The World Heart
Pray For and Become Peace on Earth
A number of people I approached to participate in the First Earth Run spontaneously began praying for my success. In the Netherlands a woman created thousands of peace candles with the First Earth Run torch logo and invited people to put them in their windows each night and pray for us. Many did this devotedly for the 86 days of the First Earth Run to show their support. Variations on this theme happened all over the world. I am convinced that the many people praying for us across the planet contributed to our success.
Praying for peace on earth creates a powerful collective intention. It is through our intentions that our world comes into existence. It also fills our heart and mind enabling us to be a person of peace. When the torch of peace went to Thailand, Buddhist monks greeted us in meditation holding the sign: “A peaceful world begins with a peaceful mind.”
Every day millions of people pray for peace on earth using the prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” As a way to keep this prayer in our minds and hearts, Gail and I planted a peace pole in our yard with this prayer in English, Chinese, Arabic and Hopi.
In 2001 the United Nations General Assembly designated September 21st as the International Day of Peace. Millions of people around the world participate in prayer vigils on that day. Consider organizing a prayer vigil in your faith-based group or community on this day. To learn more, visit www.idpvigil.com. To take this action further, be one of the people who keeps the world safe by praying for peace on earth each morning upon awakening. Then, like the First Earth Run, watch how peace on earth shows up in your world.
Is peace on earth humanity’s destiny? I deeply believe it is. Why? We know in our soul as a species that we are primed for deep transformation to occur at this time. There are so many people of good will connected that it only needs a few of us to light a global fire. These seven actions for creating peace on earth have proven they can ignite such a global fire. It is my fervent hope that you will choose to be one of those people willing to carry the torch to help make peace on earth a reality. If not you, who? If not now, when? I leave you with a poem that deeply inspired those of us in the First Earth Run to carry the torch in this epic quest to fulfill humanity’s destiny on this planet.