PEACE ACTIVISM & ART

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PEACE ACTIVISM & ART

Creating peace through the creative arts

© By Marsha Silvestri

“Peace on Earth”, it's almost a cliché we've all heard repeated in songs, poems, sermons, speeches and holiday greetings… This universal expression resonates with humans from all walks of life, age, race, religion or creed. Yet how many people experience, understand, embody or consciously practice “peace” in their everyday lives?

The challenging reality for so many is far from peaceful! We're surrounded today by stressful conditions and situations in our personal lives, along with growing turmoil in the world around us. Tremendous financial instability, debts, economic inequality, work pressures, job insecurity, unemployment, being underpaid, health issues, dealing with or taking care of family and children in crisis, are just a few of the struggles that seem to be growing more difficult every year. The news blasts constant warnings, sensationalized terrorism, crime, violence, wars, conflicts, injustice, natural and man-made disasters and political division… all sparking fear, anger, anxiety and confusion on so many levels, keeping everyone frazzled, in a state of turmoil or high-alert. New technologies compound matters with nonstop information overload, on cellphones, TVs, computers and digital devices. These increase background noise and electromagnetic chaos along with the media fear-mongering. We're bombarded on every front by countless triggers of outrage, where maintaining a state of inner calm and equilibrium becomes a constant daily battle, the antithesis of peace.

The mission of PureLifePlanet.com involves sharing ideas, solutions and art to inspire peace, wellness and living in balance with nature. Teaching and inspiring others, offering methods and tools to develop inner peace and create healthy environments, are just a few of our core objectives towards promoting a world of peace and harmony.

This post is dedicated to ways we can achieve “peace” on many levels. This starts on a personal level, developing a peaceful mindset, attitudes, behaviors, lifestyle and emotional management. From a place of inner peace we can practice peaceful interactions in our home environment, in our relationships with others, and our working environments. This spirit of peace extends to local communities and global levels, inspiring unity, solutions, activism, taking a stand against wars, violence, resolving conflict between nations, religions, people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, political affiliations, faiths and beliefs.

 

WARS - PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE?

Studying many religions and philosophies, a common thread that runs between most of them is the aspiration for peace. That said, I often ask the “pink elephant” questions; “If everyone is in favor of world peace, why do we still have so many wars? Why is there still so much hatred, killing and destruction?”

It's a complex question and dichotomy, because everyone has their own opinion about what constitutes peace, with vast differences of beliefs about how it should, can or cannot be realized. Many dark political agendas are at play, with the power elite pulling the strings to provoke and perpetuate wars and conflicts. Financial greed is a major factor. Warmongers are rarely satisfied with having enough, always wanting or taking more, contributing to world poverty and suffering. Though there are no easy answers to these problems, I still like to believe that peace is possible.

Wars are fought for a multitude of reasons: territory disputes, imperial conquests, religious holy wars, ethnic cleansing, defending human rights, political differences, land grabs, claiming, stealing or recovering resources, wealth, as well as self defense. Throughout history there have always been wars, but the atomic bomb was a game changer, introducing the world to weapons of mass destruction the world had never seen. Modern warfare can wipe out entire populations, infrastructures, destroy countless innocent lives and poison environments for many generations.

Growing up I witnessed mass protests, revolt and revolution that emerged from the generation of boomers (children born between 1946–1964). Many of us had parents who fought in the Second World War or were directly impacted by it. Those who served, did so with a sense of honor, integrity and duty. They were fighting to defend democracy, freedom, justice and human rights. The war they fought was against the tyranny, oppression and genocidal reign of terror that threatened to take over the world. Mass migrations of refugees flocked to the US escaping the holocaust and fascism spreading across Europe that led up to that war. The US role of liberation helped form the prevailing sense of “might is right” that allowed many Americans to justify US interventions and meddling in global conflicts. Earlier generations believed and trusted our government to do what is right, necessary, and considered in humanity's best interest. In the global arena we were thought of as heroes, respected worldwide for our foreign aid and honor.

With Vietnam, prevailing attitudes about our foreign policy began to shift, sparking controversy and protests, as people began to question the government and leaders in charge, calling them out for atrocities, corruption and violations of human rights. The public were waking up to media manipulations, covert operations, conspiracies, challenging the status quo, and the validity and greater consequences of all these wars. What is often ignored, but no less serious, are the detrimental ecological impacts of the war machine.

