We must use all the available options which have been given to us to end global suffering. --Dieter Duhm
Humankind's dream of a world without war and violence must no longer remain only a dream. It is actually a realistic undertaking, according to the psychoanalyst and project founder Dieter Duhm and his team. Based on their 30 years of research and experience in the development of projects, which explore issues related to the future of humanity, they have composed the so-called "Political Theory." This theory forms the basis of an extraordinary peace plan which has already been implemented in its basic features. This peace plan is now facing a new level of actualization which urgently needs global attention. The earth's emergency call has become so unmistakable, so absolutely compelling, that we have to spread the knowledge about freeing our planet from the choking grip of violence.
For most of us the contention that peace can arise on this war-torn planet in the foreseeable future lies so far beyond our ideas of what is possible that we would not even give it a second thought. However, just a few decades ago, almost nobody could have imagined wireless Internet and the Hubble telescope in outer space. Today serious work is being done on the colonization of Mars including plans for the transformation of the Martian atmosphere (terra-forming). Humankind could obviously use the same intelligence that leads to the conception of these types of technical achievements to work on the question of how fear and violence could be made to vanish from the earth. It is only a question of our will and our focus. As a matter of fact, if we cannot find an answer to the problem of violence on Earth, we would only find its fatal continuation on Mars.
New ideas release new potentials for action. Grand theories are paving the way for grand revolutions. We would like to thank all those who are willing to carefully study and comprehend this theory. When this type of new idea enters into the dialog, we will have taken the first step toward ensuring that this peace plan is successful. This document contains the thoughts that led to the development of the Political Theory and the resulting peace plan. For a full understanding of the theory further reading would be necessary. A list of recommended reading materials can be found at the end of the text.
Compassion for the World The Political Theory was born out of compassion. The way in which the power of the mind and the power of the heart come together in this theory opens our eyes to an effective way of helping to which we were hitherto blind. Compassion with what is happening in the world is key to understanding the theory. At the same time compassion is also a key to personal healing. Here the healing of the world coincides with individual healing.
In his book, "A Future Without War," Dieter Duhm writes, "Today, in many regions of the world, there is suffering which we cannot even imagine. We are no longer able to react when we hear what people do to each other, what they do to children, what they do to entire peoples, what they do to animals. The atrocities are too atrocious to be let into the soul. We know that it happens on every continent but we no longer react to it. It has taken on an abstract, formal, dimension."
A collective habit of separation, protection and suppression has become widespread. We take refuge in our private existence and no longer seek a global solution. But if this continues, the "Brave New World" would be definitively established, and the millions of beings that are tortured, mutilated, enslaved, imprisoned, starving and dying of thirst will have lost their last hope. If we do not want this we need to preserve within ourselves the power and the ability to sympathize with the world, including the fate of both the victims and the perpetrators, without succumbing to fear or resignation. We need to open our hearts in order to be able to work toward a new future. We need to see a realistic perspective of how to end this global misery. Accordingly, Neale Donald Walsch wrote in his book, "Conversations with God," that from the day that we really become willing to end world hunger, there will be no more hunger in the world. "You have chosen not to do it." It is our choice which issues we deal with on a daily basis. It is our choice which targets we aim for. The moment in which we truly become willing to end war on Earth we will find a way.
Changing Times We find ourselves in a period of transformation away from materialism, where individual things or events were in the foreground, to an era where the focus of our consideration will be on that which connects the individual occurrences; the vibration, frequency and information. It is not the atom but rather information that is the building block of the material world. "In the beginning was the Word". Human behaviour, like probably everything else in the universe, is steered by invisible fields of energy and information. The earth, with its mountains and oceans, its flora and fauna, people and cultures, is an oscillating body of life. There is something that is the same in all things. We can study the flow forms of life everywhere, in the course of streams or in the bark of a tree, in a seashell or in our own body. Everything has emerged from the eternal pulse of the one Creation, from a deep frequency of quietude, which makes our heart beat, orders our thoughts and animates all life. Hence the mantra: from stillness comes power. Athletes experience it when they are in the "zone." Those connected to this power can move mountains.
The oneness of the world and of all beings has been repeatedly described in ecstatic words by religious mystics. Today this unity is conveyed in the sober language of science across many disciplines from quantum physics to holography. In a similar way the human body is a unified organism made up of various organs and cells, coordinated by an invisible "headquarters." Every second billions of high-precision molecular interactions take place in our cells without us needing to be even slightly aware of it. It is worth pausing here and really taking notice of this "miracle." It is the self-organizing principle of life which we can see manifested here in our earthly, individual bodies. In the same way that our organs perform specialized roles in our body to create a functional whole, the human race has its special task in the blueprint of creation. In the long run it is impossible for humanity to work against this plan.
