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Title: The World Peace Blessing


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The World Peace Blessing
U P F
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The World Peace Blessing
  • The Significance of Marriage and Family
  • for World Peace in the 21st Century

3
The World Peace Blessing Presentation 4
  • Understanding the Root Cause of Conflict
  • and
  • Restoring Peace and Happiness

4
Undertsanding the Root Cause of Conflict
5
Peace Living for the sake of others
  • Living for the sake of others pair system
  • I exist to benefit the whole higher purpose

The Individual Lives for the Whole
Individual
Whole
The Whole supports the Individual
6
Reality is tragically different a world of
conflict
7
The Cause of Conflicts
  • Self- centred, not higher purpose - centred
  • Others exist for my benefit
  • Diminish the value of the whole

Individual
Whole
8
The reality of Human Nature
  • Selfish Nature
  • Well-developed
  • Original
  • Nature
  • Undeveloped

9
Our thoughts and actions determine our nature
Evil
Good
Evil or selfish thoughts, words and
actions Immediate body dominated
Unselfish thoughts, words and actions Eternal
Mind led
There is a battle in the mind of each person
which manifests as conflict in the family,
society and world
10
The Conflicted Self
  • The mind is two-fold the pure and also the
    impure.
  • Hinduism, Maitri Upanishad 6.34

Every person has both a bad heart and good heart.
Native American Religions, Mohawk Tradition
I do not do the good that I want, but the evil I
do not want is what I do.
Christianity, Romans 7.15
11
The Origin of Conflict clues in traditional
stories
  • Not intended as scientific history
  • Intuition about the human condition
  • Religious traditions believed to be revealed from
    a divine source

12
Conflict in the Family
13
The impact of sexual immorality
  • It is better to die than to indulge in partaking
    of forbidden lustful pleasure. Uttarangasutram
    22.42

The man who goes to the wife of another digs up
the very roots of life. Dhammapada 18.247
Do not come near adultery for it is a shameful
deed and evil, opening the road to other evils.
Quran 17.32
Flee from sexual immorality. he who sins
sexually sins against his own body. I
Corinthians 6.18
14
Conflict in the Family
Evil, selfish purpose
False Love
Self-centred Woman
Self-centred Man
False Parents
Self-centred Children
False Life
Selfish viewpoint Irresponsible Exploiting
others Multiplying Evil
Self-centred Family Society
False Lineage
15
The root cause of conflict
God
1) Separation from God
2) Individual-level Conflict
People
Mind
Body
(Spiritual)
(Physical)
  • Whole
  • Others
  • Self

16
The root cause of conflict
2) Individual-level Conflict
Mind
Body
3) Family-level Conflict
Brother
Brother
Husband
Wife
17
The expanison of conflict
3. Universal Conflict
2. Conflict in Human Society
Selfish Purpose
1. Conflict within the Individual
Environment
Selfish Purpose
Selfish People
Wife
Husband
Selfish Purpose
False Ownership
False Lineage
Body
Mind
Self-serving Exploitative
Family Society Nation World
Selfish Person
18
Restoring Peace and Happiness
  • Strengthening heart and conscience
  • Loving the enemy

19
Where does peace begin ?
Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in
the minds of men that the defenses of peace must
be constructed. UNESCO Constitution Preamble
19
20
We need spiritual renewal
I see no hope for permanent world peace. We have
tried and failed miserably. Unless the world has
a spiritual rebirth, civilization is doomed. Dag
Hammarskjold Second UN Secretary-General
21
Religion a restorative vehicle
True religious practice seeks to restore the
original ideal of peace and promotes
  • Humility in front of God, respect to parents,
    fidelity in marriage, loyalty, public service
  • Personal discipline, sacrifice and control of
    physical desires
  • Restraint, patience and forgiveness in
    relationships
  • Love others as you love yourself
  • Love of neighbours, and even enemies

22
How do we change our nature ?
Indemnity Spiritual Restoration
Original Position
An effort to reverse or restore something that
was lost. Taking responsibility by taking
actions to correct flaws, weaknesses and bad
habits
Lost
Restored
Current Reality
23
Step 1 reconcile with God and higher values
  • Prayer and meditation
  • Offerings to God
  • Study of Scripture
  • Sexual purity, celibacy, separation from the
    world
  • Submission and obedience to God

24
Step 2 reconcile with each other
If you are offering your gift at the altar, and
there remember that your brother has something
against you, leave your gift there before the
altar and go first be reconciled to your
brother, and then come and offer your
gift. Christianity Matthew 523-24
25
Honour God and higher values Love each other

Gods Word Higher Values
Learn, believe and practice
Practice in relationship with others.

