1 January - 7 January 2018
We are the generation entrusted with the most pressing challenges of our millennia. To effectively address the diverse challenges requires a quantum leap forward in our ability to come together and coordinate our efforts to protect life on Earth.
Our survival and the survival of other species requires us to return to a deeper wisdom, rooted in our fundamental interconnectedness, and to reclaim our role as co-stewards of the intricate Web of Life.
7 DAYS OF REST: A HEALING VISION FROM JERUSALEM
The vision of the 7 Days of Rest Global Event for the Healing and Recalibration of the Planet was received in meditation in Jerusalem on the 31.5.2017.
In the vision I saw people across the world of all cultures and all faiths joining together to create a collective window of time away from our usual way of being, a quiet space to listen deeply and reflect on our ways, acknowledge the implications of our current path for ourselves and for all of Life and collectively commit to a new and healing path forward.
I saw a time when humanity united for 7 days to rest and to offer rest to Mother Earth and all her children - a time to rest from the noise, the busyness, the domination, the exploitation, the toxins and from our everyday habits that take Life and the home we share with other species for granted. A time to reflect, take stock, and reconnect with our hearts, our deeper wisdom, our intuition and realign with the intrinsic order and harmonies of nature.
There was an extraordinary clarity about the vision. It seemed obvious and palpable in its simplicity, encapsulating the essence of basic and even intuitive healing wisdom. The first step in any natural healing process is rest – a time when the body’s immune system can be free from stress to be able to focus on the healing process itself. A time of Rest enables us an opportunity to reconnect with the infinite intelligence of LIFE. It allows us to let go of the noise of external stimuli and re-member ourselves and how to function as a coherent life-affirming whole.
The basic need to rest transcends all our more superficial differences. It is an essential part of the unifying language of LIFE – the language of our own body and of our shared planetary body. When we reconnect to the wisdom of Life we can recognize Rest as essential not only to our own wellbeing but to the wellness of the environment on which we depend, and of which we are an inextricable part. It is in this place of rest, when we release our habitual ways and recalibrate with the harmonies of nature that we can create a space for something new and replenishing to emerge.
The vision came with the words 7 Days of Rest. The 7 days felt an integral part of what needs to unfold holding rich symbolic and vibrational significance. A week of collective rest – offers the space for a meaningful journey of transformation. 1.01.2018 revealed itself as the accurate window of opportunity for a collective restart, seeding the beginning of a new shared path forward.
It is significant that the vision appeared in Jerusalem. Jerusalem has been at the center of world attention for millennia as a microcosm of the larger forces at work and has profound significance for many across the globe. At this time, once again tensions are escalating and the calls for war in the area grow louder. Yet from this embattled land with its scarred history on the one hand and its ancient prophetic promises of a time of Peace on the other, a healing vision is offered into the world. The 7 Days of Rest, beginning on the 1 of January, has now evolved into a global event dedicating 2018 and beyond to the healing and replenishment of the Planet and all its Inhabitants.
The vision for the 7 Days of Rest is a part of, and a response to the global groundswell of prayer and activism for peace and healing that is growing exponentially in the global field. In October, witnessed across the world, thousands of Palestinian and Israeli Women Waging Peace gathered in Jerusalem together with men and women from different continents after a two week March of Hope across the country to declare their uncompromising commitment to a peaceful way forward. Over the last year with the intensification of the trauma vortex, we have seen more and more courageous and creative individuals risk all they have for a better world for all. The Water Protectors of Standing Rock have led the way in showing the power of sacred activism in the face of brutal violation of all that is just, wise and compassionate. Activists fighting for the rights of the animals, the planet and those less fortunate are risking their lives to restore true leadership to the planet. The feminine voice calling for the end to the paradigm of hierarchy and domination and the return to sacred relationship between the masculine and feminine principles is rising. It is as an integral part of a much greater sequence of events that this vision for the 7 Days of Rest has come into the world. It is a time of choice, opportunity and accountability for each and every one of us individually and collectively.
It is with a profound sense of service that I share this vision with you. I am humbled by the extraordinary people who have so generously joined to support the 7 Days of Rest in its manifestation – recognizing its precision and vast potential for our evolution at this time. Your presence and support has been an essential part of this process and it could not happen without you. The miracles that have occurred on the way in the meeting with each and every one of you and the unique and essential gifts you have brought reveals the greater orchestration of this event as a thread in our co-creative healing path. Each day brings new support and new offerings that are weaving and enriching our collective field. May this event indeed become all that is meant to be and contribute to and portend a turning point for ourselves as a species, and a time of healing, replenishment and peace for Life on Earth.
Aside from the wonderful organizational partners acknowledged on our Partners page I also wish to honor those individuals who have stepped forward with such generosity and grace to support this event in different ways through our Stewards page. I am deeply grateful to all who are supporting and participating in this event amplifying the healing portal at this time. Thank you!
