I just watched this beautiful music video by India Arie and wanted to share it with everyone.
I just watched this beautiful music video by India Arie and wanted to share it with everyone.
As previously mentioned, I am not associated with the global meditation for Syria, but I will be joining in on the meditation with many others. A number of people have contacted me requesting the time of the meditation in their country. I thought I would post some timings for a few countries that are popular on this site. It is meant to last ten to fifteen minutes according to the organiser James Twyman.
Australia (Sydney) February 2 at 2:00am
Australia (Perth) February 1 at 11:00pm
Belgium February 1 at 4:00pm
Canada (Ontario) February 1 at 10:00am
Germany February 1 at 4:00pm
India February 1 at 8:30pm
Netherlands February 1 at 4:00pm
Spain February 1 at 4:00pm
Sweden February 1 at 4:00pm
Switzerland February 1 at 4:00pm
United Kingdom February 1 at 3:00ppm
USA (California) February 1 at 7:00am
USA (New York) February 1 at 10:00am
A few people have contacted me about the global meditation for Syria on 1st February 2016. While I am a strong supporter of global meditation and have mentioned a desire to one day develop an app which enables peace loving people from all across the world to unite in friendship and meditation, I am not in any way associated with the global. Meditation for Syria on Feb 1st. I am simply not a supporter of faith based religions
I am for religion, but it must be based in truth and knowing, sadly many of the world’s religions are based on fairytale and superstition.
A lot of bad things have been said about ISIS in the media and there are terrible things being done, I am not in disagreeance with that and in no way condoning what is happening there. But I would encourage you to look inwards at what is happening in your own country. There is a silent evil in the form of oil and gas companies who pay our politicians to keep us dependant on oil, and in my opinion must be encouraging these politicians to interfere in the middle east region. America has turned a blind eye to atrocities in other parts of the world, where oil was not involved. It has been interfering with these countries and trying to control their leaders and the oil for a long time. Most people have been oblivious to that fact, but now that we are seeing Russia and also China getting involved in Syria, many might sense that their motives are not noble and in the interests of peace. We can see that it may be a case of some rich and powerful corporations wanting to profit from the oil in that region. We now get a clearer understanding of what the motivation for America’s involvement in this region has been all along.
All we need is for some military accident to happen in Syria between USA, Russia or China, and we could potentially have a nuclear catastrophe on our hands. While all the focus is on the danger of ISIS, few fully understand what this conflict could escalate in to, it could turn in to a battle between nuclear superpowers to control the oil. That is the way war started in the 1984 British movie “Threads”
And for what purpose, the sun gives us far more energy than we could possibly need. President Obama is doing good things to try and see us switch to renewable energy, and meanwhile the republicans who are funded by oil and gas companies, are strongly denying the cold hard scientific facts of climate change, and just like under President George Bush’s rule, I sense they would go to war in an instant over oil. I initially promised not to get involved in politics when I launched this site, but there is a stark contrast between the democrats and the republicans. And the Republican party in my opinion would spell disaster for peace around the world.
I hope this global medication on feb 1st does work. I think it is possible that global meditation can make a difference in the world, however I also think you cannot solve a problem on the same level of consciousness that created the problem, that is, I don’t think you can use religion to solve a problem created by religion. The path to peace will not be a quick or easy one, and I think the best way for world peace to one day be achieved is for a small group of people to unite and plant the seeds of peace by simply creating a better way to live, to show the world by example rather than endless words on how peace and love and harmony can be created on a small scale. If that sounds like something you would like to be a part of, please take a minute to join worldpeace.com
One of the posts today requested me to help spread the word on the music video, “All we need is peace’ by Steve Benjamin. I must say I was very pleasantly surprised. Well done Steve, and thanks for creating an inspiring piece of music to share with the world! Please take a few moments to also like and share the video, we all should do our little bit to support others within the peace community.
