Date: Fri, 28 Mar 1997
Subject: Sharing Our Commitment for Peace!
The following post is an IMPORTANT invitation for each of you to participate in a growing "global outreach for Peace" and a deeping reverence for our shared humanity! The specifics are available from the Earth Rainbow Network at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/ERN.htm Please read!
You will learn of the connected efforts of many and be invited to join us with your own energy and positive support! The first concerted effort will be to read and meditate on "The Earth Proclamation" on Sunday, March 30, 1997 at exactly noon, Eastern Standard Time (which is 17:00 GMT). You will find a copy of "The Earth Proclamation" further on in this document. The second event will be to celebrate April 6, 1997 , exactly 1000 days before the year 2000, by reading this proclamation and affirming the personal commitment you are invited to make.
Gradually our Core Team hopes to be linking up with all who are willing to read about and understand the depth and the breadth of this immense commitment. With your offers of help and resources as needed, we will ALL continue to build this foundation of "grassroots integrity" for our next Millennium.
At this potent time in our global history, as we behold so much apparent destruction of that which is good and wholesome and life affirming, we ask for blessings, wisdom and grace, that we may all better understand the patterns that connect us to our Source.
With my love and gratitude for your friendship and my appreciation for your willingness to share this information with as many people as is possible! Pax
Penny McManigal (Pennymcm@aol.com and http://www.bizmom.com/peace) March 28, 1997
Fiorella T. Tsighe wrote:
I will forward your message to 10 friends. It would also be good if we set global time where we can sit and meditate together repeating the Earth Proclamation. Please let me know if you decide to do so.
Thank you very much for your commitment and for sharing the Proclamation with your friends. We now have printed copies of it available with the following wording (see below) and a picture of the Earth in the background of it. If you would prefer to get a hard copy of it, I would be happy to mail one to you next week. As for setting a global time to read it and meditate on it, I think it is an excellent idea. I'm therefore proposing to do so each Sunday at noon, exactly, Eastern Standard Time, that is, at noon in our time zone (East Coast) which is 17:00hr GMT.
I already had on two occasions the opportunity of saying it aloud in the context of a group, and I can assure you that it definitely has an effect when many people share these thoughts together at the same time. Reading it on our own and meditating on its meaning is a different experience but no less impacting, I'm sure, if it is done after joining our mind and heart with other people sharing the same inner commitment. So yes, we can immediately begin this next Sunday, Easter being the perfect symbol for renewal and regeneration of ourselves and our world.
I'm sharing your suggestion with our core group and will then share it with a wider circle of people from around the world, so many others can begin to participate. More and more people are visiting our Web Site everyday, and we expect this initiative to take off in a significant way in the course of the following months, thanks to the caring assistance of people like you. I would also suggest to all that we dedicate a few minutes next April 6, exactly 1000 days before the year 2000, not only to read again this proclamation and the personal commitment we are invited to make, but also to visualize the whole world coming together on the eve of the new millennium.
I would like here to quote extensively a letter I wrote today to a potential associate in the organization of this global event.
"My focus goes well beyond the purely cultural aspect of this event - which needs to represent the multifaceted tapestry of our common cultural heritage from around the world. In fact, it goes to the heart of what may help bring about a global unification of mind and spirit of our planetary human family. We are all well aware that the future of our world is still in jeopardy because of the relentless over exploitation of its natural resources and its accompanying overpopulation in certain parts of the world, not to mention decades of cumulative pollution, some very lethal and dangerous for future generations. Despite great progress in this decade to stem the tide of destruction and alleviate the pollution, recent reports state that the governments are way behind in their pledges of implementing sustainable policies made at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.
Something very fundamental needs to change in our collective attitude and understanding regarding our relationship with the countless other life forms constituting WITH US the entire Web of Life on Earth. To me and to many other leading edge thinkers, nothing less than a spiritual revolution in our hearts and minds, in our emerging collective consciousness, is necessary to help stir the world on a true sustainable path, on a path to sanity, justice, sharing and truly lasting Peace. Nothing less will suffice. To this goal, like many other kindred souls on Earth, I have dedicated most of my life and I will keep working relentlessly to bring my contribution to this collective task of renewal and metamorphosis of our culture and global civilization. And so it is from this perspective that I approach the task of cocreating with others what could potentially be a major steppingstone in our path to collective self-renewal, namely the moment of entry into a new millennium.
