"Imagine all the people living life in peace…" ~ John Lennon. And George Harrison. The Beatles. The Byrds. Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Buffalo Springfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton, and on and on and on…
The Peace Movement ~ in which an entire generation of songwriters and social activists and hippies united in a vision of oneness and sometimes assumed radical measures to protest what they perceived as a senseless and unjust war.
The Definition of Peace according to Wikipedia 2018AD: "the idea of harmony and the absence of hostility. It is the concept of harmonious well-being and freedom from hostile aggression. In a social sense, peace is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict such as war, and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or groups.
"Psychological Peace (such as peaceful thinking and emotions) is perhaps less well defined yet often a necessary precursor to establishing behavioural peace. Peaceful behaviour sometimes ["SOMETIMES"] results from a peaceful inner disposition. Some have expressed the belief that peace can be initiated with a certain quality of inner tranquillity that does not depend upon the uncertainties of daily life for its existence."
The Attainment of Peace ~ found in Light of Knowledge 800AD: "That which sees and knows all the modifications of ego, mind, intellect, and world, can only be Pure Awareness. If you believe the gross and subtle bodies to be your true Self, you should know they are not found in deep sleep, or in meditation. At such times, they amount to being non-existent. But Pure Existence, Pure Awareness, remains forever aware and alive.
"When you come to realize this, please leave the idea that Pure Awareness is fixed in the body or bodies. Know your own Self, your true Self, as forever Pure Awareness… invisible, indivisible, immortal, and blissful.
"Know this, meditate on this, and be at peace." ~ Heart of All Hearts
THE MISSING PEACE
A well-known saying states, "Necessity is the mother of invention." Amending this timeless adage to reflect changing circumstances, a good friend ~ and a successful businessman ~ observed: "Invention is the mother of necessity." He explained that before the advent of cell phones, computers and so many other modern-day gadgets, he lived quite well. Yet now that they are everyday items, they have become essential components in his daily life.
Each year umpteen new products enter the marketplace, and many of them provide great benefits to their users. However, there remains one precious commodity that cannot be produced in any factory, nor will it ever roll off any assembly line, nor be found in any marketplace… and that is, quite simply, peace.
Songs have been written, pilgrimages to holy places made ~ and ironically, wars waged ~ all in the pursuit of peace. But the fact is, peace is already and forever within you. It is more a part of you than your own name. It is more ethereal than your subtlest of thoughts. It is closer than your heartbeat. Peace just is, and it is You, your true Self.
To come to know yourself as that peace you need only one thing: seven minutes of uninterrupted time per day, wherever and whenever that may be. At that time you have only to close your eyes, allow your diaphragm to move gently and deeply in and out, and in rhythm with your breath, and know that whatever you see or do not see with closed eyes is just perfect. If thoughts are there, fine. If no thoughts are there, also fine.
During this period, experiment with allowing your attention to focus on the observer of whatever it is you are experiencing versus on what you are experiencing, be it an experience of something or nothing. Even the experience of "nothing" is something! You have only to observe the observer, to see the Seer. And know that you are being embraced by your true Self, the infinitely vast, peaceful space that is within you and all around you, whether you perceive it as something or nothing. It is, in fact, everything. You are forever That which is never big or small, right or wrong, successful or unsuccessful, never missing, ever present. You alone are, all that there is.
You are, quite simply, peace ~ pure and eternal.
Shyam Kishore Rishi / Kevin Hewitt has been given his name, which essentially signifies ‘young and playful Krishn’ and ‘ancient and all-knowing one’ by his most beloved Guru. He has with steadfast and unwavering devotion conducted a lifelong enquiry into what appears to be a contradiction in meanings, but always keeping in his awareness the essential truth that “I am everywhere the same.” Find him at email@example.com
"All we are saying... is give peace a chance…" ~ John Lennon.
All we are saying… is seven minutes… in stillness. Let the only movement be in turning the outward march of the senses, which are engaged in the field of otherness and the pairs of opposites, inward to the dimension of eternal oneness and everlasting peace. ~ Heart of All Hearts