My view on peace is that it is an energy that is in harmony with all things and always present in any circumstance. So, what do we do to bring our awareness to peace?
– John Morton, DSS
This article was originally published in the New Day Herald in July of 2003. It is taken from John Morton’s sharing at an MSIA webcast in the Summer of 2002
My view on peace is that it is an energy that is in harmony with all things and always present in any circumstance. So, what do we do to bring our awareness to peace if we go into a cacophonic occurrence, where there is a convergence of sounds? We can be aware of many, many sounds, and, even so, within those many, many sounds is the sound of peace. As we’re attuned to hear it, we also become attuned to the vibration of the peace, the energy of it. It affects us so that it would pacify us in a wonderful way because we’re attuning to that sound (peace) and not to the other sounds that bring conflict and disturbance.
In harmonics, there’s a vibration that comes as an oscillation, which will set up the vibration and the harmonics for all the other instruments. In a symphony orchestra, the first violin places a tone (plays a note), and then everybody else in the orchestra finds that tone/note and vibrates to it. If there are forty pendulum clocks together and they’re all in different stages of rhythm, eventually all the pendulums will come into the same rhythm.
There is a natural harmonic. Peace is of a higher harmonic than disturbance, conflict, againstness, and negativity. So, eventually, peace will bring everything into its harmonic, even things that are inharmonious and disturbing that come into the field where peace is vibrating.
If you’re attuned to the againstness in any situation, that’s where your attention is drawn. You won’t even hear the sound of peace, and you’ll declare that no peace was there; there was just a bunch of disturbance. No, peace was there, and it can be heard past the disturbance. It’s the kind of thing you hear in the silence, like the silence you can hear in between the musical notes of a song. You’re listening more for the peace that’s within an occurrence, not necessarily what is the loudest or most gets your attention. It takes discipline to learn how to do that, how to come into a fight and still be at peace. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but if you can come in realizing, “I’m not here for the fight; I’m here for the peace; I’m not listening to the drums of war; I’m listening to the silence of the peace that’s present and within all things,” then you can learn how to be attuned to that, and that will naturally allow you to be aware of peace in various situations.
Kids’ Questions about Peace and Conflict at Home
Question: When my sister puts all of her anger in a ball and puts it in a gun and shoots it at me and hits me in the head, why do I always feel sad and mad inside myself?
John: You don’t like it. If you were able to change that to something you like, then it probably would not bother you. So that’s one option: You can change it into something you like. Maybe instead of looking at your sister as bothering you, you could look at her as actually playing with you, even if it doesn’t seem like it, even if she doesn’t think she’s playing with you and thinks she’s bothering you. If you manage to turn that around so that you just consider it’s something she’s doing to play with you and to have fun, then that will work.
The other part is to learn how to get out of the way, which is good to learn. So you learn how to move fast and duck. Then you are learning better abilities. These abilities of ducking and getting out of the way will be lifelong assets in your favor. When people are throwing things at you that you don’t like or want, it’s going to be really great for you to know how to get out of the way of that when you can.
It’s going to be really good to learn how to take it so it doesn’t bother you. Or, if it bothers you, you get over it as quickly as you can.
You might notice that I’m not trying to change what your sister does. Instead, I’m trying to see if we can change what you’re doing in response to what your sister is doing. And then maybe she’ll get tired of it, especially if every time she shoots at you, she misses. I think that would get tiring pretty fast.
Question: I’m always in the middle of fights. I get negative energy put at me, and I don’t know how to defend myself against it.
John: First of all, it really would help if you move forward from whenever the last fight was and relate to your life as, “I have no fights, I have no conflict right now,” and identify more that way for yourself. Then when something like a fight, an argument, or a disagreement starts coming around you, you can learn how to better identify that you’re not interested in a fight. You’re more interested in the way you usually are, the way your life naturally progresses, which is without conflict and without disturbance.
Disturbances, arguments, disagreements—these can come with people who are fairly close to you, like from your own family. So let’s consider that there’s a perfect reason for that occurrence in your life. Let’s consider that God, in His wisdom and majesty and power, chose your mother, your father, your brothers or sisters perfectly, including all the conflicts that they bring to your life. That was all chosen so that you would learn how to deal with them and, as a result, become a stronger person, a more capable person, a peaceful person.
This is truly what this is about: How do I become stronger, more capable, more peaceful in relation to the conflicts in my life? Part of it is to understand that you are a peacemaker, which means that you hold peace and that you come in peace. That also means that when people bring you conflict, your first response is peaceful. Sometimes it’s not so easy to do that. And when you do do that, you have an opportunity to be peaceful towards yourself and dismiss yourself from the conflict, because conflict is not your natural way.
When any negativity from others gets to you—whether it’s towards you or just with the others themselves—that’s a human response. I don’t think anybody is immune from negativity getting to them. We all feel the negativity and disturbance that other people carry or express and the negativity that we ourselves carry and express. What’s spiritual is knowing that none of it is your business, none of it is what your life is about. So you can let it go and realize that you’re the one hanging on to it. If you realize this, then the disturbance may not stay with you any more.
You can also realize that you are learning how to deal with negativity and that these kinds of experiences are teaching you. That’s the good news: the negativity is teaching you to be strong. It’s teaching you to be capable in your life so you choose what’s on purpose for you and so you don’t allow things that don’t work for you, that cause you conflict, to reside in you. You don’t allow yourself to hold on to those conflicts. It’s a self-discipline.
One of the most important things you can do, as soon as you can, is to get yourself in Light consciousness, so ask for the Light to be with you as soon as possible. In the Light, the conflict is resolved. It’s cleared away because it can’t stay in the Light. The Light can also help you see it more clearly. Sometimes people feel it around their heart or in their stomach when they’ve been upset or hurt or violated. You can feel it in all kinds of places, like “He’s a real pain in the neck!” If that’s where you’re feeling it—in your neck—then that’s a place where you get the Light going, like, “Get that thing off me!”
One thing that works for people is to give them some water to drink. Take a bath. Take a shower. Sometimes it’s a very cold shower. This can help break the energy. It’s an old-fashioned remedy. Get some water, and you may be amazed. If somebody’s really upset and angry, you take some cold water and pour it on them. Now, of course, you wouldn’t want to use more water than is really needed. And then you might want to be ready to run a little bit or have a door that you can lock behind you so that they can’t get in. And you say, “I know you’re going to get over this. I just did it to help you break through that conflict.” And maybe you ought to carry some water for yourself so sometimes you can pour it on your own head.
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