The peace movement of the 1960s helped form my identity as a pacifist, from my nonaggressive nature, inspired by influences from eastern philosophy, yoga, and the back-to-nature environmental movement. As an idealistic budding flower child, I was quite young and didn't understand the complexities of wars or the politics behind them. But in my heart, I knew that invading other countries and killing innocent civilians, especially women and children who had nothing to do with these battles, was wrong. Had I been a male of age to be drafted, I probably would have chosen to be a conscientious objector.

That volatile time of unrest sparked the civil rights marches, race riots, assassinations, the Kent State shootings, with conflicts growing between the police / military, government and the citizens right to resist a war many believed was wrong. Folk songs poeticized some of the horrors, yet the American mainstream were still quite sheltered from the harsh, brutal realities of war.

Journalists were starting to expose the darker face of war, through graphic photos like the 1972 image of Kim Phuc, the naked South Vietnamese girl running, screaming after her clothing and skin were incinerated by napalm, a shocking image seared into the memory of anyone who saw it. In decades to follow, similar dramatic images became more manipulated or exploited to create false scenarios to sway public opinion in favor of military interventions. The military industrial complex grew more sophisticated in controlling the PR narratives, censoring or creating staged situations to keep the profitable war machine going, growing and spreading to countries across the globe. This covert MO became even more apparent during the Gulf Wars and after 9/11.

Sadly today, too many wars are fueled by false flags, fabricated stories, lies and propaganda. Military occupations and operations are labeled as relief efforts, crisis, missions, counterinsurgency, anything but what they actually are - aggression, murder, destruction and WARFARE! Many soldiers are not fully aware of what they're getting into when they sign up to serve. Hollywood has created a romanticized version of war that rarely scratches the surface of its cruel realities. In 2018, about 20 US veterans per day commit suicide, double the percent of non-military civilians, with rates steadily increasing by nearly 21% since 2006. Many more vets are plagued with Gulf War Syndrome, PTSD, and other serious mental and physical health problems, unable to get adequate care, with very high percentages of poverty, unemployment and homelessness.

The horrific consequences to innocent civilians living in war-torn zones are much worse, with entire cities and infrastructures vital to life completely destroyed, displacement of populations, destabilization of economies and societies, in addition to extensive loss of life and physical suffering.

Mainstream propaganda has done a pretty convincing job of justifying these wars, claiming national defense and security, the defense of vulnerable nations, and combatting terrorism, but in my mind and pacifist heart, I never accepted the rational or lies. I couldn't accept unprovoked violence (as preemptive strikes), and always felt there must be better ways to resolve conflicts, big or small.

We're currently in a danger zone with world leaders playing chess with catastrophic thermo-nuclear, biological, chemical, EMF and weather weapons, along with traditional guns, bombs, tanks, missiles and aircraft. Robotics, drone warfare, lasers (LaWS), LRAD, weaponized insects, viruses, bacteria and aerosols, plus many more high-tech weapons are currently being used, developed or tested. These sociopathic leaders are disregarding the dire consequences of their decisions to experiment with these horrific technologies on human populations. Such insanity needs to be exposed and stopped before they create disasters than cannot be reversed. We need to wake people up to stop the ravages and suffering of war, the lawless greed, waste and destruction. For the survival of the human race, life, and health of our planet, we must achieve total nuclear disarmament worldwide. International laws must permanently ban all nuclear weapons, and restrict many of these catastrophic futuristic weapon technologies. 

 

ACTIVISM VS PACIFISM

As much as I support the ending of wars, I've always felt reluctant about the protest scene. Although I agree with and believe in the masses rising up for important causes, to me, the act of protesting war feels like an oxymoron, focussing more energy into war, expressing more anger, outrage and conflict. In martial arts, I've learned that fighting is not always the first or ideal choice of action. Learning how to fight can help give one the ability to stand up to a threat or bully, to push back, to deflect or avoid aggression.

 

I'm not invalidating acts of protest as a right or wrong style of activism. I've participated in marches and actions, and have the highest respect and admiration for people willing to put their life on the line, to sacrifice their time, energy and resources, and often risk arrest, to stand up and fight for causes they strongly believe in. Each person has their own style of getting their message heard, and protesting is just one way to do that. 

Some people feel it's more effective to get involved in politics to make a real difference. Others write letters, take to social media, make phone calls, emails or create petitions. Journalists can do investigative reporting to expose war crimes and the truth. Artists, photographers, poets, writers and filmmakers can each use their talents to inspire or solicit public support, attention and awareness about the horrors of war and the need for peace.

