The Initiatory Way to Peace

The International Sufi School has carried out a detailed study on the lives of fifteen peacemakers who have had such beneficial impact on society that they have become enduring symbols.

Most of them are long dead but they are still esteemed as before. They forever embody the hope for a better society for each one of us.

Indeed, these people were similar to us in all aspects. They were neither distinguished nor exceptional beings. One day, there has been a shock in their lives which has brought about a consciousness of Responsibility.

Despite the fact that they are in no way linked to each other (era, culture, religion, race…) in appearance, they had a common ideal which united them all. It is the ideal of peace. They had to go through the same stages of evolution to achieve this ideal. 12 steps have been identified:

A “Peace Commandment” has been drawn from these 12 steps and has been entitled “The Initiatory Way to Peace”. If we wish what they wished for, let us follow their example: we only need to walk in their steps to evolve from a stage to stage.

What follows is a very brief insight into the steps of the Way to Peace. Each step is presented and studied in detail during peace trainings offered free of charge.

  1. History as a relational heritage
    We come on earth in a specific period of time and country and we are also at the centre of a timeline in constant motion. Therefore past events of our history produce a deep meaning in our present. Hence they come to determine who is a friend and who is an enemy, who has evolved and who has not, who is part of aristocracy and who is an untouchable, which skin colour is more appealing...
  2. Liberation therapy
    In the same way that we become immersed in history, we are born in a family which has its own story, traditions and values which are imbibed in us as being absolute truths as we grow up. As we passionately witness the lives of our parents, we learn what is considered as being "good" or "bad" based on our feelings of affliction or happiness.
  3. Resorting to action instead of reaction
    Daily occurrences in our lives usually tend to make us react. However, the peacemaker chooses to act and not to be subservient on the one who provoked him. He shall bring forward an alternative which enables us to come out of violence and find a new form of relationship which values both winners and losers.
  4. Intelligence of the real
    The being of peace does not force his wishes on others. On the contrary, he will be open to the truth and reality veiled in unexpected circumstances. He will work with people’s qualities and understand that their differences are a wealth and a necessity of life. He is thus fully able of integrating the world as he has understood that that there is but one country: the Earth, one religion: love and one language: the heart’s.
  5. Power of Thought
    The peacemaker purifies his thought by removing all pride, anger or selfishness. Therefore his energy is not scattered in contradictory emotions. He embodies what he says and does. Consequently, he has the necessary power of conviction to bring about a deep change in society.
  6. Man between fear, anger & sorrow
    The being of peace is immune to these 3 emotions but if he has to face other’s emotions, he will choose to act without favouring one over the other. He will do his best to unite antagonists so that harmony prevails between them. At this stage, he has neither friend nor enemy.
  7. Man between the complex of superiority and inferiority
    Since the peacemaker considers Man in its dual nature, divine and human, he is conscious that one is neither superior nor inferior to another. Once more, difference highlights complementarities and how it proves to be, more than ever, a necessity of life.
  8. Man between competition and cooperation
    Once more, competition is what destroys harmony between individuals. The peacemaker will do his utmost to transform this competition into cooperation. By making use of the power of diversity, he shall give a new life to relationships between individuals The latter would no longer see difference as a contributing factor to rivalries, but rather a means to richness due to complementarities.
  9. Forgiveness
    The peacemaker has understood that forgiveness is above all an effort on oneself, primarily useful to the forgiver. It allows giving up anger, resentment as well as shame. It is a key which opens up all the prisons where disturbed relationships were being chained to allow the heart to have access to love.
  10. Economy through peaceful means
    In our contemporary society, in order to be well off, one needs to Have (prominence, money, relations, academic achievements…) so as to Do something in life. Then we Be-come someone. In the world of peacemakers, one must firstly build his inner Being so as to Do things in full conscience and finally Have a wealth useful to one and all. Then, an authentic human relationship is established holding no consideration of the importance of a bank account.
  11. Peace and Democracy
    The peacemaker considers humanity as a big family wherein each has a significant role and can speak his mind. It is this form of respect which constitutes a true democracy of peace. Irrespective of the social and economic standing, origin, culture or religion of each and every man, everyone has the same dignity. This vision leads to a democratic society based on peace.
  12. Serving Humanity according to the Prophetic model
    Prophets are beings whose behaviour, morality and dedication are models to humans. They have been actors in the society in their own time. Some people toil in the footsteps so as to renew their message in different social contexts. They have thus given themselves wholly to the service of humanity and become actors in society like their models. Serving the human being according to the prophetic model implies committing one’s responsibility in the conscience that Humanity will be impoverished if know-how and personal conduct are lacking in society.