The Journey that led to the
Apprentice of Peace Movement

AOP started in Denver City Park with a strong sense of wanting to give back to the world. Many people get this very same feeling. Our ambition came from a deep desire to find true peace in my life. I wanted to make a change from all of the stress and drama I thought life was throwing at me. By 2010, I was finally ready to admit that I was done with the street life, gangs, and selling drugs. I was going to follow the instructions of my parole and do what I had to do to remove myself from the system.

 

I enrolled in school, I started working a good job, and I started playing Call of Duty as a tool that kept me off the streets. For 8 months, I was focused and NOTHING could bring me down. But... I didn’t realize what was to come. 

 

I sat in a cell wondering, how is it that after all the good I’ve done the last 8 months, I could end up here… in prison.

So, I decided to retrace my steps.

It was the very weekend before the incident. I had double the XP points for Call of Duty and my best friend - who plays COD with me - had already planned on playing all weekend. I was up for the challenge. At the same time I had another friend who was begging me to go out to the club with him. After tons of convincing, I caved. After all, it’s been over 8 months and I’ve been super disciplined. I enrolled back into school, I was working a great job, and my life was slowing turning around. What I didn’t realize at the time was that it would take me 2 years to get back home...

The night was going great and I was enjoying myself immensely, until suddenly, a fight breaks out right in front of me. I quickly attempted to break the two guys up, when out of nowhere, someone comes and hits me hard and completely knocks me out...  The next thing I remember, I’m waking up in the hospital, discombobulated, disoriented and confused. I start to remove the neck brace and as I look around wondering why I'm here.

By the time I realized what had happened, they had already decided to press charges on me for assault... After everything I’ve done in the last 8 months, I couldn’t believe the situation I was in. Oh, and did I mention I was on Parole and had no business being at a club or drinking? They had no sympathy for my story and simply sent me to prison for the remainder of my parole sentence… 24 months.

Needless to say, this was a hard pill to swallow and the only outlet I had left was to write. My writing led to an epiphany that led to a change in mentality and quickly helped me re-engineer my thoughts and re-engineer my future outcome.  Before I knew it, the AOP organization was alive. And I became the very first Apprentice of Peace.
 

Study the Principles
This book is designed to help you understand that not everything has to be understood. Peace comes from Knowing ones self. Discover who you truly are and get on the path to becoming an Apprentice of Peace.
"I used to think that my circumstances were an arbitrary mix of misfortune; thinking, I was always at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Now I understand that every obstacle I face is there to help me on my journey. I give thanks, and recognize that I have always been and always will be at the right place at the right time."
Founder of Apprentice of Peace and Author of the new book, The Apprentice of Peace: An Uncommon Dialogue
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