Many question whether the act of protesting has really made much of a difference in the anti-war movement. We're still seeing armed conflicts and invasions between dozens of nations worldwide. American foreign policy has been increasing military aggressions, with calls for endless wars on terror. Since 9/11 the US has spent over 4 trillion dollars on wars resulting in millions of deaths, plus has destroyed and ravaged the lives and homes of countless innocent people who have only the misfortune of living in those targeted areas. A new audit of the Pentagon and the US Dept. of Defense investigating $21Trillion of missing taxpayer funds has revealed about $11Trillion went just to the US Army! The US is currently bombing and waging wars against 7 countries, none of which have been authorized by congress.

I'm strongly against the decisions of our leaders to increase military spending and presence worldwide. The bloated US military budget is higher than the next 12 highest countries combined! Part of that budget could be put to better use in making our own country a greater and healthier place by providing universal health care, free college education and better social services. Of 80 developed nations surveyed, the US ranks at #17 in quality of life, compared to the top ten rated, which each spend 2% or less of their GDP on the military, and more on public services. All our military spending and intervention does not make us safer, it makes us more of a target for terrorism, vengeance and hate.

I believe that war is not the answer to conflicts. War begets more war, aggression, hate and anger. Victimization begets frustration, anger and violence towards one’s oppressors or exploiters. The cycle of war leads to more pain, suffering, destruction and vengeance. That cycle must be broken to start to heal and move towards a trend of peace.

In the film “Inner Peace to World Peace”, Dr. Bruce Lipton describes the concept of “Subtle Activism”, as using consciousness and spirituality, engaging in peaceful methods, such as prayer and meditation for contributing to world change.

Sacred Activism embraces the concepts of Subtle Activism, for healing the pain caused by wars and conflicts, along with traditional forms of activism that engage in resistance actions, protests, grass roots organizing, political involvement as well as living as an example of peace to influence and inspire others.

My own personal style of activism embraces spiritual practices of prayer and meditation as forms of sacred and subtle activism, inspiring peace through art, sharing stories, writing, dance, creativity, envisioning, participation in group activities, projects and events. Through all of these, my intent is to bring awareness, inspiring others to become channels for peace. As a pacifist, rather than “fight” for what is right, I prefer the idea of focusing on peaceful win-win solutions through cooperation, aligning with others, finding mutually beneficial resolutions for the greater good of all involved.

But before we can know how to accomplish peace, it might help to define what peace really means.

 

WHAT IS PEACE?

And how can we achieve it on a personal level as well as interpersonal and global levels?

Peace can have a wide variety of meanings and interpretations, with definitions spanning many realms.

From the thesaurus we find hundreds of words associated with many aspects of peace:

Harmony, love, unity, serenity, tranquility, pacifist, ease, calm, truce, coexistence, agreement, understanding, contentment, reconciliation, amnesty, armistice, cooperation, rest, relief, relaxation, comfort, quiet, placid, fulfillment, gratification, pleasure, security, assurance, poise, composure, neutrality, balance, grace, beauty, affinity, rapport, friendship, silence, stillness, softness, gentility, union, oneness, solidarity, passivity, hush, universal, felicity, lull, sympathy, empathy, forgiveness, acceptance, resolution, diplomacy…

My own definitions go deeper into the experience of peace in various levels of reality, rather than abstract concepts or word generalities.

I define Physical Peace as a state of physical wellbeing, freedom from of pain, a state of good health, wellness, relaxation, restfulness and tranquility. When we're ill, experiencing physical pain or suffering, maintaining other levels of peace can be a challenge. Physical “dis-ease” is often accompanied by fear, anger, anxiety, stress and other levels of disharmony that negatively impact ones mental, emotional and physical condition, and ability to heal.

Physical health, healing and wellness require living in balance with nature… Physical balance can be developed through yoga, tai-chi, exercise, massage, holistic healing arts, pure lifestyles, healthy diets, natural personal and home care, stress reduction, spending time connecting with nature, gardening, choosing non-toxic foods, products and personal responsibility, being conscious of the environmental impacts of all our actions… Through physical exercise and disciplines we become stronger, healthier and better able to withstand other physical stressors in our life. Staying fit gives us more energy to get more done, plus offers fringe benefits such improved self confidence, beauty, and less worry or concern about potential health problems, which contribute to mental health issues.

