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The Sowing Peace Initiative:

The goal of the Sowing Peace Initiative is to sow a seed of peace in every heart.

In 1911 'Abdu'l-Bahá said:

I charge you all that each one of you concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love. Thoughts of war bring destruction to all harmony, well-being, restfulness and content.
('Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks)
While in London he said:
During the last six thousand years nations have hated one another, it is now time to stop. War must cease. Let us be united and love one another and await the result. We know the effects of war are bad. So let us try, as an experiment, peace, and if the results of peace are bad, then we can choose if it would be better to go back to the old state of war! Let us in any case make the experiment. If we see that unity brings Light we shall continue it. For six thousand years we have been walking on the left-hand path; let us walk on the right-hand path now. We have passed many centuries in darkness, let us advance towards the light.
('Abdu'l-Bahá, 'Abdu'l-Bahá in London, p. 61)
'Abdu'l-Bahá was, in my estimation, the greatest peace advocate that ever lived. My desire is to follow the plan he started over 150 years ago and spread the message of peace to the world. On April 11, 1916, 'Abdu'l-Bahá wrote:
O that I could travel, even though on foot and in the utmost poverty, to these regions, and, raising the call of "Ya Baha'u'l-Abha" in cities, villages, mountains, deserts and oceans, promote the divine teachings! This, alas, I cannot do. How intensely I deplore it! Please God, ye may achieve it.
('Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 41)

The Sowing Peace initiative takes a new direction.

With the release of my first book, “The Alternative,” I am beginning to promote the Sowing Peace Initiative through literature.

While researching the Fugitive Slave Chapel in London, Ontario, I learned much about the Civil War in USA. It was hard to imagine that a nation could inflict so much devastation on itself. I set out to write a historic fiction that would make more sense than the civil war.
I looked deeply into the cause of the civil war and invented characters to prevent it. However, as the plot advanced, it seemed more and more impossible that war could be prevented. Bobby Johnson and his companions raced against time to prevent disaster.
This book introduces the idea of a cooperative society. It ends on this note. “Once one experiences the joy of cooperation and helping others succeed, he will never again resort to greed.” To find out how it gets there, you can order the book on AMAZON any place in the world. It is available in paperback or kindle.
George McNeish

The Alternative

Is there an alternative to war?

The Alternative explores another possibility.

Now available.

The Alternative is now available. Selling price is $19.95 US. Order from Create Space or Amazon US

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Those in London Ontario may also pick up a copy from the author. Send me an email to find out how.



Will be Friday July 29th 2016

We usually have this event on June 29 each year, but I was travelling this year, so we will hold it one month late.

The first London Peace fest in 2012 had 22 participants. In 2013 there was 3. In 2014 and 2015 there was only myself.

I have Friday off work, so I can meet at any time during the day. We usually meet in a park. We can meet at Queens Park near the fair grounds. Email me if you would like to come and have a time or location suggestion.

As for time, I will go about 4pm and stay to about 6pm unless someone suggest another time. I will post changes here, so check back before you go if you are planning to attend.

As usual, I will bring a bottle of pop and a bag of chips with me to share. Feel free to bring food to share along with your thoughts and prayers. Don't forget to bring a supply of plates, cups, etc. if this will be needed to consume your food.

On the 29th of June 1912, 'Abdu'l-Bahá Talked at Unity Feast, Outdoors at West Englewood, New Jersey.
Near the beginning of his talk he said:

True Bahá'í meetings are the mirrors of the Kingdom wherein images of the Supreme Concourse are reflected. In them the lights of the most great guidance are visible. They voice the summons of the heavenly Kingdom and echo the call of the angelic hosts to every listening ear. The efficacy of such meetings as these is permanent throughout the ages. This assembly has a name and significance which will last forever. Hundreds of thousands of meetings shall be held to commemorate this occasion, and the very words I speak to you today shall be repeated in them for ages to come. Therefore, be ye rejoiced, for ye are sheltered beneath the providence of God. Be happy and joyous because the bestowals of God are intended for you and the life of the Holy Spirit is breathing upon you.
('Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 213)

'Abdu'l-Bahá did not prophesy, but he predicted that this Unity Feast would be commemorated at many meetings in the future. Since 2012 I have been attempting to do that. The location for the 2016 event will be announced when the date is closer.

My goal is to get more people involved in promoting peace. If you would like to help plan any event for the "Sowing Peace Initiative" , Click here to send an email.
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Join the discussion: All our events are open to anyone who desires world peace. We will continue to hold events until world peace is established.

