A guest post written by Anne Stearns Condon from Thousand Oaks, California
Is peace on earth a possibility today? With the media reporting daily about wars, death, and retaliation, is there even a chance for harmony and tranquility to take hold in our world?
In the Bible, the life of Christ Jesus offers the greatest model for attaining a peaceful state of mind, even in times of anger, fear, and dismay.
He was prophesied as the Prince of Peace; yet no one faced more hatred and violence. How did he handle it? With unconditional love. He blessed his enemies. He practiced assiduously the two commandments he taught his followers: love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. He also instructed them: “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
What I’ve learned from Christ Jesus is how to promote peace in my own life. It starts within one’s consciousness, allowing God’s infinite love to permeate thought; then letting the love of peace demonstrated by Jesus be translated into right action towards others. Practicing this, I’ve gained continual peace of mind, which increases mental health in positive ways.
The peace process commences with small steps. I had an experience recently where embracing a peaceful attitude overcame feelings of anger and blame.
I’d been having reception problems with my cable and internet server for several days. Then their bill arrived and it was greatly increased without any explanation. Long frustrated with the way this company did business, I was ready for battle!
But this time, before calling, I changed my outlook by reversing all accusatory thoughts. I affirmed that, whoever I would be talking to was a child of God, just as I was, and that we could work things out in a peaceful way. I totally subdued any thoughts of condemnation. In fact, as I dialed the phone, I was filled with a healthy attitude of real friendship.
The whole exchange with the woman I spoke with was respectful, calm, and peaceful. She graciously reduced my monthly statement substantially and even made it retroactive. She explained that the reception problem had been corrected, and we ended our conversation cordially. I felt a quiet peacefulness inside. I was learning the value of preparing myself with loving and peaceful thoughts before taking any action. And the result was gratifying and health-giving.
When I think of Christ Jesus going about healing, and helping his fellow man, only to be crucified on the cross, I am beyond sorrowful at such animosity directed toward the Son of God.
Yet that’s not the end of his story. While on the cross, he said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And after his resurrection he told his disciples, “My peace I give unto you.” Following his example can change the world, one consciousness at a time.
What I’ve gained from the master Christian is the knowledge that peace is a definite possibility. It begins in the heart of each of us, and when put into practice, has the ability to fan out across the globe, blessing all mankind and establishing a spiritual health plan of peace among the nations of the world.
As one of Christ’s most faithful followers, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote: “Of this we may be sure: that thoughts winged with peace and love breathe a silent benediction over all the earth, cooperate with the divine power, and brood unconsciously o’er the work of His hand.”