Environmental Peace is an extension of physical peace, living a lifestyle in harmony with nature, respecting Mother Earth and the environment, refusing to cause unnecessary harm or destruction. It includes respect for animals, all creatures and their habitats. It involves conscious awareness of ones impact on the planet, by not polluting, not exploiting the land or natural resources for profit, and only using what is needed for life and sustenance. Many indigenous societies lived peacefully by this code for centuries.

Peace with nature involves sustainable living, thoughtful choices regarding what we buy, use, do, or support. We can choose to stop supporting industries that destroy the environment or perpetuate wars, and instead choose those that promote restoring, preserving and protecting our natural resources; water, air, soil, ecosystems, plants, and all creatures to help maintain balance with the Earth. This involves becoming aware and better educated about environmental issues. Many things we take for granted may be causing or promoting destruction to the planet. We can make choices to reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact. Sustainable activities can include: recycling, using less plastic, water waste reduction, favoring renewable technologies, solar power, wind and geothermal, supporting local, organic food providers, composting food scraps, boycotting polluting companies and refusing to buy products that contribute to the war efforts and environmental destruction. Instead we can contribute to restorative activities such as tree planting, community gardening, repairing or replenishing environmental damage whenever possible, as promoted by Permaculture (“permanent culture”), a system of sustainable agriculture and building in harmony with nature. 

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art of placement used to help create balance in ones life through the design of spaces. It's a practical tool for establishing peaceful energy flows and harmonious environments. This is achieved through use of color, shapes, elements, lighting, arrangement of objects or furnishings, art, symbolic images or objects, clutter clearing and cleanliness. Understanding the energy of the different directions according to the Bagua, and working with ones personal astrology are some of the tools for personalizing Feng Shui to an individual's place of dwelling. 

Mental Peace, is a state of mental calm, neutrality, free of anxiety, confusion or overwhelm, having command over our sense of inner reality despite external influences. This can be achieved through meditation, contemplation, detachment, practicing control over fears and worries. Breathing techniques can help calm the mind as well as the body. Meditation doesn't necessarily reduce our external stress. It helps us cope better by reducing mindless chatter, increase mental clarity and neutrality to better deal with, or shift emotional issues. Hypnosis, brain entrainment and subliminal conditioning are a few tools one can explore to help create positive perspectives and achieve better mental balance and peace.

Emotional Peace is a sometimes defined as pure unconditional love (the absence of hate, anger or jealousy), forgiveness from resentments vengeance, hurt, emotional pain and suffering, freedom from anxiety, strife, regrets, overwhelm, being able to sustain a sense of calm and not reacting to the emotional triggers that contribute to toxic stress. This can involve avoiding or eliminating toxic people or situations that may be a constant source of drama, emotional chaos or stress. Some people complain about everything and  need to vent, be heard, get attention, sympathy, or elicit a reaction from others. If you refuse to react to their drama, they might stop that behavior with you, or find someone else to be their emotional release.

Creating healthy boundaries is an important aspect of emotional health. With family or in the workplace we can't cut certain people out of our life, but we can become aware of how they push our buttons or trigger our own emotions. From that awareness we can choose ways to not react, or react differently to those triggers. If someone always seems to find a way to annoy you or push your anger button, it may help to examine what qualities in yourself might be the deeper source of your irritation. Often others serve as mirrors for what we don't want to see or acknowledge in ourselves. It can also be that someone has the opposite qualities that we believe are right. If we can forgive ourself for our own weaknesses or shortcomings, we become more tolerant of others playing out the same or opposing issues.

One tool I've used to help understand and cope with emotional issues with others, is astrology. If I know someone's birth information, I can get insights to their emotional personality, and not take certain behaviors personally. By understanding it's just their nature, I can accept them for who they are, and not become upset or offended by a moody or hypersensitive Cancer personality, the hair-trigger temper of an Aires, the stubborn-bull-headedness of a Taurus, or the melodramas of a Leo.

Forgiveness of those who hurt you is a very powerful tool. We often feel that those who did terrible things don't deserve our forgiveness. They may not, but holding on to grudges only hurts you, and not the person who caused the hurt. Being stuck in a place of anger is harmful to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Releasing that pain gives us the freedom to move on and not be encumbered by negative emotions.

A powerful technique for achieving emotional peace and healing is the ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness, known as Ho'oponopono. This involves going within to identifying a place of hurt, someone who may have hurt you, OR you contributed either intentionally or unknowingly to their pain. It matters not who hurt who. With as much sincere feeling as you can, say these four statements: • I love you. • I'm sorry. • Please forgive me. • Thank you… Keep repeating those four statements until the emotional pain is diminished or healed.

