Our True Nature has everything to do with PEACE. What then is Peace as used in this context? Peace is an inner feeling of calm contentment, a sense of comfort and an inner knowing that all is well. Inner Peace is perhaps one of the most sought after qualities, in addition to Happiness, Joy, and Love. The definition of inner Peace in the context of this text is all of these and much more. In spiritual circles, Peace is sometimes defined as a 'State of Being.' This distinction is made to clarify the difference between Peace as a State of Being, as opposed to peace as a mental state. A State of Being is that which is always inherently present, and is intrinsically that which you Are.
This is the Peace that this text is all about. This is an inner, inherently Divine endowment from That which Created all humans. What distinguishes this Peace from mere peace of mind is that the latter is contingent upon life's circumstances being seen as peaceful. Logically, peace of mind is deemed very pleasant when it happens. Life, however, tends to be anything but peaceful all of the time. Of course, there are those 'moments' that define life and make it worth living, no matter how you define them. Those sacred moments when the mind stops; the birth of a child, a romantic candlelit dinner, a breathtaking view from atop a mountain, gazing into the vastness of a starlit night, and falling in love; these are perhaps some of the most sought after experiences simply because the mind comes to a halt, or at the very least is not in opposition to anything. The resultant is Peace. Financial independence may have the allure of peace and happiness, especially if you dislike or even abhor your occupation. To be financially free is indeed, for many, the ideal state. Even here, however, true Peace and contentment cannot last long, and sooner or later more and more in the sense of the world's offerings will be sought. If True Peace were solely dependent on the circumstances of life, it would be a rare phenomenon indeed.
To the mind, true spirituality seems a contradiction in terms; a paradox. Peace, that elusive quality universally sought, is that which you always already Are. You are being invited to sense, know, and experience yourself as This. It is paradoxical to be invited to that which one already Is. The invitation is to allure the mind and at the same time to break through its infinite reams of conditioning. So highly conditioned is the ‘modern’ human that the entire population, to a greater or lesser degree, identifies with or believes themselves to be the mind.
Have you ever entertained with any degree of seriousness the question: “Who Am I?” As of this writing, more and more of this planet’s population are beginning to take an interest in the Truth; the Truth of what they Are, as well as embrace the Truth of what everything Is. Rest assured nothing is as it seems to be, to the mind.
You are being invited to step aside from the mind and its incessant chatter, in the quest for Peace. When the activity of the mind begins to cease, that which is left cannot be described. You are being invited to simply find out what it is that awaits when all that is false is exposed. In this revelation awaits your Truth, your Peace.
About the Author
James Heldwein lives with his wife Rose in upstate New York. His extended family live nearby. What began as daily journals, documenting his struggles with anxiety disorders, eventually and unexpectedly evolved into an inner exploration resulting in the realization that all we ever yearn for is already and always available, right now, awaiting our simple recognition.
Previous published book: “Wind Chimes” (Balboa Press 2014)