In the late ’90’s Ina & I spent 6 months in the little Baja town of Todos Santos. El Molino was our home & it gave us a haven to think.
Thoughts of what we didn’t have & how fortunate we were competed for recognition. That, of course is a choice that we all have.
Another thought that struck me was how powerless we are to change events, unless of course we open our mind.
This led me to ask the Universal Mind, ‘what one person or couple could do to influence world peace’. The answer came back ‘you start walking & I will take care of the contacts & necessary resources’.
I could have shrugged off that quiet internal voice as meaningless. However, the path since then gives me cause to pause.
I first was asked about the development possibilities, for La Paz, by the Governor’s brother. La Paz, meaning City of Peace, was concerned about a healthy development plan for families. Two months later, two planes hit two buildings in New York. We suggested a Peace Park on an island in the Bay.
A friend in San Francisco suggested we add education to our vision & Ina mentioned an institution I had never heard of, a United World College, http://www.uwc.org/
We were ultimately unsuccessful at putting together the La Paz Peace Park with the UWC, but we carried on the dream, back in Canada on Pender Island where we live now.
Ina suggested that I provide a service on the island & I came up with an unconditional wood chopping service. I knew how to swing an axe & had read a Buddhist philosophy in Todos Santos, that went something like, ‘Before enlightenment chop wood & carry water, after enlightenment chop wood & carry water’.
That led Ina & I to a gal on Pender, Jane McIntosh, who wanted to give two years of her life to the Mercy Ships, http://www.mercyships.ca/.
We didn’t know anything about them either. Who would have known that a large group of Penderites would come together, around chopping wood, to support thousands of life saving operations in Africa.
When the UWC turned down our proposal for La Paz, we were disappointed but the Canadian UWC Director told us about the United Nations University of Peace, Costa Rica, www.upeace.org. I didn’t know about them either but we have been in conversation with them recently to establish a Canadian affiliate with their Executive Education Division.
Following is their mission statement: “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.”
Do you remember that Todos Santos still small voice that I mentioned earlier, ‘I will provide the contacts & resources’.
Ina has introduced me to social media, which along with the internet, was not in existence when this journey began. I subscribed to the Ted Talks recently & just as I was ready to write these thoughts, my email suggested the following video.
Love Stories & World Peace, wow, what next:
Vaya con Dios,