Peace Day - September 21, 2008 - 24
EarthDance2008Continued Using the internet, he encouraged anyone anywhere to hold an Earthdance event, no matter how small. You don’t have to be a promoter to participate. Anyone can host a few guests in their home, or even simply join in the prayer by webcast; but for many, the 3 day music festival is paramount. To date, events have been held in over 400 cites, in 75 countries. In its twelfth year, Earthdance has grown to become a global phenomenon. Now aligned with the International Day of Peace, Earthdance festivals circle the planet, the events more like family reunions than ticketed concerts. Activities are designed to create lasting bonds between participants and to invite conversations that lead to collaboration. A theme of building peace permeates the music and activities, which in California, have grown to include a global artisans market, late night cinema, a healing village, kids activities, a speakers forum, and more. Recently an elders council has been added, a place for first nation and modern elders to share wisdom, sacred ceremony and to discuss important issues facing our planet. And the synchronized Prayer for Peace has become a pillar of Peace Day activities worldwide. The Earthdance format is very specific, defining itself not as event promotion, but as a networking project uniting a coalition of promoters that believe strongly in peace and the future of our planet. Each promoter is required to choose a charity from five categories: child welfare, environmental protection, support of indigenous peoples, international relief, and promoting peace. Charities are given publicity through event promotion, and fifty percent of all profits are donated to the selected causes. Many of the music festivals, like Deckker’s in California, host thousands of participants, bringing numbers worldwide to the tens of thousands each year. The prayer for peace is itself an act of peacebuilding, with the intention of raising consciousness for all of humanity. Many spiritual traditions believe that when a critical mass is reached within human consciousness, it could trigger a shift, and we could actually take that quantum leap in evolution toward peace. Held in the early morning in the Australian rainforest, midnight in London, and sunrise over the Himalayas, the Prayer for Peace is a powerful moment that unifies the intentions for World peace and healing. “in that moment when you’re in your own location, wherever you are in the world, you honestly can feel this opening where you can feel the rest of the world. it’s a really profound moment.” People across the world will unite their voices to create a synchronized Global MA (Pronounced “MAAAAH”) to honor our Mother Earth and all Mothers on our planet. This moment will be the highlight of Earthdance 2008, and will follow the “Prayer for Peace”. For Chris, it is a sacred experience, “in that moment when you’re in your own location, wherever you are in the world, you honestly can feel this opening where you can feel the rest of the world. It’s a really profound moment. I’ve seen people break down and cry, It’s a powerful thing. There’s something about the collective energy of everybody around the world focusing at exactly the same time.” Recently the Prayer for Peace MP3 was augmented to include a 7 minute Global Om set at a healing frequency, with the intention of creating a deeper impact to global consciousness. Promoters are encouraged to broadcast the frequency both in the air, and into nearby bodies of water, uniting efforts to harmonize the healing of our planet. In 2008, the Prayer for Peace will be played on Saturday, September 13th, 4pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) Go to Earthdance.org to calculate what time it will be in your time zone. View over 100 colorful Earthdance posters from around the world displayed at www.earthdance.org/flyers. Find an event near you at www.earthdance.org/locations. Earthdance International is the worlds largest SYNCHRONIZED music and dance festival for peace, uniting over 400 locations in 75 countries worldwide. Once a year, Earthdance participants join together on the same day - at the same time - in the same moment - for the prayer for peace and to support humanitarian causes through the global language of music and dance. 24 Peace Day 2008
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