All over the world solutions to the problems of our time are being developed. There are solutions that would allow the world's water crisis to be healed within a few years and all living beings could be supplied with ample drinking water. We have the knowledge of how to raise the groundwater table. Even heavily polluted water can be cleaned. Wherever the water problem can be solved, a viable solution to the world hunger problem is in sight. There are also solutions through which local measures could prevent the imminent climate collapse. In addition there are answers to the question of whether a global energy supply can be created purely through the use of fossil fuels or by means of renewable resources.
For the most part these individual pieces of information work against the interests of capitalist globalization. Therefore, they are institutionally suppressed. So, the consciousness of the world, despite the multitude of solutions, continues to be characterized by scarcity thinking, futility and powerlessness. We need to collect these individual pieces of information into one coherent system of information. They are like the pieces of a puzzle. If we put these pieces together correctly we can see the whole picture; the dream of humanity. If we succeed in making this picture manifest in different places on the earth it will spark hope and spread as unstoppably as an idea whose time has come.
Until then we need an alliance of intelligent people who will build a higher carrier frequency, a stream of care, to carry the solutions with a vibration of compassion and community throughout the world. We have to succeed in softening the harsh, disturbing, frequency. Heart tones must be made audible again; a perspective must be made visible that can provide a new direction for our resistances and protests, for our power and love. The earth needs new information. For this we need in particular, besides technical and financial support, besides political and spiritual protection, a global approach.
A Global Concept of Peace "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." (Buckminster Fuller)
Dieter Duhm and his team developed the idea to realize a future peace-society by first developing a model. As in industry, where prototypes are built before the product goes into production, in this context the prototypes are special research centres called Healing Biotopes. In these centres research into different aspects of a peace-society is carried out; solutions are implemented, integrated with each other and further developed. In this way a complex aggregate of information, the image of a global culture of peace, comes into being. The Political Theory explains why the presence of just a few such centres on Earth could be enough to create a tipping point from the previous system of violence to a new era of peace. The theory is expressed in a plan for the establishment of the first of these centres. One example, the peace research centre Tamera in Portugal, was founded in 1995 by Dieter Duhm, Sabine Lichtenfels and others and today has approximately 170 co-workers. From the work at Tamera has resulted an "Institute for Global Peace Work," a "Political Ashram," a water retention landscape, regional self-sufficiency, permaculture, a "Solar Village," an animal sanctuary, a children's republic, a 'free' school, international training platforms (Global Campus and Terra Nova School), an arts and healing centre, a global love school and more. Groups in Israel-Palestine, Colombia, Mexico, Kenya and other countries are preparing to build similar models. The project is clearly on its way to realization but there is still much to do.
In his book, "Future Without War," Dieter Duhm writes: "What is decisive for the success of such peace projects is not how big and strong they are (compared to the existing apparatuses of violence), but how comprehensive and complex they are, how many elements of life they combine and unite in themselves in a positive way. Within evolutionary fields what is key is not the "survival of the fittest" but the "success of the more comprehensive." Otherwise, no new development would have been able to establish itself, for they all began as "small and inconspicuous."
At the heart of this peace plan is new information, the image of an alternative way of life. We would like to demonstrate the power of such an image with the example of a case which the Russian healer and physician, Arkady Petrov, tells of in his book "The Creation of the World. Part I." (We ask you not to get too caught up in whether or not you believe in this type of healing. Our chief concern is also not about the work of certain doctors or healers but about the power of images.)
A Healing Experience As Denis A. is admitted after a serious car accident in the Moscow hospital, the doctors doubt his chances of survival. Arkady Petrov is consulted. He rushes to the intensive care unit with his two young assistants. The assistants, who are gifted with clairvoyance, put on blindfolds and look intuitively upon the injured man. Petrov reports: "Denis' consciousness is almost completely extinguished. He does not want to bear the pain; he does not want to live; he does not know what he has to live for. For me and my assistants this means that Denis must first remember the goal of his existence, his purpose, so that he will want to fight for his life. But how can this be done? The girls see a luminous image in Denis' consciousness: a small infant. They enlarge the image. Denis has recently had a daughter. His love for her could be the purpose of his life. They reinforce the hologram energetically. Denis' brain impulses slowly begin to strengthen. Suddenly Denis begins to cry strange as that seems for a man who is in a coma ..."
An extraordinary healing process begins. The girls psychically accompany Denis around the clock. After two weeks, Denis opens his eyes again. He is still unable to speak but confirms with a squeeze of his hand that he is getting better. Sometime later his condition has improved so much that he is discharged from the hospital.
Activation of the Original Matrix Denis' healing was made possible by a picture in his soul which made him want to fight for his life. It was a picture of his love. Through this picture, his will to live was awakened and a potential capable of releasing great healing powers was activated. It was this information that decided between life and death.
