The Peacebuildings Circus

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The Peacebuildings Circus

is a project for schools, youth groups and across Europe and the UK

No problem can be solved by the same level of  consciousness that created it  - Albert Einstein

If Herr Einstein is correct, to solve the multiplicity of problems we humans have created over millennia on this earth

it is we human who have to change.

 

For such change to be possible we must firstly accept that...

We are the problem

and logically we are the solution

and that solution resides in the consciousness that drives our actions that create the problems.

 

WE humans have avoided this confrontation for a very long time

Our Earth is now demanding we no longer avoid this reality for it has no more capacity to absorb our recklessness.

How do we approach such a paradigm shift?

How do help our young people to shoulder this responsibility?

We are in the business of planting seeds of change...

 

In light playful ways we penetrate the norms of our world with all its problems, and then illuminate a new possibility of human experience. What appears as unfamiliar is to be found as ever resident beneath the endless activity of our minds absorbed in life today.

Entering into the experience of that is our next evolutionary step.

As natural and radical as the caterpillar weaving its cocoon to emerge as butterfly.

The Peacebuildings Circus is a 5 day face to face program held in the Peacebuildings Yurt  as shown in the photographs. 

Covid  19 makes this impossible in most cases at present, so we are taking the program online as a progressive series of short videos. These are supported by an associated  program of group work and activities provided for teachers and group leaders.

We firstly explore the separation our sense perceptions establish in our experience and how we create our separated sense of self (The EGO) from the content of our experience.

We then look at how that separated sense of self , disconnected from the timeless awareness and structure of our natural world for millennia, have driven action and agenda which in our time result in the crisis we face on earth today.

 

In that we establish the simple but profound notion

that we humans are the problem and therefore we are the solution.

 

We then begin to explore what is the nature of change that is before us and how we begin to approach it.

What is it that we can do today in our lives that contributes to that global emergence of the Butterfly

 

We are all cells in the body of global consciousness and the peace and sustainability that will naturally emerge from a consciousness that experiences itself as interconnected rather than separated

and takes its seat in that.

We use the mediums of puppetry to look a different characters and ask how they might have become who they show themselves to be.  That forms a foundation upon which to invite self inquiry which can be explored in art and private journal work to be progressively opened into group discussion of where each being stands or sits or hides in the group and why.

We then use two physical structures to illuminate the nature of our experience.

We use these two pieces of card linked together with Gaffer tape to represent duality and the hierarchical structure  which actually has dominion over the earth right now, and to reveal the way our sense perceptions operate.

We explore how subject is eternally linked to object by our sense perception and how that creates our sense of separation and the structure of global hierarchy.

Having reached the zone we explore how the EGO seeks to protect, nourish and defend itself both in the everyday actions in group life and on the world's stage.

We use the Reciprocal Frame to demonstrate the non-hierarchical interconnected nature of life on earth and the interdependence and strength of that and to offer a vision of what sustainable life on earth asks of us.

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We then undertake the difficult take of awakening young people to the notion that all experience is content and that there is something that is experiencing that content.

We are aware of being happy, sad, angry, disappointed , in love or bereaved.

That awareness never changes even though the content of our experience constantly does.

We relate that awareness to the light, the mind is the projector, the film the EGO which colours experience.

 

We then create the opportunity for individuals to go beyond the protections of their EGO structure in communication with other and take some baby steps into. We use traditional story to illuminate possibility and then take it further into  experience

 

 

To do this we introduce the Way of Council, an ancient modality of governance where every individual has the right an opportunity to speak and it is where we speak truth, we speak from the heart, we speak spontaneously and we speak briefly. This is where we practice listening and deep communication. This  modality has been introduced to many schools in the most difficult areas of Los Angeles where approximately 5000 student now sit each week as a way of going  beyond the gang and drug cultures so riff in the city.  In Austria where these problems are much less acute Council offers a way of establishing truthful communication and awakening and empowering the individual in the group

 

Throughout the program and in the supporting class and group work  we use and offer the mediums of painting, storytelling, puppetry, role play, simple meditation and the way of council as ways to explore our current world and the way we play within it.  With that reference we look to the beliefs that limit and the diversity of gifts, skills and awareness that reside in every individual. 

