THE VISION OF HOLOS
HOLOS is a symbol for Love, Peace, & Unity of our One Humanity. The causes of violence are born in our feelings of separation. Our vision is to shift our awareness from fear and separation to unity and love. We are a global community that fosters a culture of peace within our hearts, as well as in our homes, schools, businesses, government and all aspects of community life and livelihood. We are dedicated to serving the emergence of personal, ecological, and universal well Being.
ABOUT BRIAN BERMAN
Born in New York in 1949, Brian was deeply affected as a child when viewing images of the Holocaust, wondering through a child’s eyes why? All people are part of the human race, no differences under the skin. It wasn’t until 2002 when he was facilitating a Jewish German Reconciliation Project in Germany, that he realized Hitler had made him, inadvertently, a peace-maker. In 1969, he was trained as a peace marshal by a Quaker group to hold the peace during the Moratorium March in Washington DC. Through a series of violent events, he turned his attention inwards to find the source of peace, In 1970, Berman studied yoga and meditation and began teaching for the Integral Yoga Institute.
In 1988, he began Citizen Diplomacy work in Russia, and attended the International Peace Marathon in Moscow. He returned to the US, and after being with people from over 70 nations running a marathon for peace, he began lecturing on the vision of our one global family working for peace.
In 1989 Berman joined the group Global Family and went back to Russia teaching meditation. In June of that year, he helped facilitate with Global Family, “Seeking the True Meaning of Peace”, hosted by the Costa Rican government and the United Nations, in San Jose, Costa Rica. The 14th Dalai Lama, and 700 other peace builders attended this conference.
Following 9/11, Berman started a listening group in his community to facilitate building listening skills for conflict resolution and inner peace. In 2002, he was invited by the director of The Compassionate Listening Project to travel to Germany to facilitate a group of Jews and Germans heal the emotional wounds resulting from World War II and the Holocaust. As a Compassionate Listening facilitator and the former co-director and facilitator of the Jewish-German Reconciliation Project, Berman’s CL work centered on reconciliation and healing the wounds of war. Together with his wife Lisa, they facilitate healing and reconciliation workshops in the US and Europe and The Art of Listening – a skills building workshop for building peace. Berman is trained in Hakomi Therapy, Attitudinal Healing, and taught yoga and meditation for many years. He is an award-winning sculptor and teacher. The theme of his artwork is Art for Peace.
THE SCULPTOR’S JOURNEY
About Brian Berman
As a professional sculptor for 25 years, and a meditator since 1970, Brian Berman received an inspirational vision in 2013. A lifelong seeker of inner peace and freedom lead him to this vision. A strong calling directed his attention inward and revealed the living treasure within that he had been seeking. The illusion of a “separate self” evaporated, like the lifting of a veil that had been preventing this direct experience. This awakening was experiencing that we are all whole, complete, and connected. As a sculptor and Artist for Peace, he wanted to create a visual symbol for this awakening of humanity to its unitive truth.
A vision of a Torus shape emerged and radiated from his heart. He saw many spirals emerging from inner stillness and returning to silence, the source of creation – the eternal space within. This HOLOS design came from Berman’s creative inspiration and expression once seeing and experiencing how everything is connected. “We are not separate from this totality. Our True Nature is whole, complete, and Divine.”
These realizations lead Berman to imagine the HOLOS as a Symbol for One Humanity, a spiritual and sculptural inspiration that emerges as the sacred geometry of the Torus. Berman has created these 9-spiral torus forms in stone, glass, and metal as he explores the perfect symmetry, the unitive principle, and the sacredness of the design.
From these inspirations, Berman felt that people could wear this sacred symbol, or have them in their immediate environment and energetically connect in community as One Humanity. Each HOLOS is a sacred amulet and carries this unitive intentional blessing for peace. Berman also envisions having public artwork for inspiring peace within our communities. If you would like to work with him in creating these public sculptures, please drop a note, so that he can be in contact with you. May the entire world be filled with peace and joy.