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Inner Peace is a quiet pageantry of the heart, an individual spiritual experience of the Presence of God in us that can have global consequences that will last for more than just one day. World Peace won’t appear in our world until it appears first within each of us. We can’t “be the hope of a new day dawning” until it dawns on us that it is up to us individually to be the Peace we want to see in the world. No matter what language we speak, no matter what faith or religion inspires our prayers for Peace, we can only give Peace a chance to flood our collective human awareness by choosing It for our self above all conflict that may arise in our personal life, in our country, and in the world. Only in this way can we make a difference in the world.

Eckhart Tolle wrote, “Anything you accept fully will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.” Our acceptance of whatever has occurred in our personal life or in the world takes us into peace because it ends our fighting against whatever we’ve been fighting against. Acceptance isn’t an act of weakness, it’s a powerful act of choice that removes our sense of separateness and division from others and allows Peace to flow more freely to us and through us. Surrender isn’t giving up, it is giving in to the Peace that is natural to us as a spiritual being even while we’re having this human experience. Peace within us allows us to perceive and appreciate that the purpose of contrast and diversity in the world isn’t to encourage conflict and opposition, but to give each of us opportunities to use our power of individual choice.

Ramana Majarshi wrote, “Correcting oneself is correcting the whole world. The Sun is simply bright. It does not correct anyone. Because it shines, the whole world is full of light. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world. In other words, we have to get our own shine on before we can light up the world! Otherwise our peace candles are like candles in the wind. To get our shine on it’s necessary for us to make peace with our own past behaviors and the past behavior of others. And, it’s necessary for us to cease fighting against current situations in our life and the world—whether it is something personal like a condition in our body or the appearance of our body, or a conflict with a family member, neighbor, coworker, or whomever; or whether it is something more global like fighting against the political views or lifestyle choices of others. We may say “Yeah, but, if I don’t fight what’s wrong and unfair nothing will change. But nothing will change until we stop fighting against each other.

It is only as we individually choose Peace above all else that the quietness of Peace can enter our mind, and it is only from the inspiration of Inner Peace that any outer action can bring greater Peace to the world. When we achieve individual Peace of mind we will be able to stand together, and pray together, immersed in a Peace so powerful it will bring Peace on Earth at last.

Choosing Peace isn’t to be practiced only when it’s easy to choose, like when we’re out in nature or listening to relaxing music. It’s a choice to make when a conflict appears to justify another choice. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “Being happy when everything is going well is no achievement. When things go wrong, in the midst of adversity, if you can smile, then you have achieved something very valuable.” A choice for Peace, a choice for Joy, a choice to smile when things around us, or even within us, seem dark opens a portal in our mind for Light to come in. If we can smile in the midst of adversity, our smile can help to light up the world.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “It isn’t what you say, it’s how you feel when you say it. It isn’t what you do, it’s how you feel when you do it. It’s only how you feel.” Sometimes the phrase “fake it till you make it” is misinterpreted to mean “even if you don’t believe it or feel it, act like you do until you do so that others will think you do before you do.” But that’s not it at all. It’s not a call to be phony or artificial. It’s a call to be divinely authentic, and to feel what is spiritually real within us before we see it around us.

We read in The Science of Mind, “All the power of the universe is with you. Feel it, know it, and then act as thought it were true and it shall be.” That doesn’t mean for us to act like we’re happy when we’re not, but rather to feel the Source of happiness within us, to know It’s there, and let It be our happiness for no visible reason, so that our happiness brings about happier experiences in our life. The Law of Attraction isn’t fooled when we say things, and pray things, we don’t believe in because It only responds to the vibrational emissions energized by what we do believe. Rather than waiting for something or someone around us to cheer us, when we choose to uplift our self because feeling good feels so good we can’t wait to feel it, we bring our mind and emotions into vibrational awareness of the Presence of God in us, the Source of our Good, and our good flows unresisted to us.

Feeling authentic happiness before whatever we think will make us happy arrives in physical form lets happiness create for us. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Creation is about you creating within you the vibrational environment that will allow what you want to flow to you. If you want it and expect it, it will be yours very soon.” We all know how good it feels to expect something good. We feel relaxed and happy, and filled with positivity about everything! It’s easy to act as though it were already in physical form because we know it will be soon. We also know how powerless we feel when we say and pray what we don’t believe will come our way. Waiting to feel good until we see results causes a feeling of doubt within us that blocks our good and convinces us it was never going to happen anyway.

Being preemptively happy, expressing happiness ahead of time before our good arrives in person, isn’t always easy. Without physical proof around us that justifies our being as happy as we feel
often causes those around us to point out to us all the things in our life and the world that we shouldn’t be happy about. How dare we be happy when there is so much suffering in the world! But only happiness can end suffering. Fake it till you make it in its truest sense is a call for faith in the abundant, unlimited Universe in which we live, and the Love of God that is the Source of all Life everywhere, no matter how things may appear to be.

In the Book of Hebrews we read, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Happiness for no visible reason is an act of faith. It is our trust in the Invisible Presence of things hoped for. It is the evidence we feel within us of the reality of things not yet seen. If we feel it, and know it as an already vibrational reality within us, it shall be. It can’t help but be!

We read in The Science of Mind, “See the desire as already accomplished, and live in perfect confidence, peace and certainty, never looking for result, never wondering, never becoming anxious, never being hurried nor worried.” When we don’t need it to be all right around us before it is all right within us, every little thing will be alright. Trust is the happy feeling that everything will work out for us. It’s the happy feeling that all we will ever need is already within us and that it will become visible to us at the perfect time. Every moment we’re creating within us the vibrational environment that will allow what we want to flow to us, or keep it away.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.” How we approach life is how we experience of life. There can be nothing more to our life, nothing more we can experience, other than how we perceive life to be. Living in trust is feeling and knowing that this Universe of Love wants us to experience happiness just as much as we want to experience happiness. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “The main event has never been the manifestation. The main event has always been the way you feel, moment by moment, because that’s what life is.” Feeling good because we choose to feel good brings about a life in which good thoughts come into our mind and good things show up around us as if by magic.

To those who live by physical sight alone, it may appear that we are either “cuckoo” or faking the happiness we feel when there seems to be no visible reason for our happiness. But to a Universe that responds to how we truly feel, we are creating the vibrational environment that will allow what we want to flow to us. Orson Welles wrote, “If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”