The TRAC5 Blueprint
TRAC5 applies a formalized Blueprint that incorporates a unique missing element in peacemaking and crisis response. We draw upon decades worth of research and real-world experience to implement a two-prong application. It begins with a "top-down" approach engaging leadership in faith-based diplomacy. A remarkable track-record has been assembled over 20-years in countries such as Iran, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, and the Central African Republic.
Second, our "bottom-up" approach brings people together by highlighting newly discovered and game-changing religious common ground that helps initiate reconciliation and real peace in some of the most challenging places on earth.
Hon. James Baker III,
61st U.S. Secretary of State
...a blueprint for breaking this logjam of dissension that contributes to so much conflict today.
*Endorsement of A Deadly Misunderstanding; a book that chronicles the foundational beginnings of TRAC5.
The Blueprint Quantified:
Part 1: Mind Impact
Linguistics: Incorporating the Aramaic language of Jesus, in a comparative analysis with the kin-Semitic languages of Hebrew and Arabic. This study has revealed ground-breaking common ground with the potential to transform religious mistrust and bias into friendship among Muslims, Christians, and Jews.
Shockingly, there is little to no scholarly work comparing the Semitic languages of the Abrahamic faiths with the objective to identify new common ground that could tear down divisive walls and build bridges of better understanding. This book is packed with thought jarring and revelational research to uncover powerful religious common ground that undermines many of the doctrinal ideologies that generate fear, mistrust, radicalisation, persecution, and religious conflict.
While Greek dominates especially the New Testament, the Semitic languages of Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic uncover a unique key to unlock Abrahamic scriptural-based peace. The importance of the application of Semitic linguistics in the 5th Track Blueprint cannot be overstated. This especially true considering that Muslim, Christian and Jewish adherents comprise more than half of the world's population, and this demographic can be associated with the vast majority of conflict, radicalism, and humanitarian crises. Thus, furthering this study and real life applications warrants immediate attention.
Neuroplasticity affirms what Scripture depicts, that the mind is not static, but dynamic, able to transform to a new way of thinking and living, consistent with what it means to be a peacemaker. By sharing this new common ground, we found that it has proven effective and brings alive the process of being “transformed by the renewing of the mind.”
When religious beliefs are challenged, areas of our brain associated with emotional regulation and cognitive flexibility are activated. When new ideas that threaten our core beliefs are introduced the amygdala also activates. The amygdala is the part of the brain that is responsible for our fight or flight response. This science suggests that Neuroplasticity is remapping neural pathways and synapses of our brains can be influenced through a proper environment.
When engaging someone with a different religious worldview, it is prudent to avoid confrontational language that has the potential to fire up their amygdala. Rather the Blueprint uses paradigm-busting new research to in a fashion “jolt” one into creating new neural pathways. Our Semitic language research dynamically forges new religious common ground that heretofore has been unapproachable.
Part 2: Heart Impact
Mathematics: Through trial and error and with careful analysis, we have quantified the consistent, “inputs and outputs” of love in practical terms ("Algorithm of Love"). This works in concert with our use of Semitic languages, which in and of itself has a way of touching the hearts of people. When applied properly, the impact on the hearts and minds of the people involved consistently leads to peace.
Following these 14 behavioural inputs of love, that have been buried in the Semitic scriptures for generations, is the secret to establishing both inner and outer peace with mathematical consistency. The algorithm draws not on institutional religion, but the teachings and life example of Jesus. He crossed religious and cultural barriers and demonstrated amazing love and forgiveness to those who betrayed, falsely accused, humiliated, tortured, and grotesquely executed him.
He demonstrated the ultimate example of “sacrificial interests” which in maintaining the path of life ordained by God, we can follow with courageous abandon. Practicing sacrificial-interests allow for forgiveness and reconciliation filling the void in the human heart. The Blueprint is a path to achieving this elusive goal. And the exciting news is that the algorithm can be used in the international arena, national politics, our workplaces, and in our own homes with family and friends. And while being far from a robotic process, it does follow Webster’s definition of an “algorithm” because it is “a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end.”
We Agree to:
Create a comfortable environment
Be honest & authentic
Stand firm & never give up
Bear your responsibility (blame)
Look for the best in people
Carry each other's burdens
Hope for the best outcome
We Agree to Avoid:
Promoting our agenda until it is requested
Pointing out a record of wrongs
Envying what others have
Quick anger & escalating strife
Delighting when injustice happens to others
Applied science and psychology: All of the above is wrapped in Acts 2:42 - i.e., breaking bread, praying, relationship building and study. This is a powerful process to build genuine friendships in a way that honors political, religious and business leaders in diverse cultures, opening a door for much more to be accomplished.
1) In the ancient Middle East, “breaking bread” was a must when engaging others, whether sharing a delicious cup of Arabic coffee and a dip of hummus, or a full meal. This first step helps create a “safe environment,” part 1 of the algorithm.
2) Getting to know the other, or becoming reacquainted while asking about family, hurts, joys, hopes, and dreams opens the heart and draws each person closer. This is not the place to debate or negotiate concerns or wants, but continue to wrap the conversation around the 14 agreements in the Algorithm of Love. How can we see the “other” in the most charitable fashion, how God would see us?
3) While developing camaraderie in this way, the power of the Spirit is unleashed through establishing spiritual connectivity. Jointly reviewing and discussing the life-impacting discoveries in sacred literature, or sharing the “witness” of your life and struggles to follow the teachings of Jesus and the prophets greatly expand the “kindling” of a relationship. Start by thinking about one or two aspects of the “other” that you like or could enjoy.
4) Prayer at the appropriate time and in a way that feels comfortable is the final application. Even a short time of meditative silence can work wonders in building relations and breaking down barriers. Prayer is the cement of the entire process and creates an evolving spiritual connection