Success in both areas is needed to move closer
to the goal of peace.
26
Archetypes of Conflict
God wanted Cain and Abel to love each other.
If you do what is right, will you not be
accepted? But if you do not do what is right,
sin is crouching at your door . . . but you must
master it. Judaism Genesis 4
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Archetypes of Conflict
ABEL
CAIN
  • Abel loved God, but could not win the heart of
    his brother who was consumed with resentment .
  • Abel had Gods blessing and would not share it
  • Cain was consumed with resentment over
    perceived injustice, not seeing his brother from
    Gods point of view.
  • Unable to control his anger, he killed his
    brother

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What should happen
ABEL
CAIN
  • Be humble even though blessed by God.
  • Forgive and be tolerant in the face of abuse.
  • Serve his brother to melt his resentment.
  • Be ready to mediate.
  • Overcome resentment of past rejection.
  • Recognize his brothers value.
  • Rejoice in his brothers success.
  • Move on from hatred, be ready to reconcile.

29
The greatest act of love love of enemy
  • To give even to those who have done
  • one great harm is the key to peace.
  • Converts the enemy into a friend.
  • Reverses ancient patterns of abuse and revenge.

30
Loving our enemies
We never get rid of an enemy by meeting hate with
hate we get rid of an enemy by getting rid of
enmity. Martin Luther King Jnr.
31
Loving our enemies
Jesus did not condemn any of his enemies. His
power was the power of love. Sun Myung Moon
32
Loving our enemies
When I despair, I remember that all through
history the ways of truth and love have always
won. Mahatma Gandhi
33
Our Choice resolve or repeat past conflicts

Past
Unresolved problems will be passed on to future
generations, and in most cases be bigger and more
difficult to solve.
Future
34
Conflict resolution in marriage
Self reflection and reorientation
  • Take responsibility for ones contribution to the
    conflict.
  • Consider how one might have dealt with the
    problem differently.

35
Conflict resolution in marriage
Take action
  • Address whatever caused the other to feel hurt
    and violated.
  • Be open to reconcile.
  • Seek to correct past injustices as a priority.

36
Conflict resolution in marriage
Reconciliation and Renewal
  • Give up the urge to retaliate.
  • Forgive, and accept forgiveness.
  • Resolve to change oneself, realizing that this is
    the only way to help the other to change.

37
The World Peace Blessing Presentation 5
  • The World Peace Blessing
  • 14th - 18th October 2009

38
The World Peace Blessing
The Blessing affirms marriage and family, and
links families together As One Family Under
God beyond difference of race and religion
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The significance of the World Peace Blessing
  • The Blessing is a ceremony for all
  • It is a re-dedication of marriage for couples
    loyal to each other
  • For some, it is their wedding day
  • It deliberately transcends boundaries of race and
    religion
  • A major international World Peace Blessing event
    will take place in Korea, and around the world on
    14th 18th October, 2009

40
The World Peace Blessing
Co-officiated by representatives of world
religions
41
Ambassadors for Peace as True Parents, Teachers
and Leaders
42
Freedom without responsibility is living for
self, not for others Love promises joy but often
delivers heartache and misery
43
Educate young men and women that the most
precious thing is to keep their love pure for
their spouse. Commitment and preparation for
unchanging love and stable families.
44
Origins of The World Peace Blessing
  • The World Peace Blessing movement started amongst
  • Rev. and Mrs. Moons own religious followers

45
Family Federation for World Peace and Unification
  • Expanded to become Inter-Religious through FFWPU

46
Universal Peace Federation
  • Reached Opinion Leaders and Ambassadors for
    Peace Through the Universal Peace Federation

47
The Goals of the World Peace Blessing
  • To save the family and save the nation
  • To realize unification and reconciliation between
    races, religions, nationalities and cultures
  • To build One Family Under God

48
The World Peace Blessing Vows
  • To resemble the nature and love of God in
    marriage
  • To be faithful to each other
  • To raise our children to maintain sexual purity
    before marriage
  • To help other families do the same beyond racial,
    national, and religious boundaries

49
The World Peace Blessing
  • 1) The Holy Wine (Nectar) Ceremony signifying a
    renewal connecting to Gods true love, life and
    lineage
  • The World Peace Blessing signifying
  • that we are One Family under God beyond race and
    religion
  • The Ceremony to remove resentment
  • to acknowledge and overcome historical,
    ancestral and personal misconduct between men and
    women
  • A period of purification and renewal
  • 40 days of sexual abstinence for a new beginning

