“No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it, by vigorously willing to have it. Peace is a margin of power around our daily need. Peace is a consciousness of springs too deep for earthly droughts to dry up. Peace is the gift not of volitional struggle but of spiritual hospitality.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick
I like the term “spiritual hospitality.” Peace is something that we allow into ourselves, that we allow to happen in us. It’s not a question of exerting our will in order to be peaceful inside. It’s not a question of forcing peace to happen. Rather, we have to let down the barriers that we’ve put up against peace, and we have to welcome peace into ourselves and make it such an important guest that it will stay as long as we wish it to stay.
Peace is inside you and me right now. In fact, perfect peace is in there. We know this because we know that something like peace can’t come from outside of ourselves. Other people can’t give it to us, and it won’t result naturally from a new job or a positive change in our financial situation. Perfect peace is inside of you and inside of me, right here, right now.
Peace comes when we allow ourselves to unwrap it and to admire it and to believe in it. It’s like a gift that’s been given to us, but we’ve thrown it into the closet, still wrapped, and over time it’s been covered up by all of our worries and cares and concerns.
Not a very hospitable thing to do to something as wonderful as peace, is it? So take it out, dust it off, open the package, and believe that it’s truly for you. Let it be a part of your life with no questions asked–trust it, and love it. It most definitely will love you back, unconditionally.
Questions to consider:
1. Where is your peace these days? In your conscious self, or buried somewhere in your subconscious?
2. Why do you think that so few people exhibit their peaceful sides?
3. What would the world be like if everyone allowed peace to be the main determiner of how they lived their lives and treated others?
For further thought:
“The important thing to remember is that peace comes from within your own heart and mind, not from some outside source, and when you refuse to be disturbed by things about you, life will flood your being with dynamic energy.” – Anonymous