The Work of Love

This is a 2.5-hour workshop for which I am in need of hosts, and the title of my next book, which will explain the process of creating Peace to the 5th power: Patient, Passionate, Powerful, Personal and Global Peace.

  • Patient because one does not count the days or years until peace is achieved as a measurable event. Peace is not only inevitable as the next step in human evolution, it is here now within the hearts of all people, knowing or not knowing it.
  • Passionate because one can identify all of one’s thoughts, feelings and actions as dedicated to the peace mission and purpose.
  • Powerful because one can witness the transformation of global society within the context of  humanity’s strengths revealing themselves.
  • Personal because one’s perceptions, self-management of emotions and deliberateness of actions are no longer driven by external personalities or situations.
  • Peace because there is nothing else to do that is more important.

Workshop participant's experiences of removing a few of the barriers to being the change we wish to see in the world by doing some emotional “heavy lifting” within a safe space will add to and shape the content of "The Work of Love." 

To host this workshop, contact David via the contact form in the right sidebar or by phone at 541-359-3598.

David Hazen is the author of "Love Always Wins: Hope for Healing the Epidemic of Violence,” his story of 25 years of active healing from the conflicts of an adverse childhood and 24 years of addiction to drugs and alcohol. He learned whole-system design-planning from an associate of Buckminster Fuller, is the recipient of two PeaceBuilder Awards, and is working to build a City of Peace in Eugene, Oregon.

Curriculum: 2.5 hours

(25 min) Overview: The need for a new roadmap in dark times. Violence is an addiction: a cunning, baffling, powerful driver of self-destruction. The function of safe space, mentors and mutual support. 
(5 min) Process: We will immerse ourselves in the Affirmations of Personal and Global Peace by each of  us sharing under conditions of confidentiality our responses to questions of personal response-ability, so that we become motivated to work them on an even deeper level over a longer period of time. References, powerpoint and/or handouts provided. 
(15 min) Admit the problem: (example of this process) I admit that conflict and violence in the external world, within myself and among my relationships consumes too much of my energy, creates stress, and leads to unhappiness. Questions: What is my pet peeve? What are the typical situations in which I feel angry? In what ways have I become numb to witnessing violence and conflict? How would my life be different if there were more collaboration and less conflict?
(15 min) Trust the process
(15 min) Move from “I” to “we”
(15 min) Break for re-centering
(15 min) Start with yourself
(15 min) Repair the damage
(15 min) Find your response-ability
(15 min) Q&A, Planning for Continuation 

Affirmations of Personal and Global Peace 
These non-theistic, progressively more challenging affirmations are a further evolution of the internationally embraced Twelve Steps of AA which were written in 1939 and were based on the six steps of the Oxford Group. They were further adapted in 2002 by Mark Umbreit as the Twelve Steps of Personal Peacemaking, and revised again by David M. Hazen in 2016 as follows:

1. I admit that conflict and violence in the external world, within myself and among my relationships consumes too much of my energy, creates stress, and leads to unhappiness. 

2. I believe that integration of my rational, language-based thought and intuitive, wordless, emotional capabilities can bring me strength and peace. 

3. I make a commitment to let go of expectations and control of other people and situations in order to understand and connect more completely with trust in the energy of the present moment. 

 4. I review my past contributions to conflict and violence in my personal relationships, my community, my country and the world. I list the unintended negative effects that I have had upon other people. 

5. I share with certain individuals and groups who are also seeking peace the detailed sequence of my feelings, thoughts, words and behavior that contributed to conflict and to emotional or physical violence. 

6. I detach from perfectionism and reframe mistakes as opportunities for learning. I develop a healthy self-respect and forgiveness of myself and others. 

7. I absorb wisdom and guidance from mentors and other peace-seekers in confronting my lack of responsibility for my feelings, thoughts, words and behavior. 

8. I make a list of all persons I have harmed and become willing to make direct amends to all such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. 

9. I continue to be mindful of my actions and their effect on others, and when I have offended another, whether intentionally or not, promptly admit it and offer an amends. 

10. In a spirit of humility and compassion for myself and all others, I utilize self-care techniques to gain serenity, courage and self-confidence. I remember to be grateful for my small part in the evolution of a culture of peace.

11. I find ways to creatively collaborate with those who may have offended me. In difficult and uncomfortable conversations, I adjust my language and time spent listening to meet others with empathy, respect and curiosity. 

12. I am a patient and passionate instrument of peace and healing among all those who cross my path in my life's journey. I share my renewed sense of security, freedom and energy in my life with others.

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