“Blessed are they who see the change we call death as a liberation
from the limitations of this earth-life, for they shall rejoice with
their loved ones who make the glorious transition.”
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Friends of Peace Pilgrim in Connecticut and Oklahoma
Friends of Peace Pilgrim Board is letting us know the big news: "the
move of our distribution activities from our temporary location in Placerville,
California to Oklahoma City. After nine months of investigating a number
of possible locations, the organization and enthusiasm of local volunteers
in Oklahoma, combined with a facility that meets all the needs of processing
and shipping our materials to friends all over the world, convinced
us that this was the right place to relocate this most important aspect
of our work. The move was completed by the end of the year and your
requests for Peace Pilgrim books, booklets, and materials will be coming
to you from this new location in the heartland of America.
Peace Pilgrim was a frequent visitor to Oklahoma City. It was one of
the cities she walked through on her first pilgrimage in 1953 and its
“crossroads” location in the center of the country brought
her back repeatedly over the years. She developed a strong network of
support in the area and a number of those folks have been involved with
the planning and establishment of our presence there. We have been offered
free office space in a former college building not far from the city
center. Our Oklahoma City volunteers prepared the space ready for our
arrival later in the fall and we are looking E pworth Building in Oklahoma
City forward to a long and rewarding stay in this location.
The other major change in how we perform our work is the way we will
process our mail. In the last five years we have had two address changes.
Since our books are printed with our mailing address inside, many people
continue to write to us at our previous locations in Hemet and Somerset.
Current postal regulations allow for only one year of forwarding and
we often hear of mail being returned as undeliverable from friends who
later find our current address on the website. Friends of Peace Pilgrim
board member, Bruce Nichols, has offered to manage our mail. A new post
office box has been established in his hometown, Shelton, Connecticut.
Bruce has livedin Shelton most of his life and in the same location
for almost thirty years. He offers us the stability of a mailing address
that should remain unchanged for the foreseen future.
Our New Addresses
After years of operating out of a single center, Friends of Peace Pilgrim
is spreading its wings and working from several locations. Here are
our new mailing addresses.
Our primary mailing address for requesting
Peace Pilgrim materials or to send donations is in Connecticut.
Friends of Peace Pilgrim
PO Box 2207
Shelton, CT 06484
Telephone - (203) 926-1581
|Friends of Peace Pilgrim is a 501(c)(3)
corporation with our office of record in California. This is also
the new home of our study center and archives.
of Peace Pilgrim
4399 Buckboard Drive
PO Box 423
Copperopolis, CA 95228
Our email address remains the same and requests for
materials or comments can be
also sent to us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.”.
from my Correspondence
By Mayte Picco-Kline
In the United States Charito Calvachi asked me in a radio interview,
what must I do every moment to love?
Allow the "inner you" to bloom... allow the "divine
spark" within you to see kindness in others. Open your eyes and
your heart to all the beauty that exists in the universe... the flame
that inspires your appreciation of the world. Allow your mind, with
your heart, to expand your understanding of others, permiting your
sensitivity to touch their internal fiber in profound recognition
of their point of view. Allow God to guide each of your steps so that
you are, each and every moment, a light that illuminates the firmament.
for a New Humanity
(from the website, http://www.anhglobal.org/)
The Alliance for a New Humanity is a coming together of
open hearts and minds with a collective vision to create a more compassionate,
just, peaceful and equitable society. Its task is to help connect these
"centers of new humanity" to link the streams of love and
goodwill among our fellow beings into a global giving exchange mechanism.
Through networking, campaigning, and the use of new and existing media,
the ANH aims to influence national and international policies by consolidating
a critical mass of humanity. Members strive for policies aligned in
practice with the values of compassion, peace and social justice - the
principles of a New Humanity. It is this love that will change the world.
Deepak Chopra, President of the Alliance, writes on the website, "The
search for a new narrative that unites us and takes us to the dawn of
a new civilization is a fundamental driving force at these crossroads
of humanity. At this moment, nothing is more important, than to link
all those who believe that we must set forth a new narrative and create
a new world where hope, social justice, peace, and a sense of the sacredness
of life prevails. For this we need to connect until we form a critical
mass of humanity that influences the change at a global scale. By creating
a broad ranging partnership between all those who care, we bring together
the streams that work towards creating that critical mass.
"The Alliance for a New Humanity is an open forum to facilitate
an exchange amongst those who care for their fellow beings, and who
understand that there is only one human family. It is a network of love
in action, a collective statement of the best of our human nature, meant
to influence social consciousness so that we can move to a society of
peace and serenity. The driving force for the Alliance is an upwelling
from the heart that is rising from within many, unbeknownst to all.
I am simply amazed at the way that this is all happening, and I feel
totally overwhelmed at the heart energies being generated. I can see
the yearning in me and in many, for a renewal of the spirit, for another
envelope to surround our daily lives with kinder, more compassionate
and joyful undertones."
He shares, "true heroes are humble like Jesus, like Gandhi, like
St. Francis. We need to reconfirm that the greatest things in life are
the tenderness, the smiles, the love of a mother for a child, the joy
of a couple in love, the reflection in the eyes of the elderly, the
beauty of a serene moment. These are expressions of the purest aspects
of our spirit, reflections of the Oneness that we are. This is what
the Alliance is seeking, a going back to being truly human, a pause,
a call to this sense in most of all."
