8th ICPNA ►Plenary Session 11

Published: 10.01.2014
Updated: 30.07.2015

8th International Conference on Peace and Nonviolent Action (8th ICPNA)


Towards a Nonviolent Future:
Seeking Realistic Models for Peaceful Co-existence and Sustainability

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Equality and the Annihilation of Ego

Anil Dhar, Dr.

An entire self-consecration, a complete equality, an unsparing effacement of the ego, a transforming deliverance of the nature from its ignorant modes of action, these are the steps by which the surrender of one’s whole being and nature to the Divine will can be prepared and achieved - a self-giving, true, total and without reserve. The first necessity is an entire spirit of self-consecration in our works; it must become first the constant will, then the ingrained need in all the being, finally its automatic but living and conscious habit to do all action as a sacrifice to the supreme and to the veiled power present in us and in all beings and in all the workings of the universe. Life is the altar of this sacrifice, works are our offerings; a transcendent and universal Power and Presence as yet rather felt or glimpsed by us than known or seen concretely, is the Deity to whom all inner sacrifices are offered. This sacrifice, this self-consecration has two sides to it; there is the work itself and there is the spirit in which it is done, the spirit of worship to the Master of Works in all that we see, think and experience. This equality cannot grow except by a protracted ordeal and patient self-discipline; so long as desire is strong, equality cannot come at all - except in periods of quiescence and the fatigue of desire, and it is then more likely to be an inert indifference or desire's recoil from itself than the true calm and the positive spiritual oneness.

Keywords: individuation, earth, sustainability, identification, crisis, consciousness.

Jonah Saifer, Mr.

The purpose of this paper is to examine the process of psychological growth and evolution - what C.G. Jung called individuation - in the light of current ecological crises. First, this paper will focus on the relationship between ecological crises and experiences of alienation in the modern world. Next, the ‘Green’ Archetype in mythology, theology, and alchemy will be related to Jungian ideas of shadow integration - the struggle with one’s dark side; the coming to awareness of the inner, personified component of the psyche - what Jung called the anima and animus; and the process of fully becoming oneself - individuation. In the final sections, experiences of heightened spiritual awareness in nature and contact with deeper dimensions of the Self will be correlated to possibilities for healing the earth.
This paper will primarily use a Jungian lens to present a vision of individuation, the development of personality, in the light of eco-psychology, philosophy, and comparative theology.

World Without Weapons: A way towards Peaceful Life

Monowara Begum Moni, Mrs.

The purpose of this paper is to discuss and find out the problems of Nuclear Weapons. For millennia weapons have played crucial roles in society, molding and changing the course of history. They have destroyed civilizations and created new ones. When, for example, ancient Egypt was at its peak, the Hyksos invaded it only because they had superior weapons made of iron. There are many such examples in history. The United States was the first country to develop nuclear weapons and the only country to have used them. President Obama put the icing on the cake when he declared on April 4, 2009 that he shares the vision of a Nuclear Weapons-free World. NATO replied: Enact your vision for a World without Nuclear Weapons. Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon has stated with great clarity: "A world free of nuclear weapons would be a global public good of the highest order." I will discuss why this lucrative and mighty business is going to be switched off. Is it believable? Because "Wars of the Future" might be decided through manipulation of people's minds. A world without war can be seen as a long-range goal and plan for the peaceful future.

Workshop: The Karate-Do & martial arts as a way of balance, overcoming fear and aggressiveness, how to evolve these into a way of peace.

Paolo Asirelli, Mr.

The evolution of karate into methods of developing the human heart; The three types to typical practice of Karate-Do; Kihon (fundamentals), the practice to strengthen the body and spirit: the study of techniques and the focus of intent; Kumitè (practice of pair), overcoming fear and to be united: the transition from defensive to offensive techniques and transcending the roles of aggressor / defender: how to overcome conflict through thanksgiving; Katà (forms) as a meditation on the move: perfecting the intent with the comparison with themselves in an active and conscious practice. Evolution through the repetition of the movement encoded.

Dealing with Emotions for a Better World

Patricia Cecilia Martinot, Mrs.

All over the world people are identified with their emotions. Ahimsa demands that we are able to stand back from our emotions ánd that these emotions are being transformed by our body. Based on our lifelong work with people we teach how with the right breathing and the right focus we become the observer of our emotions ánd our body transforms these emotions very fast. Once we are the observer of our emotions we no longer take them out on others; we can more easily see the point of view of others and we are more likely to take our responsibility. We teach how one then can learn to shift from the emotional self into the spiritual self.

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