Mid-Westerners Prepare for World Peace
Windyville MO -- People from nine states gathered in Windyville, MO recently, a small village that has been dubbed the Crossroads of the World, to prepare for World Peace.
For three days, students and teachers from Dallas, TX to Chicago, IL. from Lexington, KY to Des Moines, IA, volunteered their time and effort to prepare their minds and hearts, as well as the grounds of the College of Metaphysics, for the October 11th dedication of the World’s First Peace Dome located on the college’s main campus.
More than 75 people trained as tour guides, viewing the campus and the dedication day activities from the perspective of the public. They were welcomed to the campus, just as all will be on October 11th, by Dr. Pam Blosser, President of the School of Metaphysics (SOM). "The School has been preparing for this for 30 years," Blosser said. The not for profit educational institute was incorporated in 1973 and has 15 branches throughout the Midwest with a membership in 34 countries abroad.
Next the guides made stops at the Bodhi Grove where the Prayer for Peace around the world will be recited from dawn to dusk, then to the first floor of the Peace Dome where they will help visitors place a mosaic tile in a nine foot in diameter, meditation-inspired Peace Mandala designed by Chicago artist Jay McCormick.
On the second floor of the Peace Dome, guides practiced walking a 40 foot classical seven ring indoor labyrinth before proceeding to the Healing Wall. This 60 foot structure supports the pathway to the upper dome chamber and is characterized by a 9 foot by 18 foot relief map of the world which school officials plan to inlay with stones and shells from around the world.
Tour guides also visited the information and merchandise area, the refreshment area and the open area where the public can offer presentations and gifts in honor of the Peace Dome. "We are inviting people to bring gifts of peace of all kinds, like music, speeches, blessings, and dance," said Dr. Laurel Clark, coordinator of the day's gifting ceremonies. Those wanting to contribute can contact her at SOM world headquarters.
According to Dr. Daniel Condron, Chancellor of the College of Metaphysics, Work is progressing daily towards finishing the interior of the Peace Dome for the day of dedication. The Peace Dome is a wonderful addition to our 1500 acre campus.
The public is invited to attend dedication day festivities which begin at sunrise and will conclude at sunset on October 11. "We are asking participants to respect the purpose of this gathering as an example that living peaceably begins by thinking peacefully," Condron said. The campus is a drug-free environment and appropriate attire is requested.
To find out more about the Peace Dome and how you can participate in Dedication Day celebrations, visit www.peacedome.org.