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The Peace Dome Diary
.... making history, recording history .... the Peace Dome's story day by day ....
written by Dr. Barbara Condron and friends
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Monday, August 18, 2003
Today is a thrilling day. Just in the morning emails we hear from Japan, Australia, Kenya, Rumania, and India. All is good news from old and new friends. We receive this email from the Goi Peace Foundation, the people who keep the ideal of Peace Poles alive in the world, in response to Dr. Laurel's letter to the World Peace Prayer Societies around the globe.
Dear Dr. Laurel,
Thank you for your support of the WPPS and the invitation on October 11, 2003. The Goi Peace Foundation would like to support this event and all the 12 staff members will be praying from our office in Tokyo, Japan. I have also passed on your invitation to chairperson Masami Saionji.
I would like to express my deep gratitude to your devotion for Peace. I was moved to read your website.
May Peace Prevail on Earth
This is our first response from Japan and it furthers our quest to have every country in the world represented in the reading of the Universal Peace Covenant on October 11th at 6 p.m. UT. If you will be joining us please let us know who you are, where you will be when you read the Covenant and who will be joining you. Click here to email us.
From India, we hear from a dear friend we met ten years ago during the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago. Jagdish Gandhi is the Founder and Manager of the City Montessori School in Luchnow, India. He brings great news....
We plan to have a Special Prayer Assembly for our students on October 11 to join you in spirit.
We are overjoyed at this news, as we have just been talking during brunch about contacting Montessori schools and Waldorf schools worldwide! Jagdish is once again a pioneer, a forerunner in the cause of the youth of our world.
He also lets us know of an upcoming conference....
We also take this opportunity to invite you to the 4th International Conference of Chief Justices of the World being held from 12th to 14th December 2003 where the highlight will be the presentation of an appeal on behalf of our 27,000 CMS students representing world's two billion children and generations yet unborn, asking the world judiciary to safeguard children's right to a safe and healthy ecology and a nuclear free world.
Here are headquarters we are receiving applications for students to attend a special weekend August 29-31 here on the College campus. These weekends occur four times and year and this one carries great purpose because the next time we meeting will be the first weekend in October for the dedication. In preparation for this, we have asked students to write their thoughts in response to the line in the Universal Peace Covenant which encourages "each individual to create and foster a personal vision for peace." We have also asked them to illustrate their favorite line from the Covenant.
Laurie Biswell, a grad student here, and I will work to put some of these up on this site in the weeks to come so we may share them with you. If you have favorite lines you'd like to illustrate, please do so and send them to us at Peace Dome, c/o School of Metaphysics, 163 Moon Valley Road, Windyville, MO 65783.
|Tuesday, August 19, 2003 |
Today we hear from the Mideast. The Universal Peace Covenant will be read at the Sea of Galilee on October 11th!
Dear Dr. Laurel Clark,
Infinite gratitude for your kind appeal and to Deborah Moldow for connecting us. I will be honored to be part of this universal operation. At this point it is hard for me to tell you what I shall do with it or who else will be there with me. I can tell you that on Sunday, October 12th and for 3 days we will have here grand happening around the Sea of Galilee which called Hugging the Kinneret . during this time we will have several points with different activities so I can also read your declaration also at this time. I will also try to bring together few people on Saturday night but for sure will read it during our grand gathering of sharing love and gratitude to all.
In Oneness and infinite love and light - Hagit
Ms. Hagit Raanan Israel
Living History Book....during Dome Dedication Day visitors will be able to add their name to the Living History Book, a record of everyone who has set foot in the dome since its dedication. Jason Fry is one of the people who will host visitors on Dedication Day. His email that arrived today is a testmony to the depth of meaning the Peace Dome has for many of us.
I am very much excited about being a part of creating
the living history book. At the beggining of the
month when Christine, Lorena, and I met I shared some
ideas that i had based on previous creations. Since
then I have thought a great deal about the Peace Dome
itself. I recognize that the Peace Dome is unlike any
other structure that has stood before on this earth.
It is a product of the unfoldment of creation itself.
It is a landmark in the development of the School of
Metaphysics and in the consciousness of Humanity. I
see the living history book as more than a guest book.
I think of it as not only belonging to the Peace
Dome, but as a living history of Peace itself. I
imagine that as every person signs it, the movement of
the pen and flow of ink will mirror the movement
occuring in mind. Inwardly each individual signing
the book will be defining and declaring their vision
for peace. Outwardly this will be an integral access
point where people will realize that with their
presence they are adding to the creation of the peace
dome, aligning their consciousness to then enter the
Dome. The living history book will be an object of
art, it will be unique and special...
Jason Fry, teacher Des Moines School of Metaphysics
|Wednesday, August 20 |
It is indeed a matter of Great pleasure for me to receive your E-Mail dated 17th Aug '03 on time. I am very much delighted to hear that you are dedicating through the wonderful activities for the cause of peace and the upliftment of humanity. It is also heartwarming to know about the "Universal Peace Covenant " .It carries the vibration of truth and help to promote love,compassion,kindness, pity,philanthropy,benevolence etc.
At the same time,I am very happy to learn that the School of Metaphysics is dedicating the World's First Peace Dome on 11th Oct '03.I will be most fortunate , if I get an opportunity to participate in the synchronized effort.
Dear Mr. Clark, I will be delighted to receive your suggestion,further inspiration and encouragement in this endeavors.Because my background is quite different from this endeavors.Professionally, I am a Lecturer of Chemistry.But the World Peace Prayer Society have inspired and guided me to work for the only truth "Peace" .
