There's a Magic to Peace

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week we see that even nightclubs are not immune to that magic of peace and that something undeniable happens when you watch the dance of peace.

Hello to all and welcome to This Week in Peace! Khalilah Ramirez here, relating the true stories that unfold during the Dance of Peace. Since the dance is performed openly and strives to involve others, the possibilities are endless. The Dance of Peace is unpredictable and varies each day. That is a part of what makes it (or any art form) alive and thriving! 

This past Sunday, for instance, I got a call from my friend Marlise and we decided to go to the Agenda Lounge in downtown San Jose. Every Sunday they have Reggae Night. This was a cut above the ordinary night out because we resolved beforehand that our sole purpose for going to this nightclub was to try to reach others with the spirit of peace. It is much more powerful as a team!

Heart Stamp from Agenda Lounge                       Agenda Lounge stamp, corresponding perfectly with our mission that night

Upon arrival, we immediately stormed the empty dance floor. There, we launched a joyous, enthusiastic, no holds barred gambol in the spirit of peace! 

It was a gift to watch people openly smile, laugh, and join the dance in camaraderie. Together, we were able to overcome the unique challenges involved in doing the Dance of Peace at a nightclub including rampant darkness and a strict rule against bare feet.

There was a man in attendance wearing a simple white t-shirt and jeans. His movements were flowing, free form and precise. He danced in a way that was fully expressed, yet silent. We watched him for a while and I realized, “He's a peace dancer!” Marlise agreed and we laughed in tandem. The peace that he generated was obvious within his movements and we were encouraged by this.

One day later, the Dance of Peace took place at the Tuesday post at San Carlos and Meridian streets in San Jose. Here too beautiful experiences with my fellow citizens awaited me. Some engaged by raising up two fingers for peace. Others shouted and cheered from their cars. All of this is wondrous, but the very best thing is when people come and talk to me, dance with me, ask questions or simply say hello.

One such person was a minister at a local church. He expressed his gratitude and relief that someone was doing something to promote peace. It was his belief that “all people deserve to experience peace” and he mentioned our homeless citizens with compassion. Working together was his no nonsense way of fostering peace. There are countless methods to employ and no shortage of work to do!

Khalilah with local minister
 Khalilah and local minister pose for peace.

Headed home at the end of the dance, I was stopped by someone in the outside seating section at McDonald's, right where the performance took place. He had been watching for most of the hour. After introducing himself, he told me the story of a friend that he wanted to apologize to. “In fact” he said, “ I need to apologize to a lot of people. Your dance showed me that.” The spirit of peace affected him at least enough to make him confess his heart to a stranger. He seemed eager to seek the forgiveness of those he had wronged in his life. I don't know exactly how this magic works, but I am grateful to be there to see what it does. Thanks and see you out there! 

***New Hours/Location for the weekly Dance of Peace Performances:
Sundays 11am, Campbell Farmer's Market 
Tuesdays 12 noon, San Carlos and Meridian, San Jose 

Related Media:
The Energy of Peace is Transformative
Friendship is Universal
Peace in Every Heart

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