BeThePeace 2017 Recap
"I am this unique interconnected facet of this integral whole called universe,
and because I'm interconnected with all of it, I could never possibly advantage myself by harming another part of that which I couldn't exist without."
~ Daniel Schmachtenberger, BeThePeace Bonus Interview 2017
Even though BeThePeace, our global peace event that happens annually on International Day of Peace, was first birthed in 2012, last year was the first year of The BeThePeace Challenge. Instead of just focusing on peace for one day, we explored it deeply for 10 days together as a global community. Eight hundred beautiful beings, or what we were calling, 'droplets,' joined us in this Challenge to create ripples of peace across the planet!
The intention of the BeThePeace Challenge in 2017 was to dive deeper into the question of what it means to be the peace we wish to see in the world. On Day 1, we asked what is the peace that we wish to see. Through videos, photos, and written words, we shared our visions of a more beautiful world. On Day 2 we asked, how can I be and embody that vision of peace. On Day 3 we got clear on what daily practice would help us become that vision of peace ever more fully. The following 7 days were then devoted to doing that practice daily and exploring different topics as a community.
One day during the Challenge I had the idea to do an experiment. I created a Google Doc and invited all 800 participants to co-author a poem together. I had no idea if anyone would participate or if it would even work. I shared the beautiful results for this collective poem in last week's post. If you missed it, you can find it here or again at the bottom of this article. It really was beautiful!
The following are quotes, videos, and results from our BeThePeace Challenge 2017. All names have been removed. I invite you to take these responses in and let them touch your heart. There are so many of us that are deeply envisioning, holding, practicing, and helping to birth the more beautiful world we long to see. It truly moves and inspires me and I hope will do the same for you.
International Day of Peace is quickly approaching next month. I hope you all will join us for BeThePeace 2018!
These were our prompts:
I want to live in a world in which...
To help create this world I will...
The daily practice I will do is...
"I want to live in a world in which compassion, understanding and confidence is the natural behavior of everyone."
"A place where compassion is served for all living things on the planet. Where we listen, respect, and understand the 'other'."
"The peace I wish to see in the world is for everyone to have their basic needs met: pure water, healthy food, the clothing we need for the climate we live in, shelter to protect us from the elements, the medicine we need to heal and to keep us well, loving families to nurture us and loving friends to stand beside us on our journey through life. Also the interconnectedness of all beings and no hierarchy. This is not just a dream. This is all possible. It is the way humanity began. And there are still indigenous peoples on the earth today who live with these same principles."
"I want to live in a world in which underprivileged youth are aware of their values and potentials and are agents of change."
My vision of peace is treating each other with respect, helping make each other smile, loving one another, and creating positive relationships with each other in support.
"I want to live in a world which is harmonious for all and one in which we are all more connected to our natural way of being and to the Earth we share. To help create this world I will refine my being to one of greater light and compassion. The daily practice I will do is meditation, visualisation, creativity and helping others."
"My vision is that we live in peace and harmony with all people and accepting them for who they are, seeing their inner light without judging them. Each morning I pray for peace, love, forgiveness and understanding for all the world and its inhabitants and to protect and guard Mother Earth from all harm."
"The goal of my world vision is to build a world rooted in harmony, peace, and prosperity for all beings, now, and for countless generations. To achieve this goal, I would implement what I feel are two root strategies: Redefining what we value and emphasizing the importance of courtesy."
"My vision is a world there we can meet each other like the individuales we all are without no harm, human or animals in the same compassion sympathy. Excuse my bad english but I hope my visions words can understands? Today is a very importend day, it´s the peace day but I thought that every day shall be the peace day. I reach my hands out and give all of you, who are willing to take this in yours and breath, just peace love."
"I want to see a world where everyone is at peace within themselves and shares that peace freely with everyone else. I want to see a world where what our exterior looks like is not a factor in how we are seen by others. What I do on a daily basis is to smile at everyone I come in contact with and share a pleasant greeting with them. I have also made some little cards that I can give to them or leave in places where others will find them. The cards have the Prayer of Peace by St. Francis and the Purpose Prayer from ACIM on it and on the other side encouragement to join this group or any group that is spreading peace in this world."
Top Values, Concepts, and Memes
We created a poll in our Facebook group where we added and voted on our top values that we think are needed to be embodied in order to have a world that works for all. Here are our results in descending order.
Key Ideas, Concepts, and Memes