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ABC's of Self-Realization: Pursuing Peace

Updated on September 6, 2013

Peace is not something you wish for; It's something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away.” – Robert Fulgham

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is so much heartbreak in the world recently, what with the Norway mass-murderer, Anders Behring Breivik, causing unconscionable horror in that country and with the Japan earthquakes causing unspeakable grief and upheaval for the residents of that country on March 11th, April 21st, and finally again, on June 22nd of this year. These are just two of the major events that have caused a feeling of unrest and chaos. More than anything else in the world, humanity needs peace right now. As we all know, peace begins from within ourselves before it can ever make a positive impact on the world.

There was a song written long ago called, “Let There Be Peace on Earth” and the words that follow are these: “…and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.” It is actually a religious song, yet the message is meant for everyone. We must -we absolutely must - find a way to reflect peace in our world, before the results end up being beyond catastrophic.

The saying above from Robert Fulgham is so extremely profound in its simplicity. We, as a whole, cannot just wish for peace. We must take action, do things that create peace, and be living, breathing reflections of what peace looks like. Thereafter, we can share that peace with others, so they may experience the truth of What We Are All Meant to Experience. It's part of our purpose for being here in the first place.

We have been so deluged with negativity from so many different directions in our lives, that we have almost become as robots - programmed to believe there is no better way, no way out and that our circumstances have complete control over our choices. We have come to believe that we have no say in what takes place in our lives. My friends, please, please realize that this perception is not true! The exact opposite is true! We were given a free will, innate self-empowerment, and enough indwelt wisdom to understand that we truly create the effects of our own experience. When we take charge of our own thoughts, our own feelings, and our own actions resulting from strength within, that is what leads us to the path of peace. That is when we become reflections for others to exemplify.

If we desire peace, we must be peace. We must focus on creating the results we wish to see, rather than reacting in a chaotic manner, which only adds fuel to the fire. Realize that the words “create” and “react” are all the same letters, just rearranged. The rearranging of our thoughts and perspectives is what will make the difference in how the experiences in our lives play themselves out.

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote about the fact that nothing can bring you peace but yourself is also so very true and so very simply profound as well. Every single thing we believe we need in our life (be it peace, comfort, strength, wisdom, etc.) is all within us already! Even the story of the Wizard of Oz shows us that there is “no place like home” because we can never, ever find anything outside of ourselves that will bring us anymore true peace than that which already dwells within!

Ponder this truth. Breathe it in and let it settle gently within every fiber of your being because it is real, genuine, and divine. That is Who We Truly Are and Are Meant to Be.


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    • Lene Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Lene' Lynn St. John 

      7 years ago from Glendale, AZ

      Denise, thank you! :) I came up with all the title for the series and then chose what to write on each one! I am so glad you like them! :)

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      I love your use of quotes in your work. You always pick such awesome ones. Well written series of Self Realization. I love them!


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