The Power of Intention and World Peace Day Sept 21st

by inspire on September 16, 2007

In October 2004 I went to the USA to deliver a Dare to Dream workshop in a beautiful place called Bellingham, Washington State. The Iraq war had been going on for a number of months and we decided to have a peace concert on the Friday night. We also decided to create a childrens peace cloth with the intention of sending it from the USA to Iraq as a gift of peace. This basically involved putting our handprints, messages of peace and feelings of peace on a large sheet. We had no idea of how we could get the peace cloth into Iraq but we held the intention that it would happen.

I brought the cloth home with me to Ireland. After a few months nothing had happened. Then a friend in the US, Jenny told me she had met someone from an organisation called Operation Iraqi Children and they said they could get the cloth into Iraq. This was great news. So I gathered my kids, their cousins and others to put some Irish childrens hand prints on the cloth and of course their feelings and wishes for peace. I also wrote a letter to the US Marines telling them the story about the childrens peace cloth, its purpose and thanked them for giving it to Iraqi children.

One very important step in manifesting anything in your life is to give thanks in advance. A number of years ago I heard a story of how certain monks in Nepal would sit in circle to visualise what they wished to manifest. They would stay in circle until they could clearly see what they wished to manifest and could feel as if it was already manifested. Once they achieved this, they would leave the circle and let the universe work on the “how” of the manifestion. They would then take guided action when necessary. This is the way of gentle manifestation.

We sent the cloth back to the US and Jenny gave it to Operation Iraqi Children  The months passed and we heard nothing but we still held on to the original intention that it would get to children in Iraq. Of course there was a part of me that wondered but as St Augustine said “Faith is to believe in what you do not yet see, the reward for that faith is to see what you believe”. So we needed to keep believing and allow the universe to manifest it in its own time not according to our schedule.

Then I received one of the most amazing Christmas presents I could ever wish for.

I got an email from a Captain in the USAF who came across the cloth which had made its way to Bagdad airport. His email read:

“Yesterday, I went with a team to deliver medical attention, med supplies, school supplies, clothes and some candy for kids in a village just outside Bagdad. It was great knowing I was helping out and I was surprised when I found your banner. I had some children hold it and explained to them what it was and the words at the top, reaffirming the idea of what Peace means to us and them. Most of the children don’t understand English but they are smart and understood almost everything I was saying and were happy just to be in the picture. We helped about 50 folks yesterday and it was a great experience”

In 1981 the UN passed resolution 36/67 declaring an International Day of Peace each year on 21st September. The resolution “Declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day …”

So what will you do this Friday, the 21st September? Remember its an invitation to “be peaceful” for a day. You’re participation makes a huge difference, perhaps more than you’ll ever know. I’m going to meditate for peace for one hour from 12noon GMT until 1pm, so if you want to join me in a meditative space please do, (even for a few moments that would be great).

Here’s some websites where you can get more information about World Peace Day:

We can all make a positive difference for peace. What will you do? At least let other people know about the day – forward this email if you like. 

Most of all hold an intention for World Peace on Friday.

This is the photo the Captain in USAF sent me of the kids holding the Childrens Peace Cloth in Iraq:


In Peace

Sean M Kelly

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elaine coker September 17, 2007 at 5:28 pm

How wonderful to see the photo of the power of intention made manifest.
We hope to hold a brief vigil with prayers for peace at our local Soup Kitchen in Northampton on friday and will join you in spirit at some point between 12.00 and 1.00. Thank you

Jenny Brice September 17, 2007 at 6:08 pm

This peace cloth project was one of the most memorable things I have ever done. I’ll never forget the day Sean forwarded this photo to me, of children from Iraq holding the peace cloth we had made the year before. I just wept with joy and felt so grateful to have been a part of it all.
It is so important to allow ourselves to say “YES” to an idea, and let the universe work out the details. In this case, the faith and positive intention behind the peace cloth project allowed doors to open and our peaceful intentions became something tangible that the people could touch and feel. Look at the faces of the smiling children! It is so worth the effort to reach out and do something in the spirit of peace. Even simply meditating on peace, as Sean suggests, contributes positive energy to the whole planet.
So whatever you choose to do on September 21st, remember as the song says…”peace begins with me.” Each of can make a difference!
With love and peace,
Jenny Brice, USA

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