50
The Blessed Family Tradition
  • On-going support and education for couples
  • Faith in the home and community
  • Blessed Family Associations
  • Workshops for children
  • Public life living for the sake of others

51
The End
  • Thank you for your attention

52
Alternative Sides
  • More detailed explanation regarding the World
    Peace Blessing
  • For a prepared audience

53
The World Peace Blessing Presentation 5
  • The World Peace Blessing
  • 14th - 18th October 2009

54
The World Peace Blessing
The Blessing affirms marriage and family, and
links families together As One Family Under
God beyond difference of race and religion
55
The significance of the World Peace Blessing
  • The Blessing is a ceremony for all
  • It is a re-dedication of marriage for couples
    loyal to each other
  • For some, it is their wedding day
  • It deliberately transcends boundaries of race and
    religion
  • A major international World Peace Blessing event
    will take place in Korea, and around the world on
    14th 18th October, 2009

56
The World Peace Blessing
Co-officiated by representatives of world
religions
57
Ambassadors for Peace as True Parents, Teachers
and Leaders
58
Freedom without responsibility is living for
self, not for others Love promises joy but often
delivers heartache and misery
59
Educate young men and women that the most
precious thing is to keep their love pure for
their spouse. Commitment and preparation for
unchanging love and stable families.
60
The Goals of the World Peace Blessing
  • To save the family and save the nation
  • To realize unification and reconciliation between
    races, religions, nationalities and cultures
  • To build One Family Under God

61
Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon
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Rev. Moon and the Blessing Providence
  • Adam, Jesus, Christ when He returns
    all three come to fulfil the Three
    Blessings
  • Gods unchanging Will, based on a True Family
  • Rev. Moons mission and meeting Jesus Christ
  • Receiving the Blessing from God
  • Sharing the Blessing with all Humanity

63
Origins of The World Peace Blessing
  • The World Peace Blessing movement started amongst
  • Rev. and Mrs. Moons own religious followers

64
Family Federation for World Peace and Unification
  • Expanded to become Inter-Religious through FFWPU

65
Universal Peace Federation
  • Reached Opinion Leaders and Ambassadors for
    Peace Through the Universal Peace Federation

66
The Meaning of the World Peace Blessing
  • The removal of our original sin and the
    restoration of original love
  • Reborn as Gods children into a new human
    family
  • The starting point of the true family

67
The Conditions to receive the Blessing
Determination to respect ones spouse and keep
ones love pure
Determination of husband and wife to be faithful
to each other
A heart to become a true parent
A heart of living for the sake of others
68
The Blessing Ceremony
69
The Components of the Blessing
Holy Wine (Nectar) Ceremony (Symbolizing a change
of lineage)
70
The Components of the Blessing
Indemnity Ceremony (Symbolically healing past
resentments between men and women)
71
The Components of the Blessing
Blessing Ceremony (A solemn yet joyous wedding)
72
The Blessing Ceremony
Sprinkling with Holy Water
Recitation of Wedding Vows
Exchange of Rings
Blessing Prayer
73
The World Peace Blessing Vows
  • To resemble the nature and love of God in
    marriage
  • To be faithful to each other
  • To raise our children to maintain sexual purity
    before marriage
  • To help other families do the same beyond racial,
    national, and religious boundaries

74
The Components of the Blessing
Separation Period (Spiritual renewal and
purification)
  • 40 Days Separation
  • A time of sacrifice (making holy) and
    purification As in the great religious traditions
    of fasting, Lent, Ramadan or Passover (Pesach)
  • By giving up their sexual relationship for
    forty days, the will to have the physical serve
    the spiritual is demonstrated
  • The couple can prepare to enjoy intimacy as
    husband and wife on a more profound and higher
    level

75
The Components of the Blessing
Three-Day Ceremony (The rebirth of the couples
relationship in holiness spiritually and
physically)
  • At the end of the 40 Days Separation
  • A time to experience spiritual and physical joy
    together love reborn and purified
  • Symbolically restoring the way in which love
    itself was tainted and become self-centred
  • You are invited to attend a time of special
    education to explain this area more fully

76
The Components of the Blessing
Holy Wine (nectar) Ceremony (Symbolizing a change
of lineage)
Indemnity Ceremony (Symbolically healing past
resentments between men and women)
Blessing Ceremony (A solemn yet joyous wedding)
Separation Period (Spiritual renewal and
purification)
Three-Day Ceremony (The rebirth of the couples
relationship in holiness spiritually and
physically)
77
The Blessed Family Tradition
  • On-going support and education for couples
  • Faith in the home and community
  • Blessed Family Associations
  • Workshops for children
  • Public life living for the sake of others
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