Let the Peace Which Is God Abide with Us Forever
Peace comes from the absence of fear, from a consciousness of trust, from a deep, underlying faith in the absolute goodness and mercy, the final integrity of the universe in which we live, and of every cause to which we give our thought, our time, and our attention. If we would have peace outwardly, we must first realize peace inwardly. Peace is greatly to be desired; nations at war with each other destroy themselves finally.
Those of us who believe in peace should work toward this end. Let us never forget that the very impulse of that movement is in the silent contemplation, the prayerful meditation, the sincere expectancy in our own minds. Are we ready for peace? When the world is ready for peace, it will have peace. When the individual is ready for peace, his thought will be so composed that he will find himself living in peace, even though to the world he appears in the midst of chaos and confusion. Let us contemplate this thought: “I live in peace with God as a partner. I live in peace with the great Creator, the Maker and sustainer of all....the Divine Source in which my life, and in which all life, is rooted. I seek to persist in a belief of this perfect unity with the divine. Divinity, my Divinity is at peace within God.
As we contemplate these words and meditate upon their meaning, with prayerful thoughtfulness, there wells up from within us a new vision, a vision which has power to offset hate, to destroy discord, to still anguish, to obliterate fear. There wells up from within us a trust, a consciousness that we are surrounded by an Infinite Goodness; and that thought of peace spreads itself beyond the confines of our own consciousness and helps in healing a sick world of the belief that it must fight. First, at home, in the silence of our own thoughts, let us heal ourselves of fear, of doubt, of uncertainty. Let our lives be peaceful; let our lives be whole.
Excerpted from The Essential Ernest Holmes by Ernest Holmes, edited by Rev. Jesse Jennings, published by Tarcher/Putnam.
Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.—Albert Einstein
During the month of September, many events are dedicated to promoting world peace. September 21, The United Nations sponsors The International Day of Peace. A 1981 United Nations Resolution established this day as an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. The resolution states: “Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that…our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace.” Since the first celebration in September of 1982, Peace Day has grown to include millions of people in all parts of the world. Celebrations are as simple as sitting in silent meditation and lighting a candle at noon to participating in a larger concert or forum. What will you do to celebrate peace?
For more information, visit www.internationaldayofpeace.org
Globalized Soul to Broadcast Worldwide on the
International Day of Peace
Earlier this year, we featured filmmakers Kell Kearns and Cynthia Lukas and their new movie Globalized Soul. We are pleased to report that their film has been selected as the featured film for the 2011 International Day of Peace sponsored by the United Nations. September 21, Globalized Soul will be broadcast every eight hours worldwide on the internet at peaceday.tv/.
In Globalized Soul, Kearns and Lukas traveled the world interviewing luminaries such as the Dalai Lama and others to document the emergent dawn of the new global village—one where we live in religious harmony, environmental responsibility, gender equality, and collective nonviolence. Their theme is most fitting for broadcast on this internationally recognized day for the celebration of peace. Mark your calendars to view the film!
For more information on the United Nations International Day of Peace visit internationaldayofpeace.org.
For information on Globalized Soul, visit heavenearth.net/globalizedsoul.html.