We can generalise this process from the individual to mankind and assume that, here too, a guiding piece of information, or as indigenous peoples say, a "dream," could have a similar significance for the development of mankind and the Earth. When Lynne Twist, from the United States, met representatives of the Achua (at that time one of the last pristine tribes of the Amazon) in the Ecuadorian rainforest, the Indians pleaded with her, "If you want to help us, do not come to us. Go back to your world and change the dream of your culture. It is because of that, that we are perishing." Lynne Twist returned and founded the Pachamama Alliance an organization which, to this day, educates hundreds of thousands of people about global issues and demonstrates alternatives with the aim of changing the "dream" of capitalism.
Today, even governments such as the (indigenous) governments of Bolivia and Ecuador are developing the concept of another dream. They call it "Buen Vivir" (Good Living). The concept invokes indigenous traditions and values but it is, as yet, not implemented. Therefore global commercialism can infiltrate further into Bolivia. (We wish that Bolivia would model the development of the "Buen Vivir" concept.)
Russian author Vladimir Megre longs for a simple, almost religious life in the countryside which he so aptly illustrated in his "Anastasia" books. Millions of young Russians have been inspired and left their jobs in the cities to move to the countryside. They have begun to establish the external conditions of life that correspond to the principles of "Anastasia." Now the first of them are faced with the question of how they can change their social conditions in such a way that solidarity and trust determine how they live together.
The Dutch sociologist, politician and futurist Fred Polak showed that a positive image of the future is the most important determinant in the rise and fall of civilizations. (The Image of the Future, 1973, Fred Polak).
The above are just a few examples of the power and importance of motivational imagery. For us today the key question is: What might an image that inspires the whole of humanity look like? For which image would humanity struggle for its own survival and for the survival of the entire planet? For what goal would we leave behind all disputes in order to succeed with united vigour?
Within the logic of the Political Theory it is said that, first of all, a new picture can only replace the existing one if it does not simply negate it but integrates it at a higher level. Secondly the new image must be internally consistent. Third it must, at least in the initial stages, be put into practice in a tangible manner. It has to work. This practical implementation must take place within the context of several exemplary pilot projects throughout the world so that the image can achieve global validity.
Imagine if there was such a healing image that could be used to activate the "original matrix of mankind" and in so doing, activated the collective healing potential. From one day to the next mankind would begin to work toward healing instead of toward destruction. People would agree, for example, to use the global arms expenditure for the restoration of the oceans, for the re-greening of the deserts, for the protection of all animals, for the development of modern subsistence economies, for energy from inexhaustible sources, for solar powered vehicles, for schools in which empathy and love is taught (including sensual love) for a new religion, free of punishment and dogma of purgatory, which encourages people to create paradise on Earth rather than placing it in the hereafter. Planet Earth would be completely transformed within a very short time.
The knowledge is available or could be further developed and elaborated in each of the above areas in a short time. So why is it that we lack the faith that we could heal the planet? Modern man does not doubt in technological achievements and because of this almost anything is possible. But when it comes to peace, to an agreement among people for a common goal, we quickly reach the limitations of our imagination. Why is this so? The Collective Trauma Dieter Duhm is a sociologist and psychoanalyst and was one of the leaders of the German left at the time of the '68 student movement. His book, "Fear in Capitalism" was published in 1972 and became a bestseller. He combined therein his psychoanalytical knowledge of internal human processes with the question of how an external global revolution could succeed. He described "collective trauma," a deep-rooted fear which is common to the subconscious of every human being and applied to this individual phenomenon a historical interpretation. Duhm understands that through the millennia-long history of violence this fear permeates humanity like an invisible nervous system.
In order to avoid re-experiencing this trauma humans have developed a vast array of defence mechanisms that are activated every time we approach the point of fear. Our daily lives, our conversations, our political views and our love relationships are infiltrated by this explosive and irrational defensive behaviour. This irrational behaviour shatters our most beautiful dreams. This unconscious trauma can transform a great love into a nerve-wracking, long-term war. The whole world is perishing today because of it.
One of the most fatal strategies is transferring our fear on to a convenient object rather than resolving it in ourselves. This is why we create images of external enemies which we can then fight. This provides short-term relief but increases our anxiety immeasurably in the long term. Our projection of fear is why our environment, our fellow human beings and even our love partner can seem potentially threatening. The trauma controls us if we orient our entire lives toward an imaginary penal authority and adapt to societal conventions we do not like, rather than realizing the dreams of our youth.
