Mankind’s search for peace has been evident throughout all of time. Many conflicts manifest through a striving to attain peace. Yet, the absence of peace has seemingly become the focus, instead of peace itself.
The awareness of peace
I used to believe that in order to find peace meant that I had to create a peaceful environment. I thought that peace was only in the world around me. So, I attempted to manipulate my surroundings. This worked, to a degree, until an inevitable distraction came along.
It would occur to me often, that when I was in a quiet environment, the noisiest thing around was my own thinking mind. I didn’t realise, however, that the ceaseless mental chatter was leaving no ‘space’ for Peace to be apparent.
Beyond all of the thousands of interwoven programs, perceptions, conditions, opinions, judgements, emotions, facts, and ideas, is Peace. Peace is closer than our breath. We don’t have to believe in peace for it to exist. You could say that Peace is the continuous ‘humm’ of existence itself. Losing peace, or the awareness of peace, then must be in that we simply choose not to give it our attention.
Do we ‘find’ peace?
To find peace involves a choice. We are choosing for, or against it, all the time, and that is the choice to be aware of peace. Ultimately, peace is an inward experience. It’s not a commodity or a ‘thing’. We cannot see it in the world, but we can experience its ‘effects’. We can’t, therefore, find peace without our own awareness of it, or without giving ourselves the time and space to experience of it, within.
To re-establish the inward experience, of peace, is to practice a way, or technique, that helps point the awareness inward. A tool of sorts, is required because we have become so distracted by all the continually moving phenomena. This distraction has subsequently moved us away from the ongoing experience of inner peace. All it takes, however, is remembering to simply shift the awareness inward. And rest there.
Meditation for inner peace
Any meditation practice that helps point the awareness inward is going to be of benefit anybody.
The Ishayas Ascension Meditation comes from an ancient tradition, and teaches the art of resting the awareness inward. It, thereby changes the relationship to the thinking mind.
I learnt the simple techniques of Ascension, based on Praise, Gratitude and Love, and immediately experienced an inner peace and calm. I quickly became hooked and immersed myself in the practice of Ascension meditation. Through my practice I discovered that the more I used the techniques, the more my attention was naturally drawn to the quiet, still space within, beyond the chatter of the mind.
The inner experience of peace, a peace not understood by the mind, becomes the foundation from which life is lived. And not only that but the positive effects of resting the awareness inward, filtrates into all other aspects of life, naturally resulting in more harmony, love and joy.
I’ve been a Teacher of Ascension Meditation, with The Bright Path, since 2014, and it’s an honour to share the ways of re-discovering inner peace with anyone who has the desire to know. It’s great to see the ones who practice Ascension meditation start to shine, and live a much fuller life. People become more alert, focused, and present, and their lives become more purposeful.
See the website for more details; www.thebrightpath.com.