Thursday, February 9, 2012

How to Achieve Peace in a War Zone

Photo Credit: Peter Paul Reubens
Question: How can you be at peace in a war zone? No? Not you? Look again.
Answer: Peace begins within
So let me ask....I get that it starts within ....or I don't...not sure....but how does one cope with all the external stimuli?~Radikal

I asked myself the same question earlier -"How can I have peace in the midst of craziness?”  How can I deal with all the external stimuli of rage, judgment, hate, injustice as it swirls around me?  I found at least three quotes from the ancients who already answered this question.  First quote comes from a book called "Power of Awareness" by Neville Goddard -1952
 “Our power of belief “…is an infinite power against which no earthly force is the slightest of significance.” Neville Goddard

You have to believe you can have peace in a war zone.  If you don't believe - stop right here.  For whatever you believe in your heart will manifest in your reality.

If you believe you can have peace then you can deal with any fear-based or fear induced activity by exercising compassion.  Compassion simply means no judgment. In an effort to change a situation you cannot judge it - but rather have compassion for it in an effort for change to occur.  It may not be easy the first time you attempt it but the more you exercise compassion the easier it gets.  
In an effort to not judge - consider this quote from Hamlet's Shakespeare:

"For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so"

Judgment comes from the mind not the heart.  So first you got to get your mind right.  In order to get your mind right you have to first get your heart right because it is your heart that sends signals to your brain that determines whether you will be clear in your thinking or fuzzy.    
Yes you read right – the heart sends signals to the brain. 

In order to get your heart right you have to do some heart-breathing. When your heart is calm your mind becomes clear.  Your heart sends signals to your brain to tell it what type of hormones to release.  When your heart is not at peace - it will make your mind fuzzy and send out stress hormones which will eventually kill you -

Even Rumi, the Sufi mystic, wrote about it:
“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
― Rumi

Today, doctors agree stress kills –I don’t know how Rumi knew but he was right.
It is important to get your heart right first.   The way to do this is by closing your eyes; breathe deeply and focus on your heart as if it’s the organ doing the breathing.  While you’re breathing think about the most loving activity you've experienced and focus on it with gratitude and joy. Continue until you feel calm.
Once you've calmed down your heart will send your brain a signal to send life-affirming hormones.  You can then focus on changing what is within your control which is your thoughts. I repeat - the only thing that is within your control is how YOU think...   Therefore think with care and tenderness. 

Now that your heart and mind are calm, think of one thing you would like to change whether it is peace in your neighborhood; peace in the world; a loved one getting healthy - whatever - just think about that one thing: see peace; see yourself in a loving relationship; see your loved one healthy. 
Once you have the image in your mind think about your heart again with gratitude and joy for that loving event you experienced - continue to breathe deeply from your heart until you get a really good feeling.
Once you achieve this state you will know how you to achieve peace in a war zone - and this also how you begin to bring peace to your environment.

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