• 73rd International Peace Meditation “Following the Peace Within”

    “Following the Peace Within”

    January 5, 2003–Welcome to the 73rd celebration of the International Peace Meditation.

    The 73rd International Peace Meditation is dedicated to all those who strive for freedom, peace, and unity. May they know the power of love, the joy of freedom, and the serenity of peace. And may we, who enjoy the fruits of freedom won by the lives of those who went before us, never forget. May this also be a meditation of gratitude for those who paid the ultimate price.

    Our message is a message of peace–the internal peace that comes from following that which we know is right. All people yearn to be empowered. But, as has been found historically when the oppressed rise up against the oppressor, there is often a terrible price to be paid for freedom.

    The International Peace Meditation is beginning it’s seventh year. We began as a small group meeting in a home, meditating together, reflecting, and praying for peace. We have grown to a mailing list of approximately 500, and a web site that reaches internationally to those who live within democracies, and those who do not.

    We continuously invite everyone to join, regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs. All are welcome. There are no boundaries when it comes to accessing spiritual power and promoting peace. Please join us in prayer and meditation from wherever you happen to be during the 24 hours of January 5, 2003, and again on the first Sunday of every month. Join us here in e-mail, or on our web site at www.humanempowerment.org for an inspirational message. Invite your houses of worship, religious and spiritual groups, governmental organizations, families, friends, and all others to join with us. Forward this e-mail to all on your lists. Continue to expand our human empowerment community online and by regular mail. Include everyone who will join.

    This year the Institute has had visits to our web site from many countries, some of whom are in the process of becoming democracies. Our message of freedom, equality, peace, and hope are sent to inspire all of us toward greater spiritual and personal freedom and responsibility.

    As we welcome in the New Year and anticipate the blessings of the spiritual power we seek, let us do so in the awareness that we are part of a powerful international community. The internet has the capability to be a democratizing tool, and the influence of the Institute is expanding. The following demonstrates that we have the capacity to join with others from many countries to access the power of meditation and prayer for each other, ourselves, and our world. Learning about our outreach gives us an appreciation for how this message of peace is spreading around the world.

    Web Statistics for the
    International Institute For Human Empowerment, Inc.
    Jan. 1, 2002 — December 31, 2002.

    Total number of web site visits:

    4,942
    Total number of web site hits:

    38,220
    Total number of files viewed:

    35,537
    Total number of known visits from outside the US:

    1,048
    Total number of visits of unknown origin (perhaps from countries for which it is not legal to use the internet):

    4,293
    Number of visits by country other than the U.S.
    to the Institute web site in 2002

    Canada
    306
    Portugal
    2
    UK
    59
    Belize
    16
    Taiwan
    17
    Darussalam Brunei
    11
    Australia
    80
    Norway
    22
    France
    62
    Austria
    16
    Netherlands
    130
    Philippines
    4
    Poland
    8
    Thailand
    3
    Japan
    48
    South Africa
    4
    Malaysia
    12
    Uruguay
    12
    New Zealand
    21
    Germany
    21
    Finland
    3
    Denmark
    9
    Belgium
    25
    Chile
    16
    Greece
    23
    Peru
    5
    Italy
    15
    Yugoslavia
    3
    Singapore
    25
    Seychelles
    3
    Argentina
    17
    Saudi Arabia
    5
    Aruba
    5
    Spain
    4
    Hong Kong
    3
    Sweden
    5
    Israel
    15
    Mexico
    9
    Brazil
    4

    Thank you for your support of the goals of the International Institute For Human Empowerment, Inc. Here are some ways you can help to expand this message of empowerment:

    Send this e-mail to all on your e-mail list.
    Visit our web site at www.humanempowerment.org.
    Share our web site address with those on your e-mail list.
    Share our web site address with those at your work site.
    Encourage others to register on our web site for mailings.
    Donate to the Institute as your charity of choice.
    Send your tax exempt donations to:

    International Institute For Human Empowerment, Inc.
    P. O. Box 3920,
    Albany, New York 12203 USA
    Tell us about individuals or foundations who might be interested in providing financial resources in support of our goals.
    Tell us about grant sources relevant to our mission and goals.
    Tell us about ways we can collaborate with you to achieve mutual goals.
    Tell us how we can improve our web site.
    Tell us how we can expand our visibility to reach more people.
    Tell us about topics and products that would help you in your spiritual journey.
    Celebrate International Unity Day annually on Sept. 11.
    Write and tell us about who you are.
    Purchase copies of United We Stand: Reflections on a True Democracy, and give it as gifts.
    Let us know of organizations who would like to receive donations of the book United We Stand to give to those who cannot afford to purchase it (hospitals, domestic violence shelters, Boys and Girls Clubs)
    Send e-mails to sshipe@humanempowerment.org to help us expand our outreach.
    Ask your Church, Synagogue, Mosque, or spiritual community to celebrate the International Peace Meditation with us on the first Sunday of every month.
    Print out the meditation and give it to others.
    Keep the Institute in your prayer and meditation regularly.
    Thank you for your support. You are making the difference. Without you the message would die; with you the message of empowerment is spreading. The desire for freedom and peace resides in every heart. May it be realized in our hearts, and in our world, in 2003.
    Sue Kidd Shipe, President
    International Institute For Human Empowerment, Inc.
    P. O. Box 3920
    Albany, New York  12203   USA
    (518) 393-9491
    sueshipe@humanempowerment.org
    www.humanempowerment.org

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