Spiritual Peace is a sense of feeling at one with the universe, a higher love, compassion, caring for ones fellow man, a sense of knowing in your heart that you did what was right according to higher laws of the universe, that you made the right choice, decision, or did the best you could. Spiritual peace is often associated with religion, but it can just be a sense of inner peace that one may achieve through meditation, prayer, and surrender to a higher power. Spiritual peace can require letting go of ego needs for the higher good. Gratitude, accepting things as they are, rather than how we wish or expect them to be, is another aspect of spiritual peace.

Creating harmony on mental, spiritual and energetic levels can be achieved through meditation, sound vibration, mantras, music, spiritual practices, prayer, visualization, conscious intent, and awareness of our attitudes, emotions, beliefs and thoughts. We create the energy and expressions of peace through creativity, communication, collaborations, interactions with others, cooperation, sharing, caring, compassion and understanding... These actions teach peace and help raise consciousness towards healthier, more balanced, sustainable living and lifestyles. Spiritual, mental, emotional and physical peace are all related, where the same methods for living in balance with nature can benefit each of these levels of peace.

Political or Global Peace is the absence of war or conflicts between different groups, nations and territories. It is respecting the rights of others (including human rights, freedoms, land rights, honoring treaties…). It involves diplomacy, conflict resolution, a willingness for both sides to listen and hear the valid concerns of an opponent, to negotiate fairly, a willingness to compromise and find win-win solutions to differences. It's playing fair without force or aggression. 

   

CREATING PEACE IN CHAOTIC TIMES

My Personal Vision for Being a Beacon of Light & Peace

Peace begins with us - individually and working together!

I see part of my personal life purpose and mission to be creating and promoting peace on many levels - starting within, establishing and maintaining inner peace, which reflects to my external world, through conscious intent in my interactions with loved ones, social circles, communities and environments. I also strive to reflect peace in my creative works, my visual arts, yoga, dance performance, meditation, chanting, prayers, teaching, writing and communicating through various mediums, social media, associations and collaborations with other peacemakers.

As ambassadors and visionaries for peace: we contribute however we can, towards a more peaceful existence in this world we all share - by promoting harmony, love, wholeness, respect and oneness with all of life. Peace involves unity in our homes, family, relationships, respecting all creatures and alignment with nature. Our energy, words, expressions, choices and actions allow us to embody and project peace in ways that influence others… By creating a space where others feel safe, welcomed, honored and accepted, we become an oasis of calm. Sharing peace with our inner circles then extends out to all humanity. Teaching peace to our children, helping them understand these values, can help perpetuate peace and healing for future generations.

Vigil4Peace logo

The Vigil 4 Peace & Ecology is an annual event of artists, musicians, interfaith leaders, and peacemakers that happens every year on a Sunday close to The International Day of Peace (September 21st). For 2019 the Vigil will take place on September 15th. It's an all-day event, free and open to the public, held in Central Park's Bandshell. Participants come together to celebrate sacred prayers and ceremony to commemorate all peacemakers who have fought, sacrificed or died in struggles for peace and truth. We honor all nations, religions and welcome everyone, young and old to share in this mission. We encourage public participation and involvement towards world peace through interfaith gatherings, activities and events at the UN, networking and collaborations with other peace organizations. The awareness and concerns for nature and ecology are a part of these efforts. Wars have a devastating impact on the environment which threatens not only human life, but the habitats of all creatures.

On a global level we work towards finding or negotiating peace between nations, religions and cultures. Among our goals include establishing worldwide ceasefires, demanding an end to wars, conflicts and hate, initiating diplomacy, justice, and encouraging leaders to work together towards the higher good to benefit humanity. Peace-promoting actions can involve resistance, challenging aggression, standing up to the warmongers, letting them know we do not accept their decisions to initiate or escalate wars or attacks on innocent populations.

By our presence, actions and messages, our shared intent is to inspire others at local and global levels to join our mission for world unity and peace. Through this work we aim to establish ministries and departments of peace within international circles, to present peaceful ideas and solutions. Our goal is to reach and influence those in positions of power who have the means or authority to make major decisions at higher levels of government towards ending conflicts and establishing peaceful resolutions.

