New York Times Best selling author Peter H. Reynolds presented Linda Ragsdale with his vision of a peace dragon earlier this month.
A Gift Of Peace
What a gift!
The amazing New York Times Best selling author Peter H. Reynolds presented Linda Ragsdale with his vision of a peace dragon earlier this month. Peter and his twin brother Paul are the co-founders of Fablevison, a company dedicated to everyone reaching their potential through groundbreaking programs where technology and teaching inspire learning through fun. Linda is an ambassador for the company. When she received the drawing, Linda was moved to tears. "The connection with the child and the dragon captured my heart. This is truly peace."
There is a story floating around which offers hope for humanity through the observations of monkeys on an island.
100 dragons- Island Monkeys revisited…
There is a story floating around which offers hope for humanity through the observations of monkeys on an island. As the story goes, yams were placed on an island beach to note the behavior of the local monkeys. The monkeys did not like the sandy condiment, so one washed off the sand in the water. As monkeys began to emulate this behavior, one by one, the monkeys began washing off their yams.
By now, you are surely wondering what yam eating monkeys could have in common with hope for humanity, but indulge the story for one more moment…
After the one-hundredth monkey washed a yam, the washing behavior jumped from island to island, not through monkeys being transported, but by the power of a universal thought. Monkeys all over the world wash their food because this thought registered in the monkey’s behavior!
Do you see where the hope lies? Transfer this story from monkeys to humans and instead of washing yams, drawing peace dragons – peace as the universal thought! Aha! Now do you get the picture?
So let’s create the first one hundred dragons and not stop there. Let’s create millions, billions! Let this be the energy to fuel the entire galaxy with thoughts of peace to endure the lengths of time. Let us be the stars and this effort be the starlight…
January twenty-third marks the beginning of the year of the dragon in the Chinese calendar.
Year of the Dragon
This is so in sync with what I have come to understand about my journey with the dragon. I often comment about the myths of the dragon today as compared to the original understanding of the dragon from the Asian culture. Revered as a source of luck, a guardian of the elements and benefactor, in the years its reputation has been tarnished to an evil, destructive beast.
How can one possibly create a peace dragon? Well there is the first of the lessons we can garnish from this amazing creature. To draw a peace dragon, you must first be able to release the dark images, and embrace your open heart to create an image that reflects this unbiased reflection. And then you have to go one step further – come to an understanding of what peace is to you. When I work with children and ask what the "dragon" and "peace" conjure up in their heads, it is non-stop answers about the dragon, but when I ask about peace, silence falls across the room. Sets of tired idioms are called out. Quiet is the usually the first word thrown out, and I have to giggle, because of course, I can only imagine an adult in a not so peaceful voice yelling, "Give me peace and quiet!" To draw a peace dragon we not only have to let go of the negative myths, the tired, empty answers, but find truths for all these "dragons" in our lives to understand them. We need to go to the source of them. Paired with the search for our understanding peace, we transform the fire of our lives into beacons of light.
The above graffiti reflects a sentiment I wish to hold near to me in this honored year of the dragon. Love your dragons. What does it mean? It means for us to embrace the world without the myths that have been attached to them, to come as the masters of heart have described, to see everything as a newborn with the eyes of objective joy without judgment. It also means to let go of those personal myths that anchor us in the limiting stories we commit to, instead of being the most brilliant light we can be. Love your dragons. Why? Because love provides a fullness of being that allows you to take flight. And perhaps when you have learned to love your dragons, you'll find yourself winging it on the back of one of those amazing creatures. To close, I'll quote from a book called the voices of our ancestors by Dwani Ywhaoo, who eloquently states what the dragons have shown me. She is a Tslagee Indian, which brought a new layer of understanding the breadth of the dragon culture of our world. This notation was sent to me by a friend who heard about my mission, and knew this passage would ring true for the work ahead.