Fear leaks from constriction like an explosive residue which can erupt at any time as anger, hatred, jealousy, sadism and raw violence. The poet Hermann Hesse once said", War lives secretly within every peace." It is collective trauma that transforms decent family men into concentration camp executioners overnight. It is collective trauma that makes us deeply corruptible. If this long-term unconscious fear and the consequent latent propensity for violence did not exist inside every man then a handful of rulers would never be able to manoeuvre the whole of the earth's population toward its own demise. We now understand why we will always lose the fight against external imperialist power as long as we do not also resolve its stronghold which lives within us. This is how Dieter Duhm was able to say in the zeitgeist of '68: "Revolution without emancipation is counter-revolution." Or today: "A revolution cannot succeed on the outside unless it has also taken place on the inside." The healing information we are looking for lies behind the walls of this trauma; this is why it was and is so difficult to find. This is why it cannot just be worked through in an ivory tower but requires places of healing where the trauma can be resolved experientially.
New information and the building of revolutionary healing centres Karl Marx said that the social conditions determine consciousness. In this regard Dieter Duhm has remained a Marxist when he says that the resolution of trauma requires new social conditions. He detaches the concept of "healing" from the individual therapeutic context and places it at the centre of a revolutionary movement. The healing social conditions, the new society we are looking for, cannot be realised through campaigns, laws, reforms or political programmes. Not only are these measures not appropriate for healing trauma but the alternative, for which one might campaign, has yet to be found.
The healing centres will be established by people who are ready for radical self-transformation and self-revelation. They will not be doing it only for themselves; that could never succeed. They will be doing it on behalf of all mankind. They will explore the elixir out of which a new world emerges: trust. Trust between men and women, adults and children, man and nature, individual and community. Where this trust is restored the image of a new future begins to form. All areas of life are included in the research and freed from the pattern of violence; from the external necessities of water, food and energy to the inner sources of art, community, religion and Eros.
The new image cannot be arbitrarily constructed and imposed on humanity. Rather it is a latent human dream which wants to be rediscovered so beautiful and primal that hardly anyone dares to believe in it. It is the dream of a world without war in which the great reconciliation has taken place between all those who once stood against each other as enemies. A reconciliation between peoples and religions, between man and woman, between man and nature.
To rekindle belief in this image three core areas must be reconnected within and between people: religion, nature and Eros. Our love for religion, for our origins, for light and for the world of the mind and spirit must be connected with our love for nature with all its crawling, grunting, and waddling creatures; for its flowers, scents and fruits; for its rivers and seas; valleys and mountains. Both religion and nature must be reconnected with Eros, our love for people, above all with our love for the other, for man and woman, for flesh, for pleasure, for delight, for matter.
Where these three areas of our existence can come back into alignment the human heart, which was torn apart for so long, can heal. A new humanity, matured through the pain of a long history of war in which each person was so entangled, can be resurrected; set upright by its rediscovered faith in itself, strengthened by its absolute and unconditional, 'No' to any form of violence.
Now we have arrived at the well-spring from which a future without war may emerge. From now on the world that has created us can shine a light through the world that we create; be reflected in our thoughts and actions, our gardens and fields, our culture and technology, our communities and love relationships. From now on we are in resonance with a tremendous power. From now on, as Dhyani Iwahoo said, "we attract all the information and teachings to develop our talents for the benefit of all." We are no longer under the spell of horror and war but in caring service to everything that has skin and fur.
In his book, "A Future Without War," Dieter Duhm writes: "The main problem is not the question of whether the new centres can be globally effective but whether we are able to manifest them. Because they are a part of the whole they carry the weight of the problems of the whole. They can only succeed if they can reach the "universal common ground" that they share with the whole. That universal ground is the invulnerable essence of all human beings, their common source and potentials, their divine core. It shows itself in the capacity for truth, for love and for the recognition of a higher order of life. The new communities begin to have a global effect when they have found the pattern in the fabric of humanity in which all the people of Earth are connected with each other and with all living creatures. This is the basis upon which the fragments of life that had been separated for so long converge and unite: man and woman, person and person, spirit and sexuality, Eros and Agape, man and nature, man and God. Herein is revealed the indispensable spiritual dimension of future healing work. Healing is a return from exile, the lifting of the primal pain that persisted in separation."
It is necessary to establish cooperation between those who build Healing Biotopes and those who continue to work in society and want to support and protect the centres from the outside. A virtual community would form which potentially includes everyone. It is logical that there be no boundaries and that everyone can participate in building this common dream.
We are faced with the task of constructing a first "transmission station for peace," within the nascent Tamera Healing Biotope, in order to communicate the global peace plan around the world. Please feel free to contact us! In anticipation of the future!
Literature: Dieter Duhm: The Sacred Matrix. From the Matrix of Violence to the Matrix of Life. Dieter Duhm: Future Without War. Theory of Global Healing. Dieter Duhm: Towards a New Culture.