I am a bit late in making this post, and I was almost going to title it Happy New Year, and then I thought to myself, I really should be wishing people a peaceful new year. In my personal experience peace is far more wonderful than happiness. Happiness is fleeting, it comes and goes, but peace is a much richer deeper experience and it can be more lasting.
The start of a new year for most comes with the idea of becoming something, thinner, richer, smarter, more successful. It is a concept which I think needs to be dropped, rather than trying to “BECOME” something, why not just “BE” your authentic self.
The following song “FLOAT ON” by Modest Mouse is a song which must have been released around 2009, but I only heard it last year and it has become my official anthem song for 2016. In life from a young age, we are like fish constantly trying to swim upstream and against the tide, and the inevitable result is that we eventually weaken and the unrelenting tide eventually pushes us back. Don’t swim, let go and float. Try it, even if its for a few minutes, for an hour or more, just let go and float on with the natural flow of life.
I have a google music subscription and listen to the song on my headphones, and wow, the lyrics and beat is so powerful and you really become immersed in the message of the song. “Alright, don’t worry even if things end up a bit too heavy, we’ll all float on alright”
Finally I would like to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to sign up to the group, I truly appreciate it.
The documentary “Countdown to Zero” is a must see for anyone concerned about world peace. Below is just a trailer, but the full movie is on netflix and on youtube.
Many people have argued that religion is harmless, it gives people solace and comfort. I think that any belief which does not have its basis in the absolute truth and personal experience is dangerous. Whilst the documentary deals with the issue of a nuclear catastrophe as a result of an accident or miscalculation, it also deals with it being caused as an act of madness. The documentary echoes what I have thought all along, that if a terrorist got their hands on a nuclear weapon, they would have no hesitation in using it.
This is evident in the recent Paris attacks and 9/11. To repeat a quote from Voltaire I mentioned in my last post “Those that can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” You can go back in history and there was the crusades and the spanish inquisition.
What is alarming in the documentary is the relative ease with which one can build a nuclear bomb, and although buying the nuclear material like enriched uranium would take a lot of funds, the material is nowhere near as tightly as controlled as it should be, and could be imported into a country with relative ease.
The documentary is made by the same producer from “An Inconvenient Truth” one of my favourite documentaries. They asked a number of people what they thought was an acceptable number of nuclear weapons for the world to have and their answers were all none, zero, etc. Hence the title of the movie, a Countdown to Zero nuclear weapons. If you would like to join other peace loving and truth seeking people in doing our small part to help rid the world of these insidious weapons, please join us here worldpeace.com/join
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
I think this quote is so true. Like many people, I was raised to follow a religion. As a young child I began to question things and think the religion I was told to believe was all nonsense. None of it made any sense. It bothered me a bit in the sense that I knew I was a good kind and spiritual person but when I dared to question religion, I felt as though I was made to feel like a cold hearted atheist. Of course I am not an atheist, I don’t like to put labels on myself, but I am closer to being an agnostic. I have never talked to god, seen god, I don’t know if God exists or not. There are some things I simply do not know and I am fine with not knowing.
Another quote from Voltaire is
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.
I don’t tell anyone what to believe, but what I do like to do is to encourage people to open their minds and think for themselves. I have been searching for what I believe is the truth about life for several decades, and I can honestly say what I have discovered and experienced about life is far more comforting than anything I have ever read about in any religious book. I think the truth about life is available to anyone, it is not just the special domain of a certain race of people who lived during a certain period of time.
Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.
I think that we are more than just our bodies or even our minds, which are nothing more than a biological computer. We are our consciousness, our soul, that which accounts for a person being kind or otherwise, and that which in my opinion is eternal.
Forrest Whitaker is an actor who I like a lot. I was surprised to see him do a video for peace day 2015 in which he recites a speech by Martin Luther King. I thought the words towards the end of the Martin Luther King speech were quite powerful, “it is no longer a choice between violence and non violence in this world, its non violence or non existence”
There are many ideas on how to achieve world peace, there are many groups, much has been written about the subject. I feel convinced that if the world is to become more peaceful, then things need to move beyond words and ideas. I believe that a small group of people who feel passionate about the topic need to group together and build a better world on a small scale. I am talking maybe 100 people at most. Are there are a hundred people around the world that feel so passionately about world peace.
