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Many things inspire us. Here are a few. Please feel free to submit your peace inspirations to info@imaginepeacefoundation.org.

The Peaced Root of Love Equals Equality.
JJ Greenwood
April 25, 2008
Period Two Black

The difference between trust and fear… is not proportional.
Our minds drip with mathematical diamonds,
So let’s formulate a new equation for hope.
A-artistic, B-bright, C-courageous.
The elements of a set.
We form a triangle, the Hero’s formula.
The words that will slip from our lips,
And the work that will seep from our hands.
We are the absolute value.
The negative scenes that ooze from the television screens
Will take a new look;
Into the heart of a Patriot,
The eyes of a Mother,
and the soul of a Freedom Fighter.
We will take our factored formulations to the heads of the nations,
And come out
as the numerator.
We fight for the slot between two parentheses;
We must be first.
If and only if we construct a tower of reconciliation
We will step out of this negative reciprocal.
Let our hearts beat to the new rhythm of culture.
It’s time to reach out with our calculating fingers and accept a radical change.
E-equality equals M-motivation with C-creativity to the power of 2; you and me.
We are not a part of the standard deviation.

Aleta Antoinette's acceptance speech as she was awarded the Make A Difference Award February 21st.

A SEASON OF NONVIOLENCE-MILE HI CHURCH

I have several people this evening that I want to thank for this truly special recognition.  Donna DeNomme for always being such a support to Imagine Peace and for this wonderful nomination.  I’d like to thank Mile Hi Church and all the loving people who work here, many of whom have supported us with their time, talent and prayers.  This is my sweet spiritual home.  I want to thank my amazing mentors; my board members past and present who’ve given so much of themselves.  It’s because of them that I know what it is to be part of a generous and passionate team whose commitment to peace has given this vision its wings.   I want to thank my son, his wife, and my dear little grandson who are my constant inspiration.  Finally, I want to thank each person that has come out to volunteer and participate in our activities and events.  It’s because of  you that we go forward.

What an honor to be recognized during A Season  of  Nonviolence and such an appropriate time since the vision for Imagine Peace Foundation was written 4 years ago one evening after watching a recording of Oprah, as I always do.  Oprah was paying tribute to MLK, Jr. on his birthday and after once again hearing his “I Have a Dream” speech I was inspired to stay up till 2 am drafting out the vision for what is now Imagine Peace. 

That same day and during the months prior I’d been watching my newborn grandson, Alex, at my home after his mom had been recovering from a challenging delivery and several operations.  You see Alex was determined to stay in his mom’s womb and the rest of us desperately wanted him out.  After much prodding, poking and struggling between the Dr., her forceps and Alex it was decided that the forceps would win.  Although it was very hectic around the delivery room, Alex, with nothing but his head poking out for the longest time, remained calm while he was yanked and his head suctioned as every effort was made to bring him forth into the world.  I remember looking into his face and was reminded of the saying that “true peace is to be in the midst of chaos and still remain calm“.

Growing up in the war torn 60’s something in me believed that humanity was capable of so much more; as a child I wanted to do something to transform that.  During my attempts to join the Peace Corp and the United Nations as a teenager, I was often told I needed more experience.  I allowed life to take me in another direction for a while and finally, I gained experience.  Alex’s birth inspired my rebirth and took me back to my dream of creating a more peaceful world.  I’ve discovered that pursuing one’s passion can be filled with  a mixture of blessings.  Like Alex’s experience, there’s been great joy, utter exhaustion, sheer panic, the sense of loss of the comfort and warmth of the womb, and at times I’ve felt my heart being pulled by “universal forceps” to places unknown.  All the while being coached  and embraced by the loving arms of board members, friends and family; never straying far from this amazing journey of love. 

 

Our Foundations long term goal is to create worldwide Imagine Peace Center ‘s.  A place where people can come together and experience peace in many different ways.  In the meantime we’re hosting Imagine Peace Talks, where monthly we invite a peace leader to come and share what they’re doing in the community for peace.  We have an open dialogue, we learn about each other, we seek understanding and for those two hours we focus on peace.  Each speaker represents one of the rooms we’ll be creating in our future Center. 

We’ve had the privilege to host our Peace Talks in an incredible former Mystery School in Indian Hills called Falcon Wing Ranch; it’s nestled in the mountains above Red Rocks on a sacred Native American site called Skyline Sanctuary.  This magnificent place is where healers have come over the generations to rejuvenate themselves and do their work. It’s a rare place on the planet where 7 earth ley lines converge together and the energy is incredible.   A beautiful place for people to learn to connect and create peace.  A group of us are looking to create an international educational community up there that will teach humane and peace education.  We’d like to collaborate and be a part of that vision and we invite you to come find out how you can join us.