From this unique vantage point in our history, we will stand at the threshold of untold opportunities to create a more just and healthy world for all. We will all have a chance at this point in time to assess our course of evolution, change and development, and possibly make a conscious choice to dedicated our entire life from then on to improve our options in the face of the mounting crisis that, on all sides, will assault us more and more frequently as a result of past neglect and sheer, blind and stupid greed.
To achieve such a change of hearts and attitude, I firmly believe that a special ceremony must be designed to help mark this important moment of transition into a new era and, at the same time, create an opportunity for the entire human population viewing this event to participate to a much needed experience of spiritual attunement into one collective whole awareness. At a certain moment of the ceremony, as described in the November 29 letter (available in the Vision section of the Earth Concert 2000 Web site), all should have a few minutes, after listening to proper instructions, to join their thoughts and minds and delve deeply into the awareness of our unity as One human family, sense the inexpressible beauty of being all alive on this planetary Jewel of Life, and turn our attention as One group consciousness to the task awaiting us to make this world a better place to live for all human beings and all species. A specially create musical segment will infuse this moment of soulful cohesion with exactly the right vibrations, thus magnifying the unifying effect of that Instant of Magic.
If you sense, deep within you that you are to respond to this contact being made and integrate something along these lines in your project, then I will be most happy and honored to assist you in doing so. In addition to contributing to this part of the broadcast, there is another aspect which to me is likewise vital to insure a true success and lasting effect to this project. Nothing of this nature stands a chance of seriously influencing the course of our history, if it's just an ephemeral blip on the calendar of our civilization. The spirit emanating from this project and the means to achieve it must be shared as widely as possible long before and well beyond this event. To this end, there are many tools that have been created in the last few weeks which, once they are shared and widely recognized all around the world, will create the right context and atmosphere for such an event to flourish and bear fruits. The Earth Rainbow Network and the Earth Proclamation are such tools and are designed to gradually reach out to the multitude in an effort to create an all-inclusive momentum of anticipation for what is intended to become a turning point in our collective history. (Though we may shy away at the thought of intentionally working toward such a goal, my deep sense of foreboding is that this is precisely what we are and must now be striving for - so I don't hesitate to use such high-flying rhetoric.)
The general idea here, at the basis of these tools, is to open to all the option of participating in the creation and implementation of this project, a bit the same way Earth Day in 1990 offered to the whole world the chance of being part of this environmental awareness day of activities, thus rallying the participation of over 300 million people from all countries. This is also what was achieved on a smaller scale with the first Earth Concert in 1989, with 20 concerts taking place in 15 different countries, and the involvement of thousands of people in 40 countries in the preparations leading to this event. My experience is that when the people can appropriate an idea and make it their own, it has a much more powerful impact than when they simply witness the efforts and achievements of others. Offering to a wide array of people, cultures and organizations the option of contributing a portion of a global project such as this one will offer them the possibility of co-authoring this collective effort and thus being infinitely more proud of it and dedicated to its success and continued effect. This is why I sensed it is so important that almost everyone watching this Event in less than 3 years from now, be able to recognize at some point that someone from his/her part of the world is representing him/her there and participating to this great Gathering of all the tribes and cultures of this planet.
So it is with these thoughts that I will leave you for now hoping that we will be again in touch through email contacts in the near future.
Looking forward to join you in mind and spirit next Sunday and every other Sunday till the year 2000, I wish you all my best in the meantime.
Institute of Global Education
A United Nations Non-Governmental Organization
Department of Integrated Ecology,
Box 1605 Friday Harbor, Washington 98250, USA -- (360) 378-6313
Dr. Michael J. Cohen, Chair
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Good hearing from you again and congratulations on the Earth Proclamation. Have you found that people significantly change their behavior because they sign proclamations. I find that, like new years resolutions, they are not as effective as they could be because folks are bonded to their attitudes and relationships.
To get to where we want to be in the proclamation, we must empower ourselves to be able to unbond from stupidity and rebond to a process that takes us where we want to go.
May I suggest, as I did years ago, you include in your Earth Concert promotions and program, the 1997 Earth Day Activity as Reconnecting With Nature as means to this end?
Owls and Howls,
Reconnecting With Nature:
Finding Wellness Through Restoring Your Bond With the Earth
Recent results of this ecopsychology inspiration, prevention and recovery book.
Many dedicated activists for environmental and social causes say their actions are motivated by a deep love of life, nature and Earth. Each of us, and every other life form, is born with that love. In most people it has been squelched by the "civilizing" process that teaches us to excesssively separate from, exploit and conquer nature including people's inner nature. Our squelched inner hurt fuels most of our runaway disorders
for pain is never satisfied.
