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Praying for Peace – A Different Take

by Peter Russell

Each of us would rather experience peace than suffering. One reason we do not experience as much peace as we would like is the result of how we see things, the interpretations we put on our experience. If we see things through the eyes of fear and anxiety, caught in judgment or frustration, wishing things were different, clinging to some idea of what we want to happen, then we create discontent and discomfort – the root of so much suffering.

Yet this is the way our everyday self, the ego mind, tends to see things. It grasps onto what it thinks will make us happy, rejecting what it thinks will bring us pain. It may, from time to time, bring us temporary happiness, but it seldom finds real peace in what it sees.

If we are not at peace, then perhaps our way of seeing is the culprit. We may not realize that we have become stuck in our perception. We may not realize there is another way of looking at things. But deep down we know. Our innate wisdom, the quiet inner voice of the unconditioned self, knows. We have only to open to it, with an attitude of innocent curiosity, and ask: Could there be another way of seeing this?

In doing so we are praying to our inner self for guidance. We are praying for peace. But we are not praying to be given peace. We are praying to be shown the way to peace within ourselves.

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  • Neon1 Sep 19, 2010

    Pause > Observe > Witness > Respond > Repeat.

    This is a formula I thought of a coupla’ days ago that might work for me. Maybe it could work for others too?

    There are several areas of the brain with obsolete survival functions, which have faster and more persistent connections than others. If we are to access our “innate wisdom” in real time, these areas must be dampened.

    I’ve found that the ability to pause before one of these survival functions takes hold is the most difficult but most essential first step if I am going to interrupt this flow and ask the question, “Could there be another way of seeing this?” The second step is to observe, in a non-judgmental fashion, what thoughts are occurring to me. The third step is to witness the potential responses of the observer, as a third party, before they occur. Then my response can include “the quiet inner voice of the unconditioned self” in real time.

    Otherwise I will regret my reaction, dismiss my guilt with the assurance that next time the situation will be different, and completely forget what had happened only to repeat it mindlessly the next time the stimulation occurs.

    Pause > Observe > Witness > Respond > Repeat.

    Easier said than done…

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