I certainly hope so, as if the nightly news is any indication to go by, there are millions who eat sleep and breath war and violence.
And what is the point of saying things should be this way or that way. I feel that the seeds of peace need to be planted on a small scale, we need to show people that there is a better way. Just as a tiny seed blossoms into a huge tree, I feel that perhaps not in this lifetime, but in future generations, the movement can grow to become something great.
When I look at all the non sensical religions around the world, which I believe most have no basis in the truth, and yet have managed to grow to such huge proportions, Will it be really that hard to start a movement based on truth and peace and love and unity?
I could go the popular route, just like a lot of other peace groups, and I could get a lot of support, but I feel that to go mainstream would just be a superficial effort at most.
I would like to attempt to make an effort of connecting some of the people around the globe where world peace is more than just something they wear on a t-shirt or a facebook group that they like. I would like to appeal to a smaller group of people who feel that world peace is their mission in life.
I would like to one day have a small piece of land with a physical building, perhaps here in Australia or some other part of the world, where the seeds of world peace can be planted. I would like to move away from a virtual presence to a real world group.
I am still working on a book, but I just thought I would make a post here, because it has been a while. If anything on this blog even remotely interests you, please take a few seconds to sign up for our newsletter.
I would like to wish everybody a Happy New Year for 2015. I think the new year is a good time to lay down a bit of a road map for the future of this website.
The approach is a little different from some other methods, but then maybe difference is a good thing. Considering the world is still experiencing wars in different regions, perhaps past methods have not worked too well. Looking at all the horrible atrocities that are happening in this world, I just think to some extent focusing on this negativity can be soul destroying. I want to focus on the more positive aspects of life.
Earlier this year, I tried to put together a bit of a mission statement for this site.
Anyone who has achieved a sense of inner peace in their life knows how great it is. From such a state, it is impossible to contemplate causing harm to another person.
Just as people with bad intents and selfish greedy motives have united to cause havoc in this world, I strongly believe that if the good peaceful people of this world united, world peace is the resulting product of that unity.
So, I would like the main focus of this website to be
“To help people find more peace in their life, and also provide a platform by which they can unite in friendship.”
I have a few ideas on how to make that happen and plan to provide more details about that in the book that I am writing which I hope to finish by the end of 2015. I would like to invite other people who are passionate about peace to take a more active leadership role, but I think it is important to lay down some of the principles of the site, so that people can make a more informed decision about whether this is something they would like to participate in.
Going into 2016, if there are enough members on this site to justify it, I would like to work on an app to assist people with meditation and also help them network and make friends with other peace loving people around the world. I should point out that I am not religious, and when I say meditation, I am talking about a range of different neutral non religious guided meditations which people can use. I think it would be great to see what other peaceful people out there in the world are meditating with us, and also be able to make friends with them and interact with them. An added bonus would be if such a platform could also be used to to one day facilitate real world meet ups.
I realise that peaceful protests and lobbying government members is important, but there currently not many members of the site, and I would like to focus on those areas which I feel will have the most beneficial impact at this point in time.
The last post touched on the topic of whether world peace is possible, or simply out of reach. It is a common statement, I have received a number of emails over the years telling me that world peace will never happen. Not only do I believe that world peace is possible, I believe that it is inevitable. Keep in mind, that human slavery in America, the buying and selling of human beings was legal until about 1865 or thereabouts. During the period of slavery, if you had suggested that a person like Barack Obama could be the President of the United States, they would have probably told you that you were crazy and that it would never happen, but indeed it has happened. And the abhorrent act of buying and selling human slaves has ended. War is yet another insane abhorrent act, and its days will no doubt come to an end. Instead of being a naysayer, why not be one of the visionaries who believe that peace is possible and tries to tries to help steer the world a little closer to peace.