A successful 3rd Spirit of Humanity Forum

A very successful gathering of the Spirit of Humanity Forum was held in Reykjavik 26-29 April with 175 participants from all continents. The format was simple. Plenaries in the mornings, and workshops and small groups for reflection in the afternoons. The plenaries each took the form of an ‘interview’ with a panel of three to four people sharing not only what they were doing, but also the spiritual transformation that inspired and sustains their work. Contributions were exceptional, in plenary, in workshops, in reflection groups and in one-to-one conversations during the breaks. The beginning and closing of the Forum were celebrated by Icelandic choirs, and children from Icelandic schools decorated the venue for us.

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Caring for a World in Transition

Today’s world is in transition, and there is a growing and widespread understanding of the need for interconnectedness, harmony and peace in the world. For this reason, the Spirit of Humanity Forum (SoH) seeks values-based approaches to governance in our private and public lives. In the words of Swedish Ambassador Ragnar Ängeby, one of the Forum’s founders, “the lasting improvements to the world’s conditions require a change of consciousness that will strengthen our ability to live by the highest values intrinsic to our humanity.”

The third SoH Forum, to be held on 26-29 April 2017 in Reykjavik, will focus attention on the urgent necessity of building and strengthening our global societies and communities as part of our duty to care for and support a world in transition, including caring for ourselves, for each other and for the planet Earth.

We have observed that in the transition towards a new paradigm there are movements and initiatives that centre on structural reform, social justice, human rights and equalities in the world, the ‘outer’ expressions of peace, and there are those that stress tranquility and the contemplative life, the ‘inner’ experience of peacefulness. It hence requires us to better integrate these two approaches to creating a loving and peaceful world.

Underlying the notion of care is also a recognition of the sacredness in being human and in nature, and of the interdependence between the humanity and the planet. This recognition involves a spiritual dimension which can enable us to open ourselves to the divine and to transcendent realities.

Thus SoH Forum Reykjavik 2017 will encourage leaders and change-makers at all levels to explore what it means to live from the ‘inside-out’ as well as the ‘outside-in’, and how this relational way of being supports a global transformation from fear and separation towards love and wholeness.

The third forum “Caring for a World in Transition – Building a Foundation for a Loving and Peaceful World“ took place in Reykjavik, Iceland 26-29 April 2017

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Longing for transformation

“The two and a half days felt like a continuous outflowing of stories about love, compassion and transformation. The intensity of this experience felt as a cry, an urgent need for transformation and for ways in which we might enable this transformation to come about. In the end, there was an euphoria that had arisen in the persistent shared experience of people’s lives, of things they cared about, and wanted to share – to say “Look at this, isn’t this something wonderful that we should nurture. Please help me. Can we do this together?”

The spirit connects us

“Just to watch what happens when spiritually minded people come together and meet. It was like old friends meeting again, in spite of seeing each other for the first time, and coming from so many different fields and walks of life. Everyone becomes happy finding so many like-minded souls from around the world. Even just this first impression was so empowering and uplifting.”

Embrace our past

“We need to return to a world view that honours the complementary, the masculine and feminine, the solar and lunar. We have come to a point where what we are doing does not sustain us anymore. We need to get together to avoid the collapse of civilizations. The light will win! Face the state you are in, and hold the light. Combine love with purpose, there is a task bigger than each one of us, join in the task. To move forward, we need to first embrace all of what we have done, for good and for bad. We can’t leave something behind.”

Biggest learnings

What did we learn at the 2017 Spirit of Humanity Forum? Some of our participants share their biggest learnings from Iceland

Sir John Alderdice: Bridging Divides

Jim Paymer spoke to Lord John Alderdice on bridging divides at the 2017 Forum in Iceland.

Three words

What three words did our participants use to describe the Spirit of Humanity Forum in Iceland? Watch the video and find out!

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Gulalai Ismail: Aware Girls

Gulalia Ismail speaks candidly about her up life, from childhood through to creating Aware Girls, an initiative to help girls in her home country of Pakistan.