There can never be real peace in any world wherever opposing wills contest what the nature of that peace will be. And if this is true with two people at war over “how” or “what” peace is to be won, how much more so is it true when it comes to the conflicted will of this world as it opposes the peace of God?
To see the truth of these ideas and to marry them with our own experience is a conscious act of peace. God’s will is being expressed in every new moment, and is secretly the heart and soul of each moment now being newly expressed. We need only be aware of ourselves in the moment to know the truth of this and then to allow this Light to teach us about the peace that passes all understanding.
Question: Do you have an opinion on prophesies or dire predictions, or does it waste our positive energy to consider them? What do you think about the anticipated ugly prospects in the Middle East?
Answer: It is not only a waste of our energy to consider negative predictions, but such considerations secretly help create the very event feared.
Question: You have said that “evil exists in this world.” Should we eradicate the evil in or must peace and love prevail?
Answer: Evil cannot be eradicated by violence, regardless of how well intended these actions may be.
If one has any sensitivity, then one must ask: Why is there so much hatred everywhere? What has happened that human beings are so willing to destroy each other, and at the same time feel so justified for the terror they champion? How is it that fear rules the day and drives the world to an edge that it manages to extend with each passing hour? Why can’t there be peace on earth?
But to these same questions we must add one more — a probing inquiry not so easy to entertain because it begins with turning around one’s outwardly pointed finger of judgment. We must ask: What is my role in this madness? Am I really just the spectator I imagine myself to be, innocent of the sickness I see everywhere — or am I part of the ignorance whose pain seeks to destroy peace?
The truth is, and always has been (in its simplest spiritual equation), that we are the world we see; we are each, within, microcosmic versions of the global conflict going on around us. We despise the day that deprives us of our happiness, mentally crushing anyone blamed for our loss. And we are never wrong in our judgment.
So we see, the Wise teach truly: The inner does determine the outer. There cannot be peace (on earth) until one’s heart is at peace. A mind at peace punishes neither itself nor anyone else. The work to understand these truths begins with no longer trying to create an imagined peace, but with awakening to what it is within us that believes it already knows the true nature of peace.
We cannot make ourselves peaceful, any more than we can make silence. Silence already exists in any space once we stop making noises in it. The same holds true of peace. Real peace is already in place, and we need only stop creating conflict to realize its grace.