Shelley Ostroff (PhD)
7 DAYS OF REST IN AN UNFOLDING SEQUENCE OF HEALING EVENTS
As the journey of the 7 days began to unfold we became aware of it as part of a larger orchestration of global healing events. While organized independently of each other, they feel intricately connected in form and purpose. These are only a small sample of the many activities worldwide in service of a peaceful and thriving world. We mention those that came to our attention here in order to acknowledge the profound synchronicities and poetry at work as well as celebrate the deep partnerships that have been birthed from the overarching process of which the 7 Days of Rest is one thread in the whole.
TREESISTERS SEVEN WEEK JOURNEY OF AWAKENING -
Just prior to 7 Days of Rest, TreeSisters offered a virtual online process of transformation to restore our world from the inside out, that was completed in mid December 2017.
"This is personal and planetary ceremony of collective feminine awakening to dream a new world into being. This ceremony is the calling, the gathering, the dropping of the known and the daring to be shown what life is asking us to become as we dream in the new story and embodiment of what it means to be human."
Clare Dubois, founder of TreeSisters has made the meditation offerings from their 7 week journey available to participants of 7 Days of Rest, and these can be accessed on each of the days on the calendar.
ONE WORLD BEARING WITNESS ( exactly one full moon before 7 Days of Rest)
From December 2nd to 3rd, 2017, using the latest interactive video technology, OWBW offered a profound journey for concerned, caring people worldwide through seven ritual cycles offered by spiritual leaders, revered elders, community activists, visionary artists, and transformational tricksters from all directions on this planet.
The event invited the real-time engagement of participants as Witness Bearers to create a global ritual space on this planet in which thousands bear witness to the Light and Truth of Unity in the face of the inhumanity, destructiveness, and historical wrongs that human beings have done to each other and to life on Earth. By holding this whole of the human experience together – not as a concept or idea but as a felt resonance within the field of consciousness that participants will be in together – we create a new potential for healing and connection within humanity.
WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK
World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event adopted by the UN observed during the first week of February starting in 2011.
"Recognizing the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people, the General Assembly encourages all States to support during that week the spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship, on a voluntary basis and according to their own religious traditions or convictions."
In 2018, the World Interfaith Harmony Week Coopetition is a 7 day global challenge to promote acts of peace, collaboration, and tolerancebetween people of all faith, spiritual, and humanistic traditions. Beginning on February 1st and going through February 7th, individuals and teams will use the spirit of coopetition to inspire collaborative acts of service to give back to their communities and strengthen mutual respect, understanding, and harmony between people of all backgrounds.
GOOD OF THE WHOLE: RECONNECTED AND WHOLE
Reconnected and Whole: 40 Days of Awakened Action Join us (Good of the Whole) in 2018 as we remember our wholeness and reconnect with ourselves, each other, Earth, and the Divine. As a global community, we will co-create simple, daily rituals and practice, while we celebrate the plethora of resources, individual stewards and organizations already serving the good of the whole
A HEALING PATHWAY FORWARD
To catalyze the systemic healing needed, it is essential that we shift to holistic, comprehensive healing strategies. Rooted in wisdom from different traditions and disciplines, 7 Days of Rest offers a global platform and process for co-creating a unified force field of collective healing and re-calibration. It creates a shared space where our collective immune system and multi-faceted healing potential can be activated simultaneously.
As with any individual or living system, the first stage of healing is essentially one of rest. Rest means removing noise and stress from the system. When we create an environment, as free as possible of noise, stress and toxins we can begin to learn more about the nature of the illness and the required healing process. We can begin to listen to what is needed to ensure the additional healing steps for the eradication of the disease and the replenishment of ourselves and the planet.
Beyond rest, additional healing steps involve:
Identifying the underlying cause of the disease.
Removal of the root cause of the disease and detoxing the system from the noise, contamination and behavior that contributes to stress and disables resonance with each other and the natural environment.
Rehabilitation: repairing the damage and restoring nature’s pathways to enable healthy communication among all parts of the interconnected whole.
Replenishing the system with healthy nourishment and conditions conducive for healing.
Creating a healthy, resilient and life-enhancing culture with a strong immune system dedicated to the thriving of the whole.
Embedding the vitality-code – nature’s code of accurate mutual nourishment in the culture to ensure optimal harmony in diversity.
Removing the trauma memory from the body.
This is the fundamental language and path of healing. By coordinating global action we can ensure the uncompromising implementation of these steps and begin to adequately address the challenges of our time. As with any serious disease, these severe human and environmental challenges require urgent, comprehensive and uncompromising healing attention.
When we each bring the clarity of our commitment, through our diverse perspectives, traditions and disciplines to planetary healing, we complement and amplify each other in the same way that nature in all its diversity works in harmony for the health of the whole.