calamata olives? I was not! More importantly, how was I going to pit them?  Cutting them off the pit was not efficient. And then I noticed: when I smashed them, they naturally separated from the pit. Then I could squeeze the pit out one end. It was messy, but appeared to be the solution. As I stood smashing and squeezing, the juice ran freely through my fingers and onto my cutting board. The smell was heavenly Greek. When I was done, I chopped them so no one would ever know I smashed them.

Vibrant hues filled my glass bowl as I added bright yellow peperoncini, regal red peppers, stately green cucumbers, those deep purple olives, and finely chopped red onions to my pallid garbanzo beans. Next, the aromatic mix of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, basil, sea salt, and my favorite pepper blend. Oops, I almost forgot the Feta Cheese. Yum… it was calling my name! I stirred it all together with love and lifted my spoon to my lips.  Disappointment! It tasted like nothing special. In fact, I would say it didn’t taste like much of anything at all.  The secret ingredient of many good things is time. And, like fine wine, my gregarious Greek medley deserved a moment to merge, mingle and unite in melodious glory; time to transform – imbued with delightful new succulent flavors.

Ah, yes… a little time proved to be the answer! It was delicious.  As I looked at the beautiful salad I wondered if there was a way to imbue peace, harmony and unity in a world of many colors, races, religions, beliefs, and politics. Stirred with LOVE, maybe time will tell. That is my colorful Greek garbanzo bean prayer.

A Declaration of Hearts

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We are unity consciousness, consciously embodied. For the peace that passes all understanding is ours. Together, we weave all separation into a sacred expression of whole — for the Good of the Whole. We use our creative power to consciously express a life and world of harmony, beauty, and love. This is our sacred communion. This is our moment.

With this joining, we say yes to a life of divine purpose and cosmic alchemy. Infinite love transforms our lives and the world around us as we express from the heart and consciously generate truth, compassion, joy, and freedom. As a collective force, we develop clarity of knowing to consciously unleash an expanded vision and an inconceivable reality. It is ours.

In our being and becoming, we experience harmony and unity with Creation herself and fully activate the heart. We heal and transform our relationships, community, the earth, and ourselves. We deepen into the conscious embodiment of wholeness and navigate a higher-level existence based on an interdependent and co-creative universal design. In our precious communion, we realize resonance, enlightened choice and abundant joy in this and every moment.

Herein lies the peace.