A Peace to End All Wars – Day 321 of 365 Days to a Better You

They called World War I “the war to end all wars.” This was a wrong-headed idea from the beginning. War can never and will never end war. One hundred years later our civilization still buys into the idea that conflict can end conflict. Time and again, this premise has been demonstrated to be false. Yet, we’re still at it.

The truth has forever stared us in the face. Buddha said it 2500 years ago.”For hatred never ceases by hatred. Hatred ceases by love.”

Five hundred years later Jesus counseled, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”

Yet, here we are still trying quench hatred and violence with hatred and violence. Here we are still cursing each other as enemies.

President Kennedy made a bold and insightful statement nearly 60 years ago. Never has it been more apt than right now. “Mankind must put and end to war or war will put an end to mankind.”

We’ve talked multiple times during our journey together about the need for an empowering foundation and a nourishing environment. War, hatred, and violence are the antithesis of that environment. So, issues of war and peace are fundamental to any personal development we hope to pursue.

Our society is the result of the cumulative thinking of us all. If we have perpetual war, it’s because that’s the mindset that dominates our consciousness as a whole.

Understanding the beneficial nature of peace to our own development, it behooves us to break the conditioning and become tireless advocates for peace and the changed mindsets that can support it.

A peaceful world is more than a nice aspiration. It’s now a prerequisite for human survival and our next steps out into the galaxy. Let us all strive to create a peace to end all wars because that’s all that ever will.

In case no one else reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray

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Five “Be The Change” Affirmations

One of the most prolific inspiring quotes in the world today is Mahatma Gandhi’s famous admonitions, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Here are five affirmations that inspire you to be that change every day.

  1. Today I am a force for good in my world in every way I affect it!
  2. I came here to serve and today I do! Today I AM the difference maker my world needs!
  3. Each and every day I am a light in my world.
  4. Peace comes to my world one person at a time, beginning with me!
  5. believe wholeheartedly that I am part of the solution in my life and in my world.

If not you and me, then who?

Just in case no one reminded you today, you are AWESOME!

Ray

Checkout this more extensive list of Be The Change Affirmations on the TAS  website.

12 Peace Affirmations – Day 273 of 365 Days to a Better You

Peace – from the personal to the global – is a much in demand quality of life. A more peaceful you is a better you. A more peaceful world is a better world.

Despite that, our popular culture dismisses peace as pie-in-the-sky naïveté. “Peace Nik,” they’ll call you derisively. They’ll trot out Neville Chamberlain as an example of peace’s inherent weakness and failure, while never giving a fair accounting of the costs and failures of war.

If I can encourage you to be a rebel on one thing, let it be peace. 10,000 years of inner and outer conflict has not served humanity. Maybe, as great John Lennon sang, it’s time to “Give Peace a chance.”

These affirmations, used regularly, help you promote peace starting with you.

  1. I am the embodiment of peace in all I think, say, and do.
  2. I pray for peace. I work for peace. I achieve peace.
  3. I am the epicenter of a peace pandemic in my world.
  4. Peace comes to my world one person at a time beginning with me.
  5. My world is what I make of it and I choose to make it a peaceful place to be.
  6. My mind is peaceful. My body is peaceful. My spirit is peaceful.
  7. I am infused with inner peace, vitality, and joy.
  8. Today I am relaxed. Today I am serene. Today I am at peace.
  9. I choose peace over anger.
  10. I refuse to allow the stresses of my day to steal my peace of mind.
  11. Peace within. Peace without. Peace is my only and final answer.
  12. I am a source of peace in my world in every way I affect it.

As the saying goes, my friends. “There is no way to peace. Peace IS the way.”

Thanks for stopping by!

Ray

You might also enjoy this post – 10 Steps to World Peace.

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Daily Video Affirmation: Epicenter of Peace Affirmation

Today’s affirmation focuses on you and I becoming the center for peace spreading through our lives and through our world today.

10 Practical Steps to World Peace – Day 65 of 365 Days to a Better You

War and Peace

Most of the posts on this blog focus on personal development. I firmly believe this where we all must begin, if we are to live the life we seek. That said, there are global issues that impact all our ability create the world we envision.

