International Day of Peace is observed each year on September 21. The United Nations General Assembly declares this day as one devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people. Specifically for 2017 the theme is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”
It’s true we can look around and wonder if we’re actually moving in the right direction towards peace. We have such a long way to go, and yet we can’t allow ourselves to be discouraged or to stop looking for ways to reflect peace in our lives.
I’m profoundly affected by this bit of wisdom from Eckhart Tolle:
“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.”
I feel the truth of this in my core. I believe that deeply knowing who you are is actually key to everything.
It’s my belief that we are all sparks of the divine, here, now on this beloved planet, as individuated points of focus. Dancing as we have habitually for millennia in a field of polarity, caught up in the illusion that we’re separate, but ever-more increasingly opening to remembering that we are not.
When we know ourselves and we know we’re not truly separate, then there is no alternative but peace.
It doesn’t mean we have to be best friends with everyone and hang out together, share the same views, or be clones. Absolutely not. But there is neutral beneficence present. You being you is accorded the same respect and sovereignty as me being me. We co-exist peacefully. How perfectly this year’s peace theme reflects this – Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All. I would add equitable sharing of resources, and of course would prefer we envelop it all in liberal doses of loving-kindness, but I think we always lean into our own particular flavor preferences.
But the real deep work I think is coming to that place of seeing ourselves in wholeness. From a place of love. Celebrating our gifts. Holding the same for everyone.
I’m inspired by the worlds of Carlos Santana, who said:
“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.”
I want to be encouraged, I want to be inspired, I want to see the ideals of peace strengthened; and someday I hope we won’t dedicate a day to it because we’ll be living it wholly.
Again and again and again I keep returning to the admonishment from Ram Dass:
“We are all just walking each other home.”
May you celebrate today in peace, and may we manifest even greater peace tomorrow.