Peacefulness by Anita Moorjani
by Gary Eby, MSW
I hope everybody is experiencing a wonderful holiday season. Traditionally, we celebrate Christmas to honor the birth and life of Jesus known by many as the Prince of Peace. His ministry certainly embraced the new commandment to love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. If all of us really practiced this mandate, maybe we could actually create Heaven on Earth.
Along these lines, Anita Moorjanni, author of Dying to be Me, suggested that the universal solution to all our personal and social problems has to do with manifesting unconditional love. Joel Goldsmith, a great Christian Mystic, further elaborated that what we need to do right now is access the Christ-Love within us.
As we look ahead to the New Year, we know we will face many personal and world challenges. It is comforting to believe that despite our own particular religious faith, there are probably an infinite number of ways to overcome any problem.
This paper will explore the meaning of Jesus' declaration "Peace Be Still" as one of those positive and loving solutions to any issue, conflict, or obstacle that might present itself to us in the near future. I will be exploring this interpretation from a spiritual perspective. You are completely free to disagree with all that we discuss regarding these powerful words.
The Power of Water
Some of you are probably aware of the story in the New Testament about Jesus being in a boat with his disciples. They were sailing across a lake to meet up with other followers who wanted to hear and see his ministry. As the story goes, Jesus fell asleep, but the weather changed into a severe storm, where huge waves were threatening to capsize their boat. In desperation, the disciples woke Jesus up, and he said, "Peace Be Still." The storm stopped, and the seas were calm once again.
So, what is the meaning of that statement? It is probably about a state of consciousness where we have faith in Spirit, our Creator, to resolve all difficulties and protect us from any form of harm. In addition, when I was pondering a deeper meaning of his mighty affirmation and decree, I found some illuminating references in Psalms in the Old Testament.
Keep in mind as we review some of these quotations, if you face health problems, financial issues, relationship conflicts, or even some fear over terrorism, climate change, or whatever, you might enjoy reading the whole piece of scripture to form your own opinions:
Psalms 23: "Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need."
Psalms 45: "Come, see the glorious things that our God does..."
Psalms 91: "This I declare, that he alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him."
Do you get some clues from these Biblical readings about the meaning of "Peace Be Still" some spiritual leaders call the Secret Place of the most High? It is interesting to note that H. Emilie Cady in her classic New Thought book, Lessons in Truth, devoted two chapters to finding this secret place. She goes on to state, "The Light that you so crave will come out of the deep silence and become manifest to you from within yourself, if you will but keep still and look for it from that source."
Furthermore, Joel Goldsmith in his book, The Art of Spiritual Healing, points out, " Our prayer is a peace-be-still, a silent communion--even unto the storm at sea. If our consciousness is still, there are no stormy waters within or without. If our consciousness is still, everything about us takes on the complexion of that stillness."
Most importantly, Patricia Jepsen Chuse, author of Breaking Through and more than 30 other spiritual books suggests, "Be still and know that I AM God within you." In her Study Guide for the GodSelf, she even gives us an exercise to find the peacefulness within: "Practice focusing on the Christ-Center or the place of your heart. As you do this, visualize mighty rays , like a brilliant loving sun, shinning from your heart as light and love. Meditate on this opening of the heart."
However, could it be that the command, "Peace Be Still" is more than a prayer or meditation? Maybe is is a healing formula that we can all use to defeat any form of negativity, dark secrets, or crazy turbulence in our life. Along these lines, let me share with you a personal story about how I tried to apply such a formula to a stressful situation in my own life.
Many Points of Light
I am on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer in our gated and retirement community in Cave Junction, Oregon. We recently spent $20,000 to fix problems with the culverts and drainage ditches. Since we are a retirement community and we have a clubhouse to enjoy our golden years, I suggested to the Board that we purchase a piano for $850. I also offered to play the piano and organize musical events at the clubhouse.
Most of us were excited about this opportunity. However, soon after the decision was made, we received a letter from about seven people saying that our Board illegally voted to purchase this piano, and that I should pay the Home Owner Association back for the piano. Can you imagine that this hit me pretty hard like my own personal "stormy weather?"
After having a variety of intense, emotional reactions to this letter, I decided to spend some time in prayer and meditation. I simply said over and over, Peace...Be Still. Notice, I lengthened the word peace and then focused on being still. I sought to quiet my human mind, surrendering to the Light and Love within me. This brought me a lot of relief.
A few days later, several of our new neighbors called me up. They invited me and my wife to go out to dinner at a local restaurant. In addition, these six couples thanked me for my hard work in the community, and asked that I play the piano for them after our dinner. Needless to say, we had a joyful time and everybody appreciated the music that brought us even closer together. For me, this experience was a true calming of my turbulent seas.
In summary, Peace...be still, implies for me the following steps or paradigm shift, which you might find positive and effective to prevail over any source of emotional "bad weather" that appears during the New Year:
#1. Breathe; let go of all fear and anxiety.
#2. Embrace the omnipresence of Spirit.
#3. Break through the veil of adversity and limitations.
#4. Affirm: "We live, move, breathe, and have our being in the Love-Light."
#5. Affirm: "One Mind, One Consciousness, many points of Light."
#6. Quiet your mind: Listen; Let your Light shine!
Happy New Year! May music fill your heart and help your spirit soar. When challenged, simply say over and over, "Peace...Be Still." Feel the power of this Truth in your soul, and all will be well.