Among the greatest of these issues is war and peace. War is as old as human civilization. The desire for a peaceful world is probably a few moments younger. Human history is littered with self-serving and self-appointed empires seeking to control others. They do it for benevolent reasons and always, always for the betterment of the world. After all, their way is the best way – the way everyone else must follow.

We know about the financial and human cost of war, even if it is regularly hidden from the American and western populace. “Our men and women in uniform” are keeping us safe from the evil hordes beyond the gates. We’re attacking them before they attack us. I’m quite certain this was the argument made by the earliest stone age societies that picked up stones and sticks to battle for the land closest to the river. Have we not evolved? Have we only found more sophisticated reasons and better weapons for destroying each other?

The thing is, we live in a connected world. There are energetic and spiritual effects of perpetual war that impact us all negatively. Just as we are bound by our personal mindsets, we are bound by our collective mindsets. Human being have simply accepted that war is normal and unchangeable.

It is not. That’s a mindset just like I’m not good enough to have that job like or I’ll never make the basketball team. It can change just as those beliefs change. Let us refuse to accept that this source of suffering, chaos, and negativity in the world is “just the way it is.”

You’re probably think, “Ray, that’s great. I agree. How do we do it? What are the practical steps that could get us there?

Here are 10 steps I outlined about 10 years ago. I think they are a great start and we all have role to play in virtually all of them. I’d like to highlight #10. In my mind, it should be a prerequisite for leadership that you advocate for principled peace rather than war for profit.

  1. Live and let live.
  2. Transform religion from a force for division to a force for personal growth and development.
  3. Find a viable replacement for the global war economy.
  4. Respect the rights of every individual.
  5. Respect the needs of the group.
  6. Develop you instead of worrying about everyone else’s flaws.
  7. Find peace within, it will shine without.
  8. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
  9. Recognize we are really one tiny planet -we’re all in this together.
  10. Demand that leaders and would-be leaders talk beyond labels. Most arguments for war and hate fall apart without the labels.

If only, you might be thinking. I’ll leave you with this story today.

There’s an anonymous story of a man who came upon a meditating sage. The sage looked so peaceful and serene that the man had to know his secret. After a brief conversation, the man said to the sage, “I wish I had your faith so that I could live as you do.”

The old sage smiled and said, “Ah, if you lived as I live, you would have my faith.”

Having a peaceful world is not a wish. It’s the result of each of us and all of us choosing to see our world through different eyes – eyes where peace is the priority. A better you is aided by a better us.

Wishing you a peaceful and prosperous day!

Ray

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How ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ stopped a brutal war for nearly two days

How ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ stopped a brutal war for nearly two days

How ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ stopped a brutal war for nearly two days
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Judging Others

A friend of mine on Facebook posed a question about whether the concern about judging others, a relatively recent human ethic, had any value or whether judging could even be avoided. Here was my reply.

Practically speaking, it’s impossible not to judge things. I used to tick mark the number of times each day I did it and it was many. That process did make me more aware and reflective about it. Our minds seem hard-wired to judge, evaluate, and compare. It’s the way this tendency is so easily manipulated and the ready access to a place to “shout” those judgments that has made us a coarser society.

That said, this is an area we could all work on. I think there is a valuable ethic to be had here. The genesis of that ethic is the dilemma eloquently posed by Jesus. “Let be who is without sin cast the first stone.”

What I’ve noted over time is that hypocrisy and a lack of compassion are often huge components of judgment. That’s what Jesus was saying. Who among you has moral standing to judge someone else?

Tolstoy wrote, “Everyone thinks about changing the world, but no one thinks about changing himself.”

Judgement, especially overt judgment, is often about deflection and dereliction of the one duty we have in this life….to better the mind and the heart we occupy.

Not judging at all may be beyond us. Judging less harshly, with compassion, and an understanding of the places we have fallen short may be the goal to aspire to.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

Ray Davis is an author, founder of The Affirmation Spot, and co-founder of 6 Sense Media.

His current latest novel is Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation – order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com – founder of The Affirmation Spot and an advocate for the potential of the human race. He’s life-long history buff and holds a B.S. in History Education. He’s always been fascinated by alternative views of history.

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