This week I had intended to blog about my recent illness, which resulted in an absence from the website, and about ideas on the spiritual nature of healing; however, as I notice again more turmoil in our world, I think some thoughts on peace in our world are more important. First a thought from Mother Teresa:
"If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other."
Once again I will say, I believe we are at a crossroads in human existence. We will choose to travel down the road to peace if enough of us understand that peace begins in every individual heart. Peace will not be delivered by the actions of politicians unless those actions are bouyed up by the thoughts and prayers of many many people around the planet - who are at peace. "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me" is the fundamental key.
As counterintuitive as it may seem, the path to world peace is for each of us to find peace in our own hearts. The way is found by each person being willing to let go of all thoughts, feelings, beliefs and emotions that are un-peaceful. The way forward is to is to let go of all the things that make our individual lives un-peaceful, and turn them over to the Divine Presence of our understanding within us. This is God's exchange program: give me your troubles and in exchange, I will give you peace.
Access to God's exchange program and peace in our lives may be found through silence. Silence is where God speaks. The way to a better life for each of us and for our world is to be silent, and allow God's thoughts to become our thoughts. It is as the Etty Hillesum quote from this week's crockpot ingredient: "We have to become as simple and wordless as the growing corn or falling rain." This means not only letting go of words. This means letting go of cherishing opinions, letting go of any necessity to be right. It means letting go of the "needs" of the outer world. It means letting go of judgment. It means letting go of all differences and focusing only on the common ground. If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.
Peace begins with me.
(I behold the Divine Presence as you)