Mutual Respect Essential for World Peace

World peace is about mutual respect. Unity in diversity is the catch phrase. The human body has many different parts which function together as a whole. When a body part is severed from the body, it dies. If an essential organ ceases to function, the whole body dies. If any part of the body is injured, the whole body suffers.

If we think about the body of humanity in that way, we can see, although different body parts carry out different functions, the health of the body is determined by how well those parts work together. It seems everyone wants to be the brains of humanity, but if a heart where to become a brain, a body with two brains and no heart would die. Although the body can live without some parts, it becomes a cripple if it is missing a leg or arm, for example. In fact, the pain of the little finger is felt by the whole body. If there is pain in any part of the body of mankind, we all suffer as a result.

When there is mutual respect, we will respect all regardless of function. If the brain is to think it is more important than the fingers, then it should try picking something up without their aid. An act as simple as picking up a piece of garbage requires the co-operation on many parts of the body.

Thus when all humanity works together towards the betterment of society as a whole, we have world peace and the body of mankind progresses to levels never before imagined.

In my book, The Alternative, I show how the development of the Southern states was delayed by the use of slavery. Because the African Americans were denied an education and forced into slavery, they were not able to contribute to the society in which they lived, and therefore the whole society suffered. Although slavery has been outlawed, the mentality around slavery has not yet vanished. Slavery was an ultimate example of exploitation of the work force, but those in the working class are still being exploited. There needs to be mutual respect between workers and management for the system to work efficiently. No individual human should be degraded or thought of as unimportant.

We all need to work in the field we are called to work in. Children need to find out early what their calling is. I was 62 years old before I realized I was called to be an author. I wasted a lot of time pursuing other interests and I will not likely be able to reach my full potential so late in life, however I have a lot of good years ahead of me and I will do my best.

You can go to Sowing Peace Web Site to follow my activities and find links to my blogs. I would love to hear your opinions and will respect your right to express them even if I cannot agree. I am also sure that we can find some level of agreement if we look for it.

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If one person will commit to living a peaceful life and influence one other to do the same each year.
And that one would do the same
Our numbers would double each year
And world peace would be established within 34 years.

If this process had started in 1979, we would have world peace now.

I don’t know how many are committed to peace today
But if it is half the world
And each one would influence one other person
We would have world peace next year.

World peace is not only possible
It is inevitable
For if we continue to have war to destroy each other
We will all be dead and peace will prevail.

Our options are either to choose peace now and live to enjoy it
Or continue to fight until all have died and peace will prevail without us

Join the Sowing Peace Initiative
Where one person is trying to influence one other person, you, to live in peace so you too will sow a seed of peace in the heart of another.

Peace happens first in our hearts.
It can’t be legislated.
It can’t be forced.
It must come from within.

People fear what they do not know.
When we get to know each other, we will learn to love each other
Sowing Peace events have the purpose of giving us opportunities to learn about other cultures and other people.

Join the discussion: All our events are open to anyone who desires world peace. We will continue to hold events until world peace is established.

If you have a suggestion for a location or want to participate in planning an event, email me.

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Religion: A Means for Achieving Peace

Many times, when we suggest that religion is the means for achieving peace, we will be reminded of all the wars that have been fought in the name of religion, many times with both sides believing that God was on their side. So bad is the name of religion that some groups have chosen to call their belief system by another name. Many Christians tell me, Christianity is not a religion but it is a relationship.

If we define true religion as that revelation that comes direct from God, we find that there is no conflict and no need to kill each other. We need to go directly to the revealer of God’s word to get the truth. If we rely on man’s interpretation of the word of God we find nothing but conflict. Man has a habit of taking portions of the Truth and then twisting the meaning of it to suit his own agenda.

Indeed, pure religion is a very powerful force. When the capitalists see this they say, “there must be some way we can make money from this.” So they twist it and tweak it until it becomes a powerful money making machine. The problem is that religion was never meant to be capitalized. “What harm can there be in making a little money on the side if we are promoting the word of God,” they will say, yet religion must be equally accessible to all regardless of material means. By capitalizing it we have religion for the rich that use their “pew rent” to cover a million sins. The word of God is modified to assure them that they are safe and assured of salvation so long as they attend church once a week and pay their tithes. When a poor person wanders in from the street he is often made to feel so uncomfortable in their presence that he will never make that mistake again.

In no way would I suggest this is the norm. There are a lot of good Christian organizations who are very devoted to helping the poor. There are a lot of individuals of all religions that are committed to living a Godly life and would make any sacrifice for the Cause of God. These ones follow such words as, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” (Matthew 5:43, 44)

So we see the command of God in every religion is to love one another and to live peaceably. Yet man uses it for an excuse for war. Religion tells us if someone asks for your coat; give him your cloak also. (See Matthew 5:40 / Luke 6:29) Man makes a different religion an excuse for conquest where, not only the land is appropriated, but the opponent’s way of life is destroyed as well.

