Mankind’s search for peace has been evident throughout all of time. Most conflicts manifest from a striving to find peace. Yet, the absence of peace has seemingly become the focus, instead of peace itself.
How do we lose the awareness of peace?
I used to believe that in order to find peace I had to create a peaceful environment. I thought peace was only in the world around me. So, I attempted to manipulate my surroundings. This worked, to a degree, until an inevitable noise or distraction came along.
While I was in a quiet environment, however, it did help me to realise that the noisiest thing around was my own thinking mind! The ceaseless mental chatter left no ‘space’ for the 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 peace to exist. You could say that Peace is the continuous ‘humm’ of existence itself. So I guess losing the awareness of peace is simply not giving it attention…?
So, how do we find peace?
To find peace involves the awareness of its very existence. Ultimately, peace is an inward experience. It is not a ‘thing’. We cannot find peace, or even see it in the world, if there is no awareness or experience of it within.
What we need, in order to experience inward peace, is a way to point the awareness inward. The necessity for such a tool is required because the hustle and bustle of the busy world has trained us to be distracted by all the moving phenomena. This distraction moves us away from the experience of inner peace.
Any meditation practice that helps point the awareness inward is beneficial for attaining inner peace.
The Ishayas Ascension Meditation comes from an ancient tradition, and teaches anyone how they can rest their awareness inward, and thereby change the relationship to the thinking mind.
I learnt the simple techniques of Ascension, based on Praise, Gratitude and Love, and I immediate peace. I immersed myself in the practice of Ascension. I discovered that the more I used the techniques the more my attention was naturally drawn to the quiet, still space beyond the chatter of the mind.
The inner experience of peace can become the foundation from which life is lived. The positive effects of resting the awareness inwards filtrates into all aspects of life, and naturally creates more harmony, love and joy.
Ive been a Teacher of Ascension Meditation, with The Bright Path, since 2014, and I am happy to share the ways of re-discovering inner peace with any soul who has the desire to learn them. I love watching people who learn these techniques, and practice, start to shine more and more. They are more alert, focused and present, and their lives become more positive with a much greater sense of purpose.
There are Ascension Meditation Courses and The Bright Path Teachers located world-wide. See the website for details www.thebrightpath.com.