My Path to Peace

The Dalai Lama is quoted as saying “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”

Many of us dream of a world where there is peace and harmony… and yet most days we seem further away from it that ever before…

How does one not surrender to despair when one reads that it is 11.57pm on the Doomsday Clock?

For me I keep coming back to me… is that selfish? Possibly…

However I believe the Dalai Lama, and like most things that we seek in life like happiness and love, peace is what I call an “inside job”.

How can I contribute to creating a peaceful world if I am coming from a place other than peace?

This has been some of my learning in the past twelve months, both through experiences and through the insights that followed those experiences.

So how do I be peace? By lining things up within me to match who I want to become… if I am not a match within, I am far from peaceful.

I also endeavour to stay in the moment, and express whatever I am feeling in that moment. It may be that it is anger, despair, hopelessness, frustration, sadness… the challenge is from me not to carry that feeling over into too many following moments… I have found that if I express the emotion, I am able to leave it behind in the moment it belongs to, and not cart it along with me into subsequent moments…

This little guy reminds me to be mindful... bless him.

This little guy reminds me to be mindful… bless him.

Sometimes, of course, I don’t manage this over well, however I am mindful of becoming aware and reminding myself that I am dragging it too far and it is now spoiling moments it doesn’t belong in…

I read a book called “The New Revelations” by Neale Donald Walsch a long time ago – and have been drawn back to it often to remind myself of something.

I was talking about the book the other day to a friend and loaned it to them, so it has been in my recent consciousness. I was tidying up and sorting through a stack of papers on my desk – and I came across a photocopied page from this same book… so I thought I would share it with you…

The Five Steps to Peace…

Peace will be attained when we, as human beings…

PERMIT ourselves to acknowledge that some of our old beliefs about God and about Life (and about Love) are no longer working.

EXPLORE the possibility that there is something we do not understand about God and about Life (and about Love), the understanding of which could change everything.

ANNOUNCE that we are willing for new understandings of God and Life (and Love) to now be brought forth, understandings that could produce a new way of life on this planet.

COURAGEOUSLY examine these new understandings and, if they align with our personal inner truth and knowing, enlarge our belief system to include them.

EXPRESS our lives as a demonstration of our highest beliefs, rather than as a denial of them.

This is something that we can only do at an individual level… these are individual tasks…

Love is the only path to peace....

Love is the only path to peace….

Another thing of Neale’s that I remind myself often is that it could be that the words Life, Love & God are interchangeable… put any one of these words into a sentence and it will still make sense

I have added Love into these Five Steps to Peace… it is often love that is the basis for our lack of peace….

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