Please give a Moment to Peace, for just 5 minutes, each year at 5 AM & 5 PM Greenwich Mean Time, on May 5th.
During those 5 minutes, just be, think, or do something that is peaceful to you.
Consider this a global rest, a break, a chance for as many humans as possible to focus on something we all want - peace of mind, or peace in our families, or peace in our communities, or peace among nations, and/or peace among religions & races. There is power in focus, especially when a group focuses its energies.
What this is not:
This is not an ad campaign. I'm not collecting names, email addresses, or money. This is a simple html page, with no virus, no pop ups, no trickery. This is not a hoax or some secret plan by any organization.
What it is:
It's just 1 guy wanting to "get his human family together" for a brief family meeting, to enjoy just a moment of peace together.
A brief history of the Peace Moment
In 1995, I woke up from a dream with this idea...to ask the entire human race to join together for a very brief time, for just a moment, for a positive purpose without a catastrophe to link us, to help make our world and life more joyful.
I organized the first Peace Moment to take place on August 13, 1996. I wrote to the largest newspaper in 110 countries of the world. I heard back from two, with one, in Latvia actually sending me what they had printed. I also wrote to world personalities whom I thought would be supportive. I knew Coretta Scott King, and she was immediately supportive. I also received letters from Mother Theresa of Calcutta, and Mr. (Fred) Rogers, who offered their support.
I attended a conference that year on conflict resolution. Many teachers there with whom I spoke asked me to move the event to the school year in the United States so their students could get involved. So I did. The 2nd and 3rd years, it took place on May 5, at 5 AM & 5 PM Greenwich Mean Time.
I stopped hosting these after 3 years because I was concerned my ego was too involved, and I wanted to make sure that I was at peace myself.
Now, after many years further down my spiritual journey, I DO feel more at peace with myself and the world, and do not feel as though this is an 'ego trip'. I am wanting to leave a legacy, having done more than just talk about creating peace in my life. I have focused on being at peace myself, and being a peaceful person in my family and in my community. I am desiring that I make a difference in our world, helping those alive today and those in future generations enjoy each other and their life together here more than we have in the past. I believe that taking a brief moment together can be a beginning for that.
I plan to offer this each year, on 5/5, at 5 am and 5 pm GMT.
Below are scanned copies of the letters from Mother Theresa & Mr. Rogers, a picture of Coretta Scott King when she visited the school where I was serving as principal (Poinciana Day School, West Palm Beach, FL), and the front page of the Latvian newspaper article about the Peace Moment. I've also created a "Flag of Humanity", the picture and description below.
Please feel free to translate this page, email this message, send it to as many as your heart desires.
That's all. Please join me.
Wishing each of you peace of mind & heart, and more joy in your life,
A Fellow Human, in love with Life, our Earth, and Humankind.
I share this with you now, this January 31, 2006, to honor Coretta Scott King, someone with whom I had the deepest blessing to meet and to share a few moments many years ago, and who passed from human form today.
Whether by coincidence or divine guidance, I happened to be cleaning out old files and papers last night, and found something I wrote almost exactly 10 years ago to the day, deeply inspired by the lives and spirit of Coretta and her husband Martin.
In January, 1996, my daughter came home from school with a homework assignment for her parents, to use Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" theme, telling what kind of world we dream of, especially for our daughter. Here's mine, as true today as it was in 1996:
I have a dream that all men and women, the young and the old, will all live in peace on our planet.
I have a dream that conflict will create instead of destroy, that it will build with its energy rather than tear down with its violence.
I have a dream of a world in which conflicts are resolved with words instead of weapons, where individual desires harmonize with the needs of an orderly, interdependent, compassionate society.
I dream of a day when all men and women, the young and the old, will know who they are, not just as Americans, or just Japanese, not just Black or just White, not just rich or just poor, but equal children of the same God, sharing a garden created for our mutual joy.
I have a dream that one day, our differences will be celebrated for the tapestry of God's beauty rather than the cacophony of endless intolerance.
I have a dream that one day, our individual judgments and prejudice will be seen as they truly are, a mirror reflecting the fear and guilt of our minds, waiting for the acceptance of our souls' and God's forgiveness.
I have a dream that one day mothers will not have to fear that their sons and daughters will die at the hands of another human; that humans will develop the wisdom to see conflict as opportunities to grow spiritually as a civilization.
I dream of a day when war will only be a word in history books, when violence will be described to children as how humans used to act when the frustrations of life were met with the feelings of despair and desperation.
I dream of a day when hope and faith and love are the guiding lights of each person's day.
I have a dream that my daughters and their global peers will guide human civilization with deeper wisdom and peace than our generation.
I have a dream that my daughters, along with millions of others, will help lead those whom they touch daily and thus, in an ever-growing spiral of love, the world civilization to true abiding peace, to richer experiences of joy, and to clearer visions of beauty in life as it can be lived and shared on this beautiful planet.
And I have been to the mountaintop.
I have seen enemies hold hands, cry in each others' arms, and kiss a smiling face that once contorted with fear and hatred.
I have seen the face of God, even in the eyes of the angry, the fearful, the sleeping children of an infinitely patient God.
I have seen a physically broken, spiritual man cry tears of joy at the beauty and wonder of life.
I have felt the power of a diseased child facing death and the uncertainty of tomorrow with a spirit of courage and strength and hope that can only be from God.
I have seen unity of spirit in diversity of custom; I have glimpsed the divine and infinitely intelligent logic of a universe guided and infused only by love.
I have touched the peace that is a consequence of jumping into the chasm of the unknown and the seemingly unknowable, trusting in a God that loves me as I let go of the fear and doubt I've held close to my heart.
I have been to the mountaintop.
I know that this world's future, my daughters' futures, are bright, shining gloriously with the spirit of love, shared round the world as men and women, the young and the old everywhere, wake up and see their inherent worthiness and beauty.
I have been to the mountaintop.
I know that love is the only principle that rules our universe, that its expression expands in the universe every day and that love and only love will last for eternity, and in every eternal moment of our lives.
I have a personal dream, a dream that is becoming more my waking reality each day, a dream that I live in peace each moment with myself, and thus with ALL my fellow Brothers and Sisters and with my world, no matter what superficial conflict we might share.
I have a dream, a dream that is becoming more my waking reality each day, a dream that I share the joy of living with my human family, in recognizing and realizing the heaven on earth that we have had available from time immemorial.
I have this dream and I know I share this dream with billions of uniquely beautiful children of one parent, one God. I have a dream and that dream is my life, today and tomorrow.
Dan Erdman January, 1996