October 14th, 2014 New Delhi, India

October 14, 2014

Today will be my last day in India.  It has been both a long and a very successful journey.  I have had the opportunity to connect with both religious and with governmental people as I continue to weave a web of friendships and important connections.  In my work, the more connections I have, the more opportunity there is to address specific world issues by calling on relationships to bring about actions that are otherwise unable to be addressed through conventional means.  For example, last year I was able to successfully save the lives of two young people slated for execution in Syria when other attempts failed.  This was because I had a personal relationship with high level individuals in the area.  

In India, the power to bring about change lies in two distinct areas, government, and the spiritual leaders.  Yet, for the most part, they operate independently and are often in opposition to one another.  My work involves creating trusted relationships with both parties, and then bringing them together on specific issues.  This is the place where I am very successful.

Many of India's foremost spiritual leaders have a lot of respect for me, and after having been officially recognized as a Saint here, that respect has risen even higher.  This allows me to speak one on one with gurus and swamis who often have hundreds of thousands to millions of followers.  Those spiritual leaders hold the keys to issues like equality for women and cleaning up the environment.

And the government leaders hold the purse strings and infrastructure to change laws and initiate countrywide projects.

Today, I have the high honor of being invited as world spiritual leader to the Akshardam, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akshardham_(Delhi)

The Akshardam is the heart of the Swaminarayan Hindu religious tradition, one of India's largest and most influential institutions.  They are in support of my world peace work, and do daily prayers for my success in this area.  Today, they will perform a special blessing on my World Peace Violin to empower its message to the world, and that message is my message of peace.  As most of you already know, my message is both simple and complex.  To fully understand it, you can read it in full in my original speech given before Parliament in Astana Kazakhstan to leaders from 80 countries:

http://theshiftnetwork.com/blog/2014-01-12/changing-narrative-how-changing-story-we-tell-ourselves-can-contribute-human-rights-?inf_contact_key=caa061fce4746b26e5845e451c6c260008ce47a3bbbc00e52fc19d4a0372ef59

After a full day at the Akshardam, I will begin my 46 hour journey back home.  It is hard to explain to most, the sheer endurance it takes to spend a month in a foreign country with all eyes on you, in which you are striving to accomplish what most others just consider impossible, and to then travel for forty plus hours before you can rest.  Then I have to switch time zones to exactly the opposite time from here, and be ready for my next speaking engagement in three days.  

I so look forward to being able to sleep in my own bed and to eat what I choose, and yes, for you animal lovers ... To see my dog :)

I'll sign off for now, but I will try to share some of the other experiences I've had while crossing the ocean to my side of the world.

May Peace Prevail on Earth,

and may we all see the sacred in the other.

Patrick McCollum

 

Updates for April 2014 - Trip to United Nations

April 26, 2014

Today I am preparing for my trip to the United Nations on April 29th to participate in a special session on Nuclear Disarmament.  I already know several of the key players who will attend and I am looking forward to meeting and creating relationships with several others.   H.E. Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt the Permanent Observer for the Holy See (the Pope) will be present and I look forward to meeting him and creating a stronger connection with the Vatican.  I have already made co...


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Important News For Minority Faiths

March 28, 2014

This week I'm working on something very very important!

The American Correctional Association which sets the standards for all correctional systems in the United States, is currently working on creating a standard for qualifications for Administrators who oversee prison religion programs.  There is strong conversation in their corner, that training in religious pluralism or a background in world religions is not necessary to be hired to oversee religion programs in state and federal p...


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The jungle outside Kollur

February 21, 2014

February 16, 2014

Kerala, India

I'm sitting in a clearing deep in the jungle next to an amazing tree.  

The sound of tropical birds and other animals of the forest can be heard from every direction and it is good to get away from the town and all of the people and just connect with nature.

There are tigers and black leopards here and wild peacocks and chickens too.  Also huge deer-like animals similar to an elk, but slightly smaller.  There were elephants here in the past, but the tow...


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Kollur, India: The sacred mountain.

February 15, 2014


February 15, 2014

Kerala, India

Today here in the jungle was amazing beyond words.  We took a several hour jeep ride high up onto the sacred mountain in the center.  The ride was both rough and dangerous and very very steep.

When we reached the end of the track, we got out and climbed up a steep path for miles, continuously going up until we could see for a hundred miles.  The trail was carved onto the edge of a cliff that dropped off thousands of feet.  It caused me to have vertigo w...


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Last Day at Mahayaga 2014

February 14, 2014


Feb 12, 2014

Mahayaga

Last day

Here we are again and it is the last day of this prestigious event.  Tomorrow we leave for Kohlor to bless a new temple and will stay there for four days.  Then back to London, and finally back home.  It's beginning to feel like a long trip.

As I write, I am sitting in the front row with thousands of people behind me along with my friend Lady Windsor from England and my new Kogi friend, Calixo.  One can feel the intensity of the multitudes of people wait...


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Mahayaga

February 12, 2014


Feb 10, 2014

Several days have passed since my last blog and as you can imagine, quite a bit has happened.  We met with Satya and made a great connection, and then I had the opportunity to connect with a number of the other speakers and spiritual leaders.  All in all, there are about a dozen of us.

I met a Kogi Elder from the high mountains of Columbia.  His tribe is quite unique in that they have no conflict in their society.  They were one of the tribes who were present when the Con...


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February 4, 2014 Palakaad India

February 8, 2014

Mahayaga


Blessings Everyone.


We have arrived in Palakaad safely after a typical Indian road journey. This means we have successfully navigated through all of the challenges of passing trucks on narrow highways around blind curves, playing chicken with ongoing traffic, avoiding livestock on the road, and constant horn honking.


Unfortunately while we all made it to Pakalaad alive and intact, Katrina, our key coordinator, has succumbed to food poisoning or bad water from the journey a...


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The adventure begins - Mahayaga in Kerala February 2014

February 2, 2014

February 2, 2014

Greetings All.

On Wednesday morning  January 29th, we  started another adventure as myself and the first two of my three person support team departed for India.  I will be co-facilitating the Mahayaga in Kerala which is a huge multi-million person spiritually based event, directed toward bringing peace and harmony to all on our planet, and I will also be giving several key speeches and meeting with other peace workers and political and spiritual leaders.

My pea...


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England

January 1, 2014

As many of you know, as a consequence of my work toward world peace & planetary sustainability, I had the distinct honor to be invited to be a guest for the holidays on the Royal Windsor estate on the Welsh-English border with the Earl of Plymouth, the Viscount & Viscountess Windsor, and other members of the Windsor family .  

The Lord & Lady Windsor were wonderful and gracious hosts to me throughout the holidays, and treated me as an honored guest.  They allowed me to have the opport...


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