This article is part of a series of articles within the Soul Master Handbook. Each article represents an aspect or a quality of the soul. Taking a deeper look at these qualities will provide an opportunity for readers to touch a part of their soul that they may have not yet touched or experienced. Once touched, the road continues to widen and straighten as we go forward in becoming the master of our own soul.
There is nothing that many of us want more, than peace. Peace of mind, world peace, a peaceful home and peaceful rest. Peace is an attribute of many spiritual qualities we are blessed with. As a Soul Master, being at peace with our intentions and our purpose, and with our connections to Universal Love and the others in our lives is a fundamental Soul Master precept. Wayne Dyers says, “A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.” Pretty powerful statement, yet so comfortingly true.
In Part 1 – Peace, from the Soul Master Handbook series, the idea of peace being the “still small voice” of all that is was presented. No matter what the condition or situation going on around you, there is always peace present. Peace is the place where is all begins. First there is peace, then, what is added is in the choices that we make. If you think about the origin of anything, including man, peace is always at the root.
But, when we look around us, in our world, or even in our own hearts, peace seems like an alien concept anymore. We feel that peace has left us, deserted us, and left us to fight the forces of humanity and nature to get back to it. But this “missing peace” approach is the flaw in our logic about finding peace in our life or in our world. The peace we seek has never left; it is we who have turned away from the comforting embrace of peace. We do this by our thinking that we are separate from Universal Love, which embraces all there is with a peaceful countenance. Throughout our lives, we begin to see things through the lens of conflict and separation. We are told by our loved ones that in order to get ahead we must “fight”. In our culture, a peaceful attitude is not always admired. Very often a naturally peaceful demeanor is considered weak. Is it any wonder that we have a hard time seeing peace, when our entire culture is seduced by the excitement and sensationalism of conflict?
Many people are so starved and anxious about peace that their mission is to “fight” for it. They push others to “see” the options for peace and blame them for the conditions that appear unpeaceful. Although intentions may be good for these peace seeking people (although I sometimes feel that the “advocates” for peace may be fulfilling other ego agendas), the way to peace is never through conflict. The conflict must be diffused or played out before the lessons can be learned and growth can occur.
“We often think of peace as the absence of war, that if powerful countries would reduce their weapon arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds- our own prejudices, fears and ignorance. Even if we transport all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the roots of bombs are still there, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we will make new bombs. To work for peace is to uproot war from ourselves and from the hearts of men and women. To prepare for war, to give millions of men and women the opportunity to practice killing day and night in their hearts, is to plant millions of seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear that will be passed on for generations to come. ”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ
As long as there are those that cannot “feel” and experience peace in their lives, we are likely to continue to see evidence of turbulence. And further, you are not advocating peace by submitting to terror and violence. There is nothing wimpy about peace. If you are physically threatened, you must defend yourself. The way you do this peacefully, is by defending yourself without malice or intent to harm. A defense from ego qualities such as pay-back, resentment, hate, anger, control, fear, or any type of disregard for others, will always end badly. This goes from big major conflicts, such as war or protesting, to small incidents within the home, office, or internally. However, a firm, or even if necessary, an armed response may be the only human solution to defend those that wish to intentionally impose their beliefs onto us as an attempt to take our peace away with malice and hate. These poor souls full that are so full of hate, and who suffer from severe separation from Divine Love and Universal Peace, can only be addressed on their terms until the dust settles from the conflict.
So are we doomed? Hardly. It was never your purpose to solve world peace. It is your purpose though to solve you own peace issues, thereby promoting peace through your reflection of it. Sometimes this may affect one person, and sometimes your example may affect many people. The point is, until you find peace in your own life, you will be hard pressed to see it in others.
Your service to yourself and to others is to recognize and LIVE from your peace. When you have mastered this (first of all, call me, because you may be one of the first human to fully do it), you will begin to see peace surfacing all around in your life and in the lives of others. You can serve the world by being an advocate for peace and living your life peacefully. Remember, peace is. You don’t have to seek it, make it, or create it – you must only allow it. I’ll close this article with some ideas and actions we can all do more of to expand and promote our peace.
- Recognize and embrace your own peace – There are many actions you can take to expand your peace, but the first step has to always be the allowance of it. Recognize that you were born of peace, you are a descendant of peace, and you will always have peace when you accept this fact. Instead of wishing for it, be it. Instead of seeking peace, accept it. Instead of denying peace, declare it.
- Develop practices and habits for peace – In our daily routines, we may be unconsciously denying peace with our old habits or actions. Thoughts and deeds that are divisive or resistant are fuel for conflict. Look at the words you speak to yourself and others and see if you are presenting yourself peacefully. Consider beginning a new practice like yoga and meditation that allow us to open ourselves up to the peaceful countenance within. Consider doing more activities in peaceful quietness. Let go of little things that agitate us or others, like gossiping, watching TV that has diminishing content, nit picking, judging, teasing, or other small minded things. Go outside – there is a tremendous natural peaceful energy emanating from nature.
- Find a new way to look at conflict – I’m not a believer in discovering our peace by shutting ourselves in our houses, with our TV’s off, ignoring the world in order to not have to deal with any sort of conflict. Conflict is simply just another opportunity for expressing and spreading the palpable power of a peaceful presence. Look for new ways to manage your personal conflicts in a peaceful way, but that is authentic to you. Forcing yourself to not react, by holding back anger is only deflecting anger to another time. One creative way to handle conflict is to look at the much bigger picture of things. Is this really a big deal? Would you rather be peaceful or right? Perhaps you can find some humor in the situation. Perhaps you could suggest a compromise you would be comfortable with, or suggest a new idea. Don’t run from conflict, embrace it as an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to peaceful solutions. Give yourself a break too – this is the work of a lifetime.
- Learn to breathe – One of the most immediate and powerful actions you can take to calm yourself and allow in some peaceful space to see a peaceful solution to anything, is to breathe. This is a very focused and conscious breathing technique that pinpoints your entire attention to deep, even breathing. You cannot be practicing peaceful breathing and be angry, agitated, or bitter. Try it – it is not possible. When you take a few moments in any situation to focus on deep even breathing, you not only calm yourself and gain some of your peace back, but you break open the doors to allow in new solutions and ideas. Practice this often. It is a powerful tool for many things.
- Forgiveness – Spend some time every day forgiving yourself and others. Many times our feelings of unease and anxiety come from underlying grievances we hold onto towards ourselves or others. These are poison to a peaceful countenance. Let them go – they serve no one. The past is over, the present is where we live and when we do – peace is always available to us.
- Pray for world peace – Sending peaceful and loving thoughts to others is powerful. Embrace the world and your connection to Universal Love with thoughts of love, peace, and joy, many times a day. You may never know if your thoughts touched someone or not, but I would bet that they do. But I CAN guarantee that they will support you and your expansion of peace in your heart.
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