Peace and Collective Healing
September 6, 2016 Kosmos Community News

Collective Trauma: The Morphogenetic Field of Fear

By Dr. Dieter Duhm via Uplift Connect

The following is an excerpt from the book Terra Nova: Global Revolution and the Healing of Love.

Behind the crisis of our time hides the core crisis of human relationships. Behind the atrocious massacres, which are currently epitomized in Syria, hides a collective soul pattern, which seems to be consistent on all continents. It is a pattern of fear. In the background of our civilization lies the morphogenetic field of fear. From this field arise horrific forms of cruelty that are actually attempts to kill off one’s own inner fear. If we want to generate lasting peace on Earth we need to transform this pattern of fear into a basic pattern of trust.

Four Steps for Transforming Historical Harms

featured image | Children who disappeared and were likely murdered by the Khmer Rouge.

Excerpts from a framework by David Anderson Hooker and Amy Potter Czajkowski

The THH Framework

The Transforming Historical Harms (THH) manual articulates a Framework for addressing the historical harms mentioned above as well as the many others present in societies around the world. The framework looks at historical injustices and their present manifestations through the lens of trauma and identifies the mechanisms for the transmission of historical trauma: legacies and aftermaths. These are the beliefs and structures responsible for transmitting trauma responses and traumagenic circumstances between generations. The framework then offers a comprehensive approach to transforming historical harms through Facing History; Making Connections; Healing Wounds; and Taking Action.

Thomas Hübl on Working with Collective Trauma

featured image | Representation of cancer cells and healthy cells,

Via The Pocket Project

The Pocket Project works to stop the vicious cycle of recurring collective trauma and ultimately integrate and reduce its effects in our global culture.

On June 28, 2016, Thomas Hübl met with the Pocket Project working group in Israel. Below is a partial transcript of their conversation, in which Thomas discusses the resources that we can develop and draw upon when working with collective trauma.

Interview | Leonardo Boff, a founder of liberation theology

featured image | ‘Way of the Cross’, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize winner (1980)

Allen White, Senior Fellow at Tellus Institute, talks with Leonardo Boff, a founder of liberation theology, about the origins of the movement and the vital connections between ecology and social justice.

“The core of liberation theology is the empowerment of the poor to end poverty and achieve the freedom to live a good life. In the 1980s, we realized that the logic supporting exploitation of workers was the same as that supporting the exploitation of the earth. Out of this insight, a vigorous liberation eco-theology was born. To make this movement effective, it is important to create a new paradigm rooted in cosmology, biology, and complexity theory. A global vision of reality must always be open to creating new forms of order within which human life can evolve.”

Book | Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformation

Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformation, David Nicol. State University of New York Press (, 2016. 246 Paper, Foreword by Christopher Bache

A Kosmos featured book for the Sacred Season

by Elizabeth Jennings

What if consciousness-based practices—meditation, ritual, prayer—could do more than induce calm or “charge the batteries” before you head out into the “real world”? What if these practices themselves can influence reality, and on a mass scale?

Lessons from the Buffalo

By Edward Tick,from his book, Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War, via

“The structure of society and the warrior’s character traits and place in the community were modeled on this buffalo behavior. When danger threatened his people, the warrior’s proper place was in a protective outer circle around the village. As long as he was able, the older or more experienced the warrior, the farther out he strove to be. Young warriors and bulls had to be restrained and trained until they were experienced and mature enough to not waste lives but provide leadership.

Inside the circle the civilians had been protected and sometimes owed the warriors their lives. Now the civilians gave thanks, honor and duty through tending their returning warriors. They became a circle of welcome. They witnessed their stories, grieved or celebrated with them, attended to their necessary purification and healing rituals.”

City of Brotherly Love Leads for Peace Day, 9/21

By Lisa DiNardo Parker, founder of Peace Day Philly September 21 is the International Day of Peace, or Peace Day. […]

Listings | 11 Days of Global Unity


From empowering students and teachers in Zambia to interfaith dialogues in San Francisco, thousands of organizations around the world have taken part in the annual 11 Days of Global Unity September 11-21.

Launched by We, The World and global partners in 2004, 11 Days is a worldwide convergence of festivals, concerts, forums, rallies and other programs promoting peace, justice, sustainability and transformation that annually includes as many as 700 associated events in over 60 countries around the world. It culminates on September 21st, the U.N. International Day of Peace