• 117th International Peace Meditation “Commemoration”

    September 3, 2006 — Each year as we approach September 11, we are reminded of that one fateful day. But it is not enough only to remember. We must act upon what we have learned. The lessons of 9/11 remind us that:

    We are vulnerable to hate and fear.
    If we do not stand together, we will surely not stand alone.
    Only Interdependence, recognition of our reliance upon one another, will save our Freedom.
    We must not forget those who were lost. We must not forget what we’ve learned. We must not forget that, “United, We Stand.”

    As we commemorate this day in hundreds of ways worldwide, may we remember that:

    Unity is our strength.
    Caring is our humanity.
    Peace is found in valleys and on mountaintops, because peace is only found in the heart.

    On 9/11/01

    3000 people died at the hands of terrorists
    The world stood still
    Shock waves shot around the globe
    People lost all sense of security

    Unimaginable pain was felt
    Mothers and Fathers, Brothers and Sisters
    Husbands and Wives, Infants and Elderly
    Gasped a never-ending gasp.

    Terrorism rallied and cheered
    Democracy waited, and knew.
    Both knew nothing would ever be the same.

    We were all victims
    Victims of faceless death
    Raining equally on weak and strong
    Showering the earth with ashes of flesh and mortar.
    On 9/11/01

    Love was blocked out like the sun
    Darkness covered the earth
    The pallor of suff’ring and death
    Had levied a mighty blow.

    Somehow, we knew
    We knew we would rise again
    We knew that death could not stop
    Any who had ever known freedom.

    Freedom was challenged
    To rise again like the phoenix
    From the ashes of destruction
    To unparalleled levels of leadership.

    Each of us knew in our heart
    That the love of freedom was stronger
    Than even the challenge of death.
    We knew we’d never forget.
    On 9/11/01

    Our courage was strengthened
    Our commitment to peace was renewed
    We knew that if we divided, they’d conquer
    We knew we must each carry forward.

    For the sake of our children
    Our children’s children, and again theirs
    We would not succumb to hate and terror
    We’d build up-not tear down.
    On 9/11/06

    We realize
    That my brother’s brother is mine
    That my sister comes in many colors
    But we’re the same beneath the skin.

    We realize that we must unify for freedom
    Out-number, out-rank, out-care
    Those who would tear down our buildings
    Our symbols, our children, our hearts.
    On 9/11/06

    We realize that united, we stand a chance
    Of overcoming the hate that would kill us,
    Of freeing the oppressed everywhere,
    Of demonstrating love as stronger than fear.

    We are united in service
    We’ll share love and support ’round the world
    We’re taking love of freedom to new levels
    We’ll demonstrate that love is stronger than hate.
    On 9/11/06

    We’ll be grateful
    That terror does not reside within us
    That we will overcome terror, and fear of terror
    Until only our unity prevails.
    On “International Unity Day”

    We commemorate all who’ve been lost to terror
    Commemorate the bravery of men and women and children
    Commemorate our friendships, lifetime allies,
    As we celebrate our unified commitment to peace.
    copyright Sue Kidd Shipe 8/06
    Please join us in prayer/meditation during the 24 hours of Sunday, September 3, and again the first Sunday of every month. Forward this to all in your address book. Visit our website at www.humanempowerment.org and click on the globe to join in activities for “International Unity Day”, September 11.

    The International Peace Meditation invites people of all faiths and spiritual paths to participate. The International Institute For Human Empowerment, Inc., a 501C3 charity registered in New York State, is not a member of any religion in order that it may serve all.

    This International Peace Meditation is dedicated to all who strive for freedom everywhere.

    The Seven Gifts of “International Unity Day”

    JOY that fills each heart with abundant living.

    PEACE that finds serenity in the midst of chaos.

    LOVE that is the energy and spirit of Love within us.

    RESPECT that gives value to all human characteristics.

    UNDERSTANDING that gives empathy to all humankind.

    CARING that is the true mark of our humanity.

    CONCERN for those in mental, emotional, spiritual, and/or physical pain.

    May these gifts be yours.

    Sue Kidd Shipe, Ph.D.
    Executive Director

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    Sue Kidd Shipe, Executive Director
    International Institute For Human Empowerment, Inc.
    P. O. Box 3920
    Albany, New York  12203   USA
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