We don’t often publish one of Spirit’s articles more than once. But, with the USA and Iraq teetering on the brink of war, we thought it appropriate to republish this one.
I’ve read and re-read it myself many times. Especially when I find myself drifting away from the deep inner peace I’ve worked to create over the years. Or when I find myself tempted to judge others simply because they are different from me.
People in this area (Washington, DC) are living under a cloud of fear right now. A cloud made bigger and blacker by federal officials’ recent warnings that Washington and New York are again potential terrorist targets. Around here there’s no sense of peace on earth, nor do many feel peace within their own hearts.
A friend wrote me last weekend to ask if Spirit or I had any specific suggestions for “changing the world’s push towards war.” She went on to say “I . . . am feeling more compelled to put additional energy into balancing the war energies that are building. I have never believed that any particular collective act was inevitable and (I believe) that we create as we go along.”
Here’s my reply to her:
I agree with you–no collective act is inevitable. But when the energy builds for action (and Bush has managed to stir up a lot of “war energy” among the American people), it’s often difficult to stop it. I don’t pay much attention to the news any more, but I heard on NPR yesterday that polls are saying most Americans now favor war. I guess that puts you and me in the minority.
Spirit and I do have specific ideas and suggestions–but they’re probably not what you’re looking for. Spirit said in one article some years back he does not favor peace meditations.
And, of course, it goes without saying he certainly doesn’t favor war. Nor would he favor anti-war or anti-anything movements. Whatever you’re resisting (war in this case), you’re giving your attention to, and thereby increasing the chances of manifesting exactly what you don’t want.
Spirit has always said, and I go along with them on this one, peace on earth must always, always, begin within ourselves. If we are feeling less than peaceful within our own hearts, minds, and bodies, then we have nothing to contribute to world peace. Any negative thoughts we hold contribute nothing to world peace–even if we are angry, frustrated, plain pissed off at folks like Bush and Powell, we are (to paraphrase Deepak Chopra) contributing to the wounding of the world.
Peace, personal and global, always begins within the individual, within us. So to give you a specific suggestion, I would say absolutely the best thing we can do for world peace is to come to a place of deep personal peace–and to do whatever it takes to get there. If more people did that, that high, positive vibration would radiate out into the entire world. And who knows what miracles that could create?
But regardless of what President Bush, or the American military forces, or the American people think and do–even if that results in a disastrous and tragic war–we who are on a different path can always be at peace. We don’t have to participate in their vibrations, in their creations. They create their realities, and we create ours. The choice of exactly what we create is always up to us individually, and is determined by our predominant thoughts and feelings.