Where does peace start?


In Mahatma Gandhi’s book “The Story of My Experiments With Truth.” Gandhi said: “When every hope is gone, ‘when helpers fail and comforts flee,’ I find that help arrives somehow, from I know not where. Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking. It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal.”

31 thoughts on “#NoMoreWar

  1. Please submit this wonderful peace to: artists4peaceproject@gmail.comhttp://

    artists4peace.wordpress.com/ is a new blog made up of International artists dedicated to spreading love, understanding an peace through art. You can send a link to this submission or the piece itself to the above address. Please check it out:) We would love to have you join us. Thank you:)

    1. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. Very much appreciate your support and warmth. Btw, you might want to check out the 5th Annual Peace Project exhibit. This is a project that I’m involved with and we just opened our International Call-for-artists. http://www.thewhole9.com/thepeaceproject-home.php Our project is dedicated to spreading peace, love and understanding through art. Im thrilled that our intentions are aligned in this regard! I do hope you’ll submit your art to The Peace Project. Many blessings to you, Michele

    1. Ah…yes, ‘Abide with me’ is a wonderful hymn.

      Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
      The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
      When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
      Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

      1. This was my foster dad’s request to be sung (ABIDE WITH ME) at his funeral. I told them – at 8 yrs old – but they didn’t listen….I learned an early lesson

  2. A striking picture Michele. I guess peace starts when conflict stops, it’s getting it to stop that is the hard part. It’s like a leaking waterbed mattress, you plug one hole and another one and another one opens up. Great to see you again Michele, no doubt you have been quite busy.
    PS.It’s funny, I’m not a religious person but I do like that hymn.

    1. Laurie, I very much appreciate your comment. I am interested to hear more about your first-hand experiences of armed combat and peace-making. You have so much to teach me. As far as being busy goes… I work in three different countries on three different continents. In each place I am a different person and only one of those people write a blog! Thank you for having the patience to stay with me 🙂 Many blessings to you.

      1. You’re welcome Michele. I’ve learnt more about peace over the years and how it is a fragile and wonderful thing. It must be really fragile because no one seems to want to pick it up. Now why wouldn’t I wait for you to pop up again? You always have something good to show and hey, I miss your smiling face. 🙂
        Take care.
        Cheers, Laurie.

  3. Hi Michele.  That is really beautiful.  Thanks for sending this. I’m thinking a boat-lift might be in order to get the people out of Gaza and the West Bank. I don’t think we can morally allow any nation to be sealed off or entrapped in a place where there is no good future for them. Everyone expects them just to stay there until some miracle happens and peace comes to that divided country. The two-state solution is obviously dead (because of the settlements taking all the water aquifers), and a one-state solution administered by the UN under the principle of separation of “church, mosque, temple and state” seems unlikely to say the least that Jews will ever hand over their 1 and only homeland. So I say the only solution available is for the USA to bring the remaining Palestinians that want a green card to come to the USA.  I think most of them will take it.  I’m hoping the NSA will read this and take this to the President. We have too much space (and dead cities), and after the initial uproar, Americans will just think of them as Mexicans with a funny accent. 

    1. Hi Michael, as always you have a unique and very well-informed perspective. I am in awe of you. What you said about the reason why the two-state solution cannot work is very insightful. Have you thought any more about whether the answer is to bring the remaining Palestinians to the USA? This is something I hadn’t thought of until you mentioned it.

    1. Dearest Annette, thank you for visiting my blog and for your deep insight into this image. You understand perfectly. In truth, I find this image unsettling as I imagine I’m on a knife-edge … scratching my fingernails across a chalkboard. Perhaps I sense that I’m hearing the frequency of the pings emitted by the dark monster?

    1. June, it means so much to me to know that the power of this image moved you. Whenever I am feeling blue… I turn to Gandhi for inspiration.

