Peace is such a beautiful word, wrapping its arms around you like a warm blanket. It feels good to say it out loud or to breathe the word in until you feel it deep in your heart.
I suppose this is why the mantra “Peace Begins With Me” has always served as the cornerstone of my work with Ho’oponopono, and the foundation behind my Zero Frequency Program (our return to the limitless state that comes when we live in the present moment, conscious, and free of judgment).
Of course, in these challenging times, I understand how peace can mean different things to different people, often based on their own experiences. For me, peace has always been more than an absence of war or the end of violence. Instead, peace to me is the erasing of pain, or the freedom that comes when we are no longer slaves to our mind, or fear, or ego. Peace has always been about the quieting of my spirit, from which I know all abundance and hope springs. And my search for peace has never been about the survival of the planet; it is about the thriving of our Soul so that we can experience higher consciousness, which, in turn, will help our planet thrive and become more peaceful. I’ll say it again: Peace begins with us.
Unfortunately, there is so much hatred and fear in our world that it’s easy to believe we must put on our gloves and fight for peace. And perhaps to a degree we should. But the truth is real peace — lasting peace — lives beyond the physical world. Real peace rests in our hearts and the freedom we have from the illusions of the physical world. And here’s the thing: we shouldn’t have to fight for real peace. We should simply allow it to be, or more accurately, to remember that peace is who we are.
As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Put another way, our quest for peace should never be a fight, but a surrender to the spiritual principles that tell us that whatever energy we bring to a situation will only produce more of that same energy. It is up to each of us to choose what energy will be. I think love is a great place to start.
And, yes, I understand there are global issues that may require us to occasionally put on our gloves (hopefully sparingly and with wise discretion), but we must realize that true peace will only begin when we start actually living (and acting) from the premise that “Peace Begins With Me,” while also remembering that “World Peace is Inner Peace.”
So, how do we bring peace into our worlds? The answer is simple. We start taking personal responsibility for what we allow into our hearts. Here is one way:
The United Nations has declared September 21 as an International Day of Peace — a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace by observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. The theme this year is “Shaping Peace Together.” It’s a powerful theme that speaks to the promise of how one person can make a difference in the world, and how what we do at home (in our hearts) can spread everywhere.
And, of course, you might ask how does one observe 24 hours of non-violence (or cease-fire) when you might not have any violence or fire in your life — when you don’t live in a war-torn part of the country?
It’s a good question and one that we will each need to answer for ourselves. However, we would be wise to remember that non-violence begins in the heart, and that, by definition, the foundation for any cease-fire is “a temporary suspension of fighting.” In other words, we can monitor what we allow into our hearts — all the judgments we have about ourselves and others, as well as all the fears and tapes that we have allowed to take hold and run our lives. We can stop fighting with ourselves (and others) and allow our spirits to quiet. It is this surrender to something larger than ourselves that will bring us back to the Present Moment. To love. To who we really are. To Zero.
Zero Frequency® is the transformative path that will open our hearts to the love and peace that already lives within us. And when we nurture this fertile soil that lives in our hearts, we help it grow so that it will eventually reach out and touch the rest of our beautiful planet.
This is how we will Shape Peace Together.