Rebroadcasted from our LIVE event Maryland Peace Day Celebration which was held on September 21, 2016, in celebration of International Day of Peace promoted by Unify and approved by the United Nations in 1981.
Part 1: The Potential of World Peace - Is peace possible and how does disconnection interfere with it?, September 25
Part 2: The Potential of Inner Peace, October 2
Markeesa Oliver has implemented and directed programs for youth, designed to empower young people to reach their greatest potentials through mentoring and life skills training. Her dedication to working with children and their communities has also led to numerous opportunities to present, speak and collaborate with community leaders to form greater partnerships improving education and support for our young people.
Beth Terrence is a trained Shaman, Holistic Health & Wellness Practitioner, Recovery Coach, Speaker and Writer. She has been working in the field of Holistic Healing and Transformation for over 20 years. Beth’s overall mission is to support others in living a heart-centered, balanced and joyful life through discovering the healer within. She views her own life experience and healing journey through trauma and fibromyalgia as a catalyst for the message she brings to the world - that at our core we are all beings of love, light and peace, we are already whole and we just need to “remember”. Beth resides in Annapolis, MD with her loving partner Mario and their 2 cats, Mossimo and Clover. She offers sessions and programs locally, online and via phone/skype. To learn more visit her website www.bethterrence.com. For information on holistic resources for addiction and mental health recovery, visitwww.holisticrecoverypathways.com.
Rachael Villafane recently served in 11 different countries doing a program called the World Race. She partnered with various churches and organizations in Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Greece, Zambia, Swaziland, South Africa, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. She loves traveling, experiencing other cultures and feels called to continue this journey of pursuing overseas mission work.
M - Host, Ma- Markesa, B- Beth, R- Rachael
M- In just a word or two or three what comes to mind when you hear the phrase world peace
Ma- better humanity
B- Possible, probably
R- Only Jesus can bring it
M- we have an educator, a healer and a missionary in the room. One of the things I try to do is bring a well rounded conversations and perspectives. This is a quote and I am going to ask you a follow up question around the quote. (MLK j) Do you think world peace is really possible and if so what work has to happen, and if your answer is no, what work should still happen despite that?
B_ yes possible, and the first thing that comes to mind there are many things we can do as a collective people and the first thing we have to do is cultivate peace within ourselves.
Ma- I am not sure when it would happen I have children and I teach children so I have to be hopeful, I believe when everyone else in the does not believe. I am peace, I bring peace all of the time. I am in a new environment this year in the school than where I have taught, and the children come with so much emotional baggage and stories, and they are not accustomed to adults who don’t yell back and engage with them in the same way and I tend to greet them every day with a low tone and manners and kindness and love and I find in the beginning they were way up here and screaming and yelling and now they are like she is not going to respond in ways that we are used to her responding. I have just acknowledged that the more I am peace the more people have to mimic that we are naturally mimickers. Someone will return that even if they are operating at the highest level and I am here, they will eventually come down here. Just loving humans where they are helps me believe that if I start that ripple effect
M- as someone who works with the youth and education do you feel like that is one of the most important things kids should take away, this is a life skill, this is a being skill. You do that they demonstrating it, what else do you hope for other educators would do to help?
Ma- I really hope and pray that any adult that comes in contact with a child comes in contact with nothing other than unconditional love and respect. There is no learning when they are under high stress and duress, there is no reading or writing or skills. Whether they are coming to you in this or you are creating this duress. Jim Henderson the creator of Sesame street said, children will not remember what you say they will remember who you are. So I hope that educators remember that it is me that matters first, the other stuff matters second. Too many adults get caught up in the business of education, and how we should act, how children should act. We all have situations that heighten our emotions and human connection is the difference maker.
R- I am going to sound unorthodox here, I don’t think world peace is possible. I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ and in his scripture, nation will rise against nation, and there being wars, all of our world history is about wars filled with wars, country to country or locals to locals. I think that we can do as much as we possibly can, I want to advocate for peace over conflict but I think because of the fallen state of man, we are all sinners. We can put the best foot forward and treat people, at the end of the day we are still fallen human beings. I don’t think that day of peace will come back until the Lord comes back. It is funny we are gathered on world peace day because my favorite scripture is “I do not give peace as the world gives it” he is the ultimate bringer of it and I don’t try to go around creating conflict but it is hard to see solutions from a human perspective, because we are all wicked at the core of our being.
M- Markesa, you are also a mother of 3, so your whole world is around empowering and breathing into children, from all of the years of experience, what do you want the youth to understanding in achieving community peace or inner peace.
Ma- I believe that helping young people find their truth who they are, because there are so many messages they receive about who they are, how they should act, they have a hard time identifying who they are, my words to them my prayers to them, is really getting them to their truer self, who they see themselves as, and who they want to be. In spite of what Rachael is saying about mankind… I raise two black boys, it is a tough time, to raise two black boys, and my husband looks just like the man who was shot, and I look at brown faces all of the time. It is a very conflicting time to get all of these messages, are these my real feelings, are these my parents feelings, I want children to get down to the core, as an adult I work really hard to be neutral. I don’t try to impose my views on other people’s children or my own children. I think when you work from a place of your true self you can over come your potential to be wicked. I think that is what God woul want us to be, to work from our highest self. You can only be that way if you are true to yourself. So that is all I can do with my children, my students too, they are all my children.
M- Beth do you have anything to add, I feel like you are this perfect third leg to balance this.
B- I do not believe that everyone is a sinner, and there are different perspectives and part of peace is holding that there are different perspectives and honoring each other in our beliefs. Personally I believe that in our core we are good, and sometimes as we go in our life journey we forget that and lose our way. In the shamanic perspective we talk about how everything is connected and we sometimes disconnect from ourselves, that is the soul part of our self, and so part of our journey is coming back to that. Sometimes when we are disconnected we do things that are not good but it doesn’t mean we are not good people. I think the disconnection is something I wanted to touch on. We do live in a world where we are disconnection is the greatest disease of our time. In indigenous cultures they live in connection with nature and in a balanced way. We are living in a modern world where technology is disconnecting us, and we content to be disconnected from ourselves, because we learned that it was better to focus on other people and it was selfish to think of ourselves so how can we create a connection of ourselves. Peace is something we have to choose. We have to choose to connect with ourselves too.
M- in a way there is a common thread, whether you call it truth or connectedness or the holy spirit you may all identify differently with that feeling of being 100 connected with that feeling, knowing, listening, we are all using different words but to me we are really speaking the same message.
Rachael you just came back from traveling the world on mission trips. This type of experience could lend itself to have an opportunity a unique way of developing inner peace, you can pick and choose, so tell us about an experience that was surprising to you and shaped you moving forward.
R- In Africa we were in Zambia and we were working with a church…
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