 

PEACE THROUGH ART

Growing up I was deeply influenced by the power of music to inspire the masses towards peace and unity. Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Peter Paul & Mary, Richie Havens, Buffalo Springfield, Cat Stevens, George Harrison and Bob Marley were just a few among many, whose songs addressed social issues of war and peace. John Lennon is one of my favorite peace heroes. I've always admired and been inspired by his songs and the work he and Yoko did together towards creating peace and ending wars. His song “All we are saying, is Give Peace a Chance” (recorded in 1969) was like a mantra resonating through the minds of the youth culture of the day. “War Is Over if You Want It” went beyond music as a brilliant concept for making people understand that we have the power to create change and peace. Possibly his most endearing song “Imagine” is known worldwide as an anthem for peace. He asked that we collectively use our imagination to envision a world of peace.

ImagineMandala+peace flags

Just imagine, if as much money, effort, innovation and intent went into creating peace as currently goes into war!?!

(image: Artist/Peace Activist Benny Zable with his original hand-painted peace flags at Central Park Strawberry Fields, John Lennon Memorial Imagine Mandala)

Spiritual hymns, meditation music, and Kirtan have always used sound vibration to express peace and harmony. In recent years many wonderful musicians have emerged from the yoga / new-age community, influenced by ancient sacred music, mantras and sounds. Gongs, bells, bowls, harps and drone-type instruments all have a history of being used to enhance and create peaceful music. 

Art Therapy is another method for using art and creative expression that can promote peace and healing.

Many visual artists consciously or unconsciously inspire peace through their paintings, drawings and work. Art is subjective, but some images seem to elicit an almost universal response. Monet's “Water Lilies” is a prime example of how paintings have been able to evoke peace in so many viewers. I've experienced a sense of peace through works by many different artists. Georgia O'Keeffe, Marc Chagall, Jia Lu, and Nicholas Roerich are a few of my favorites.

Visionary artist Nicholas Roerich created a Banner for Peace to represent peace through culture and humanity. The Pax Cultura symbol of 3 circles represents the trinity (art, science and philosophy; body, mind, spirit; beauty, truth, harmony; past, present and future), encircled in a wider circle which represents eternity or the whole world. These flags were designed to be displayed as a symbol for peace to protect cultural sites in times of war. The Nicholas Roerich Museum in NYC and the Center for Peace Through Culture currently use that symbol for their logo. 

Creating beautiful idyllic imagery is one way of promoting peace, but many artists choose to express anti-war statements through depicting the ugliness of war. James Callot's etchings “The Miseries of War”, Francisco Goya's “Disasters of War”, and Picasso's “Guernica”, painted as a response to the destruction that town during the Spanish Civil War, are a few examples of anti-war art. The Dada Art Movement were a European group of artists, poets and writers who created anti-war art after the First World War.

Sculpture is another powerful medium typically used in war memorials and monuments dedicated to peace efforts, commemorating the tragedies and lives lost in wars, lest we never forget.

Many films have been produced that portray the horrors of war. Film is effective for reaching the masses by presenting messages of peace and the impacts of war through dramatic storytelling, documentaries and realistic filming.

Dance, theater, literature, music, design and architecture all serve as art forms to help promote concepts of peace, as well as bring awareness to the futility and destruction of war. 

So many artists are doing wonderful work for peace, I can't possibly list them all here. There are now Peace Museums in several countries representing artworks created and dedicated to world peace.

Throughout this website I share themes of peace through my art designs and blog posts… In earlier posts I discuss mandalas, yantras and sacred geometry, and how these symbolic images can be used as tools for meditation, peace and healing. I use many spiritual elements and symbols in my own art to inspire peace and healing through their visual impact. 

My Peace Words Collection of designs are intended to inspire unity between all nations through language. These feature the word “Peace” translated into many languages + universal symbols. Select designs are available as posters, t-shirts and pillow covers, with more products and images to come.

The cover image of this post “Peace Planet” is my most recent Peace Words creation. The design is a collaboration with my husband, peace/environmental artist/activist, Benny Zable, combining the globe from his Earth Heart Flag with my graphics and peace translations. This was our 2018 holiday card design. The doves encircling the globe carry the message of peace to all nations. The heart represents our love for humanity and the planet we all share. Both of us have devoted much of our lives to causes of peace and ecology. In the performance arena, we aim to inspire peace through, movement arts (flag dancing) and participation with other interfaith peace ambassadors in vigils, parades, festivals and ceremonies.

For 2019 and beyond, we invite all to participate to join our mission towards world peace and understanding. We can each make contributions for peace in big and small ways.

Happy New Year!

Blessings & Peace,

Marsha & Benny

© by Marsha Silvestri - PureLifePlanet.com