Peace is inevitable in your experience of awakening from your dream of a human existence. You cannot get peace nor have peace as a result of your ‘doing’ in the world, no matter how much effort you exert in your well-meant attempts to make this world a better place.
But you will give peace in order to have it, because you are PEACE. Peace is the bridge that everyone will cross, to leave this world behind. But peace begins within the world perceived as different, and leading from this fresh perception to the gate of Heaven and the way beyond. Peace is the answer to conflicting goals, to senseless journeys, frantic, vain pursuits, and meaningless endeavors.
This is a paragraph in the key-lesson 200 of A Course in Miracles, “There is no peace except the Peace of God.” If you have come that far and can hear that, you are entitled to know the truth that God’s Will for you is perfect happiness – complete peace without an opposite. Do you want IT now?
This is the crucial decision everyone must make to remember God and the Peace HE has given you. To mean you want the peace of God is to renounce all dreams. What is it you are dreaming? What makes up your world from which you seek release in peace? Are you ready to deny the ego entirely and hand your will and life over to the care of God?
The eternal are in peace and joy forever. The mortal are in conflict, competition, war and retaliation. They defend themselves, see a need to protect their little lives from the evil forces they believe are out there to terrorize them. They are vulnerable to be attacked. And because it is what they fear, they attack. They are afraid of everyone and everything, justifying their separation anxiety. They do not know of a gratitude that gives them peace. These are the human beings’ values of the world you see. Peace in the world is considered to be the interval between two wars. And this interval with its daily struggles, decisions for a better future and holding your values under control is nothing but your war against yourself. Can you look at this with me for a moment reasonably, please? What you need to understand is that the ego is insane.
The ego’s voice is a hallucination…. Hallucinations are inaccurate perception of reality…. If you do not want them on the basis of loss of peace, they will be removed from your mind for you. Every response to the ego is a call to war, and war does deprive you of peace.
The mind that accepts attack cannot love. That is because it believes it can destroy love, and therefore does not understand what love is. If it does not understand what love is, it cannot perceive itself as loving. This loses the awareness of being, induces feelings of unreality and results in utter confusion… The ingeniousness of the ego to preserve itself is enormous…
The ego cannot afford to know anything. Knowledge is total, and the ego does not believe in totality. This unbelief is its origin, and while the ego does not love you it is faithful to its own antecedents, begetting as it was begotten. Mind always reproduces as it was produced. Produced by fear, the ego reproduces fear. This is its allegiance, and this allegiance makes it treacherous to love because you are love. Love is your power, which the ego must deny. It must also deny everything this power gives you because it gives you everything. No one who has everything wants the ego. Its own maker, then, does not want it. Rejection is therefore the only decision the ego could possibly encounter, if the mind that made it knew itself. And if it recognized any part of the Sonship, it would know itself. The ego therefore opposes all appreciation, all recognition, all sane perception and all knowledge….
This is your mind. Reject the ego and recognize the truth of yourself Who IS Peace. As an ego the mind believes to live a little “life” in the world as a body with other bodies, believes in conflict and competition with each other and sees no other “alternative” than to find its ultimate release in death. “The earlier the better! Let’s go to war and die for each other and the nation. Then we might find some sense for our being here,” in this hell where people shoot on people out of cars and the nations prime cause for a non-violent death has become overeating. For whatever you look for in this world to feel better: relationships, having a successful job, sports activities, alcohol, smoking or drugs of any kind etc., death remains like an iron fist in your neck. How many sports idols and celebrities do you need to feel a little worthy here?
Seek peace not outside yourself to find a crumb of it in your world. Either it is all there is for you or nothing. Stop trying to find peace through analyzing and verifying your human experience. I am offering you the whole truth.
That is all the world of the ego is. Nothing. It has no meaning. It does not exist. Do not try to understand it because, if you do, you are believing that it can be understood and is therefore capable of being appreciated and loved. That would justify its existence, which cannot be justified. You cannot make the meaningless meaningful. This can only be an insane attempt.
The peace of God can never be contained…. Who recognizes it within himself must give it. The Peace of God is shining in you now and all living things. In quietness is it acknowledged universally. For what your inward vision looks upon is your perception of the universe.
The mind which means that all it wants is peace must join with other minds, for that is how peace is obtained. And when the wish for peace is genuine, the means for finding it is given, in a form each mind that seeks for it in honesty can understand.
Listen…This is Jesus speaking to you. As God sent me to you so will I send you to others. And I will go to them with you, so we can teach them peace and union. Do you not think the world needs peace as much as you do? Do you not want to give it to the world as much as you want to receive it? For unless you do, you will not receive it. If you want to have it of me, you must give it.
I thank you so much for receiving this. With the power of your mind you will make the decision to want only peace, because you already made it. The power of decision is your own, and with your uncompromising turning to the Light and remembering the truth, peace is all you are. You are as God created you, and there is no peace except the Peace of God. Amen.
Itaslizised texts taken from A COURSE IN MIRACLES, Chapter 7, I., 5., and VI., 2.,3.,11.; Chapter 8, I., 3., and IV., 4.,5.,; Lesson 200, 8.; L 188, 5., L 185, 5.,6.;