**Significantly, most adults can not unashamedly say that they love the Earth.**
Research shows that you can not simply ask people to love the Earth and, out of that love, act on behalf of life and balanced relationships. The plea seldom produces action. Most people are no longer conscious of that love and its ethic. Without it, apathy prevails.
To meet this challenge, Reconnecting With Nature enables you to create safe environmental contacts that allow our love for life to rejuvenate and once again be felt. That love produces the participation needed to balance personal, environmental and social relationships. If we want ourselves to achieve such relationships, it is wise to restore our love for them.
You may start the process by involving yourself and others in the free Earth Day Activity located at http://www.pacificrim.net/~nature/earthday97.html
or by requesting it from firstname.lastname@example.org
FIND WHOLENESS, LET YOUR 53 NATURAL SENSES WORK FOR YOU.
We discover just how addicted we are to the destructive ways we think and relate when we try to change them. To free yourself and others from unbalanced personal, social and environmental relationships, read
Reconnecting With Nature: Finding Wellness Through Restoring Your Bond With The Earth. Let nature's wisdom, peace and beauty enrich your life. At your bookstore or e-mail email@example.com.
For updated information, books, activities, workshops, distance learning courses and degree programs send an e-mail to our autoresponder:
Institute of Global Education
A United Nations Non-Governmental Organization
P.O. Box 1605 Friday Harbor WA 98250
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (360) 378-6313
dear jean and friends of World Peace 2000!
thank you jean, for your efforts on the Earth Proclamation. Naturally, i like many millions support this work! We're on the brink of something wonderful! Keep up the positivity!
Love and peace, Steve Diamond, Santa Barbara, California, USA, planet Earth!
See you at the party! One day in peace, january 1, 2000! Expect a miracle! accept no substitutes!>
Keep up your fantastic work. We will all get there in the end!
With Love and Peace
on behalf of the World Peace Movement
Isn't life exciting?
Hello, again, Jean!
I have visited the website and thoroughly feel the confidence that can only come from knowing. Because I KNOW and I BELIEVE in all you espouse. I love you for this great gesture of selfless love on your part, and cannot thank you enough!
Tangirene - April 19, 1997
"Jean, Thank you for including me in your mailings. The unfolding letters filled my every cell with glorious hope and joy and faith."
Cheryl Melody - April 21, 1997
Please be as active a participant in ERN as you may choose. In any event, we are all working dynamically, in parallel. Let's cultivate "creative craziness" and
"outrageous intuition" in practical, earth-honoring ways!
Barry Sultanoff - April 23, 1997 (In a letter other ERN members)
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 1997 21:30:06 -0400
As part of my committment to bettering the environment/Earth/etc, I have been attempting to recycle more items than are currently accepted curbside in my area, which isn't easy since the centers usually are not open on weekends and never past 4 pm on weekdays!
I have also begun using more environmentally friendly products and have begun selling them as well in an effort to cut down on the chemicals in the environment and in my body. I am hoping that the products will help my friends and relatives who are buying them.
Here is an adaptation of the Earth Proclamation created by Alan Moore, the Butterfly man, which has been extensively networked in California and endorsed by the Town Council of San Francisco. Go at www.bashar.com/GSP/earth-proc.htm to see all the organizations and people who have now endorsed the following "Earth Proclamation & Prayer".
WE ARE ONE PEOPLE...
WE SHARE ONE PLANET...
WE HAVE ONE COMMON DREAM...
WE WANT TO LIVE IN PEACE...
WE CHOOSE TO PROTECT AND HEAL THE EARTH...
WE WILL DEFEND AND PROTECT THE RAIN FORESTS, REDWOODS,
AND OTHER SACRED PLACES...
WE WILL BECOME STEWARDS FOR THE PLANET'S
THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES...
WE CHERISH THE EARTH'S BIO AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY...
WE WILL DO THIS FOR OUR CHILDREN, AND OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN...
WE WILL CHOOSE TO CREATE A BETTER WORLD FOR ALL...
WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO MAKE THIS DREAM COME TRUE...
WE WILL CHANGE WHAT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED...
WE WILL BREAK FREE OF OUR CHRYSALIS LIMITATIONS...
WE WILL JOYFULLY LOVE, SHARE, AND FORGIVE...
SO THAT PEACE MAY PREVAIL ON EARTH!
MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!
(This is our prayer. At ceremonies, repeat this last line to each of the four directions.)
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