Resulted from Rich Meyers’ inspiration for a collaborative effort by authors who write about spirituality and peace.
Rich saw the importance for understanding how people can move beyond horrific acts of violence to forgiveness and atonement. He asked me to become one of its authors after he read my writing in the 2007 Shift Report. My chapter in Beyond Forgiveness, “At-one-ment,” discusses my role in healing trauma survivors from countries such as Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Liberia, Haiti, Iraq, Iran, and Sudan. I also tell the readers about my Great Uncle Ammon Hennacy, a famous peace activist whose story is a compelling example of how humans can transcend cruelty and feel compassion towards those who inflicted it…
“If we harbor thoughts of violence or hatred, or seek revenge or retribution, we are contributing to the wounding of the world; if we transform those thoughts into forgiveness and compassion, and then move beyond them to actually make amends or restitution, we are contributing to the healing of the world. This timely, powerful and compassionate book helps show us the way.”
— Deepak Chopra