Being Peaceful, Having Peace

As I started to think about Peace and started to explore the idea of Peace from different angles I saw a simple approach to it, and also realised how complex the issue could be if you wanted to look beneath the surface of the simple approach. Then beneath the complexity I was aware of a deeper spiritual nature of Peace.

How much peace we have in our life is based on a state of heart and then mind in how we relate to the world. (It’s always best if mind follows heart). Looking at the newsthere seems to be  a lot of turbulence and apparent craziness in the lives of people around the world. I can understand this from a spiritual perspective. There are old, old law timelines fragmenting and ending as a huge amount of spiritual light has been pouring into the planet. This spiritual energy has really sped things up.

A lot of old energy is being cleaned up, a lot of old karma, personal karma, group karma, regional karma, national karma and planetary karma is being brought up to the surface and balanced and resolved. It’s like clearing up the old karma to allow a new, clearer karma for life to be better. The news and people’s lives pretty much reflects what the process of balancing karma looks like. It is chaotic and painful often, and life changing. Balancing negative national karma between countries can end up as war, or economic war, cyber warfare or on a positive level it can be negotiation. However things happen, karma will be balanced.

As karma is got rid of, then the timelines of what has been established in the past fragment and disappear or improve. So the timeline of a bank or an oil company or other organisation ends and the organisation disappears into history. In fact history shows us that nothing lasts for ever and that cities, cultures, religions and ways of living and doing things have come and gone. Historical change doesn’t affect us emotionally. Change going on right now can feel up close and personal.

Change is a fact of life, driven by spiritual energies to keep on developing by clearing away the old energy and bringing in the new, cycle after cycle.

This destruction of old things and old ways can be thought of as the effect of Shiva energy, or the destroyer aspect of God clearing out the old, to make way for the new.

The spiritual energy coming in at the moment is also birthing the new. This is the creator energy of God. In time, what is created now will also need to be cleared and replaced by something better.

Right now, there are new concepts, new organisations, new technologies, new changes in the centres or chakras and the auras of people happening, and new timelines being birthed. There is new karma coming in with new opportunities and new ways of being and of doing things coming in.

In the midst of these changes there is a preserver aspect to God’s energy and so what needs to be here as far as God is concerned is preserved and maintained by this energy.

Trying to stay on and old timeline and hang on to an old way of thinking, of living or of doing things will work less and less as the incoming spiritual energy shreds the old timelines. Trying to hold on to old ways is a sure way to be unhappy.

At this moment in time, and for the foreseeable future, there is going to be turmoil while old karma is cleared up sufficiently to create a clear present and future without the drag of the past. The way to be happy is to let go of old timelines and get on the new one, and as the phrase goes, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. Why? Because when the Avatar was down here last all the decisions for the next three thousand years were made, and the timelines for the next one thousand two hundred years were set in place. It all comes down to trusting God, trusting that God has the best and most loving future in mind for all souls, who are all part of God in any case, and listening in to God through meditation or intuition about what needs to be done.

So though life might seem chaotic, turbulent, and unpredictable, and though we might hear, or see things in life and on the television or Internet that seem crazy, trusting, not worrying, and listening in or intuiting what needs to be done in life is one key to peace. God is in each and every one of us and we have a direct line to God, and high quality guides are available now to help out, though they usually help us to be self-reliant rather than weaken us through dependency. So we can feel the love of God, and the peace of God within us, and trust our feelings to know when we are on track or not.

No one ever got peace by running away from life. By that I mean the peace you get by being able to live with yourself. The turbulent, crazy, chaotic nature of life is throwing up in our faces situations and problems for others as well as ourselves where we might feel a sense of injustice or know something isn’t right. It might be something that is happening to us, or something happening to people halfway around the planet, or something happening to other living creatures or the environment.

We can choose to pay attention to the sense of wrongness or injustice that we feel and try to do something to set the situation right. We know that ignoring the wrongness won’t help us have a sense of inner peace, in fact it will stop us feeling that peace, and so we have to do what feels right to us deep down in our hearts.

Every situation is different, though for every situation we can meditate on our heart, feel the love, firstly offer up the situation (literally visualize it if it can be seen or as a coloured ball of energy being offered up in our hands or on a tray to God), ask for help to understand the situation and to be shown the truth of it, and then ask for guidance as to what step or steps need to be done to play our part in setting things right. We can also ask for assistance in dealing with the situation. a situation might trigger powerful emotions. If working through emotions and  forgiveness needs to happen we can ask to be shown how to do this, though action may still need to be taken to resolve a situation. (Energetically, resolution usually happens in more effective ways if forgiveness is a part of the process rather than if anger is the dominant emotion). Resolution and peace is a good outcome.

