Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2012 No. 1
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Living Right Relationship
By Dorothy J. Maver*

Have you ever walked down a familiar street and noticed something ‘new’ … a bakery, a dry cleaner, a restaurant … only to realize later that it has been there for the past two years?  We have a tendency to see only that upon which we are focused and used to seeing.

The good news in 2012 is that humanity is ‘seeing’ issues of human rights as priorities.  And human rights are at the heart of right relationship.

In fact, we are asking the question, thanks in large part to Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary General and High Representative of the UN: Is Peace a Human Right?  The Ambassador is a key person in the UN Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence on behalf of the Children of the World, and UN Security Council Resolution 1325, in support of women.

Every time humanity asks a big question, major transformation occurs.  While this may seem to take a long time, we can see clearly the pattern with two examples in the United States alone.  There was a time when the big question was whether women should have the right to vote.  The Suffragette movement helped answer that question.  Another question: Is slavery an acceptable practice?  While slavery is still an issue, it is no longer widely accepted in society.

One of the most significant documents of our time is the Earth Charter.  Developed by representatives from around the world, over a period of ten years, this Charter describes the principles and values for humanity to live by as one global family sharing responsibility for the health, well-being and sustainability of Earth – the planet we all call home.

One of our greatest challenges is to learn to think, to truly tap the realm of ideas and intuition, as humanity makes the shift from solar plexus to heart, experiencing an expansion of consciousness and becoming fully aware that indeed we are one group, one human family.   As we fully realize this essential truth, we will learn to choose wisely based on what is best for the common good.

Helena P. Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society said, “There is no religion higher than Truth.”  In fact, as humanity is grappling with so many issues at this time of ‘all systems breakdown,’ there is a serious piece of good news that may not be immediately evident: we, as a human family, are focusing together on the major issues of our times, including climate change, world hunger, gender equity and more. This reflects a sense of group responsibility.

As we experience a shifting worldview, from one of separateness and competition to one of wholeness and cooperation, the science of right relationship is critical to moving through these challenging times into an era of human rights, sharing, and wise distribution of resources.

U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke to this when he oversaw the signing of the Roerich International Pact calling for the Banner of Peace to fly over designated cultural icons to protect them during times of peace and war: “If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationship – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together and work together in the same world, at peace.” (“President Roosevelt’s Undelivered Jefferson Day Address” published in The New York Times, 4/ 13/1945.)

And while peace is not the goal, it is the natural outcome of living in loving understanding and right relationship with self, others and the world around us. Love is goodwill in action‑ultimately, the will-to-good.

Douglas Roche, author of The Human Right to Peace, states, “I want a world that is human-centred and genuinely democratic – a world that builds and protects peace, equality, justice, and development.  I want a world where human security, as envisioned in the principles of the UN Charter, replaces armaments, violent conflict, and wars.  I want a world where everyone lives in a clean environment with a fair distribution of the earth’s resources and where human rights are protected by a body of international law.” 

There is a new story emerging …we are learning to live from inside out – making decisions and taking action based on inner core values.  Ultimately, this will prove to be a turning point for humanity as we move through the present crisis by taking personal responsibility in transforming the existing systems. The Science of Right Human Relations holds the key.

It will take all of us working together to create the world that works for everyone.  


* Dorothy J. Maver, Ph.D., is President of the National Peace Academy

Take The Pledge!  I will take an action for peace in 2012: www.push4peace.org

(International Day of Peace 2012: Sustainable peace for a Sustainable Future)