The True Peace
The first peace, which is the most important,
is that which comes within the souls of people
when they realize their relationship,
their oneness, with the universe and all its powers,
and when they realize that at the center
of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka (the Great Spirit),
and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this.
The second peace is that which is made between two individuals.
The third is that which is made between two nations.
But above all you should understand that there can never
be peace between nations until there is known that true peace,
which, as I have often said, is within the souls of human beings.
Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Spiritual Leader (1863 – 1950)
The Fruit of the Spirit is Kindness. “Be kind & compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Chirst God forgave you.” EPHESIANS 4:32 Extending that olive branch is only difficult bc mankind can be prideful.
“Peaceful awareness (anjin) and grateful response (hosha)” indicate
that the six Chinese characters [that is, Namu-amida-butsu]
have encountered my heart.
This is called peaceful awareness
and grateful response.
Where then is faith (shinjin)
In peaceful awareness (anjin)
(Myokonin Saichi no Uta Vol.2, p.41)
The term anjin is often used synonymously with shinjin. What does Saichi mean by saying that faith (shinjin) is “in peaceful awareness (anjin)”? As I understand it, what he probably means is that the one is included in the other, given that anjin or peaceful awareness comes about at the moment of attaining faith and carries on to the very end of one’s life. In the sense that faith-experience brings about anjin, you can also say the former includes the latter. The words “peaceful awareness (anjin) and grateful response (hosha)” in this poem refer to the basic principles that govern daily life after the attainment of faith. The expression “the six Chinese characters have encountered my heart” indicates the attainment of faith itself..
What is meant by peaceful awareness in our tradition is
that even if something good comes forth you should not be pleased about it
and also that even if something bad comes forth you should not regret it.
Just be reverent and bow; just pay respect.
(Myokonin Saichi no Uta Vol.2, p.88)
What is Inner Peace?
Have you ever been perfectly content, even for a moment? That moment was what Inner Peace feels like.
Inner Peace is what you have when you believe that no matter what happens in life, it is happening for a reason. The reason is a good one, and everything will be better when you are done the current trial.
It is what gives you the courage to continue onward, even though you don’t know what is coming, because you have an intuitive sense that it is the right thing to do.
And it is the quiet joy you feel when you emerge from the other side of the situation and have learned the lesson that was designed for you, and you see how the pattern and logic to what you just endured.
And it is the gentle acceptance that there will shortly be another lesson to be learned through another trial, and it will be another opportunity for you to grow.
It is the serenity in the knowledge that whatever the state of the world, it is right where it needs to be right now.
Meditation: Inner Peace through Loving Kindness
May all beings of all kinds, in all directions, be happy and at peace.
Above and below, near and far, high and low.
All types of beings.
Humans and non-humans. Seen and unseen. May they be happy; may they be at peace.
I open my heart and receive loving kindness of all beings in return. I let that love into my heart.
– from this meditation
Above you see 5 different religious view points. Funny how they all tell you the same thing. Ever wonder why I laugh so much, why I seek things of beauty, and find beauty where none exists for most? I have studied all five of these religions at length, and have found that for the most part seeking inner peace is what calms the soul. Yet I am truly not a religious person, I don’t get to church of any kind on Sunday. I instead choose to take a long walk on Sunday morning, just me, my thoughts, my hopes for those I love and those that cross my path and all the beauty that nature has to offer. It is when I loose sight of that peace that my world seems to fall into shambles. There is a lot to be learned from our elders. The five religions above are Native American, Christian, Buddist, Wiccan and Druidism. All five tell that we have to accept our physical bodies, the fact that there is a soul inside, and that peace comes from having faith. No, my body may not be perfect. It really is though. It is the one that best suits me. There are always things that I can do to make it more pleasing to look at but as a whole this is me. I accept it in any shape, any size, and in any clothes or make up. There is a spirit inside that makes me alive, able to love, able to fear, and able to hate. I choose which of these I let into my world. In doing so I create the light that I shine out into the world. I choose happiness, kindness, and love. I choose to respect me, respect others, and to respect and accept those things that I don’t understand. There is faith in my heart. Faith in a higher power than myself. I don’t care what name you give that power to have faith in it is what counts. To have faith in myself to do what is right and what doesn’t hurt others.
There are three posts on my wall today…two of which I copied above. The other two also having to do with Christianity and Faith. All of which say the same thing….believe and create that light inside. Love self, love others, love nature……try it sometime.