A Timely Message

Peace is not a relationship between nations.
It is a condition of mind brought about by
the serenity of soul. Peace is not merely
the absence of war ... but also a state of mind.
Therefore, lasting peace can
come only to peaceful people...

It's timely, not just because of the current Iraq crisis, which will pass soon enough, but more importantly it is an aspect of the raised consciousness that is beginning to be evident in the world. Many people are expressing this approach in their own unique light.

Particularly eloquent, we feel, is the following message from Christiane Northrup, M.D.:

"The fear and anxiety caused by the possibility of war are the biggest health challenges we face right now. As a physician, I know full well that emotions such as fear and anger impede the healing process and, if held long enough, actually lock us into a vicious cycle that produces more pain, more fear, and more anxiety. This can wreak havoc on our minds, bodies, and spirits." This statement is so true. It is common knowledge among Reiki and other complementary healing modalities that such fearful and stressful challenges that we face today can block our energy centers (chakras); causing anxiety, depression and health problems.

There are very specific things each of us can do right now to help prevent war and at the same time create peace in our bodies, minds, and spirits. There are many right now who are faced with concerns and worries about what you may have heard on the news about a possible terrorist attack. There is also much talk about stockpiling cash, water, and canned goods. Many were even fearful of traveling to larger cities during the alert given by our government. If you were or are one of them, we can only say to you ... go about your lives as usual while paying attention to your inner guidance. Each of us have access to guidance from within that will lead us in the right direction if we pay attention.

It's important to be particularly watchful of our thoughts. We must think about the current global situation in a way that will lead to healing and peace and not further conflict. Each of us has the power through our thoughts and emotions to influence the energy of the planet in a way that creates peace and also helps prevent further conflict. Here's what we can do. First and foremost, understand the power of our thoughts and consciously use them wisely. Thoughts have a tendency to become their physical equivalent. This is one of the fundamental laws of the universe ... as we think, so we are.

Another important thing to recognize is the Law of Attraction, which states that "like attracts like." Because it is consciousness that creates reality, the kind of consciousness that we hold ... our vibrations ... actually creates the kind of life we're living. It's impossible to create peace and harmony if we're resisting against war. It's impossible to create peace and harmony if we're condemning George Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, etc. We don't have to agree with them, but we must realize that we'll be contributing to the energy that creates war if we assume a hateful and judgmental mentality concerning them. The split in our nation right now about war is actually creating more of the energy of war. It's not possible to "fight" for peace without creating war.

To create peace, we have to be peaceful. The only way to stop war is to start from within ourself. We must partake in a personal disarmament, so to speak. The only way to get and stay peaceful is to concentrate on what brings us peace and resist the downward spiral of negative emotions that blames others for our lack of it. Remember, that to which we give our attention expands. That to which we look at with love disappears. This doesn't mean that we are denying that we're in a perilous and frightening position right now, but rather that we have the power to change it ... by changing our thoughts and emotions from those of anger, hatred, and fear to those of compassion and peace.

It doesn't take much. Spend 30 seconds several times a day creating a "virtual" reality by visualizing what peace would look and feel like. Imagine that it's a year from now and the economy is flourishing. See George Bush as being full of love and peaceful in his observations ... see the governments of the free world all cooperating to ensure global harmony and peace ... see Saddam and Bin Laden's influence having disappeared from the planet and an enlightenment among all people of the world that we are all one. Imagine all our soldiers back home and reunited with their families. Imagine a global village in which all of us can travel freely and joyously and with understanding and acceptance of each other's cultures.

Dozens of studies have documented the fact that our thoughts can and do affect others in profound and measurable ways through the collective consciousness. When a critical mass of individuals (1 percent of the population) was brought together to practice Transcendental Meditation in various areas of the world, for example, there was a measurable decrease in the number of violent crimes, suicides, terrorist attacks, and even international conflicts worldwide. (Orme-Johnson, et al. (1988). International Peace Project in the Middle East: The effect of the Maharishi technology on the unified field. Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 32, (4), pp. 776-812.) There are also over 180 studies that have documented the positive effect of prayer on everything from other humans to individual yeast cells.

Recognize that we are never alone and imagine all the angels and non-physical beings who are working on the other side protecting and uplifting all of us. Know that they can only do their work out of unconditional love in an atmosphere of compassion ... not condemnation ... for the energy of condemnation would only prevent them from connecting with the hearts of those who most need their inspiration and love.

Don't get caught up in the fear output by the media. Avoid watching the news and reading the newspapers as much as possible. Headlines are designed to keep you afraid and disempowered so that you will buy more papers or watch more TV. The media is designed to get you riled up, so that you remain tuned in to the "chain of pain." Create the only lasting safety and security by the peace that you create within yourself.. Remember all the hundreds of stories from September 11, about the people who were supposed to be at the World Trade Center but, for hundreds of different reasons, simply weren't there that day. Tune in to how you are feeling when you've severed the influence of the mass media. This will give you the guidance you're seeking.

Finally, know that when you are tuned into your sacred heart ... your I AM Presence ... your Higher Self's Wisdom, and God, then your energy lightens up and your vibrations literally change. It is through such tuning in that you become a beacon of light and peace ... you become an balanced and in harmony with God. There's an old saying, "The rising tide lifts all boats. But it won't raise a stone." Stop looking at and thinking about the stones. Join us in raising the tide and remember the words of the great M. K. Gandhi:

"When in despair, I remember that all through history
the way of truth and love has always won; there have
been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can
seem invincible, but in the end they always fall."