Peace: The Real Game Changer with James O'Dea

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O’Dea has been on the front line of peace building and shares with us practical, insightful, and inspiring messages of peace. He tells us that peace is not passive; it is a dynamic force moving across the planet. This conversation includes the spiritual and scientific dimensions of peace building. On a personal level we have learn much about mind/body/health and trauma recovery. O’Dea says we must “take this knowledge into the collective space” We must be able to hear the pain and suffering of others, opening to it, and acknowledge the violence that has been perpetrated. Only then can true and deep healing take place.  O’Dea describes it like this, “I witness the truth of what was done to you and how painful that was for you, and that opens you up to witness the pain of my story. And somehow when that depth of acknowledgment happens we are ready for a whole new story.” His deep and wide experience tells him that “this is a tremendous moment for culture when science and spirituality come together and point in the same direction and say, health, wholeness, harmony, and well-being can be created through the inner being all the way through the systemic level.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


For ten years James O’Dea was director of Amnesty International’s Washington, DC, office and was co-director of the Social Healing Project, which led him to Rwanda, Israel/Palestine, and Northern Ireland. He has been past president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

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    Topics Explored in This Dialogue

    • How a much deeper peace movement is emerging beyond polarities of “us versus them”
    • How to stop the passing of our cultural wounds from generation to generation
    • How we can deal with the distraction of media clutter
    • How outer peace is related to inner peace
    • How we can build a field for dialogue that goes beyond blame and victimhood
    • What are the positive memes that are going viral
    • How cultivating gratefulness can lead to better health
    • How the internet is changing the dialogue

    Host: Justine Willis Toms       Interview Date: 6/22/2012       Program Number: 3442      

    Music Playlist

    From Album: Patterns of Reflection
    Artist: Peter Sterling
    2012 Harp Magic Music HMM 010

    Opening Essay: Track 01 Terra Nova
    Music Break 1: Track 03 Little One
    Music Break 2: Track 12 The Grail Quest
    Music Break 3: Track 04 Honey Dew Drop