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NOTE: Following the events of 9-11-2001, I created this archive to publish what I considered to be inspired writings around the events of that day. I felt it was important to have a repository for the many writings that were being circulated by email, if for no other reason than to offer an oasis of calm and common sense to those who were seeking vibrations other than the war drums being beaten by our media... for those who were seeking a language for what they were feeling in their hearts. Since then I've added quotations, songs, prayers and other creative expressions contributed by visitors to this site.

World peace begins with inner peace.
What is reflected on the outer is merely a mirror
of what is on the inner.
Trying to change the world without working to change consciousness is like trying to change the image in a mirror without changing the object that is being reflected. The physical environment and circumstances we experience, are merely a reflection of our consciousness. Our consciousness is created by our thoughts -- the true creative force. To change our consciousness we must transform all our limiting thoughts. This can be done effectively by using the Free Yourself process.
, 1999


I have noticed that when I am in the vibratory field of joy, appreciation and gratitude, I am somehow insulated from the swirling madness of our time. It is as if I am suspended above the conflicts that I was so engrossed in only moments before. And I have also noticed that if these feelings continue long enough, my external circumstances reflect this vibratory field. In other words, reasons to feel joy, appreciation and gratitude pop up all around me through such things as serendipity, and odd coincidences (i.e., synchronicities) that assist me.

When I succumb, however, to the lower vibratory fields of fear, anger and hostility (often after watching or reading too much of the news, or simply indulging in my own bad habits of imagining worst case scenarios), I find myself immersed in a world of conflict. Serendipity and joy disappear, and the world that was so full of magic and possibility evaporates before me.

But I am clear that this is all my own creation.

Tom Kenyon


The greatest love you can experience is in communion with God in meditation.
The love between soul and Spirit is the perfect love, the love you are all seeking.
When you meditate, Love grows . . .
if you strive to love all and to meditate more deeply
there will come into your life such love as you never dreamed possible”

- Paramahansa Yogananda


Love is the new religion of the 21st century.
You don't have to be a highly educated person
Or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it
It comes from the intelligence of the heart
Embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse
of all human beings.

From the book "The Big Glow"
By Brian Piergrossi


gandhi

"We are not victims of the world we see;
we are victims of the way we see the world."
— Dennis Kucinich
US Congressperson (Ohio),
2003 recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award

The only safe way to overcome an enemy
is to make of the enemy a friend.
—Gandhi

We lose our freedoms at the altar of fear.
—Kahlil Gibran


When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.
When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town.
I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself,
and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself,
I could have made an impact on my family.
My family and I could have made an impact on our town.
Their impact could have changed the nation and
I could indeed have changed the world.

~ Author Unknown


When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.

 

Source: Unknown Monk (1100AD).


"I charge you all that each one of you concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love. Thoughts of war bring destruction to all harmony, well-being, restfulness and content.

Thoughts of love are constructive of brotherhood, peace, friendship, and happiness.

When soldiers of the world draw their swords to kill, soldiers of God clasp each other's hands! So may all the savagery of man disappear by the Mercy of God, working through the pure in heart and the sincere of soul. Do not think the peace of the world an ideal impossible to attain!

Nothing is impossible to the Divine Benevolence of God.

If you desire with all your heart, friendship with every race on earth, your thought, spiritual and positive, will spread; it will become the desire of others, growing stronger and stronger, until it reaches the minds of all men.

Do not despair! Work steadily. Sincerity and love will conquer hate. How many seemingly impossible events are coming to pass in these days! Set your faces steadily towards the Light of the World. Show love to all; `Love is the breath of the Holy Spirit in the heart of Man'. Take courage! God never forsakes His children who strive and work and pray! Let your hearts be filled with the strenuous desire that tranquillity and harmony may encircle all this warring world. So will success crown your efforts, and with the universal brotherhood will come the Kingdom of God in peace and goodwill."

--Baha'i: Abdu'l-Baha: Paris Talks, Written in 1912 (pp 29-30)


There is no master race.
There is no greatest nation.
There is no one true religion.
There is no inherently perfect philosophy.
There is no always right political party,
morally supreme economic system,
or one and only way to heaven.

