When talking about peace I am not just speaking about world peace, I am speaking about the peace within. The fact is that in order to contribute to the grand vision of world peace we have to find our individual inner harmony first. Today’s world struggles with conflict of all kinds. Wars, civil unrests, internal battles, and personal hostilities are on the daily agenda. We cry for a solution to the problem, but we overlook the obvious: We must heal ourselves first.
How do we start? What must we know in order to contribute to the change? The primary facts are: Life in itself is intelligent, and we, as part of this intelligence, are composed of this primal substance. We are complete within ourselves. However, we have allowed ‘reacting’ to outer circumstances rather than acting rightly about them, and therefore have lost this natural peaceful demeanor. The fight is not outside of us, it is within. And we reflect our internal turbulence, echoing it into the Universe.
“In the last analysis, life is found to be nothing but sense”, is stated by one of the great metaphysicians William W. Walter in the early 1900’s. Life, boiled down, hidden behind the veil of all perception, leaves a purely mental essence. Truth, Life is mental.
However, most people confuse self-knowledge with knowledge. Humankind, and their egos, assume that being knowledgeable means to also know your “self”. This is not so. Many intellectuals, men of great earthly knowledge, act from their ego-consciousness and do not know themselves at all. The true essence of the person remains hidden. Ego does not allow Spirit to shine. Ego is threatened by Truth. The ego is a peace-disturber, a troublemaker. It wants more and more, it doesn’t stop or find satisfaction, as it looks to outside pleasures instead of within.
The inherent and characteristic goal of unfoldment and growth, striving to expand, is fully misunderstood by the ego-mind. It sees this task as an accumulation of material riches and status, worldly powers you might say. However, the spiritual mind knows that the unfoldment of self consists of the humble awakening of Truth within. We have to expand our minds beyond our five senses. To truly ‘sense’ is to go beyond your accustomed limited perception. Mind always seeks to know and to expand its awareness. We all have the gift. We are all blessed with the same potential and abilities. We just have to start using these gifts.
Our work is to observe this inner sensing that is going on at all times. Can we accept ourselves as the dynamic, powerful, yet peaceful Soul we are? Or do we see ourselves as struggling, confused, and always in a hectic state? Where is our inner peace? What happened to this natural harmonious disposition?
Let us begin, step by step, and one day at a time. Because, once we have mastered this inner harmony we can start sowing the seeds to include our surroundings and loved ones. Once we have found this stillness and calm within, it will naturally and effortlessly contribute to a grander picture. It will spread easily, and flow with the natural current of the Universe. It will certainly contribute to a better life and manifest into world peace, as we are part of Collective Consciousness, which is connected to the All-mighty Universal Source.