Have you ever asked yourself what it takes to become a Peace Builder? Would you
like to become one? If you do, stay online because this workshop will give you some practical tools
Let's find out first what we mean by Peace Builder. A Peace Builder is like a hero who stands out
because of his/her remarkable qualities and characteristics displayed toward others in extraordinary
ways. Even though the people of every country have their own Peace Builders that are particularly dear
to them, it matters little in what country, in what outfit, through what performance they display
their actions. The only thing that matters is whether the actions will lead to peaceful outcomes in
the community they are initiated in. There is no limit to one's imagination of who inspires us to do
Let's find out who fits this description. In general, we can think of the multitudes of
humanitarians who help people like nurses, doctors, fire fighters, politicians, performers, artists,
scientists, educators, mothers, fathers, elders, children, counselors and spiritual leaders. Their
services may remain unnoticed by most but never by those who benefit from them in one way or other.
In a more specific sense, we can think of well-known Peace Builders like John F. and Robert Kennedy,
Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Joan of Arc, Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie, Paul Gauguin and
When you look at this list of Peace Builders, you may ask yourself what kind of extraordinary
qualities and characteristics do they all have in common? Would you agree that they all show aspects
Never giving up
Now you may wonder why do Peace Builders need such qualities? For one, they help
in envisioning a task (imagination), determining a proper direction (focus), setting up a plan of
action (follow-through) and sticking to its execution (patience, determination) no matter what
(never giving up, courage). Secondly, they help in the face of unforeseen challenges (flexibility) and
seemingly insurmountable obstacles, mistakes, even failures (forgiveness, compassion, integrity)
while aiming at the goal. This is not a small accomplishment, is it?
The above list of qualities is not meant to be the only one. You may come up with other
peace-building qualities that appeal to you more. In order to find out what they may be and how to
apply them in your life, we invite you to go through the Eight Peace Building Steps
Eight Peace Building Steps
Determine ten qualities and/or characteristics that are dominant in your
personality. From the ten, let six of them be your good qualities and four of
them the opposite. Take a sheet of paper and make two columns. Write the good ones
under one column and the opposite ones under the other.
Categorize each quality by using number 1 to 6 as qualifiers. Use number 1 for
the most predominant good/opposite quality and number 6 for the least.
Now take the two qualities with the number 1 (one good, one opposite)
and say to yourself that you wish to develop the good one more and
change the opposite one with the goal to transmute it into another
Now see yourself in a scenario - imaginary or
actual - where you play your Number 1 good quality out as best as you know
how. Ask to see as many details as possible. Pay attention to the imagery of the
scenery. Where is it taking place? What kinds of people are involved in it? Who are
they and how do they relate to one another? What feelings come up for
you? What is the most significant message of this experience for you?
When you are ready, make detailed notes about your experience.
This step can be done with open or closed eyes, whatever works for you
best. Experiment with it. You might want to do this step in nature or in
a quiet place of your choice. Be daring and let your imagination fly!
Now imagine the same scenery. But this time see
yourself displaying your opposite quality. How does this effect your
actions, behaviors and attitudes? How do people relate to one another
differently? How do you feel differently? What else has changed? What is
the most important message of this experience for you? Write down as
many details as you can remember and compare this experience with your first
experience (good quality). What did you learn from playing the same
scenery out in two different ways?
Now reflect on how you can develop your good quality
further with the idea of expanding it in your character. Ask yourself
what do I need to do to expand, strengthen and deepen this quality
within me? Come up with a plan and/or a time line. This can help you
remember when and how to practice your good quality in your
relationships and real life situations. Take notes about your progress.
Next reflect on how you can transmute the opposing
quality in your character. What do you need to do to change your
attitudes, your behaviors, your beliefs to bring this about? Use our
online workshop on changing beliefs if you want help on this part of
your personality. Write down your observations.
Now project yourself into the future and imagine
yourself as a Peace Builder in Action. Imagine doing a task, working
with others or alone in an occupation of your choice, imagine being on a
journey and/or envisioning a future goal that really inspires you
because it essentially inspires and helps others. In your vision, be
sure to display any and/or all of your good qualities in whatever fashion
beneficial to you, the people involved and the situation.
It goes without saying that whatever good qualities
you are developing and whatever opposing characteristics you are trying
to transmute, at the end you will blossom into a fully functioning Peace
Builder! It doesn't matter when this will happen, it only matters that
you believe it will happen in due time.
We would love to hear from you and your experience with this workshop.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.