Erase these ideas from your memory.
Eliminate them from your experience.
Eradicate them from your culture.
For these are thoughts of division and separation,
and you have killed each other over these thoughts.
Only the truth I give you here will save you:
WE ARE ONE.
Carry this message far and wide, across oceans
and over continents, around the corner and around the world.

~Neale Donald Walsch, Friendship with God, p. 359


What kind of peace do I mean?
What kind of peace do we seek?
Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world
by American weapons of war.
Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave.
I am talking about genuine peace,
the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living,
the kind that enables men and nations to grow
and to hope and to build a better life for their children --
not merely peace for Americans
but peace for all men and women --
not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.

~ President John F. Kennedy at American University, 10 June 1963


Every gun that is made, every warship launched,
every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense
a theft from those who are hungry and are not fed,
those who are cold and not clothed.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower


If only there were evil people somewhere
insidiously committing evil deeds,
and it were necessary only to
separate them from the rest of us
and destroy them.
But the line dividing good and evil
cuts through the heart of every human being.
And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
—Alexander Solzhenitsyn


There never was a good war or a bad peace.
— Benjamin Franklin


Wars can be prevented just as surely
as they can be provoked,
and we who fail to prevent them
must share in the guilt for the dead.
— General Omar Bradley


I have known war as few men now living know it.
Its very destructiveness on both friend and foe
has rendered it useless as a means
of settling international disputes.
— General Douglas MacArthur


The pioneers of a warless world are the young men
who refuse military service.
— Albert Einstein
(from the book Peacemaking by Conrad G. Brunk)


War is only a cowardly escape from the problem of peace.
—Thomas Mann


When we see God in each other we will be able to live in peace.
—Mother Teresa


The ultimate weakness of violence is that
it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy...
Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


In this world, hate never dispelled hate.
Only love dispels hate.
This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.
—The Buddha


The only enemy is injustice.
The only death is death of the conscience.
— Guru Granth Sahib
(Sikh holy book)


"Terror is in the human heart.
We must remove this from the heart.
Destroying the human heart, both physically
and psychologically, is what we should avoid.
The root of terrorism is misunderstanding, hatred and violence. This root cannot be located by the military.
Bombs and missiles cannot reach it, let alone destroy it.
Only with the practice of calming and looking deeply
can our insight reveal and identify this root.
Only with the practice of deep listening and compassion
can it be transformed and removed.
Darkness cannot be dissipated with more darkness.
More darkness will only make darkness thicker.
Only light can dissipate darkness.
Those of us who have the light should display the light
and offer it so that the world will not sink
into total darkness."
— Thich Nhat Hanh in Shanghai, October 19, 2002


Kids can't see us bombing, and then listen to us
talking about getting guns out of the schools.
How can we tell them to solve problems without violence,
if, in fact, we can't show an ability to solve problems
without violence?
— Representative Barbara Lee


I know there is anger. I feel it myself. But I don't want my son used as a pawn to justify the killing of others. We as a nation should not use the same means as the people who attacked us.
— Oscar Rodriguez,
(whose son died in the attack
on the World Trade Center)


To do evil, a human being must first of all believe
that what he's doing is good...
Ideology — that is what gives devildoing its long-sought
justification and gives the evildoer the necessary
steadfastness and determination.
That is the social theory which helps to make his acts
seem good instead of bad in his own and others' eyes,
so that he won't hear reproaches and curses
but will receive praise and honors.
— Alexander Solzhenitsyn


That there are men in all countries
who get their living by war,
and by keeping up the quarrels of nations,
is as shocking as it is true;
but when those who are concerned
in the government of a country,
make it their study to sow discord,
and cultivate prejudices between nations,
it becomes the more unpardonable.
— Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man," circa 1792


Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war
in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor,
for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword.
It both emboldens the blood,
just as it narrows the mind.
And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch
and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed,
the leader will have no need
in seizing the rights of the citizenry.
Rather, the citizenry,
infused with fear and blinded by patriotism,
will offer up all of their rights unto the leader
and gladly so.
How do I know?
For this is what I have done.
And I am Caesar.
— Julius Caesar


