WHAT IS PEACE? By Ed Hirsch
To discover what peace is, it is helpful to see what peace is not. For example, peace is not merely the absence of war or conflict.
Essential Peace is a Presence or Essential Quality of Soul. Suppose you strike a gong, letting its vibration permeate your body and energy field, and follow the sound into silence. Ordinarily, silence might seem to be simply the absence of sound, but if you stay with it, you can discover it as a Presence, which can permeate your field even more deeply than the sound.
Peace is also not merely the avoidance of conflict. A peaceful relationship is not one in which there is an implicit agreement to avoid conflict. Such a relationship would be based on fear—the fear that conflict would diminish or destroy the relationship or the peace.
The same applies to inner Peace, to your relationship with yourself. If your peace is based on a more or less unconscious avoidance of conflict, then you are not so much wanting peace as you are wanting to avoid conflict. The implied belief is that facing conflict would undermine your peace. The belief has a good intention, to maintain at least the peace that you do have. But without being examined, that belief remains intact and limits your peace.
What are you avoiding to maintain your peace? Real peace will only be found on the other side of what is being avoided. Yes, Peace is Here and Now, directly, but it becomes grounded in your being by bringing open, welcoming, non-resisting attention to what would otherwise be avoided. Then the Peace can shine through.
The Peace that is just a temporary state is vulnerable to being disrupted by distractions or conflicts. But Essential Peace is your True Nature, inherent, already the case, rather than something to attain or fabricate by your efforts.
It is like the Silence that is recognized to be ongoing, within which the sound arises. Sounds do not interrupt such Silence. So too is the Peace of Consciousness that is the very foundation of the restless mind, the Space in which thoughts arise. It is your very Being which can get layered over with limiting conditionings, roles, identifications, but which in itself is untouched and at Peace.
Establish yourself in and as that Peace, and let it express itself through your life.
Ed Hirsch resides in Ashland – contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org