Out of Time - Peace through Inter-Cultural Awareness by Robby Holly
To create a genuine sense of peace in our lives,
I believe we must understand any sense of “non-peace” that we live
in. More than expecting general disarmament from those about the
business of war to bring freedom from the ensuing fear, we must have
a state of inner harmony to guide our life.
If we live a life aligned with the rhythms of
nature, we might overcome the fear and anxiety that contributes to a
sense of separation and isolation, the true essence of “non-peace”.
By creating a life based on an intrinsic harmony with nature, we are
more likely to create a harmonious, more peaceful existence with our
local and global community.
By changing the perception of our world, we will
change the world we perceive.
In the Mayan calendar, a 5000 year old system
that follows the nature-based rhythm of the 13 moons / 28 day cycle,
this cyclical harmony enfolds humanity in a sense of natural order,
which reconnects us to a living, intelligent universe where peace is
an integral element.
The 12 month calendar we currently use,
originating in ancient Rome with Julius and Augustus Caesar is
arbitrary and began as a debt collection system. It has no
connection to anything real in nature, being a mechanistic tool
decided by men to organize their societal affairs. None of the
elements of our 12, or 24 hour clocks, are related to the uneven,
arbitrarily decided on 12 months, and creates a cycle completely out
of phase with the natural harmony of the 13 times annual lunar
Great thinkers of modern times believe that the
irregular nature of this disconnected system of marking time, which
is related more to the mechanistic workings of a machine, greatly
deteriorates our higher faculties of perception and evolvement.
Although this calendar is deeply imbedded
in our society, it leaves us with a very unhealthy attitude towards
time; with much of what we accept as “real” and indisputable simply
being aspects of the same irregular standard of measure and include
long outdated, unconscious perceptions.
Much of our scientific models in health, that we
hold up as standards, are based on flawed conclusions, centuries old
and unexamined, ingrained in political maneuvers to maintain profit
and power, instead of healing.
We sleep, eat, and work according to a machine, a
clock, instead of our own natural rhythms, and continuously increase
our stress levels. Modern quantum physicists believe this artificial
dependence on a mechanistic system that has become so widely
promoted, actually inhibits the vast inner resources inside us that
we will need to create a society sensitive to transformation and
Many have researched and attempted to reform this
archaic system, but previous attempts to adopt a different system in
the last century by The League of Nations and others, were blocked
by the Vatican.
Followed by many for 5500 years, the Mayan
calendar, considered to be an almost perfect measure of our natural
solar/lunar cycles, 364 days plus one special day for a holiday of
rejuvenation (The Day out of Time), represents the ideal balance
between masculine and feminine.
I am not suggesting that by changing the calendar
we will bring world peace, there are many aspects to the
change that is needed, but …it is a matter of subtle significance
for contemplation. We cannot unconsciously live in a paradigm
of unacceptable ways of being, without affecting our real sense of
peace and harmony.
To create peace, or influence non-peace, we must
radically shift how we are together, and start here in our own home
and community. In centuries past we were encouraged to gather and
“contemplate together”, not just sit back and listen to patriarchal
edicts. As anyone who has come into the presence of a peaceful,
grounded person can tell you, the influence is obvious and real. It
can transmute deeply, and is not to be taken lightly. We must “be
peaceful” together to “create influence” over non-peace, after all,
we create what we think about, so we must be about making peaceful,
happy connections here, not focusing on what we do not want over
By meeting and connecting in wisdom council
circles, with respect and reverence for past traditions (that are at
risk of being lost completely); and simply speaking of our own
cultural differences, or more importantly our similarities, we can
open new avenues of communication and harmony between neighbors in
our respective community.
Living in a young country with ancestors
scattered all over, starting new lives, we find wisdom and healing,
in listening to simple stories from those that have magically
appeared as my neighbor.
Restorative justice, and therefore peace,
can begin when the common goal of unity is modeled, and all are
included and valued; especially the elders and those communities
with a heritage of respecting traditional values, not just the
interests of politics, religion, or business.
Modern life in the city has numbed us to some of
our most sensitive qualities and made it very easy to lose sight of
any purpose. Spending time in nature and more natural elements
brings back a sense of self that seems submerged most of the time.
There are certain places on the planet that I
have visited, like Mt Shasta or Seddona, that have even more power
and energy to heal people, and one of my favorite places in Victoria
is Louise Taylor’s CorUnum Centre. It means The One Heart, and it is
on a gorgeous property on Old West Saanich Rd. Anyone that goes
there instantly recognizes the impact that just being there has on
them. It is a truly peaceful place, and has been blessed with
wonderful stewardship in Louise, and is continuously blessed by many
gifted, loving people that go there for a vast array of eclectic
On July 25th, a Day out of Time will
be celebrated there, with a community circle that we are calling The
Wisdom Council. The purpose is to express our Gratitude for Peace
through Inter-cultural Awareness and initiate circles as a format
for communication and learning among different levels of
There will be a presentation based on Dr. Emoto’s
ground-breaking work on water crystal photography that has shown,
not only how powerful our words and intentions are, but the real
effects of collective demonstrations of conscious gratitude.
The evening, facilitated by local men, will
include a potluck dinner at 6:00, tour of the gorgeous property and
its many features, and an open circle at 7:30 featuring a number of
guest speakers from our remarkable community, speaking about their
cultures creating peace through an emerging awareness of
The event will be presented on a “by donation”
basis to give all an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing
stewardship of this unique healing centre.
Our vision is to showcase the positive work
already being done and develop collaborative relationships to
It should be a fascinating and powerful time of
simple sharing. We hope this concept will expand and grow to enable
the wisdom of inter-cultural circles to influence political,
educational, and business representatives in our community.
It is our hope that by being proactive and
creating simple ceremonies together, to reconnect to our source for
renewal, that we will spark the creativity needed to bring peace,
prosperity, and justice to our communities, and inspire others to do
To speak or participate in any way, or for more
information contact Robby Holly - firstname.lastname@example.org /
Stephen Graves – email@example.com /
Louise Taylor – Ityurt@shaw.ca / phone
653-1331 after July 16th
Speaking of Mayan Calendar....
I am again ordering the Mayan
Almoonac from Gary Culp, the originator-creator of this unique,
encyclopedia day book that incorporates the Julian Calendar as
well. If you wish to have yours in hand on July 25, the
beginning of the Mayan calendar after the Day out of
Time, please let me know by email. Last year we
had to re-order three times and suffer the
delay! The cost is $20 Canadian or $15
US. The Crystal Circle is expanding!
You Considered a Life Coach.
We have several
excellent Life Coaches within our community. Kathy Santini has
submitted an excellent explanation of what they do and who could
benefit from their services.
Could I benefit
Wondering if you could
benefit from coaching? Here are a few questions that might provide
¨ Is there anything missing in my life that I’m
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¨ Are my personal values evident in my life, or
am I just going along with what society defines as
¨ Are there areas in my life that I don’t give
myself permission to experience, or to express?
¨ Where in my life do I find it hard to say no,
or even yes?
¨ Have I been avoiding some decisions in my life,
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Benefits of coaching
If you answered yes to
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The next steps
Decided that coaching
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Kathy Santini is the
owner of Arbutus Coaching, a company which offers life and business
coaching. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org