18 November 2011
Peace is Closer Than We Think
We all struggle at various times to feel real peace and love, especially when life gets a little tough. Hopefully we've noticed at least a few times in our lives where the Divine has stepped in and helped us, either temporally or spiritually. Many of us are more aware of the times God seems to have stepped in for someone else and yet ignored us in a seemingly similar situation. Why the difference...if God is no respecter of persons, why does it appear that sometimes He is more generous with others than He is with us?
I don't know if I can fully answer this question, because I've yet to experience all that life has to offer. But, with everything that's been handed to me so far, I think I've started to figure it out...
What if God really is equally favorable to all. What if the exact same level of peace, love, joy, hope, energy, enthusiasm, inspiration, etc. is pouring out upon everyone, and I mean EVERYONE...all the time. We often compare ourselves to others, wondering what we're doing wrong that is stopping us from receiving more of that good stuff they are talking about.
We are sometimes held in awe at the spiritual guidance that is given to some seemingly chosen few (Jesus, Buddha, Eckhart Tolle. etc.). Take which ever one might be a personal spiritual hero of yours, and consider the possibility that the same amount of light that they receive is being sent to you right now, in this very moment. You just haven't learned to receive it yet, you're just not as finely tuned.
In our worst times, we may find ourselves praying for relief for hours upon hours, maybe for days and weeks before it finally comes. When it does come, it's as if God finally turned on a light switch that He had previously left off. In fact I often hear people coming to the conclusion that He was just testing our faith to see if we'd continue, and only after enough effort had been put in did he reward us with the Peace that we sought. Though there certainly is some truth to that concept (i.e. only after the trial of your faith do you receive your witness), I've started experiencing it a little differently the more consistently I apply the principles Mara and I talk about on this blog.
I've experienced that in reality, it may very well be that the same amount of love, peace, and joy was pouring out upon you BEFORE you even started your prayer as when you finally received your answer. The reason it took you so long to feel that peace is you had to get to a place where you "vibrated at the same frequency" as God's love.
What I mean is, how can you expect to feel love, peace, and joy, when you refuse to give up the emotions of anger, fear, doubt, etc (the emotions that are causing you to seek divine intervention in the first place)? When our faith is real, to the point that we willfully abandon those negative emotions as we approach God, He cannot possibly withhold peace from us...primarily because He never was withholding it in the first place. We just couldn't notice it, we weren't in tune with God.
God doesn't take away our fears and doubts and anger, we must choose to give them up. And in the process we make room for the peace we were after all along...the Peace that was already there.
There's a story in this book of scripture that tells of a man who had developed complete and total faith in God. In one of his encounters with the Divine, he addresses God with such faith, that as God stretches forth his hand the man actually sees it breaking through the veil. The man wasn't expecting that and fell back terrified. The following conversation leads you to believe that God didn't purposefully reveal himself to the man, but it was because of his complete faith that the man couldn't be kept from experiencing the reality of a living God.
So I imagine it is with God's Peace. God isn't specifically sending us peace in one moment and not in another. It is constantly flowing from him, it is the reality of His very nature. It is we who become aware of that peace, not God who decides to turn it on or turn it off.
Peace is as close as we're ready for it to be.