Now, however; we see a movement toward peace. Those who steal land from others are no longer seen as heroes, but are regarded as tyrants. The injustices of war are no longer being tolerated. No longer do we see the division between them and us, but we recognize our fellow man as having rights, needs and desires similar to our own. A new consciousness has entered the body of humanity, yet it still has to recognize the source of that new consciousness.

If one examines history one will see definite eras being divided by periods of rapid change. The Hebrew people were living in a state of slavery. For many generations this is the only life they knew. Moses came and a new way of life was born. For ages people lived in slavery to the law, Jesus came and set them free. Warring nomads roamed and terrorised the Arabic deserts, Mohammad came and built a great nation.

In the mid 1800’s the patent office in England was about to close because everything that could be invented had already been invented. Scientific discoveries changed that and a new life was breathed into the world. We see a boost in material things. The paupers of today enjoy luxuries that the kings of old had not even dreamed of. Imagine turning a knob on a box and getting music. That was completely unheard of a few years ago. Now we see a new technology coming every year. The science fiction of years past dreamt of giant computers that would perform great functions. Now a tiny handheld device performs tasks that hadn’t even been thought of back then. What could have caused such a sharp boost in technology? We see that each time in the past there was a sharp change in the social and economic segments of society, a great spiritual leader was also on the earth bringing salvation and the way to recognize and revere our Creator. Thus each one of them was the Way the Truth and the Life and where the only Way to God. (See John 14:6) Today we see great social and economic change. Where is the Spiritual Guide for today?

In 1844 One who became known as the Báb (or the Gate in English) came and announced one who would come quickly. In 1863 Bahá’u’lláh announced He was that chosen one who not only fulfilled the prophesy of the Báb, but also of all past religions. Now we all want to know if this great spiritual reformer will bring peace to the world. We know that this is impossible unless He is ordained of God. This Spiritual leader must be the promised Messiah, the returned Christ, the very Manifestation of the One True God. Only when we recognize His Voice will we see His Truth. (See John 10: 26, 27) When we examine His fruits we will discover if they are good. (See Matthew 7: 15 – 20) One with such a claim would either have to be extremely evil or extremely good. They are either an evil imposter or the promised one of God. Here is a taste of the fruit of Bahá’u’lláh so you can judge for yourself. Is this of God or of the Devil? Is this indeed the Voice of God giving guidance to His Sheep?

CXXXII. The Purpose of the one true God, exalted be His glory, in revealing Himself unto men is to lay bare those gems that lie hidden within the mine of their true and inmost selves. That the divers communions of the earth, and the manifold systems of religious belief, should never be allowed to foster the feelings of animosity among men, is, in this Day, of the essence of the Faith of God and His Religion. These principles and laws, these firmly-established and mighty systems, have proceeded from one Source, and are the rays of one Light. That they differ one from another is to be attributed to the varying requirements of the ages in which they were promulgated.

Gird up the loins of your endeavor, O people of Baha, that haply the tumult of religious dissension and strife that agitateth the peoples of the earth may be stilled, that every trace of it may be completely obliterated. For the love of God, and them that serve Him, arise to aid this most sublime and momentous Revelation. Religious fanaticism and hatred are a world-devouring fire, whose violence none can quench. The Hand of Divine power can, alone, deliver mankind from this desolating affliction....

The utterance of God is a lamp, whose light is these words: Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship. He Who is the Day Star of Truth beareth Me witness! So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. The one true God, He Who knoweth all things, Himself testifieth to the truth of these words.

Exert yourselves that ye may attain this transcendent and most sublime station, the station that can ensure the protection and security of all mankind. This goal excelleth every other goal, and this aspiration is the monarch of all aspirations. So long, however, as the thick clouds of oppression, which obscure the day star of justice, remain undispelled, it would be difficult for the glory of this station to be unveiled to men's eyes....

Consort with all men, O people of Baha, in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship. If ye be aware of a certain truth, if ye possess a jewel, of which others are deprived, share it with them in a language of utmost kindliness and good-will. If it be accepted, if it fulfil its purpose, your object is attained. If any one should refuse it, leave him unto himself, and beseech God to guide him. Beware lest ye deal unkindly with him. A kindly tongue is the lodestone of the hearts of men. It is the bread of the spirit, it clotheth the words with meaning, it is the fountain of the light of wisdom and understanding....

(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 287, 289)

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