These days, it seems everywhere we turn there is chaos in the world. Underneath the ever looming threat of climate devastation, unparalleled dishonesty within the political system, unyielding wars, and scientific experiments in the form of modified food, as well as media that presents nothing less than biased information seeking to benefit only a few, one can only wonder…is peace is even possible?
Moving through today’s society it is easy to feel leaderless, and hopeless. It is easy to feel that ideas such as collaborative communities, corporations of integrity and transformational entertainment, to name a few, are simply hopes of the naïve.
So what then becomes of us? What are we left to do when we have arrived at the point of being smothered by societal chaos, and left wondering if peace is even possible?
According Rev. Michael Beckwith, we are left with two choices. “One can choose to either hold what is referred to as conscious naïveté by holding the energetic space for what is not yet seen in our world, or choose resignation and sit in the belief that nothing can be done about anything.”
I’m sure at some point we have all considered “pulling the covers” of resignation over our head. The chaos seems too widespread, too deeply entrenched, and too powerful and well, “I’m only one person. What can I possibly do?”
However, this is exactly the thinking that encourages complacency and further shrinks the ideas of peace and actions that lead to peace.
So where does that leave us?
First, we begin by no longer asking if peace is possible. Instead, we begin to examine if we are individuals who actually suppress peace?
Peace can be defined as:
- a state or period of mutual concord
- harmony in personal relations
- freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
- freedom from civil disturbance
- a state of tranquility or quiet
- a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity
I can honestly say, my life is not always the center of peace. So how can I be judgmental of those who exemplify the complete antithesis of peace as I sometimes do? I can’t. My role is not to judge, or point fingers. My role is to be peace right where I am in my everyday life.
Fortunately, I had the pleasure of listening to Rev. Michael Beckwith in an interview with Dr. Marissa Pei, which examines how more peace can be demonstrated in our world.
The insights from Rev. Beckwith on where you can begin with peace in your life are as follows:
- When in conversation, listen to what is being said without interrupting; this helps to birth compassion, understanding and dialoguing from a place of willingness to see someone else’s perspective.
- Have an awareness of peace that is not based solely on conditions or circumstances; the quality of peace should be present enough in you that it can be seen when you walk into a room regardless of what is going on.
- Find your own source of peace to tap into even when you don’t see it in your world.
- Find a place within your community where you can share your gifts and talents.
- Go outside and actually make friends with people who live near you; this creates the energy of “taking care of each other.”
- Participate in events or gatherings without a disdain, or hate, for the “other side” or someone else’s view that is different from yours; this creates an energy of tolerance.
- Know that there is something that you are being spiritually asked to do while you are on this planet.
- Support people who promote peace; not simply by donating money annually, but actively supporting people who authentically embody peace; this creates an energy of seeding the possibility of “an idea whose time has come.”
- Know that small groups of people can articulate a new vision.
- Establish a higher vision for your immediate world and the larger world and keep it in focus.
Peace is not something far off into the distance that someone else has to give to us. It is something that we create. It is something within our reach.
At this moment, because we are the ones asking the question, or reading the article about the possibility of peace, we are the ones being called to decide that peace is what is wanted and “contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone.”
This is precisely the time to remember, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”