"The fruit of silence is Prayer. The fruit of prayer
is Faith. The fruit of faith is Love. The fruit
of love is Service. The fruit of service is Peace.".
(shared by Zeferino Cineros, Chihuahua, México)
On Mount Baiyun
by Linda Moyers Stewart,
Louisiana, United States
Couplet inscribed on Baiyun Mountain Archway:
The clouds open a vast view of the world;
The rock leans against the first peak of the South.
“To the one who saw beyond the parting
and all you ancient Dreamers:
I am here on White Cloud Mountain
to add to your observations an answer
to a vision of a vast and endless world.
The world is small now . . .very small.
For proof, see who is writing
and where, and how.
In this place of timeless beauty,
the clouds still open
to a sound of birds, of music,
of people at their leisure.
The world remains, blooming vast and small
like a human heart
where the dream of peace can be born,
and the rock still leans upon the southern peak.”
"When Divine Light brightens our soul, consciousness
immediately expands and the impossible dissolves. Reveleation is,
at the same time, a possible and indispensable fact. Then, embarking
upon the emptiness is to allow the guidance of the Inner Master and
navigate in the waters of complete abundance."
Néstor Hugo Almagro
Peace Dome in Copperopolis
has transpired since our last newsletter. Our property in Somerset,
California has been sold to an appreciative couple who fell in love
with the beauty and peacefulness of their new home in the Sierra foothills.
Our archives were transported to Copperopolis, about 70 miles to the
southeast, where Friends of Peace Pilgrim board president Cheryl Canfield
has established the “Peaceful Pathways” center at her home
in the Peace Dome. Cheryl will be hosting our archives and study center.
She also plans to host occasional Peace Pilgrim retreats.
We continue to be reminded of Peace Pilgrim’s wonderful words,
“Live in the present. Do the things you know need to be done.
Do all the good you can each day. The future will unfold.”
The Friends of Peace Pilgrim Board
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(from newsletter: “Seeds of Peace”,
shared by Bob Kline)
A few months ago, some Indian youngsters who belong to
the Seeds of Peace group arrived at the Lahore International Airport
in Pakistan for the third annual India-Pakistan Home Stay program. As
youngsters from years 2000-2005, some were reuniting while others were
meeting each other for the first time. Despite any unfamiliarity, the
Pakistani teenagers enthusiastically greeted their Indian counterparts
to their home country. It was the start of an 8-day homestay to be filled
with friendship, celebration, and determination.
They, exhausted from traveling “but high on passion,” as
Hassan Raza, a Pakistani youngster described it, began a 3-day workshop
on coexistence and understanding. They also partook in dialogue sessions,
a match of cricket, and school presentations that addressed students,
teachers, and school officials. The Indian teenagers were able to enjoy
with family home cooked Pakistani meals, something that, even as bordering
neighbors, they had never experienced. Trish wrote to her Pakistani
peers thanking them for welcoming her into their “…homes
and hearts with so much love and kindness. Lahore to me is really like
a home away from home.” Even during such a short reunion, the
teenagers deepened their friendships and trust with each other. On the
final day, they all sadly bid their farewells, with hopeful promises
of reuniting again.
This Homestay Program allows the “Seeds”, as these teenagers
are called, to continue the peacemaking and reconciliation work they
started at camp when they return home, through year-round programs.
The Seeds are crossing borders, leading the way for peace for generations
”If you believe in something strongly enough,
you will begin to see it.”.
from “Peace is the Way" by Deepak
shared by Patti Hudson
Pennsylvania, United States
“… Peace is our mission however that
radiates in many directions and many forms. Again, abide in peace,
where God would have you be. And be the means whereby your brother
finds he peace in which your wishes are fulfilled.”
from "A Course in Miracles", 558
shared by Michael Elliot
Illinois, United States
The Inner Way
Take a moment to consider the cycles in your life. Look
for the largest patterns.
Which are the short cycles?
Which are the longer ones?
What areas do you need to cultivate more actively?
Where do you need to be more patient and respectful of the process?
Remind yourself of these patterns by contemplating the beauty of natural
wood. With its knots, swirls, and tiny lines, each piece is as distinctive
as a fingerprint.
"The Tao of Inner Peace"
by Dianne Dreher
A warm welcome to our newest friends in the Enlace Internacional
circle: Adolfo Bernal and Starwind Evensong in the United States and
(We invite you to participate in this section by
selecting a phrase or sentence from the Peace Pilgrim materials. Please
indicate source and page.)
Looking through the eyes of the divine nature you see the essence
within the manifestation, the
creator within the creation, and it is a wonderful, wonderful world!
(Rainbow Rosemary, South Africa)
I began to really live life when I began to look at every situation
and think about how I could be
of service in that situation. (Mayte Picco-Kline, United States)
"Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them."
…. These are laws governing
human conduct, which apply as rigidly as the law of gravity. (Emilia
Kuri Cristino, México)
The price of peace… is to allow love to reign supreme in our
hearts – love for all our fellow human
beings over the world. (Sister Magdalena de Jesús, Chile)
Live this day! Yesterday is only a dream and tomorrow is only
a vision, but today, well-lived,
makes each yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a dream
(Zoraida Consuegra, United States; Silvia Crespo, Argentina)
The sanctuary of peace dwells within. Seek it out and all things will
be added to you.
(David Zaldivar Aguilar, Cuba; Mayte Picco-Kline, United States)