      I was just looking at your website http://juneperk.wix.com/gumbootspearlz. I would love to hear more of your thoughts on making poetic films and documentaries. In addition, I would like to feature you in a post on my blog. Would you be open to such a collaboration? I would like to feature artist/filmmakers from all corners of the world and invite them to share their visions — whether on their finished films, works-in-progress, or ‘dream films’ to help build and empower a new community to promote poetic film as a medium and tool for social change. Very much looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Thank you so much. Peace, Michele

      1. I would be most honoured Michele – lately realising it takes a lot of courage to pursue the art I’d like to make and it’s definitely time to build more collaborations in all spheres, blogging, film – and even thinking of going formally to film school at least to do some units in areas I want to improve in. But also realising art can be made with very little resourcing, and learning through doing – so often we talk ourselves down from our possibilities and have to rise above the doubts and make the art we want to.

      2. June, thank you. I am so honoured that you have accepted my invitation. Indeed, I recognize your courage in pursuing the art that springs forth from your heart. It’s extremely challenging to get poetic/experimental films funded. I’m still at the early stages of thinking about a collaborative poetic film project. So often we set out on our individual artistic missions…. only to be frustrated by lack of resources to realize our artistic dreams. As you say… “it’s time to build more collaborations in all spheres…” So why not bring our voices together and sing in harmony. With our combined strength we can “rise above the doubts”. For many years I have been inspired by the work of Chris Marker… Here is a quote from one of his films ‘Sans Soleil’ … “I will have spent my life trying to understand the function of remembering, which is not the opposite of forgetting, but rather its lining. We do not remember. We rewrite memory much as history is rewritten. How can one remember thirst?” I do hope you follow your intuition to go to film school.

      3. Thanks Michele, I will internalise all that you have said to me, and work to follow my heart and try my best to put some practical feet with it as well. This is the biggest challenge I think as artists who follow their heart – there is the challenge of the craft, survival, and then wanting to change the world, and trying to bring it together with balance, humility, practicality and beauty. Feeling very blessed to have come across people such as yourself. Thankyou for the conversation today.

      4. I am so in awe of you and your spirit, integrity and commitment. You cause to think and feel in a different way. I am so affected by your voice and your spiritual journey. Have we met somewhere before? You are so beautiful. Thank you for the conversation.

  4. Dear Michele, it’s been a while, but finally the moment came for me to visit your site again. What a strong image, somehow unsettling yet powerful and strangely intriguing I resonate deeply with the quote from Ghandi…
    As always, your posts calls the viewer to reflect deeply, it’s one among may things I appreciate much in your way with art and expression.

    1. Dear Hanne, such a pleasure to see you here and read your beautiful insights. Thank you for your kind words. And, yes, I agree… this image is unsettling — at least it gets under my skin and I want to look away from it. But… of course I don’t! I linger on it and think about what looks to me like an eye between two of the fingers. And then wonder how that “eye” got there…because I know I didn’t paint it! So I’m surmising that the Ghost in the Machine added in that detail at some point. Either that — or I’m delusional 🙂 It’s a miracle to let the heart wander of her own accord. Gandhi is a wonderful companion in this regard.

      1. You are right, hadn’t noticed the eye!
        Ghost in mashines are interesting ones, takes us by surprise over and over again, I kind of like it, even when unsettling.
        Delusional is the last thing you are!! Or. I am too then 🙂

  5. Loved the article on your dad. I too suffered a stroke but was able to come back to ninety nine percent. It was a tough struggle. On Gandhi I had a strange thing happen to me. I was teaching a class in the seventh grade in Florida. I mentioned him and how he was a great man of peace. Martin Luther King modeled passive resistance in the states based on Gandhi. A father came to the school the next day to speak to me. To him Gandhi was not a saint but the devil for he was a gunship gunner who fought the Indian army at the time of the war between India and Pakistan.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts I was fascinated by your comment. Firstly, it’s wonderful to hear that you recovered so much after your stroke. On your second point about Gandhi, I have read about the mixed feelings towards him. It’s interesting to think about why some people might have less than positive feelings towards him. I look forward to following your blog and discovering more of your journey. Thank you again.

  6. Gandhi’s words are powerful…I would like to share these ancient words

    the summer grasses
    of brave soldiers’ dreams —
    the aftermath

    Countries may fall, but their rivers and mountains remain:
    when spring comes to the ruined castle, the grass is green again.
    ~Minamoto no Yoshitsune

    thank you for visiting my blog…best wishes to you in your future endeavors.

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