“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace”. Jimi Hendrix wrote that. That may surprise some of you.
We may have preconceived notions about ‘Rockers’, but artists of all genres are possibly more in touch with the creative energies of this world than the rest of us who stay safely within our own predictable and narrow ‘box’ of experience.
I believe the concept of peace is important to acknowledge at this time of year. Although in a perfect world it would not (and should not) matter what time of year it is.
Ownership cannot be had by any religion when it comes to the word ‘peace’, so whether or not it is a religious celebration has no bearing on the meaning of the word.
But it is frequently during religious celebrations and on Remembrance Day that the idea of peace is more evident.
Ironically, wars are often fought in the quest for peace, which is perplexing and disturbing in itself.
A wise guru once said that peace in our world will be elusive until we find it within ourselves.
So, with that in mind, how many peaceful days have you had recently – within yourself? How many days have you had where you haven’t judged someone else, including yourself?
How many times have you had judgmental thoughts about another person, again, including yourself?
It seems that we can’t help ourselves. We are judgmental beings…….even when we try not to judge, apparently we cannot avoid it.
We are, (to quote Dr. Russ Harris, in his book, ‘ACT Made Simple’), “well-oiled judgment machines”.
As a counsellor I believe we can help ourselves. I believe we can control our thoughts and how they impact on everyone’s sense of well being, including our own. We can become more ‘mindful’ of our thought processes. It requires constant supervision of our mind thoughts. Where have you allowed your mind to wander today?
It’s kind of like that funny advertisement on TV where a mini head pops out of the person’s shoulder (the conscience). We can step back and look at ourselves, or question what comes out of our mind and subsequently our mouth.
Ask yourself the following questions, the next time a judgment towards another appears in your mind. Is it a kind thought? Are you viewing it from one side only? Do you love and respect yourself? Is this more about you than the other person? Perhaps the person is carrying a bag of life-hurts and isn’t aware of how they are reacting and then individually, we do the same thing in return.
Sometimes we unconsciously see something in another person that reminds us of ourselves, a part of ourselves that we are not impressed with. So, it becomes skewed and turns into judgment of the other.
We must try to be gentle with those we meet. Nobody’s journey is an easy one, despite what it may look like.
We can try to be kind and gentle to one another, knowing that our choices in life are not always easy. If you tend to live in your head, take the journey to your heart and find the warmth and understanding that resides there.
Despite what your personal belief system may be, I just know that all of us wish only the best for the rest of us. Deep down in our soul, our inner core, our essence of who we are, we wish everyone a peaceful and happy life.
We can make peace happen, but it starts within first. When that happens, it becomes difficult to view others with anything less than love, kindness and respect.
Once again, “when the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace”.
Peace to all and please send your love-energy to our hurting world.
Carole Fawcett is a counsellor, clinical hypnotherapist and freelance writer. www.amindfulconnection.com