'...and think to change times and laws...'
The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.--Daniel 7:23-25
convened at the University for Peace, Costa Rica,
June 22-27, 1999 (Crystal Moon 24-Cosmic Moon 1),
for the expressed purpose of concluding the matter of Calendar Reform
The Summit was called on behalf of the people of the Earth to ratify the Declaration of Calendar Reform, and, organized as Seven Commissions, to prepare the 8 articles of Resolution to accompany the Declaration. Over 100 people attended the Summit, including some 50 invited Commissioners and at least an equal number of planetary kin, followers of the World 13 Moon Calendar Change Peace Movement.
Letters of acknowledgement were sent on behalf of Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the UN; Federigo Mayer Zaragoza, Secretary General of UNESCO; HH the Dalai Lama; and by Jonathan Granoff of the Lawyers Alliance for World Security. Though they were not able to attend, both Dr. Alfredo Sfeir-Younis, World Bank Special Environmental Representative to the UN, and Lama Gangchen of the UN Spiritual Forum contributed relevant documents and statements of support. The Summit opened with a prayer ceremony by Rev. Yusen Yamato, followed by the opening address of Dr. Rodrigo Carazo, former president of Costa Rica and founder of the University for Peace. In attendance with Dr. Carazo was Gerardo Budowski, acting Rector and representative of the newly appointed President of the University for Peace, Maurice Strong.
Following her welcoming remarks, Mrs. Lloydine Argüelles introduced her husband, Dr. José Argüelles, who formally convened the Summit with a prepared statement, "Calendar Reform and the Future of Civilization," outlining the Summit's purposes and objectives. Finally, Dr. Ashok Gangadean, of the Global Dialogue Institute, the Summit's On-site Coordinator, laid out the ground rules for the Seven Commissions.
By defining the process of Deep Dialogue as the means of differentiating between egoic language and the higher "logos," Dr. Gangadean made an inspiring invitation to get to the serious task faced by each of the Seven Commissions, to write up a 1-page article of resolution for each one of the 7 areas covered by the Commissions: Time, Education, Wealth, Biosphere, Spirituality, Peace, and Art and Culture. Dr. Gangadean elaborated on the technique of Deep Dialogue at the mid-day meeting of the 2nd day.
For the better part of the next 4 days, the Seven Commissions went to their tasks. The lunch time furnished the main central gathering point for all to come together. But it was the small groups that provided the central activity of the Summit. Each Commission appointed a facilitator and a secretary, as well as someone who was bilingual to translate between the 2 main languages, Spanish and English.
Participation in the Commissions was more or less voluntary. Interestingly, the smallest Commissions were Wealth and Peace, while Art and Culture, Time, Education and Spirituality gathered greater numbers. The idea at first was that the Commissions would consist of an inner cadre of invited Commissioners, and an outer circle of planetary kin who were to hold the space. However after several sessions, most of the groups melted these boundaries.
On the morning of the 3rd day, Roberto Poz, Day Keeper and priest of the Quiche Maya, from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, offered a ceremony to all the participants, who now also included long-time Chancellor of the University for Peace, and former assistant Secretary-General of the UN, Robert Muller. Before returning to their work on the Commissions, the participants were given a personally guided tour by Robert Muller of the archeology and history of the site of the University of Peace, concluded by a walk to his near-by residence.
The following day, after observations and remarks on the Deep Dialogue process by Dr. Gangadean, the participants took the general afternoon session to vocalize all of their issues and concerns. While this was at times a painful and grueling process, the overall effect was highly beneficial. On the next day, the 5th day of the Summit after a Women's Healing Circle, the Commissions were all seriously at work. Finally at 4:00 in the afternoon, the final plenary session was convened for the sole purpose of hearing the Seven Articles of Resolution. The first 3 Commission reports were read by a single representative. However, the last 4 groups invited all members of the Commission to be present for the report. The response for all the reports was overwhelmingly positive.
Over the next 2 days, the reports were fine tuned and edited. As the Seven Articles of Resolution now stand, each one is the product of 1 group of Commissioners. This means that each one of the Articles is genuinely the result of the will of the people, a resolution put together, for the most part, by people who had never met or gathered in this way before. The seriousness of tone and practical suggestions put forth for implementing the Calendar Reform speak to the truth and timeliness of the Reform itself.
The final and 6th day of the Summit was the largely ceremonial conclusion and the only part of the event that did not occur at the University for Peace. Beginning with a performance by the Aztec Dancers in the patio outside, the remainder of the ceremonies occurred inside the historic Fanal Theater in downtown San José, the capital of Costa Rica. Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris, who facilitated the Commission on the Biosphere, gave the opening address, which elaborated on biological metaphors for the current planetary rite of passage, marked by the World Summit on Peace and Time.
Following Dr. Sahtouris' Address, Mrs. Lloydine Argüelles formally read the Declaration of Calendar Reform which was ratified by common consent of all the participants. Dr. José Argüelles called forth the self-selected Leaders of the 2 Peace Emissary Teams, Mr. Martin Zoller of Bolivia, for the mission to the UN, and Mr. Vandir Natal Casagrande of Brazil, to head the mission to the Vatican. These 2 were joined by a 3rd special Emissary to Libya, Mr. Reinhart Ruge Co-President of the World Parliament Association.
The Rev. Yusen Yamato served as the silent witness to this solemn occasion. With the formal presentation of the "Declaration of Calendar Reform and the Peoples' Moral Referendum," (the Seven Articles of Resolution), to these 3 representatives, the work of the World Summit on Peace and Time entered its next phase, the notification of Calendar Reform to the World Leaders beginning with His Excellency Mr. Kofi Annan, His Holiness Pope John Paul II of the Vatican, and His Excellency Moammar Qhadafy, President of Libya. These Missions are to be completed by Gregorian July 17, 1999, Cosmic Moon 21.
