Peace Day - September 21, 2008 - 51
If you find yourself shutting down or burning out, simply ask yourself: Could I welcome whatever is being experienced in this moment? Could I also welcome any wanting to do anything with this experience? By welcoming what you are experiencing, you naturally open, let go, and allow these energies to pass through your awareness. the thought of “me” appears. As you discover that you are not actually separate, you feel safe and at peace within, which translates naturally into positive outward action that supports the whole. You become the living embodiment of peace. I highly encourage you to explore these simple shifts in consciousness in order to bring the peace that is at your core into your every moment experience. The more energy you put into exploring these positive inner actions, the more you will find that your outward actions bear more fruit, and you will also find that your own experience of living will change dramatically for the better. As we practice loving kindness and compassion in the world in order to give inner peace a chance, remember it is also important to let go of whatever is inside of us that is obscuring the peace that is already within. By letting go, we allow the flower of peace to bloom in our hearts and take root in the world. Lasting PEacE is bEyond bELiEf Recognize that the solution is beyond our beliefs. Most of us find that we get lost in or identify with our beliefs, both positive and negative. When we come across a belief in the world that we feel is destructive to the planet or ourselves, we tend to oppose the belief by trying to construct a positive belief in its stead. However, if you allow yourself to explore this, you will see that these opposing beliefs spar with each other, feeding each other and keeping conflict alive. The best solution is to go beyond belief. This supports yourself and others in trusting their own direct knowingness rather than any belief. This helps us to allow everyone to believe what they choose and creates the opening to move beyond belief to our inner intuitive knowingness and trust in our positive thoughts and deeds. This knowingness that we are is a very powerful place from which to create positive change. If you find yourself slipping into defending or attacking a belief, first remember that your beliefs are not who you are, nor are the beliefs of others who they are. Then, as best you can, let go of the desire to defend your beliefs and attack the beliefs of others. If you find yourself getting stuck in defending a belief, you can ask yourself: Could I allow myself to welcome this belief? Could I let go of wanting to defend, justify, explain or prove it to myself or others? Could I let go of wanting to believe that again? If you find yourself feeling compelled to challenge others’ beliefs, you can ask yourself: Could I allow myself to let to of wanting to attack, discredit, argue with or disprove this belief? Could I grant this person or group the right to believe as they do? Hale Dwoskin is the Author of The New York Times bestseller The Sedona Method: Your Key to Lasting Happiness, Success, Peace and Emotional Well-being. He is one of 24 featured teachers in the best selling book and movie The Secret. A founding member of the Transformational Leadership Council, Dwoskin is also the cofounder, CEO and Director of Training for Sedona Training Associates headquartered in Sedona, Arizona. The company is currently building an online social network designed to support world peace and inner peace. You can get info about The Sedona Method and this new site by visiting www.sedona.com. brEak frEE of thE Ego True peace is beyond the individual. As long as we believe that we are separate from others, we feel unsafe and need to fight for our own survival in a hostile world. This prevents us from supporting an inner and outer environment of peace. The best way to go beyond this artificial sense of separation is to examine our basic assumptions about ourselves. In this moment, see if you can actually find the “me” if you do not go into memory. If you are open to it, you will discover that in this moment there is no separate me at all. You can also ponder simple questions like: Am I the body or am I that which is aware of the body? Am I the thoughts I think, or am I that which is aware of thinking? Am I in this body or is the body an appearance in or on the awareness that I am? As you ponder these questions, examine your basic assumptions, and are open, you may just discover that what you are is not a separate person, but rather the presence of awareness in or on which www.worldpeaceemerging.com 51
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