 

We ignite the recognition and belief that we are the ones who can, and must take our place facing the monumental challenges that we on our planet face. That it is our courage, our determination, our skill, and our awareness that will unearth the substance and nature of the changes necessary, to create a world of peace, well being and sustainability for all.

 

It is vital that teachers and youth leaders as program pathfinders establish their own understanding of and relationship to the depth of the project and become an integral part of the project team. To facilitate this we invite and require all pathfinders to participate in a free 2 day workshop to absorb, challenge contribute to the essence of the program so that they can interpret it to suit their own circumstances. 

 

The participants on the Pathfinders Workshop become a working group who will have opportunity to share their experiences during the Circus Program with each other and the Peacebuildings core team team in Zoom sessions in ongoing support and development.

 

The program comes complete with a resource materials including group games, exercises and practices which will form part of the 2 day workshop. Back up will be continually available during the program from the Circus Team

 

 

At the end of the program, Covid permitting, we will invite each participating groups and their pathfinders to the Peacebuildings Circus Yurt for a day of further experience and feedback.

 

In conclusion there will be a Humandala event in Graz as and collective expression of our work together.

For further information email Graham Brown   gb@grahambrown.earth
 

The Peacebuildings Circus is an epicentre of that change.

The Nature of the Circus

How do we do that?

Two Stuctures  - Hierarchy and the Reciprocal Frame

The light, the projector and the film

Storytelling

The Way of Council

We have to shake the tree

The Peacebuildings Circus is now available online summer 2021

Personal Empowerment

Support for teachers and youth leaders

1/1

The Peacebuildings Circus

is a project for schools, youth groups and across Europe and the UK

No problem can be solved by the same level of  consciousness that created it  - Albert Einstein

If Herr Einstein is correct, to solve the multiplicity of problems we humans have created over millennia on this earth

it is we human who have to change.

 

For such change to be possible we must firstly accept that...

We are the problem

and logically we are the solution

and that solution resides in the consciousness that drives our actions that create the problems.

 

WE humans have avoided this confrontation for a very long time

Our Earth is now demanding we no longer avoid this reality for it has no more capacity to absorb our recklessness.

How do we approach such a paradigm shift?

How do help our young people to shoulder this responsibility?

We are in the business of planting seeds of change...

 

In light playful ways we penetrate the norms of our world with all its problems, and then illuminate a new possibility of human experience. What appears as unfamiliar is to be found as ever resident beneath the endless activity of our minds absorbed in life today.

Entering into the experience of that is our next evolutionary step.

As natural and radical as the caterpillar weaving its cocoon to emerge as butterfly.

The Peacebuildings Circus is a 5 day face to face program held in the Peacebuildings Yurt  as shown in the photographs. 

Covid  19 makes this impossible in most cases at present, so we are taking the program online as a progressive series of short videos. These are supported by an associated  program of group work and activities provided for teachers and group leaders.

We firstly explore the separation our sense perceptions establish in our experience and how we create our separated sense of self (The EGO) from the content of our experience.

We then look at how that separated sense of self , disconnected from the timeless awareness and structure of our natural world for millennia, have driven action and agenda which in our time result in the crisis we face on earth today.

 

In that we establish the simple but profound notion

that we humans are the problem and therefore we are the solution.

 

We then begin to explore what is the nature of change that is before us and how we begin to approach it.

What is it that we can do today in our lives that contributes to that global emergence of the Butterfly

 

We are all cells in the body of global consciousness and the peace and sustainability that will naturally emerge from a consciousness that experiences itself as interconnected rather than separated

and takes its seat in that.