The first step is to penetrate the clouds of deceit
and distortion and learn the truth about the world,
then to organize and act to change it. That's never
been impossible and never been easy.
— Noam Chomsky


In a time of universal deceit,
telling the truth
becomes a revolutionary act.
— George Orwell


Our nation will become truly great
only when we learn to love our children
more than we yearn to control the Earth.
The world we risk with war is that of our children.
--Rafael J. González


A time comes
when silence is betrayal.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


"I have come to the frightening conclusion
that I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make
life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration,
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides
whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated,
and a person is humanized or de-humanized.
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.
If we treat people as they ought to be,
we help them become
what they are capable
of becoming."
— Goethe


All attempts to bring order to the world through force,
destruction, and fear of punishment are unacceptable.
The only way is to bring the peace from
within yourself into the world.
The only enemy worth conquering is your own fear.
Gradually, as this fear is reduced,
you will seriously recognize your inner
reality as being completely at peace.
This peace only wants one thing.
It wants to recognize itself in everyone.
So how can the World not end up being peaceful?
It's up to you.
(from a World Peace Participant and
Reprinted here with permission)


Evil is the absence of love
just as darkness is the absence of light.
The way to dispel darkness is to shine light into it.
The way to dispel evil is to "shine" love into it.
If we change the perception that evil is something
to be struggled against to a perception that
it is merely the absence of love,
it becomes our goal to respond to
EVERYTHING with love.
We can help put ourselves into that mindset
by saying the words Only Love Prevails
every time we perceive evil.

Co-founder, World Peace Experiment

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Creative Expressions
(Stories, Poems, Articles and Songs)

contributed by
World Peace Experiment Participants

Click on the links below and enjoy the inspirational stories, poems, songs and writings
that have been contributed to us by World Peace Participants from around the world.

Only Love Prevails (World Peace Experiment Theme Song)
written and recorded by Carole Isis (Manchester, England)

I Choose Love by Shawn Gasllaway

The Heart of Unconditional Love by Harold Becker
Focus and For the Want Of by Ernie "LastManOut" Romanco
Energy Waves by Barbara Wolf of Global Meditations Network
Thank you, Mr. Terrorist by James Paul Rabiola
Thy True Name by Catherine Garland
Keep Hope Alive by Carol and Edward Suchecki
How to Make Peace by Don Beckett
A Positive Outlook on Life by Jan Gosen (The Netherlands)
I Am, a poem by Dorothy Rumble (England)
The Core of Peace, a poem by Jane M. Hamilton
Merlin's View, A Peace Story by Montana Gray
The Gentle Art of Blessing by Pierre Pradervand (Switzerland)
Good Earthkeeping by Tasha Halpert
Only Love Prevails, a poem by The Lady Michal
Media Power, a poem by Marlaina Kreinin
Out of Balance in the Middle East, a poem by Marlaina Kreinin
New Horizons by Devin Mikles, MD
A Prayer by Robin Silverman
Good Friday Meditation by Betty Lue Lieber
Age of Empowerment by Matthew Webb
Peace of Mind by Robert M. Hensel
Will You Follow Me by Karen Winston Wilson of Florida

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Prayers

Prayer for World Leaders by
Baha'i Prayer submitted by Eric Hellicar
Prayer for a New America by Will Wilkinson
A Prayer by Margot Wolff from The Netherlands
There is One Life, That Life is God by Carol Hanson
There is No Order of Difficulty in Miracles
by Marianne Williamson

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Writings Inspired by the Events of
September 11, 2001

