Many of our friends and supporters ask about the meaning of CGIE being a Bahaí-inspired organization and how this inspiration guides and leads CGIE in its vision and action. I found the following points taken from the site of the Bahaí international community to be a very concise and easy-to-understand explanation of what CGIE holds on to as a guiding tool for its vision of Integrated education. The issue of global peace and the role integrated education can play in achieving it is a constant inspiration to us. CGIE hopes to be able to collaborate with the non-governmental organizations of the UN to further the awareness and promotion of global peace and unity.
We like to hear from our subscribers their feedback about the following principles posted on the Bahaí International Communities site that inspires and guides CGIE. In its relations with the United Nations, the Bahá’í International Community promotes the principles on which a lasting peace can be built.
- Oneness of humanity. Recognition of the oneness of humanity is the foundation for peace, justice, and order in the world. It implies an organic change in the structure of society.
- Equality of men and women. The emancipation of women is a prerequisite for peace. Indeed, only as women are welcomed into full partnership with men in all fields of human endeavor will the moral and psychological climate be created in which international peace can emerge.
- A universal standard for human rights. Human rights are inseparable from responsibilities. If peace, social progress, and economic prosperity are to be established, human rights must be recognized and protected locally, nationally, and internationally. Moreover, individuals must be educated to recognize and respect their own rights and the rights of others.
- Economic justice and cooperation. A vision of human prosperity in the fullest sense of the term-an awakening to the possibilities of the spiritual and material well-being of all the planet’s inhabitants-will help galvanize the collective will to overcome such barriers to peace as the inordinate disparity between rich and poor.
- Universal education. Because ignorance is the principal reason for the decline and fall of people and the perpetuation of prejudice, no nation can achieve success unless education is accorded to all its citizens, both men, and women. Education should promote the essential unity of science and religion.
- An international auxiliary language. As the world becomes more interdependent, a single, universally agreed-upon auxiliary language and script must be adopted and taught in schools worldwide, as a supplement to the languages of each country. The adoption of such a language will improve communication among nations, reduce administrative costs, and foster unity among peoples and nations.
To learn more please refer to the Bahaí International Community website.
Keyvan Geula is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist; LMFT. She received her Master of Science in Marriage, family, and Child Therapy from the University of La Verne, in La Verne, California. She employs the latest research in behavioral sciences, neuroscience, and the Baha’i principle of the oneness of all humanity to serve the well-being of her clients.
She offers her services as a clinician, lecturer, trainer, and supervisor to a global set of clients in person and online. In her clinical work, she incorporates the wisdom of the Baha’i Writings, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy research, Mindfulness meditation, and consultation skills, as well as knowledge of the spiritual self.
She is an adjunct professor of Behavioral Sciences at Citrus Community College, faculty of continued education at Claremont Graduate University. She teaches psychology online to students at Baha’i Institute of Higher Education.
She is the Founder and Executive Director of Center for Global Integrated Education (CGIE), a non-profit Baha’i-inspired educational organization, which explores oneness of all humanity, and teaches the integrated mind-body-spirit approach in education.
She has served for two years as the producer and host of a two-hour weekly live radio show for the Persian community in Sothern, California focusing on the role of the psychology of spirituality in personal and social transformation, creativity, emotional and social intelligence, and a greater sense of harmony in a global society. She also has been the host and producer of TV series called Transforming Human Consciousness for eight years. She regularly writes and blogs on www.cgie.org/blog on topics related to integrated education, the oneness of humanity, the powers of the human spirit in the betterment of global society, elimination of all prejudice, equality of women and men, and education reform. Some of her shows are posted on her; Keyvan Geula YouTube Channel.
Mrs. Geula has served in several Baha’i institutions since her youth in Iran and USA.