We use the mediums of puppetry to look a different characters and ask how they might have become who they show themselves to be.  That forms a foundation upon which to invite self inquiry which can be explored in art and private journal work to be progressively opened into group discussion of where each being stands or sits or hides in the group and why.

We then use two physical structures to illuminate the nature of our experience.

We use these two pieces of card linked together with Gaffer tape to represent duality and the hierarchical structure  which actually has dominion over the earth right now, and to reveal the way our sense perceptions operate.

We explore how subject is eternally linked to object by our sense perception and how that creates our sense of separation and the structure of global hierarchy.

Having reached the zone we explore how the EGO seeks to protect, nourish and defend itself both in the everyday actions in group life and on the world's stage.

We use the Reciprocal Frame to demonstrate the non-hierarchical interconnected nature of life on earth and the interdependence and strength of that and to offer a vision of what sustainable life on earth asks of us.

We then undertake the difficult take of awakening young people to the notion that all experience is content and that there is something that is experiencing that content.

We are aware of being happy, sad, angry, disappointed , in love or bereaved.

That awareness never changes even though the content of our experience constantly does.

We relate that awareness to the light, the mind is the projector, the film the EGO which colours experience.

 

We then create the opportunity for individuals to go beyond the protections of their EGO structure in communication with other and take some baby steps into. We use traditional story to illuminate possibility and then take it further into  experience

 

 

To do this we introduce the Way of Council, an ancient modality of governance where every individual has the right an opportunity to speak and it is where we speak truth, we speak from the heart, we speak spontaneously and we speak briefly. This is where we practice listening and deep communication. This  modality has been introduced to many schools in the most difficult areas of Los Angeles where approximately 5000 student now sit each week as a way of going  beyond the gang and drug cultures so riff in the city.  In Austria where these problems are much less acute Council offers a way of establishing truthful communication and awakening and empowering the individual in the group

 

Throughout the program and in the supporting class and group work  we use and offer the mediums of painting, storytelling, puppetry, role play, simple meditation and the way of council as ways to explore our current world and the way we play within it.  With that reference we look to the beliefs that limit and the diversity of gifts, skills and awareness that reside in every individual. 

 

We ignite the recognition and belief that we are the ones who can, and must take our place facing the monumental challenges that we on our planet face. That it is our courage, our determination, our skill, and our awareness that will unearth the substance and nature of the changes necessary, to create a world of peace, well being and sustainability for all.

 

It is vital that teachers and youth leaders as program pathfinders establish their own understanding of and relationship to the depth of the project and become an integral part of the project team. To facilitate this we invite and require all pathfinders to participate in a free 2 day workshop to absorb, challenge contribute to the essence of the program so that they can interpret it to suit their own circumstances. 

 

The participants on the Pathfinders Workshop become a working group who will have opportunity to share their experiences during the Circus Program with each other and the Peacebuildings core team team in Zoom sessions in ongoing support and development.

 

The program comes complete with a resource materials including group games, exercises and practices which will form part of the 2 day workshop. Back up will be continually available during the program from the Circus Team

 

 

At the end of the program, Covid permitting, we will invite each participating groups and their pathfinders to the Peacebuildings Circus Yurt for a day of further experience and feedback.

 

In conclusion there will be a Humandala event in Graz as and collective expression of our work together.


 

The Peacebuildings Circus is an epicentre of that change.

The Nature of the Circus

How do we do that?

Two Stuctures  - Hierarchy and the Reciprocal Frame

The light, the projector and the film

Storytelling

The Way of Council

We have to shake the tree

The Peacebuildings Circus is now available online summer 2021

Personal Empowerment

Support for teachers and youth leaders

The Circus Team

Elfi Scharf
Marion Wiesler
Graham Brown
Renate Zirkl

The Online Program is free in STEIERMARK  APPLY NOW.

email graham brown     gb@grahambrown.earth

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