Peace From Fear
This article was published in the October 2016 edition of the Lightworker Advocate Online Magazine.
I thought I would start this article by looking up my Pocket Oxford Dictionary for the accepted definition of peace, and I quote:
peace n. freedom from or cessation of war; treaty securing this; civil order as secured by law; prevent or refrain from strife; quiet, calm, harmonious relations.
I felt this was a very inadequate definition. Does freedom from war mean there is peace within the world, nation, community, family or individual? Does a cessation of war bring peace to a population? Did the cessation of war address the cause of the hostilities in the first place? I feel that war is an end result of having no peace within a society or a nation. I believe the opposite of peace, in the form of fear, is the real cause of all hostilities.
Civil order secured by law seems to be a shallow description of peace. In peaceful nations there are undercurrents of a lack of peace, particularly in cultures where discrimination is practiced, either overt or covert. Laws may be passed to outlaw discrimination, however the law is often not enforced in a fair and just way. Through a perception of fear, mistakenly held in the minds of a people fearful of change, a society can erupt into civil disorder. Fear creates a lack of peace for all.
Civil disorder can be most powerful when a majority of the minority- or the discriminated against- take a non-violent, stubborn and uncompromising approach to get its message across.
Does prevention from strife mean there is peace? Our jails are filled with more people who disrupt our peace, than people who are a danger to us as individuals. When individuals refrain from causing strife we have a more peaceful community, nation and world.
Quiet, calm, harmonious relations: Do these words adequately describe peace? I feel they barely scratch the surface of the meaning of peace. I would define peace as being attained when there is love, trust, truth and honesty, kindness, tolerance, consideration, compassion and forgiveness. I would go as far as to say, there cannot be peace in the world, nation, community, family or within oneself, until we live in harmony with these attributes, deep within the essence of our being. The first place we have to start is within ourselves; loving who we are in the perfection of our Divinity: loving unconditionally and non-judgementally everyone as we do a new born baby, for their Divinity within; knowing we exist in an energy field of unlimited potential with infinite possibilities, freely available to all; trusting ourselves and knowing we can reach our fullest potential; trusting our intuition to protect, and keep us safe; being honest and truthful with ourselves and others; being kind to ourselves and others by believing we all do the best we can; tolerance of differences in everyone; not expecting or desiring all to perceive the world as we see it; having consideration, compassion and forgiveness for all.