Resolving a situation may take a simple email or conversation, or it could take years or decades to set things right. If it is a long process, keep meditating, keep offering each step up in a loving way.

Spirituality is practical and there is often a physical result, a change for the better. Spirituality is about bringing more love, peace, harmony and beauty into the world and Universe in whatever way we can do that. Spirituality is very much about doing what is right in our hearts (rather than doing nothing).

On a personal level, saying to someone that in order to have peace all you have to do is close your eyes, take a few breathes, and put your attention on the middle of your chest where your heart centre is for twenty minutes and meditate, can work fine.

But what if someone had a traumatic childhood, or were abused or neglected or exploited someway, or had something awful happen to them at some point, or saw something that marked them, or they have something like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or depression?

Meditation would help for sure, but a clairvoyant look at their aura, and their centres or chakras would show the damage and indicate the healing and therapy they would require which would take time. Peace might be a long time coming. The peace would always be there in their heart centres, and head centres, it’s just the emotions and scars can intrude or stop people being aware of peace. The emotions and scars need to be healed.

As an aside, we will all have had many lives (if you accept reincarnation of the soul into physical form as true). The soul likes experience and isn’t that fussed if it is enjoyable or painful to the personality as it goes through karma. It is all experience and data for the soul to understand what life involves so it can increase its consciousness. Here’s an analogy. When we dream, what happens in the dream can seem good or bad. When we wake up, we are fine. People say we are living in an Illusion from a spiritual point of view. The soul comes from Reality, and comes into the Illusion called Creation. The soul projects some of itself and its energy into its incarnation in the Illusion, lifetime after lifetime, each time building more consciousness. When a physical form the soul inhabits dies as the soul removes its energy, the soul is still in existence. The soul doesn’t die. Then it reincarnates again. The soul keeps reincarnating until it literally wakes up and realises its Real nature, which is part of God, and the Illusion is no longer important. A soul has to go through this process in Illusion to realise this though. The waking up part happens with the help of a Perfect Master. For some people it happens to the soul while it is in a physical body, and the soul has been usually on the sixth plane of consciousness. (See earlier blogs about the Planes of Consciousness.) So they have Enlightenment about what they really are, and what life really is; Life is Illusion and they experience themselves as Real, if it is happening to them consciously, that is. People lower down the planes might get revelations and shifts in their awareness, but it’s not Enlightenment.

The point is the soul never dies and always exists.

So we will all have had lifetimes where there has been pain and hurt, physically, emotionally and mentally. Though in this lifetime we might feel fine. We also will have had pleasureable lives. It balances out.

So anyway, we are in Illusion until such a lifetime as we have Realisation. Up until that point, how to have peace?

If we are thinking angry and negative thoughts, and feeling angry and negative then we won’t have peace. Part of spirituality is thinking positive and loving thoughts (or having a totally silent mind which takes some doing), and feeling loving and feeling positive. About everything or at least about as much as we can about life.

When we see or hear something and think about it unconsciously, and consciously, we do it through our minds. Minds tend to be limited and process information in ways that depend on how the mind has developed. Minds don’t know everything, and don’t actually understand that much. If you have an opinion on a topic, you can try meditating (or praying) and offering the matter up to God, or your Higher Self, and you might find the understanding you get back is different to your own understanding of the matter.

Peace is already in our hearts. We feel that peace when we offer it to others and to the world, and act in peaceful ways as much as we can. I’m not saying it is easy, though it is something worth cultivating. The same goes for feeling loving towards everyone and the world, and for thinking peaceful and loving thoughts about people and the world.

Wiht love and peace in our hearts, and paying attention to what seems to be the most loving thing to do in any situation, we can attempt to live life in the best way.

 

 

Spirituality, onion layers and forgiveness – Or how to be happy

Spirituality is a lot about loving thoughts, loving feelings, compassion and right action at the right time.

Before getting into spirituality I had a party-going hedonistic lifestyle. I didn’t care that much about my own wellbeing or the wellbeing of others, and considered myself as having a smattering of metropolitan culture. Discovering spirituality, my thinking and feeling changed a lot.

