1/24/02 Chronicles 5:50 – 6:20 am

Peace is not the cessation of war. Peace is a state of mind, that when encouraged, enables what is potential to manifest. Peace is not absolute stillness, it is not even calm. Rather it is clear, a lucid state in which the perturbations of the world move through, without impact. Peace is a clear channel, where the things of the world do not attach themselves. Yet, the world is reflected and seen. Peace is rather an energetic encapsulation. What is held in peace is resolved.

What is intended with peace is a flow pattern that holds. The reason for its high state impact, is that peace is universal. It isn’t a cultural aptitude, while some cultures promote peace and others do not. While many humans miscalculate peace as the cessation of fighting, this is the outward sign of an inward state. Cultivating this inner state requires a calm mind. In the sense of community, it requires a receptive mind, an ability to hold opposing views together without reacting. It demands the attention of a person to at least two things or more at once. it is a form of resolution of the multiplicity.It is not the ignorance of the parts, but an embrace of the defractions.

Cease fires are not peace. They do not even evidence peace. They may contribute to building a peace but do not mistake cessation of war as peace. Peace is a spiritual state that when evidenced on earth enables higher activity, not the lack of issuance. Many people associate peace with silence. While they may be conjoined, peace can as easily be filled with the noise of life happening. Peace is a type of harmony between the manifest forms, thus it is a high state of activity, but like the way many rivers lead to the single ocean, peace absorbs into itself the many streams of life that flow into its fulcrum.

What attracts the congruence? It is the intention of the creator to see the parts reunite. Thus any thought of congruence, any effort towards harmony, leads to this amplified condition for congruency, peace.

What are the preconditions of peace among enemies? What is an enemy? An enemy is one that wants what another has. Whether it is land, resources, power, opportunity. It is lack that motivates enemies. It is an effort for some to keep what they have, while for another to take what is not theirs or perhaps was once theirs or an ancestors. It moves through people like the air does the forest, it is desire turned outwards. Enemies feed on external differences. This why racial wars are the easiest to incite and the hardest to end. Differences are visible. It is also why gender wars are so easy to instigate, here too, what is different between members if self evident. Peace on the other hand sees commonlaities, accentuates them, finds in them expression of the one, a divine purpose . In finding that communality, resolution to lack is found as well.

Bounty is always present. Bounty is always available. It is not perceived due to fear of lack which is a false conception. There is no lack in the physcial world, only lack of desire to fulfill need. This is why the notion of peace following war is false. Peace doesn’t follow war, recovery does, loss does, destruction does. If one can consider rebuilding what one’s hands have destroyed, as peace, then one will likely not understand that this is repair. Repair and peace are not the same. While repair can lead to peace it is not peace. Peace is a state of being in which the lack is not foremost, but the bounty is.

Nations or people’s at war are driven by many things, economic greed, territorial possession, and political avarice. The people who are utilized by the few, to destroy communities and lives, are themselves not yet ready for peace. He who would kill a neighbor as result of emotional frenzy will themselves be killed. Either physcially or spiritually they will be disabled. Self defense is an obligation, but purposeless killing, a malefic aberration. Purpose from our point of view derives its value from intention. While this does not mean one can intend to bring harmony by doing violence, it does mean that in the process of bringing harmony, one may be charged to do things that some will like and others not. Likes and dislikes are immaterial. What is right or not is what is prescient.

The battle for land is an ancient tribal notion. It is like the belief that the human being is no more than the edge of the skin. While people’s do have edges of custom and place, in fact they are not localized phenomena. Humans are universal. While each is different, they are also the same fundamentally, in potential. Thus, all conflicts are an expression of differences not yet in their coherency. How then to bring coherency to diffusion, pertubation, violent conflagration?

First it must be desired, not politically desired as much as a want by the people involved in the conflict. Today, one does not see resolution because the economy drives the violence as a form of trade. Secondly, poltical avarice promotes the most brutal to stations of power. Thirdly, the average combattant mistakes the ancestral for the mandate, what was must be, what was the past must be the future. It is a failure to appreciate the development of relations over time.

Whether it is disagreement in a household or between nations, parties that cannot accept change in the other, will be unable to invigorate changed relations between groups of people. Thus, those negotiating what is called peace between parties should be chosen with the utmost care. Do they share spiritual principals, do they show by their own lives the desire for integration, are they able to draw diverse qualities together, do they themselves evidence a spirit of rapproachment? Professional negotiators are like pawnshop dealers. Most often, they ask each party to sacrifice what is neither right nor productive in the long run to surrender, and thus the peace accord or agreements are most often not honored. You cannot ask a nation or people to give up that which they cannot in the long run adjust to doing without. Instead, creative ways must be found to enable the values and needs of both to flourish. Ultimately that is peace.

When the genuine needs are met, the creative qualities of a culture are empowered. It is the same with human brings. When their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are met, there is a coherency to their presence that is seen by all. You call that person a peaceful person. The truly peaceful person feels others turmoil, but is not changed by it. In the same way, peace holds in communities, where the turmoil is felt and realized, but not responded to in violent ways. It is not a state of ignorance, of pretense that what is wrong does not exist. Rather it is a vigourous inspection of what is wrong, and its correction.

This is why peace is not the cessation of war. Rather it is the resolution of opposites or disparate needs.