How can we achieve the bliss of peace every day, not just for one day, once a year, when we come together to pray for peace? How can we achieve a peace that allows us to live in harmony and unity with each other every day in this world we share? The lyrics of the song “Stand Together,” by Faith Rivera and Harold Payne, tell us: “We’re the ones who can make a difference. We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for. Let’s stand together.” But we can only stand together for a peace that truly makes a difference every day, if we stand together in peace, which is to say, if we stand together with peace in our individual hearts. Ramana Majarshi wrote, “Peace is the inner nature of humankind. If you find It within yourself, you will then find it everywhere.”
Every day matters if we want to make a difference by being an individual inlet or conduit for Peace, so that Peace can appear on Earth through us and stay awhile as us. Peace appears as us every moment we allow our self to choose peace, to make peace, and to be peace. Just as Love isn’t an emotion but what we are, peace is not a condition, it is our unconditional inner nature. Peace isn’t dependent upon the absence of war or conflict because It is the Presence of God in us, and God has no opposition anytime, anywhere. God’s Peace never leaves us no matter how chaotic things may be around us. It doesn’t leave us no matter how un-peaceful our thoughts may be, or how upset we may be emotionally, or even when we act angrily. God’s Peace doesn’t require anything to change before It appears anywhere, anytime, except our willingness to allow It to appear in us.
In the Book of Isaiah we read, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken and my covenant of peace will not be broken.” But in order for us to feel the Presence of that Peace within us, we have to want to feel Its Presence within us. We have to be willing to let go of the argument we’re having in our mind, or the one we’re having with someone else. We have to be willing to let go of the argument we’re having with our past, and to stop singing our somebody done me wrong songs and telling our sad, sorrowful stories that seem to explain to our self and others why we are the way we are today.
So the question is, “Are you a has-been? Are you letting who you has been keep you from being all that you can be now?” Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You cannot focus upon stories that make you feel bad, and at the same time allow into your experience what makes you feel better. You have to begin to tell the story of your life as you now WANT it to be and discontinue the tales of how it has been.” We all have our stories of yesterday. Some of those stories are fun and make us and others happy, and sometimes laugh. Such stories can cause happiness to expand in us and allow us to be even happier today. But some of our stories of the past can bring us down when we think about them, and bring everyone around us down when we talk about them. Such stories may evoke compassion and understanding from others, and may seem to excuse us for not being more than we appear to be today, but they don’t feel good in the telling and they won’t bring about anything better.
Psychologically and therapeutically it’s often helpful for us to tell our story of the past to someone else, someone safe, so that when who we “has been” is out in the open and we’re not rejected after we’ve told it, we’re more able to let it go and start writing a new chapter in our life. It is the repetitive thinking about, and repetitive talking about, negative past stories that causes our current vibration to attract more negativity. But, even when we begin to notice a pattern of negative attraction, it is still hard to let those stories go because we’ve so identified with who we were that we don’t know who we would be without our stories. But if we’re ever going to find out who we can be, we have to start telling a new story about the life we want now.
Even a good story about our past, if it is all we think about and talk about, can keep us from telling a new story now. Retrospective thinking, rather than introspective thinking, can make it seem as if our best days are behind us. Giving the good ‘ol days more attention and conversation than our life today can keep us from experiencing life as we WANT it to be NOW. It’s like driving down a beautiful country road and looking in the rearview mirror the whole time at where we’ve been. We miss the beauty of what’s around us and what’s ahead for us. It’s good to remember the good ol’ days as good and to appreciate our past. But it is even more important to appreciate our life today so we can experience more and more of the wonder and magic of being alive in each lived moment.
Eckhart Tolle wrote, “The more you live in the Now, the more you will feel the simple deep joy of Being and the sacred character of life.” As we live each moment fully present right where we are, we’re more able to feel the simple deep joy of Being who we are now, rather than who we has been before. Then we naturally start telling a new story of our life—a story about the one who is worthy, the one in whom God is well-pleased, the one who lives an effortless life, the one for whom everything works together for good, the one who trusts life, the one who is so loved by the Universe that It conspires in every moment to bring about the good we desire, a story about the one who is loved, loving and lovable and attracts loving encounters and experiences every day. It is a story worth telling, that’s why we here. And only we can tell our story in the way it was created to be told. Mooji wrote, “You are the beloved of God, why should life be against you? The reality is you are one with the Supreme, in harmony with that which is. Trust the thing that brought you here that It will take care of you. Because your life is created out of love, this love must be set free.”