When you consider making a commitment to Peace and Power in your group, consider the following questions:
- Do we agree about our purpose?
- Do we want to equalize the balance of power among everyone in our group?
- Are we relatively free to determine our own ways of working together?
- Are we all committed to spending time together?
- Is everyone willing to pay attention to the group’s process?
- Do we seek meaningful change in ourselves and in the world at large?
Review the following examples of actions that flow from PEACE powers:
Power of Process –
- Giving yourself and everyone else in the group time to attend to a concern
- Letting decisions emerge gradually, realizing that very few decisions are urgent.
- Inviting everyone in the group to express their ideas or concerns during the discussion.
- Acknowledging the things that happen that are consistent with the group’s values.
Power of Letting Go:
- Acknowledging but setting aside your own vested interests, in order for others to express their interests.
- Supporting others who are new, or learning something new.
- Expressing your misgivings or concerns about a situation in the group, but letting the sense of the group prevail.
Power of the Whole:
- Placing your own individual needs and interests within the context of the group.
- Seeking ways to do things together to equalize power within the group.
Power of Collectivity:
- Taking into account the interests of every member of the group, including those who are not present.
- Making sure that every concern is carefully integrated into every decision.
Power of Solidarity:
- Addressing conflict openly and constructively, and, in so doing, working actively to strengthen the integrity of the group.
- Keeping the group’s principles of solidarity in conscious awareness as a basis for moving forward.
- Celebrating shared values and joys.
Power of Sharing:
- Taking responsibility for leadership and tasks, including things you enjoy doing as well as things you would rather not do but that need to be done.
- Encouraging others to join in passing tasks and skills along by assuming tasks from others.
Power of Integration:
- Listening actively and deliberately to every concern or idea that others bring to the group, and taking active steps to understand and act on others’ points of view.
- Taking actions that encourage bringing things together, rather than polarizing them into opposing points of view.
Power of Nurturing:
- Treating others in ways that convey love and respect.
- Acknowledging that each individual’s experience has uniquely qualified her to be where she is at the present.
- Affirming and rejoicing in the knowledge that each person in the group has power, and power to choose how to use it.
- Using critical reflection to bring forth the best for every individual and the group.
Power of Distribution:
- Taking actions to overcome imbalances in material resources among group members.
- Using resources that are available to the group as a means, not an end.
- Working to make resources that are available to the group accessible to all.
Power of Intuition:
- Taking the time to think, feel, and experience the fullness of a situation.
- Taking actions that seem risky when your instinct tells you to go ahead.
- Paying attention to the intuition of others and taking their sense of things seriously.
Power of Consciousness:
- Talking about the values on which you are building your actions so that everyone one can be fully aware of your intentions.
- Exploring with others awareness of feelings, situations, responses, and meanings in your experiences.
Power of Diversity:
- Carefully considering another point of view when your immediate response is to reject it.
- Taking deliberate actions to keep yourself and the group open to welcoming others who are different or new.
- Paying attention to subtle assumptions that may not hold true for everyone in the group.
Power of Responsibility:
- Keeping everyone in the group fully informed about anything in your personal life that might affect the group as a whole.
- Acting to make sure that nothing is mystified, that everything that concerns the group is equally accessible to every member.
- Actively checking in and closing in a spirit of contributing to the growth and development of the group.
Power of Creativity:
- Imagining possibilities that have not yet been tried.
- Drawing on everyone’s ideas to craft new solutions to persistent problems.
- Making better use of time, resources, and energy to accomplish what needs to be done.
Power of Trust:
- Letting everyone know your intentions and what you plan to do next.
- Keeping your promises.
- Taking time to assure others of your commitment to your relationship.
- Disclosing your underlying values when you speak or act.