Our next goal is to create an Imagine Peace Mobile and to reach out and take our programs to many venues in the community.  There’s many ways you can be involved come visit us and see how you can be part of the vision.  Peace begins with each of us using our creativity, our compassion and our imagination.

In Closing-I’d like to share that during our first visioning our group was joined by 5 generations of my family, all together in one place for the first time.  My dream is that 5 generations from now Alex’s grandson will be talking with him around the dinner table sharing what he learned in school and the conversation will go something like this, “Grandpa we learned today that there was a time when people use to kill themselves when they didn’t agree with each other.  I’m so happy to know that now we live in a peaceful world.  I can’t imagine why people did this? “ Well son;  “People did this because for a time they forgot who they were.  They were lost and searching to find themselves in a world that did not bring them joy and meaning.  Then, one day, men and women began to dream again and to remember who they were, and in that ‘remembering’ they began to find there joy again, and in that joy there was peace.  They began to show kindness where kindness was lacking.  They learned to listen, not only with their minds, but with their hearts.  They had many challenges along the way, but their vision was greater than their fear.  If your great grandma were here right now she would look into your eyes and say:  “I see in you the light of the universe, and in knowing the wonder that you are, when you listen to your heart remember this; when you truly believe, all things are possible.”  

 Thank you for tonight and for believing with me!

FOR OUR WORLD

We need to stop.
Just stop.
Stop for a moment...
Before anybody
Says or does anything
That may hurt anyone else.
We need to be silent.
Just silent.
Silent for a moment...
Before we forever lose
The blessing of songs
That grow in our hearts.
We need to notice.
Just notice.
Notice for a moment...
Before the future slips away
Into ashes and dust of humility.
Stop, be silent, and notice...
In so many ways, we are the same.
Our differences are unique treasures.
We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts
To nurture, to offer, to accept.
We need to be.
Just be.
Be for a moment...
Kind and gentle, innocent and
Trusting,
Like children and lambs,
Never judging or vengeful
Like the judging and vengeful,
And now, let us pray.
Differently, yet together,
Before there is no earth, no life
No chance for peace.

- Mattie Stepanek (at age 12), Excerpted from Hope Through Heartsongs. Copyright © 2002 by Mattie J.T. Stepanek. All Rights Reserved. Available wherever books are sold. Published by Hyperian.

 

THE HUMAN CRY!
By: Rev. Lloyd G. Barrett
(Written in 1986)


My countrymen! My countrymen!
Why must our children weep? Oh why?
Should humans suffer? Why? Should our nations sleep?
It is happening in Africa, with Botha and his clan.
There are firebombs in Ireland, severe unrest in Poland.

My countrymen! My countrymen!
When will the fighting cease?
Our children die; Oh! Hear the cry,
Let's hoist the flags of peace.

There is illiteracy in Haiti,
Education; Oh, so far;
Gang warfare roaming rampantly,
We die; we cry; Oh why?
There is fighting in the Philippines with soldiers on the move;
Guatemala. Nicaragua, what priorities; what wars?

They are trading bread for armaments;
Teachers, preachers, their heads spent.
My countrymen! My countrymen!
Must peace be for a few?
Who hide in mind? Who seek to find?
Why? When will the fighting cease?

Again, I hear the human cry. The clanging of arms, the loud alarms.
Guns bought, bread denied. Battleships built, schools decried.
A distant echo lingers. It is a cry for peace,
Apartheid: cease! Let children play and families stay.
Why steal their lands? Why tie their hands?

Oh Countrymen! My Countrymen!
Let's beautify again. Come! Walk and talk together.
Come! Lay your hands in mine.
We'll save the land. We'll lend a hand.

OUR BEAUTY! LET IT STAND!


Grammy nominated Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog

Nawang Khechog is a Grammy nominee and one of Tibet's foremost world music composer and musician. He is also one of the first Tibetan musicians to be able to break into international world music scene with his original and authentic musical compositions(solo and collaborative albums) to be distributed around the world through different record labels.

Modern Celtic Spirit Music by TwinFlame

Beautiful, transformational music that transcends time and space. Born of the angels, Divinely inspired, music to open your heart and heal a wounded world.

 

 


Imagine
—John Lennon

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one


The Reclamation of My Soul


The reclamation of my soul is here again.
 
Filtered once more for greater purity.
 
Recycled and new to be once more.

The changes at hand –

being re-ajointed – anointed – anew – again

for my new found and yet previously and preciously designed destiny.

Unfolding through pain and joy,

love and difficulty,

openings and closings.

Letting go of all to have the room to see what is new to find

and the room to receive new offerings waiting for my open arms

when I let go of what I used to hold on to.

Appropriately grieving from love connection of where I’ve been.

Risking the unknown once more – even more – even now –

even

when it feels odd.

- Kim Conrad     

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