Many individuals ask me how we can bring peace to the world.
I am convinced that lasting peace demands inner work.
I believe that world peace – social, economic, and political peace – comes first from an inner exploration and examination of our own beliefs, and second from the commitment to courageously discard those beliefs that do not work while embracing those that do work.
And which are the beliefs that demand deeper examination?
Neale Donald Walsch, the author of the Conversations with God book series, listed five main beliefs (he calls them ‘fallacies,’ or false beliefs) that produce conflict. Here’s what he has to say:
There are Five Fallacies about Life that create crisis, violence, killing, and war.
– First, the idea that human beings are separate from each other.
– Second, the idea that there is not enough of what human beings need to be happy.
– Third, the idea that in order to get the stuff of which there is not enough, human beings must compete with each other.
– Fourth, the idea that some human beings are better than other human beings.
– Fifth, the idea that it is appropriate for human beings to resolve severe differences created by all the other fallacies by killing each other.
The world is a manifestation of our thoughts and feelings. Peace, or lack thereof, is based on how we see the world, and of how safe, or unsafe, we feel. So, my answer to the question of how we bring peace to the world is the following:
Examine your beliefs. Engage in spiritual practices, have epiphanies, and experience oneness. Feel safe, protected, and free from all fear. Relax. Accept that:
1 – We are not separate from each other. We are interconnected. We are One.
2 – This is a world of abundance. There is more than enough for everybody to survive and be happy.
3 – There is no need to compete, to be better than, to win, to put others down. We can choose to cooperate and support one another in creating lives that allow each one of us to give our best contribution to the world.
4 – Since we are all parts of the same whole, every part is indispensable to the whole. No one is more, or less than the other. Every part is valuable and essential.
5 – There’s no need to kill.
These beliefs, once they become the prevailing ones, will manifest a new and peaceful world.
I am safe.
I am protected.
There’s nothing to fear.
Here are the “5 Steps to Peace:”
Peace will be attained when we, as human beings…
1 – Permit ourselves to acknowledge that some of our old beliefs about God and about Life are no longer working.
2 – Explore the possibility that there is something we do not understand about God and about Life, the understanding of which could change everything.
3 – Announce that we are willing for new understandings of God and Life to now be brought forth, understandings that could produce a new way of life on this planet.
4 – Courageously examine these new understandings and, if they align with our personal inner truth and knowing, enlarge our belief system to include them.
5 – Express our lives as a demonstration of our highest beliefs, rather than as a denial of them.
~ Excerpt from The New Revelations: A Conversation with God by Neale Donald Walsch
It is a beautiful life. It is a beautiful world. Be not afraid.
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