The nightlife lifestyle had covered up anger and sadness as I thought I was having fun, and didn’t give attention to the feelings that were bubbling under the surface. Through a crisis and therapies I went through a process of learning to love and appreciate myself as I worked through the emotions. I started to love and appreciate others as well. I practiced forgiveness. I was healing. My heart centre opened up a bit.

I didn’t know much about spirituality, I didn’t need to as I was doing the essentials anyway. I was becoming happier and happier, more and more excited about life and healthier too.

I started to learn about different approaches to spirituality. Though I have since concluded that life, the universe and everything goes on the way it does no matter what people believe about spirituality. I came across some spiritual approaches that were incomplete, some were half-baked, and some were completely whacko. (Being able to use your third-eye and other centres to tune in and assess belief systems and concepts is really useful, and also good for spotting fake news.)

I have realized that to understand and know fully how things happen in creation requires a great deal of knowledge which needs to be deeply understood. Also it helps to have many, many lifetimes of experience for the soul to learn what life is about and what God is all about.

Even with incomplete knowledge it is still possible to use some basics, such as using thoughts to (partially) create your reality, and use the knowledge that energy follows thought, so using visualization and affirmations can be useful in life.

Nowadays, with regards to understanding spirituality I tend to think of it like layers of an onion. There are depths and layers to spiritual knowledge, so what you believe one year can change throughout the years as depth of understanding grows, and life is lived to build experience, and building experience deepens understanding.

Now the basics again: thinking loving thoughts, and feeling loving feelings. And forgiveness. Is that possible to do about everyone? Is it possible to do about everything?

You might have a list of people and events or groups that you feel are beyond loving and who should be damned forever and sent into a black hole.

I was given a lesson in this in the nineties when I drove a Tibetan lama from Oxford to London. I didn’t know much history and asked him how he came to the West. He explained that he and the other monks fled their monastery. He told me that the Chinese army attacked and shot at the monks as they crossed a river. Out of 300 monks, 6 made it across into India. What amazed me was that he didn’t hold a grudge or any animosity and was at peace with what had happened.

This was and still is a big lesson for me: to be able to forgive everyone.

Through spiritual knowledge I have a sense of why to forgive. I know that people have many lifetimes. When we have lives, what we have as a life is determined by our karma so we have experiences to balance out our karma for our soul to learn through experience. First we have one experience and then another in a future lifetime to balance out the experience in the earlier life. The law of opposites can be operating, so we can have a light filled life of doing caring actions, and this is balanced by a darker life where are action are negative. Then a future lifetime can be light filled again.

In dark lives, we get tested. The Dark Lodge are interested in us when we have lives where we lean to the dark. The Dark Lodge are essentially testers. They offer us a life where we can have glamour, power over others, easy wealth and prestige, and other people have to pay the price. Sometimes the lifestyle comes through exploiting creatures or the earth.

In one life we might feel that we don’t want to act, think or live in a negative way anymore. We have had enough, we are saturated in negative experiences (this is the law of saturation). Or we might decide that’s it, no more of the dark life, and it is yes to more light, love and peace. A caveat to this is that sometimes dark and tyranny needs to be fought against as the most loving option. It depends on what you are fighting for. (There is an energy, a Great Ray called Harmony through Conflict that is worth researching, and in Meher Baba’s Discourses there is information on conflict and right action.) What is right depends on your take on spirituality.

Something else that influences me is the fact that people are souls that have dark and light incarnations, and that we all belong to the same Oversoul, so at a soul level we are connected. For me, this might mean we can forgive people who we have a big emotional charge about. We can start to think loving thoughts about them, and feel love and peace towards them.

Having been through this myself and having helped others go through their own personal journey of forgiveness with its downs and ups, I feel it is important to work through the emotions around whatever needs to be forgiven before reaching peace through forgiveness. Otherwise the emotional energy will try another route to express itself and this can have a negative effect on oneself and one’s life.

After the forgiveness can come the feeling and sending of positive love and thoughts.

This is definitely a useful exercise in our topsy-turvy, emotionally charged world. You might like to make a list of people in the world, close by or geographically distant who really trigger your emotions. You might like to try forgiving these people as we are all connected on a soul level. (As a matter of interest, hate and anger towards someone is also a powerful way of creating a cording to them, and energy can flow both ways through the cording. Forgiveness can dissolve the cording, while love can create a positive cording.)

If you enjoyed this article or found it useful you might want to take a look at “Your Spiritual Awakening And the New Dawn for Humanity” by Jonathan Barber, and also “Meditation: Opening Doorways On A New Reality”, on Kindle and Amazon