I finished my Christmas shopping last night. Whew! More more thing completed during this busy holiday season! Just a few more things to do before I can relax into Christmas and maybe, just maybe, get into the spirit of the season.
Isn’t Christmas supposed to be about peace? How can I find peace when I am so busy in the world?
For Christians, Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. So the story goes that there were angels who appeared in the sky to poor shepherds singing, ‘Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth!’ For many this was interpreted that peace was coming to the world! That’s what Christmas is about for many— the coming of ‘peace on earth.'” Even if you are not “Christian”, it would be good to use the holiday of Christmas as a time to remind ourselves that the time is now for peace on earth.
But what is “peace”? In its most typical use, peace means the absence of war. But there is another way to look at it.
Twentieth century spiritual teacher Ernest Holmes defined the term, “Peace. Perfect harmony, well-being. Peace is not an absence of activity, but a very vital, vibrant quality of joyous serenity, where everything is in harmonious relationship.”
In other words, Holmes is saying that peace is an “inside job”. It is a shift in our consciousness such that we “become peace”. We feel and sense peace all around us. This sense of peace shifts our relationship with the world to bring things into “harmony” — where things just fit together naturally….think of when we hear a piece of music that is in perfect harmony….the parts fit together so beautifully that the individual aspects of it create something greater…where the sum is greater than the parts.
But this shift in consciousness may be easier said than done in today’s modern world. There is so much outward evidence of conflict that it is hard to be serene in the face of it. How can we find and “be peace” with so much outward fear and negativity?
Holmes counseled, “We are established eternally in a peace which has never been disturbed. When the appearances of adversity and confusion confound us, it is indicative that definite meditation is needed to restore our thought in the peace that forever abides in fullness. God is never disturbed, hurt or aware of adversity. The Universal Mind only knows the peace, order and harmony of Itself. Within us this same Spirit knows these things for us in our individual worlds. As we remember this and affirm this, we are moved out of adversity into prosperity, out of error into truth.”
The answer is to take time to go inward, to meditate, to feel into the sense of a power and presence that transcends the small individual human we sense ourselves to be. Do we have to name this power God or Spirit or something similar? No. Such words can be useful but if we find them to be a barrier to the sensing of a transcendent power, then we can avoid them.
What is important is to slow down, to let go of the sense of attachment to our personal human story and all of the drama that appears to surround us, and to feel into space where we know that our lives are so much greater than the pettiness of our small story. Our releasing our attachments to all of the things in the world of form that we have convinced ourselves are so very important to “who we are”, opens us to the space of joy and harmony, our lives become part of a greater expression than we imagined.
When we are able to do so, to bring this sense of serenity to our lives, then we are able to tap into a peace that moves us to a powerful place. As Wayne Dyer wrote, “A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.”
This force awaits you and I. May this Christmas season be a reminder to us that the sum of our lives is greater than the parts we each play. May we find the peace of the season in our hearts and proclaim to ourselves that the peace we feel within ourselves is cascading out and touching all and creating peace on earth.
Love and blessings,
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