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Fertile Ground for Peace – A reflection on 9/11


Remember the way people around the world at first compassionately responded to our loss on 9/11/01? For a moment I had thought this tragedy might be a catalyst for the kind of worldwide unity I have dreamt about my whole life. But alas, like a typical response to cancer in a body – cut it out! – President Bush followed an old paradigm, removing those he deemed responsible.

Our military’s surgery left deep physical and emotional scars. Just as we are learning that there are other effective, less “conventional” ways to cure cancer in the physical body, is it possible that there are other ways to cure the growth of destructive cells in the body of humanity?

We know we can change the terrain in our bodies so that when new cells are born they aren’t born into the hostile environment in which they were created, but rather into a nourishing, supportive, and life-enhancing one. Imagine if the culture of our body of humanity were to evolve to provide this type of birthplace for new life to emerge.

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These times call for revolutionary agreements with others, and especially with ourselves. Revolutionary means “bringing about a major or fundamental change of paradigm, or in the way of thinking about something.” Are you ready to join the peaceful revolution and change the paradigm from attacking that part of us that is destructive to transforming it through love?

I was so moved when my 21-year old son told me that he had tattooed kindness on his body on the day he learned of the Aurora shootings. What are you doing with your thoughts, words, and actions in response to violence in our world?

In addition to your own individual expression, I invite you to practice the Revolutionary Agreements with me. Learn how people are creating greater peace in their lives and relationships when they apply these Agreements. Consider displaying the large or smaller, downloadable free poster of the Revolutionary Agreements prominently for all to see as a daily reminder.

Please let me know if you will join me in seeding our world with the love, compassion, and kindness that will establish a healthier terrain for 2013 and for our next generation. When we ring in the New Year, let us feel satisfied that our actions have created fertile ground for a new way of thinking and being.

From the dedication of my book, Revolutionary Agreements, let’s declare:

To Peace within us all,
that we may know
Peace on Earth.

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