One, a poem by Cheryl Sawyer
A Better Form of Security by Chris Corrigan
Bomb Them with Butter by Kent Madin
Cultivating Compassion to Respond to Violence, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Family by Jack Barnard
An Afgan American Speaks by Tamim Ansary
A New Holy War Against Evil: A Buddhist Response by David Loy
Whispers on the Wind by Melissa Phillippe & Kayla Gold
I Have a Vision by Joyce Moskowitz
Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch
Revenge is Not the Answer by Joanie Misrack
We Are in Truth All Vulnerable by Rabbi Arthur Waskow
America's Broken Heart by Bill Douglas
A Muslim Woman Speaks by Saraji
The Bigger Picture by Patricia Diane Cota-Robles
Through the Valley of Darkness by Michael Gaeta
A Great Wakeup Call by Michael Lightweaver
Our War with "the Other" by Sharif M. Abdullah
Feeling the Outrage by Jean Houston
We Are All New Yorkers by Jean Houston
A Turning Point by Soleira Green
Where Does the Answer Lie? by Kevin York
We Are All Connected by Alicia Rodriguez
Day the World Changed by Paul Von Ward
The Deeper Wound by Deepak Chopra
Responding to the Events of the Day by Gary Baran
An Opening for Change by John L. Petersen
Create a "Heart Field" Environment by Doc Childre
Tower Struck by Lightning by Dan Furst
Opening Up the Conversation by Diana Morley
From the Ashes by Danna Beal
9-11 A Blessing??? by Laura Duksta
Cataract Americans by Marcene Larkin
It Begins in the Mirror by Robert Kamm
World Peace Letter by Michael Robins
Excerpt from Prime Minister Tony Blair's Speech
(not reported in the US media)

9-11: The Astrology of a Tragedy by Roxanne Carol
An Ode to America, Published in Romanian Newspaper
First Do No Harm by Jane Brundage

Timely Words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Letters

A Message to President Bush from His Holiness The Dalai Lama
A Letter to the Survivors: A Letter to Us All by Jane Brundage
Letter to GW Bush by Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú
Letter to President Bush from Former Marine Greg Nees
A Letter to the Editor by Susan Strong
An Open Letter to George W. Bush by Alan Levin
An Open Letter to the People of the World by Patrice Brymner

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Self Help Suggestions

What We Already Know by Jane Brundage
How to Protect Yourself from Chemical,
Biological, and Nuclear Attack
by Red Thomas
Keeping Your Balance by Kay Snow-Davis
7 Days After the Trauma by Kay Snow-Davis
Methods of Non-Violent Action by Gene Sharp
Coping During Crisis by Paula Leslie
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Direct Links to Other Inspiring and
Thought-Provoking Articles

Common Way
9-11 Web Archive
A Message from Drunvalo to All Americans
An Impatient Letter from God (humor)
God Angrily Clarifies Don't Kill Rule (humor)
Justice as a Constructive, Healing Activity
by Denise Breton and Stephen Lehman
Interview with Rep. Barbara Lee (Mother Jones)
Common Dreams News Center
FAIR
CounterPunch 9-11 Resources (links)
Extra Ordinary Days a poem written by Tom Atlee
What Should We Do in this Crisis? by Tom Atlee
Solutions Not Slogans by Geov Parrish
Starhawk's Activism Page

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Image by Tony Scheving

The Miniature Earth

Big Picture: Small World

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Native American Wisdom

Peace ...comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the Universe and all its powers, and when they realize that...the center of the Universe...
is really everywhere, it is within each of us.

—Black Elk, Oglala Lakota, 1947

A grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt.

He said, "I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart.
One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one.
The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one."

The grandson asked him,
"Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?"

The grandfather answered, "The one I feed."

—A Native American Metaphor

Each of us is put here in this time and this place
to personally decide the future of humankind.
Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary
people in a time of such terrible danger?
Know that you yourself are
essential to this World.

— Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Lakota,
Dakota and Nakota Nation,
19th Generation Keeper of the
Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

Every part of this earth is sacred. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy.

The rocky crest, the meadow, the beasts and all the people, all belong to the same family.

Teach your children that the earth is our mother.
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.
We are part of the earth, and the earth is a part of us.
The rivers are our brothers; they quench our thirst.
The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The air is precious, for all of us share the same breath.

The wind that gave our grandparents breath also receives their last sigh. The wind gave our children the spirit of life.
This we know, the earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth.

This we know, all things are connected. Like the blood which unites one family, all things are connected.
Our God is the same God, whose compassion is equal for all.
For we did not weave the web of life.
We are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
Let us give thanks for the web and the circle that connects us.
Thanks be to god, the God of all.

—From an oration of Chief Seattle,
Native American, U.S.A., 19th Century

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