Finding Peace By Going Within, Out or Without (Part 2)3 comments
Monday I shared finding peace by going within ourselves, our bodies, our minds. The second way to find peace is to go outside of ourselves. Patti Fields a facilitator of A Course in Miracles study groups, a spiritual counselor and a dear friend of mine shared an image with me one day. She said that she saw two circles, one inside of the other. Our life is in the middle (yellow) section.
We can find Peace (she uses the word “Truth” meaning “the absolute”) by going within the inner circle or outside the outer circle. The middle yellow section gets mucked up with the gunk and stress of [the illusion] of everyday living. It is where the dark and suffering is.
Our hope is that by developing the inner circle and the outer circle, the yellow section shrinks and continues to shrink, until there are no circles and we are living full time in Peace.
Some of the meditations in the series will invite us within, and some will invite us to go to the outer circle. Outside Peace is where we can connect with situations, people, the earth and Spirit to find divinity in all of these things. From here, we can reach out outside of ourselves and see our world from a big picture view, instead of the small slice we see from the midst of the chaos.
The big picture
The big picture view gives us a new and easier to swallow perspective. Finding peace is easier in the big picture view. We see that the situation may not be as unjust as we thought and it can become less frustrating. We can see the pain of the other people inflicting harm on us and have compassion even though they have hurt us and we can see how they hurt us out of their own pain.
When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.
Thich Nhat Hanh
We can share experience with others and feel close to them, sharing love and connection that makes us feel so good. We can also see ourselves through the eyes of these people who love us, getting a better view of who we are than the identity our critical thinking constantly tried to place on us. Free from being a “loser,” “worthless” or “not good enough,” we can begin to love ourselves as others love us. Love = Peace.
From this outer circle, we can see how the earth supports us, nourishes us, cleans us, steadies us. We can feel grounded in this energy.
And last but the greatest, we can pray to Spirit and listen for guidance.
From this outer circle we can feel connected instead of lonely and separate. All of this can bring peace. Join me for the meditation series and lets explore it together!
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