To celebrate the conclusion of the Summit, the Youth Orchestra of Costa Rica played an inspired selection of symphonic music, followed by the group Kurime, who performed folkloric ballet and traditional music of Costa Rica. After the musical performances, the Costa Rica Coordinating Committee of the World Summit was honored on stage, followed by the presentation of Certificates of Honor to all those who participated in the World Summit on Peace and Time.
The conclusions to the Summit are summarized in the formal "Declaration of Calendar Reform and Peoples' Moral Referendum." The matter of Calendar Reform has now been dealt with by representatives of the People of the Earth. This has been the only recourse possible since previously in this Century, the Nations had their opportunity and defaulted, while the Vatican had left the door open to reform. The People have now had their say affirming the moral and scientific need for a Calendar that is in harmony with the cycles of nature and which is perfectly represented by the 13 moon 28-day Calendar of Peace.
In recognition of the existence of a planetary moral emergency, and in order to preserve the biosphere, to minimize suffering, and to eliminate the scourge of war, thus assuring a new time of justice and a genuine culture of peace on Earth, we, the delegates of the World Summit on Peace and Time, do hereby authorize the Declaration of Calendar Reform and its attendant Resolutions constituting the People's Moral Referendum; and that to achieve the universal ends which this Declaration of Calendar Reform encompasses, we do hereby call upon the highest level leadership of the United Nations and the Vatican to begin to implement this People's Declaration of Calendar Reform and Moral Referendum by joint proclamation of intent to Reform to all the peoples of the Earth, on (Gregorian: July 26, AD 1999).
Thus, do we solemnly and sacredly declare, that whereas the Gregorian Calendar was instituted by papal decree in the year AD 1582, and henceforth adopted by virtually all nations as the common world standard; and that
Whereas by rational discourse and common sense, it has been determined that the Gregorian Calendar does not represent a true or accurate standard of measure nor belong to any systematic science of time, and hence, is worthy of reform; and that
Whereas the League of Nations proposed such reform to be effective January 1, 1933, and again January 1, 1939, both of which efforts were inconclusive; and that
Whereas the United Nations opened debate on calendar reform without closure in AD 1956; and that
Whereas in 1962, the Vatican II Council issued a "Declaration of Calendar Reform," being unopposed to a new perpetual civil calendar, we, the delegates of the World Summit on Peace and Time, on behalf of all the people's of the Earth regardless of race, creed or religious belief, and on behalf of the biosphere, the terrestrial life support system, in order to assure peace, freedom, equality, justice and a new beginning in a new time, do hereby abrogate the use of the Gregorian Calendar, and authorize its immediate replacement as the common world standard, the biologically accurate measure of the perpetual, 28-day 13-moon calendar, henceforth known as the Calendar of Peace.
We further affirm that objections previously sustained against the "null" day, henceforth known as the "day-out-of time," are no longer justifiable in light of the course of events in the 2nd half of this century, and that, whereas the peoples of the Earth having tested the nature of this day-out-of-time through common sacred observation and celebration, declare that this annual day-out-of-time -- Gregorian: July 25th; the 365th day of the new 28-day thirteen moon civil calendar year -- henceforth be declared to be the annual day of universal pardon and forgiveness and for the exaltation of festivals of peace through culture.
In recognition of the fundamental change and unparalleled opportunity augured by the Calendar Reform, on behalf of all the people of the planet Earth and its biosphere, and in accord with the principles of equality, justice, harmony and peace represented by adoption to the even 28-day 13 moon measure of the new Calendar of Peace, the World Summit on Peace and Time hereby authorizes in the form of Seven Articles of Resolution constituting the People's Moral Referendum, changes to civil society world-wide, as determined and decreed by the Seven Commissions of the World Summit on Peace and Time, and that these Articles of Resolution reflect the common good as determined by the following 7 areas of human endeavor and concern: Time, Peace, Wealth, the Biosphere, Education, Art and Culture, and Spirituality.
Presented on behalf of all of the Commissioners and the Planetary Kin delegates of the Seven Commissions of the World Summit on Peace and Time, dated: Gregorian June 27, 1999; Cosmic Moon 1, of the new Calendar of Peace.
Following are the Resolutions of the Seven Commissions in the form of Seven Articles appended to this Declaration of Calendar Reform
In order to return to an original wisdom and safeguard the future evolutionary unfoldment of the human species, we, the people of planet Earth, call for the establishment of a harmonious measure of time. To prevent the further desecration of the biosphere, this measure must reflect the natural pulse of the planet. Time is primarily a function of consciousness and has a much richer structure than can be modeled with the linear geometry of 3-dimensional space.
Our analysis demonstrates that the mechanical clock and the Gregorian Calendar are artificial and entropic time-templates the following of which has a discordant effect on the conduct of the human mind, adversely influencing the entire fabric of global civilization. This adverse influence is due to the way that the species-wide use of these humanly contrived time-defining systems throws the patterns of human life out of phase with the life-giving rhythms of the biosphere as a whole, effectively disconnecting humanity from nature.
The Calendar of Peace catalyzes a global shift in consciousness by the harmonization of the human species with the natural order of its life support systems. In the course of our research we have become convinced that to elevate the quality of human experience and deepen our reverence for all life, the realm of natural time must be entered wholeheartedly. To live and grow in natural time we declare to be a universal human right.
Referendum on Time
The 1st stage in initiating reform of civil society to the standards of the Calendar of Peace is the establishment of the necessary Councils to implement the following tasks:
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