[success]Peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one’s own soul. ~ Ralph W. Trine[/success]
I’ve always been one for full disclosure, so I’m admitting right now, I’m not perfect at walking this path to peace.
That’s really good news, though you might wonder how not being perfect is good news. Well it’s good news for all of us recovering or current perfectionists.
Yay, it’s a celebration, I’m not perfect and I’m speaking it out loud.
A while ago I was visited with the joy of conjunctivitis. It didn’t dampen my spirits, well not too much, but it did give me a really blurry view of life.
Not exactly a rose coloured spectacles view of life, more like a damp and misty morning on the moor.
And that’s just how we see life most of the time; our subconscious beliefs blur our reality.
So we think we’re seeing every event, experience and even people in our world really clearly, but we’re not.
We see our world exactly as we are. Through those, oftentimes less than rose coloured lenses of belief.
We forget that we’re limitless beings, we’ve overwritten the original Divine inner us with programmes of lack and limitation, fear and doubt, anger and irritation and so much negativity that it’s amazing we can find even a tiny amount of peace with the tons of rubbish we carry around.
We’re infinite, all the while considering ourselves the very opposite.
Oh, I’m not saying we don’t have our moments where love shines through, where we experience bliss and joy.
And that’s our true nature, our natural state and yet…and yet, more often than not there we are amidst a sea of troubles, fighting to stay afloat.
What’s to be done to move us onto the path to peace?
It’s time to free ourselves of the negative, let’s begin to liberate our inner being from the shackles that bind.
One little thing that brings huge results, in my experience, is to choose love over fear. Fear is all those negatives, all the hurts, all the pain we feel.
Love is….well everything that feels wonderful. Love is the path to peace.
Something happens that feels terrible, or someone offends or causes pain, or you have physical discomfort.
Try to love it. Mentally say to the feeling, or discomfort “I love you”, say it ten times, twelve times, until you begin to feel lighter, better…you might even want to laugh.
Give the fear, the pain, the frustration permission to leave, with your love, and in your imagination see it flow out of you…I get an image of bubbles gently floating away or a bunch of brightly coloured shooting stars.
Doesn’t really matter. Whatever works for you.
Baby steps work well…just begin.
You might try it one day and work on little things that bother you. You can use it on any event, any incidents that occur. Keep love at the forefront of your mind. The path to peace is through love.
Try it on little negative thoughts, little judgements you’ve made….I’ll put money on it before the day is out…you’ll be on that path to peace.
“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Encourage one another.