The Role of Science and Spirituality in Conflict Resolution and Reclaiming Peace
- Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
- Release date: 06-11-08
- Language: English
- Publisher: Himalayan Institute
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In his talk, Dr. John Davies, a world-renowned expert in peace-building, presents unconventional methods to end global conflicts, including meditation and other spiritual solutions. He even provides scientific evidence to validate the use of these methods. In our current polarized world, this lecture presented by the Himalayan Institute is particularly pressing. Dr. Davies' performance is not only insightful but also kind-hearted and serene. With his warm voice and thoughtful pacing, Davies makes the convincing argument that dependency leads to fear, and fear leads to anger, sadness, and violence. Politically minded listeners and world leaders alike will certainly benefit from this audio lecture.
In this critical time, we need to balance the polarizing tendencies of power-based and rights-based approaches to peace and conflict with the integrative nature of human needs-based and spiritual approaches-to bring people together based on the common ground they share rather than in a struggle over who is right and wrong. This session explores some ways of doing this, including through peace-building among different stakeholders in a conflict and through collective meditation or prayer. Dr. Davies reviews scientific evidence of the effectiveness of these approaches around the world.More than 30 world-renowned speakers joined the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania for the Sacred Link Freedom From Fear conference. Topics ranging from personal growth to world affairs to sustainable ecology were presented and recorded live. This lecture is among those offered.Co-Director of the Partners in Conflict and the Partners in Peacebuilding projects at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland, Dr. John Davies is an internationally recognized expert in conflict management and prevention.
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