I use Bible verses quite often when I write these articles, simply because they work. Whatever one believes about religion, such amazing, ancient writings are not to be dismissed lightly in my way of thinking. I only say this because I am starting out today’s topic with a Bible verse. Literature is filled with biblical allusions, many of which go undetected to those who are not familiar with the book. Proceed!
“For from the least of them even to the greatest of them, / Everyone is greedy for gain, /And from the prophet even to the priest / Everyone deals falsely. / And they have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, / Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ / But there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:13, 14 NASB).
A sense of false peace comes from those who have actively rejected their own hearts. A settled, productive, creative, progressive society or nation cannot be known apart from that key link in my Unified Theory of Humanity: people must awaken to their own hearts, must become mindful and self-aware of true core Self, must make peace with themselves. When a society lacks a majority of those who fail to attain this, especially leaders, it results in lies and this false sense of peace. Without knowing the heart, there can be no peace.
False leaders cover their asses and make everything look good, maybe even pull off a mock peace. Then, the common people who are just confused, searching for self, who may be living lives of “quiet desperation,” wonder why things aren’t any different, wonder why they are so miserable. It’s because the answers aren’t in ego-driven, greedy seekers of gain. Gain isn’t wrong, but greediness is a mark of those not hearing their hearts.
However, today in America we don’t hear a clarion cry of “Peace,” but we have those who are clambering for being the delivering agents of peace: democrats or republicans, liberals or conservatives, more gun control or less gun control. Where is the cry for awakening to self, following the heart, and living life purpose?
When living personal truth and life purpose is in place, peace attends us individually. Individual peace and community peace depends on it. The world depends on it, at least a world that affords freedom to live Self does. Problem? Not everybody wants it.
Many do, though. The general populace yearns for peace, I want peace, you want peace, so why don’t we have it? Simply because too many neglect their hearts — no, wait, it’s more than that.
The decision makers, the so-called leaders, live by ego. They claim that they will have peace by war. By the way, I don’t believe that war is the antithesis of peace; hatred is. If one is ever in doubt about the motivation for war, there’s the answer: hatred, hatred derived from self-hate of rejecting the heart that spills over into hatred of others — personal violence, societal violence, international violence. The soul of the world and the Spirit of all points to peace as the natural state of humanity, even seen in simple things.
I bought a pen some months back, and I bought it specifically because it is made of olive wood, which for thousands upon thousands of years has symbolized peace. I’m not getting into religious discussion here, just the words as presented in the Bible. When Noah checked to see if the flood was over, he sent out a dove, who returned with a sprig of an olive tree. He knew that somewhere the expressed wrath of God was over and that a fruit-bearing, life-giving tree was growing. The olive would feed people and give oil for light that symbolically allows us life and the ability to shine our core Self to others.
We should all want that, but not all pursue it for various reasons. It’s simple in one way and hard in another. The simple and hard ways are the same: Know yourself. If we have come to that knowledge, we are faced from time to time with this question: How do I, if I am at peace with myself, respond to hate?
In The Fellowship of the Heart, Alaun Cadeyrn, one of the protagonists, makes an observation about that question: “I love how peace attends those who love and follow their heart.”
Peace, my friends.
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!