One Korea ~ One World
The border between the two Koreas leaves a strong impression, as Caroline found:
“It’s creepy. Beyond the barbed wire are masses of landmines, looking beyond to a sterile-looking wind-swept North Korea. On the south side there are monuments and museums one after the other. A ‘Monument Train’ that goes nowhere, it just stops. A bridge – ‘The Freedom Bridge’, that just disappears. Family photos of those separated by the border. Pictures people had drawn of what they remember of their village and life before. There are vantage points to see across to the other side, and special places to gather and honour their ancestors, because they cannot cross into North Korea. It’s so sad. Everyone from South Korea goes to this park at least once in their life.”
“And there is an underlying nuclear threat all the time. But it can change – there has been handshaking between the leaders.”
This border is, as James Twyman put it:
“One of the most disputed places on Earth, and is therefore, one of the most important places on Earth for us to inspire Peace.”
The World Peace Event was held in Imjingak Peace Nuri Park, beside the dividing border, on 27th October 2018. This collaborative event, organised by the World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS), focused global consciousness on Peace in the Korean Peninsular.
The event was streamed live, for a worldwide audience to take part in the Global Synchronised Meditation led by James, finishing with these words:
“Peace prevails in Korea.
And so it is.
We proclaim that this is true right now at this moment.
We don’t wait for the politicians.
We don’t wait for permission.
We proclaim, because we are Divine Beings, that Peace prevails between North and South Korea.”
On behalf of the United Religions Initiative, Fumi Johns, the Executive Director of the WPPS, read The Nuclear Prayer written by The Right Reverend William E. Swing:
“The Beginning and the End are in your hands, O Creator of the Universe. And in our hands you have placed the fate of this planet. We, who are tested by having both creative and destructive power in our free will, turn to you in sober fear and in intoxicating hope. We ask for your guidance and to share in your imagination in our deliberations about the use of nuclear force. Help us to lift the fog of atomic darkness that hovers so pervasively over our Earth, Your Earth, so that soon all eyes may see life magnified by your pure light. Bless all of us who wait today for your Presence and who dedicate ourselves to achieve your intended peace and rightful equilibrium on Earth. In the Name of all that is holy and all that is hoped. Amen.”
Students from the local, Paju, Musan Sueok High School’s Peace Club were the flag bearers in the World Peace Flag Ceremony, carrying each country’s flag. Continent by continent peace was sent to every region. At the end of the Flag Ceremony, both the Republic of Korea’s and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s flags were held together alongside an Earth flag, representing all humanity. The Peace Club shared their own song and pictures of peace – an image of two hands coming together holding a united Korea.
Caroline was at the Ceremony:
“Young people always inspire me. No matter what’s going on, they’re always full of energy and hope.” Koreans want reunification. They feel Korean. “Some fear reunification may have economic impacts, but long-term they will be stronger and better if they have no nuclear time bomb.”
Following the ceremony, Fumi wrote:
‘We feel that peace in the Korean peninsula will manifest one day sooner.
In fact it was just announced this weekend that all guns will be removed from the Joint Security Area border at the DMZ village between the two Koreas What a miracle!’
May Peace Prevail in Korea
To see the ceremony in full go to the One Korea webpage