However,I need more to learn from you and your organization working closely to further promote Peace. I am fully confident that your pervasive sentiment will bring untold blessing to me
I am looking forward to hear from you soon.
Suman L. Shrestha
Kofi Duku Taylor......I am absolutely willing to participate in the World's First Peace Dome. The day shall be observed in Ghana. Kindly get me update so that I would invite some important personalities in Ghana to join me.
Here in the Midwest United States.....
Tonight Jonathan Duerbeck, Jen Childers, Shawn Smith, and Dr. Sheila Benjamin hosted 33 people who registered for the first class in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This is the opening of a new branch of the School of Metaphysics. This week I have heard of new classes in Lexington, KY and in Indianapolis as well. This must be Peace Dome energy! Peace, paz, mir, shanti, shalom!
|Thursday, August 21 |
Today I am reminded of how a good seed grows...one day at a time, one person at a time!
Dear Dr Clark,
I would be honoured to join with you in thought by reciting the Universal Peace Covenant.
That day I will be joining like minded people in Johannesburg for a special meditation and I will ask those assembled to recite the Peace Covenant as well.
I salute your efforts in working towards Global Harmony, may Light shine upon your work and may your missions be accomplished.
With fraternal best wishes,
Peace Representative South Africa
World Peace Prayer Society.
|Friday, August 22 |
Teresa Padilla, a SOM field director who will be presiding over the recitation of Prayers for Enlightenment from dawn to dusk on October 11th, is here to help out all this week. She is organizing contact information for peace organizations worldwide. We want to invite these people to support the Peace Dome and perhaps join us on October 11th, whether here are abroad
Christine Andrews is preparing contacts with newspapers, radio and television. It is time to ask for the media's help in letting others know about the Peace Dome. Media enables us to reach far more people than we could otherwise. We have been creating press releases that can be downloaded and used by anyone in their newsletters, papers, email correspondence. These are already available:
Children Help Construct Healing Wall at Peace Dome
World Prayer Society Supports Moment of Peace
Mid-Westerners Prepare for World Peace
Independence Mayor first official to Proclaim Moment of Peace
One Voice Initiative Begins to Take Flight......as humorist Swami Beyondananda signs on
| | Saturday, August 16
A much appreciated bouquet!
Dear miss Barbara,
i was very glad to have news again from you- thank you so much for writing me again- and for sending me the Universal Covenant of Peace- I ll translate it and I ll do it the best is possibile to make it known -and readed- not forgetting to mention that the Covenant is the intellectual property of the School of Metaphysics-1997-
God bless you thousands of times all the flowers from the world!
Spend a great Saturday,
Today's note from Tatomir in Rumania reminds me of our desire to have the Universal Peace Covenant translated into every language. Please, if you read this and can do so, let us know by emailing us. We can post these on this site, making it truly international, so it can reach all people.
|Sunday, August 17 |
Today I am reviewing the copyediting several of the College residents have done on Nine Lessons in PeaceMaking, the chronicled journey of how we have consciously elevated our consciousness since the first of this year to harmonize with the Peace Dome. With chapter titles like "Smile", "Respect", "Ideal", and "Value", this book crosses all boundaries of age, size, intellectual persuasion, religious faith, political ideology. This book teaches how "living peaceably begins by thinking peacefully" (from the Universal Peace Covenant) because it is about a diverse group of people who live together here at the College of Metaphysics. Here is a short excerpt from the first chapter....
"The heart of PeaceMakers is the reality that we are all children of the Creator, spiritual children who are very quickly growing up. Much of humanitys struggle for peace arises from not knowing how to mature from childish selfishness into the magnanimous spirit of the sage.
We struggle with division, with separation, judging one as better than another, one right and one wrong, one good and one evil. This struggle becomes the battleground where, from Arjunas battlefield in the Baghavad Gita to the Biblical Armageddon, we come to admit our limitations, change our ways of thinking and behave toward peaceful resolution. Recognizing that we are all spiritual brothers and sisters is the beginning of conscious maturity. This realization seats us in the golden rule taught by every culture on our planet.
In her 1979 acceptance speech, Mother Theresa said,
And with this prize that I have received as a Prize of Peace, I am going to try to make the home for many people who have no home. Because I believe that love begins at home, and if we can create a home for the poor I think that more and more love will spread. And we will be able through this understanding love to bring peace, be the good news to the poor. The poor in our own family first, in our country, and in the world. ...
And so let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love, and once we begin to love each other naturally we want to do something.8
When I finished reading her words, I looked at each person. Everyone sat in silence for a few moments, contemplating her words. Most of us wore a smile on our faces.
I suggested we follow Mother Theresas advice by experiencing it, right here, right now. I urged each person to find a partner, instructing them to face one another.
------footnote 8 from the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech of Mother Theresa, ©1979 Nobel Peace Foundation.
This book serves on so many levels. It is a history of the world's first Peace Dome. It is filled with stories that have universal appeal, so old, so new. It includes many hands-on types of interactions that people can do where ever they are and with others they know. It is educational in that it introduces the reader to the thoughts and words of eight Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Being in the company of these diverse people broadens one's horizons and lifts your spirit. It is a journey of mind, body, and spirit manifested in one, in many, and ultimately in us all. The way we make peace marks our evolutionary progress as a human race to a divine one.
I hope the book can be printed soon, perhaps by October 11th. Benefactors are needed. To contribute, click here. Thank you for your help.
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