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In recognition of the United Nations International Day of Peace September 21, this month we are focusing on Peace. It is a focus that is not intended to prepare us for an official Day of Peace, or solely to call our attention to the united call for peace around the world. Our focus is intended to call our attention to the call for peace within us, individually, so that we become aware of how a consistent moment-to-moment choice for Peace in our daily lives can affect the world. Paramahansa Yogananda wrote, “A harmonized mind produces harmony in this world of seeming discord.” Lasting World Peace, a Peace that is intended for everyone, begins within each of us. It can only come about worldwide one harmonized mind at a time. Each of us must open our own mind to a desire for lasting Peace within us and within our personal life us before a unified Peace in the world can be sustained. Peace in our mind and in our homes will produce Peace in our community, our country, and this world of seeming discord.

Peace experienced within us is our individual experience of the Presence of God within us That will, if we allow It to, guide us in all that we do in our daily life. If we let It, the Power and Wisdom of Peace will inspire our every thought, word and action. Choosing peaceful thoughts to focus on in our mind, even when other-than-peaceful thoughts come to mind, is powerful and wise. Choosing peaceful words with the intention of bringing peace to our conversations and to every situation, even when other words may seem justified to speak, is powerful and wise. And, choosing peaceful actions, when fear tells us injurious self-protective actions are more appropriate, is powerful and wise.

Every choice we make for Peace puts us in touch with the Pure Positive Energy that is the Source of Life within us and around us. It keeps us tuned into the vibration of Love that is always right there for us to vibe with, and Love always produces thoughts, words and actions of harmlessness, kindness and compassion. Every choice we make for Peace keeps us tapped into the Invisible Unified Peace that already exists within all Life and is always ready to emerge through us whenever we’re ready to allow It to. And, every choice we make for Peace keeps us turned on by the Divinity within us so that our passion isn’t stimulated by anger, revenge or righteousness, but is infused, instead, with the Power of Peace that can move mountains without making a sound.

Lao Tzu wrote “Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.” Life flows with forceful ease. When we flow as Life flows, we’re like a sparkling stream that flows around, over and above any obstacles. Life flows unopposed in Its Oneness even when we think in opposition to our Oneness with It. The flow of Life is creative everywhere It flows and It flows everywhere. There is no way to stop Its creative force from creating in us, even when we ignore It. Even when we’re not paying attention to what we’re thinking, because whatever we’re thinking feels so normal it doesn’t catch our attention, we’re still creating. Even when we seem to be vegetating, we’re still creating!

As long as there is a thought in our mind, whether we’re aware of that thought or it’s tippy-toeing through our unawareness, if it’s in our mind and we believe it’s true, our belief is giving that thought all the attention it needs to affect our personal life in some way. We can’t think about anything or anyone, or talk about anything or anyone, or point our finger at anything or anyone and not be affected by the internal energy our focus activates in us. As the saying goes, “When we point our finger outward, three more fingers are pointing back at us.”

Sadguru wrote, “If you don’t know how to use it, the mind will use you and consume you.” It is essential for us to become the Master our mind. It is vital to our well-being for us to be a deliberate thinker in our life—to choose positive, uplifted thoughts to focus on and to practice peaceful silence as well. In this way we create a positive vibrational environment within us that allows what we want to flow to us because we’re flowing as Life flows and we need no other force. It is only as we decide to become a deliberate thinker that we feel the freedom that creates a life we enjoy living. A good question to ask our self might be: “Have I taken the idea that all my thoughts are creative ‘as gospel’? Or do I need more time to give the concept more thought before I decide whether or not it’s true?”

We are what we think about, life is what we think it is isn’t a new concept. It has been an essential Truth of our existence from the moment we became aware we exist. In 900 BC, it was written in the Book of Proverbs, “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” In 500 BC Buddha said, “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Both creative concepts were spiritually available centuries before Jesus said “It is done unto you as you believe.” Nothing has changed since then about the power of our mind to create our life except perhaps what we create with it.
We are what we thinketh, even if we don’t thinketh that’s true! We become what we think every time we think and we think all the time. Another good question for self-reflection might be: “Who do I think I am?”

If we’re not aware of what we are thinking about our self and life, or how what we’re thinking is causing us to feel about our self and life, then we should beware because we might unintentionally “calleth” into our life experience something we don’t want. Our thoughts not only create when we want them to create, or what we want them to create on a part-time basis. They don’t reach the Ear of the Creator (so to speak) only when we take a moment to pray for healing in some area of our life, or when we take time to mentally articulate for the benefit of our responsive Universe something we want to experience in our life. What we put out through our belief system we get back, not just some of the time but all of the time. And, if we don’t believe that’s true, all we need to do is look at our life to see if we’ve been using our mind to create the life we want to live, or if we’ve become a servant of our own mind and it has been using us to create a life we don’t enjoy.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “When you are deliberately deciding that you want a thing and are giving your conscious deliberate thought to it, that is creation at its best. But when you are giving thought to that which you do not want, you are nevertheless creating it and that is creation by default.” When we say of some negative thing that shows up in our life: “I didn’t see that coming, I didn’t expect that to happen, that sure came out of the blue,” we’re simply saying we haven’t been paying attention to what we’ve been thinking so we’ve been creating by default.

If for whatever reason, we haven’t decided yet that it is essential for us to be aware moment-to-moment of the creative power of our mind and to take charge of our thoughts, it is important to remember that our not giving conscious deliberate thought to living a happy, healthy, loving, peaceful, abundant life…is still a choice. It’s a choice to live by default, a choice to live without power and let life be a crap shoot where we win or lose by luck or chance.

We read in The Science of Mind, “We cannot lead a choiceless life. Every day, every moment, every second there is a choice. If it were not so, we would not be individuals.” But individuals we are. We are spiritual individuals given the power to choose our thoughts, and to deliberately decide what we want to be, how we want to feel, and what we want to see in this world. If we’re not deliberately choosing our thoughts and focus, then we need to beware of what we might be creating by default.