World Peace arises from Inner Peace, which we realize when we implicitly or explicitly live in harmony with the Principle of Unity, the principal purpose of Carl Gustav Jung’s healing process of individuation. For being able to see both sides of any situation is a clear sign of Self-reflective Intelligence in action.
This means going beyond hope and despair, optimism and pessimism. For, as the peace-worker James O’Dea has asked, “Can you hold both the meaning of the nightmare and the signs of our collective awakening—because the only way to get a grip on reality is to see that it is indivisible, reflected in both the shadow and the light, the bitter and the sweet.”
The basic reason for our global predicament is that the egoic mind tends to identify itself with one of a pair of opposites, rejecting the other, losing touch with our Authentic Self, which is Formless, Nondual Wholeness. As a consequence, virtually every field of human endeavour is grievously compromised, from mathematics, through religion, to politics, most obvious in people’s belief that God is on their side when nations go to war.
Extricating ourselves from what William Blake aptly called our ‘mind-forged manacles’ is a two-step process. First, we realize that there is a primary-secondary relationship between Nonduality and the dual world of form, living in union with the Divine, the essence of today’s Spiritual Renaissance.
Secondly, recognizing that conflicts are bound to arise in the relativistic world of duality, when they do, we use our Self-reflective Intelligence to come back to Nondual Peace as soon as possible, looking at both sides of any dispute, free of egoic attachment to the outcome. There are thus no moral imperatives in a world that is at Peace with itself.
So, as Bodhisattvas in Mahayana Buddhism well know, no one can be fully awakened until everyone is; there is no individual enlightenment. As Thich Nhat Hanh has foreseen, the next Buddha—as Maitreya, the ‘Loving one’—can only be a community or global sangha, practising mindful living rather than an individual.
Of course, there is actually no ‘how’ for World Peace, which is Timeless, beyond past and future. Nevertheless, the activities of the Alliance will be coordinated through Project Heraclitus, with the motto ‘Revealing the Hidden Harmony’. Project Heraclitus will be organized into three subprojects, Project Agape, Project Aditi, and Project Arjuna, matching the three global movements of Spiritual Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, and Sharing Economy. These will be driven by the three fundamental energies of Divine Love, Cosmic Consciousness, and Self-reflective Intelligence, emanating, like Life, itself, from the Origin of the Universe.
Project Agape reflects the Greek word agape, used by Christian writers in the New Testament to mean ‘Divine Love’. Aditi is the Divine Matrix, a symbol for Consciousness, as the mother of the Universe in the Rig Veda. In turn, Arjuna was the spiritual warrior in the Hindu classic Bhagavad Gita, invoking time-honoured, both-and spiritual practices to deal intelligently with conflict-ridden, either-or politics.