This “Circle of Peace Felt” undertaking to create peace around the world with felt sounds like an awe-inspiring undertaking that we all might think about participating in.
PEACE FELT 2011 Registration opened today!
Over 500 participants from more than 20 countries participated last year to create a Circle of Peace Felt around the World. Participate is free and open to all. Find more information on our site. Last year photos on facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/LIVING-FELT-Marie-Spaulding/54352248844#!/pages/Peace-Felt/122579551103681
To promote peace and connectivity among nations; loving kindness among individuals, gratitude in our hearts and in our consciousness knowing that WE create our world through our thoughts, words and actions. To, as Gandhi reminded us, “Be the change we wish to see in the world.” To promote awareness of the ancient art of felt making and the modern craft of needle felting for its qualities of being earth friendly, extremely versatile, and easy to learn!
How the Circle of Giving & Receiving Works
Individuals and groups will first register to participate at www.peacefelt.org
Participants will create a piece of art which includes at least 25% handmade felt (either wet or needle felting). The piece may be functional or a purely decorative piece that is for them a symbol of Peace or Unconditional Love. Each participant or group will be connected with a Receiving Partner and a Giving Partner. The participant will send their PEACE FELT to their Receiving Partner, giving it in the spirit of unconditional love, free from the expectation of a return gift in “exchange”. Instead, that same participant will receive a PEACE FELT from their Giving Partner allowing them to be the recipient of unconditional love without anything expected of them in return. This “Circle of Peace and Love” steps outside the bounds of traditional “exchanges” where one may often have expectations of an “equal” trade with their exchange partner; expecting that what is received matches the perceived value of what was given. Instead, this circle of giving and receiving invites participants to give freely and feel the reward of truly giving in the spirit of love and without condition. Simultaneously, the individual has the opportunity to receive love without anything being asked of them. So many of us can benefit from removing the guilt and obligation we may associate with “receiving”, and allow ourselves to be worthy just for being who we are, to allow ourselves to accept of gift of loving kindness, to simply say “thank you” and know that nothing is “owed”.
By Linda Lanese