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I have noticed that when I am in the vibratory field of joy, appreciation and gratitude, I am somehow insulated from the swirling madness of our time. It is as if I am suspended above the conflicts that I was so engrossed in only moments before. And I have also noticed that if these feelings continue long enough, my external circumstances reflect this vibratory field. In other words, reasons to feel joy, appreciation and gratitude pop up all around me through such things as serendipity, and odd coincidences (i.e., synchronicities) that assist me.

When I succumb, however, to the lower vibratory fields of fear, anger and hostility (often after watching or reading too much of the news, or simply indulging in my own bad habits of imagining worst case scenarios), I find myself immersed in a world of conflict. Serendipity and joy disappear, and the world that was so full of magic and possibility evaporates before me.

But I am clear that this is all my own creation.”

~Tom Kenyon


“The greatest love you can experience is in communion with God in meditation. The love between soul and Spirit is the perfect love, the love you are all seeking. When you meditate, Love grows. If you strive to love all and to meditate more deeply, there will come into your life such love as you never dreamed possible.”

~Paramahansa Yogananda


“Love is the new religion of the 21st century. You don't have to be a highly educated person or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it. It comes from the intelligence of the heart embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse of all human beings.”

~From the book "The Big Glow,” by Brian Piergrossi


“The only safe way to overcome an enemy is to make of the enemy a friend.” ~Gandhi


“We lose our freedoms at the altar of fear.” ~Kahlil Gibran


“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” ~George Orwell


“There is no master race. There is no greatest nation.
There is no one true religion. There is no inherently perfect philosophy.
There is no always right political party,
morally supreme economic system,
or one and only way to heaven.
Erase these ideas from your memory.
Eliminate them from your experience.
Eradicate them from your culture.
For these are thoughts of division and separation,
and you have killed each other over these thoughts.
Only the truth I give you here will save you: WE ARE ONE.

Carry this message far and wide, across oceans
and over continents, around the corner and around the world.

~Neale Donald Walsch


“What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek?
Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war.
Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave.
I am talking about genuine peace,
the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living,
the kind that enables men and nations to grow
and to hope and to build a better life for their children –
not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women –
not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.”

~ President John F. Kennedy at American University, 10 June 1963


“Every gun that is made, every warship launched,
every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft
from those who are hungry and are not fed,
those who are cold and not clothed.”

~ President Dwight D. Eisenhower


“I have known war as few men now living know it.
Its very destructiveness on both friend and foe
has rendered it useless
as a means of settling international disputes.”

~ General Douglas MacArthur


“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy...
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


"The root of terrorism is misunderstanding, hatred and violence.
This root cannot be located by the military.
Bombs and missiles cannot reach it, let alone destroy it.
Only with the practice of calming and looking deeply
can our insight reveal and identify this root.
Only with the practice of deep listening and compassion
can it be transformed and removed.

Darkness cannot be dissipated with more darkness.
More darkness will only make darkness thicker.
Only light can dissipate darkness.
Those of us who have the light should display the light and offer it
so that the world will not sink into total darkness."

~ Thich Nhat Hanh in Shanghai, October 19, 2002


“Kids can't see us bombing, and then listen to us
talking about getting guns out of the schools.
How can we tell them to solve problems without violence,
if, in fact, we can't show an ability to solve problems without violence?”

~ Representative Barbara Lee


“That there are men in all countries who get their living by war,
and by keeping up the quarrels of nations,
is as shocking as it is true;
but when those who are concerned in the government of a country,
make it their study to sow discord, and cultivate prejudices between nations,
it becomes the more unpardonable.”

~ Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man," circa 1792


“Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war
in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor,
for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword.
It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.
And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch
and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed,
the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry.
Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism,
will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so.
How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.”

~ Julius Caesar


“Our nation will become truly great
only when we learn to love our children
more than we yearn to control the Earth.
The world we risk with war is that of our children.”

~ Rafael J. González


"I have come to the frightening conclusion
that I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration,
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it is my response that decides
whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated,
and a person is humanized or de-humanized.
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.
If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become
what they are capable of becoming."

~ Goethe



(Editor’s Note: These quotes and many others appear on the website OpenHeart.com. Thanks to these high-minded individuals for their focus on political conscience as a means to world peace.)