February 4


#21 Passionate Presence Principle: Peace

By Adela Rubio

February 4, 2009

Being Bootcamp

Peace, a state of  completeness, wholeness,
ease and flow that arises dynamically
in unbidden moments of aliveness.

Peace, a portal to awakening, to self
realization. A ceasing of wanting and need,
an ecstatic state of being found.

Peace, a natural state of grace.

Peace a path to planetary evolution….

“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state
but rather the striving and struggling for some goal
worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge
of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential
meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.” Victor Frankl

What if we redefined peace as a continuum of

What if peace were not only sensations, feeling and
state of mind, but an active pathway in human evolution?

“During the roman empire the ‘Pax Romana,’ a Latin
phrase meaning the “Peace of Rome” referred to the
process by which peace was maintained by Roman force
in territories once they had been fully occupied by Rome.
Roman force of arms and control of administration, the
Romanization, prevented or at least limited the potential
for further conflict with Rome or between neighboring
regions of the empire. This peace relates to the internal
peace of the empire not to its external conflicts.”

The history of the world is marked by the lack of peace.
Whether we’re talking Greeks, Romans, Germans, Russians
or Americans the timeline of our world is marked by
aggression, strife and conflict.

Perhaps it is this very timeline that has given rise to
an expanded vision of peace. Perhaps peace at one time
may have been having food and shelter, being able to
till your own land.

Perhaps in the human endeavor to carve out security and
safety we have developed a higher sensibility for
what is required for peace in the human species?

“All violence is the result of people tricking themselves
into believing that their pain derives from other people
and that consequently those people deserve to be punished.”
Marshall Rosenberg

Whether it’s the Hebrew shalom or the Arabic “salaam”,
peace has woven multiple threads of meaning into its tapestry:
safety, welfare, prosperity, security, fortune, friendliness.
respect, justice and goodwill.

Gandhi articulated a vision of peace in which justice is an
inherent and necessary aspect; in it peace requires not only
the absence of violence but also the presence of justice.

Martin Luther King Jr marched for peace and said,
“True peace is not merely the absence of tension:
it is the presence of justice.”

Norwegian peace researcher Johan Galtung has
described this peace, peace with justice, as
“positive peace,” because hostility and further
violence could no longer flourish in this environment.

These external cycles of violence, war and yearnings for
peace have lead us to a point in our evolution where personal
peace is the only means to ensure planetary peace.

“You know quite well, deep within you, that there is
only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation…
and that is called loving. Well, then, love your suffering.
Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is your aversion that
hurts, nothing else”. Herman Hesse

Experience this sensation of peace within your own being:
Feel this sense of “quiet”, reflecting a pool of calmness
and serenity. Allow ease and grace to rain upon your skin
and soak in the shower of divine tranquility. Feel the
absolute quiet and equanimity alive in you in this moment.

“Calmness is the cradle of power.
Josiah Gilbert Holland

The Buddhists believe that peace can be reached if all
suffering is ended. They believe all suffering can be ended by
ending all wanting. Buddhists follow the Four Noble Truths:

Life means suffering.
To live means to suffer, because the human nature is not
perfect and neither is the world we live in.

The origin of suffering is attachment.
The origin of suffering is our attachment to transient things.
What we call “self” is just an imagined entity, and we are
merely a part of the ceaseless becoming of the universe.

The cessation of suffering is attainable.
Simply by removing the cause of suffering – the voracious
craving of our senses and the conceptual attachments we
have created.

The path to the cessation of suffering.
There is a path to the end of suffering and it is known as the
Eightfold Path.. It is a map to end suffering and attain peace.

Join me as we experience this path…

Right View see and understand things as they really are

Right Intention commit your mental energy to ethical action

Right Speech tell the truth, speak friendly, warm, and gently,
talk only when necessary.

Right Action engage your body as your natural means of
expression, act kindly and compassionately, be honest, respect all.

Right Livelihood earn your living in a righteous manner,
align with your purpose and your passion peacefully.

Right Effort engage your mental energy as your ally, it is the
energy of peace that fuels peace.

Right Mindfulness  see things as they are, with clear consciousness.
Anchor your understanding in clear perception, unify and direct
your mental faculties through mindfulness.

Marcus Aurelius teaches us that: “If you are distressed by
anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to
your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at
any moment.”

I heard you calling

Fresh mountain streams
Advertised sparkling refreshment
From the page of a travel brochure

I will feed your soul.

Castles refuge, stable and strong
Edges softened by misty rain.
Cool stones absorb worry’s fever

Space and protection lie waiting

Lake of still water reflects
God’s creation,
Compositions of man and nature

Pause and gaze within

Inspire draughts of serenity
Soak up droplets of peace
Silently witness life’s freedom

Be nourished

PAX adorns your threshold
proclaiming peace, that falls gently
on all who pass through

Come in

David Whyte, excerpted from
Kylemore Abbey

Dwell in peace.
Plunge into the peace of your being.
Sense peace as it recalibrates your thinking
Feel the peace, the profound peace
That lives in your being,
Present, here and now.

In the words Byron Katie :
“I am devoted to total world peace. I am the world.”

Peace is the welcome mat to what is
Welcome Peace….
Be Peace….

Peace is….
Peace is…
Peace is…

©2009 Being Bootcamp (Adela Rubio )

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