MJ Reflections

Monday, May 2, 2011

Pathways to Peace



Peace begins in the heart of each individual. When you center yourself in divine love and focus your thoughts on peace, you create a sacred place within your heart, dedicated to experiencing and expressing the love of God. As you then begin to let divine love radiate out from you to those around you, you take the first step in generating peace in your life and in all circumstances. When you extend your thoughts of love and peace to others, you create an atmosphere of peace that embraces and unites every heart.


Be a Peacemaker

Think of the great peacemakers throughout history, including Michael Jackson. How are they able to inspire people to follow a path of peace? How has Michael inspired us to be here today on this mission of spreading love and peace to others in his name?

The answer lies within—the great peacemakers of the world remain centered by turning within to “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Phil. 4:7). The world responds to their inner glow of peace. You may create your own glow by thinking peaceful thoughts, speaking words you'd like to hear, and treating everyone with kindness and compassion, just as Michael always did.

Have you ever noticed the ripple effect created just by smiling at someone? Try this experiment. Smile at people and see how many smiles you receive in return. You'll be amazed at how far kindness can travel in just a short amount of time. Your inner peace is reaching out to others and the ripples of love and understanding are spreading outward in a never-ending circle.

Now visualize the peace of God encircling Michael’s family, extending out to all those who were closely involved in Michael’s life, and beyond that to all of his fans around the world. You are a part of that peace because you're on a spiritual journey—a pathway that includes peace in your day-to-day living. Just as with any journey, you can pack for the trip. Carry with you an attitude of peace, enfold yourself in God's love, and always, always have generous amounts of concern and caring ready to share with others.

When you pray, remember to enfold everyone in your faith-filled thoughts. Even those who may evoke anger and resentment - especially those. Envision each person divinely guided in finding the way to live with integrity in love and peace and truth with others. Although distance may separate you from these people, prayer bridges the gap toward unity and harmonious relationships. To love in God's way is to let it flow freely, not withholding it from anyone.

Make a covenant right now to dedicate your prayers and your thoughts to the fulfillment of love and peace in all you do.

05/02/2011
Copyright © 2011 by Charlene Burgess



Click on the link below to view a guided meditation video, "Song of Peace":
http://www.unity.org/prayer/guidedMeditations/songOfPeace.html

"We are peacemakers, one in the love of God.
With hearts united, we establish harmony and peace in our lives and in the world."

6 comments:

  1. Dear Char,

    Amen! You said it all, everything that needs to be said with a love, and determination, and dedication to our spiritual goal. The best way to help others truly, is to walk your spiritual path to enlightenment with love and compassion, no matter what. And oh yes, it is true also that especially those who evoke our anger need to be blanketed in love and peace. Sometimes though that is very hard ( for me anyway) but every day offers a new opportunity at spreading love and peace. Thank you for these words!
    Love,
    Elmira

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  2. Thanks Char...so beautifully written and just the thing I needed today! Love you more!

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  3. Jan Carlson said... (via facebook)

    Wonderful, Charlene ... thanks!

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  4. Marjolein said... (via facebook)

    Yes! beautiful and so true... The first time i tried that thing with the smile... WOW! If anyone thinks a smile can't change a thing... just try and you will be amazed.... LOVE and PEACE to you!

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  5. You're so inspired, Charlene! What a wonderful post! God bless you! :) I really needed to read something like this, the timing was simply perfect.

    All I've been asking God for is peace, for more then 6 months.. My life turned upside down and I'm surrounded by hostile people at work (from colleagues, to boss, to clients.. there's too much disharmony). This makes me sad and stressed out, wanting to run away from them.. I keep praying, asking God for a relief, but things are still difficult.

    I try to treat all of them well and not return the hostility they send me, by being helpful, smiling to them (as we know what a smile can do) and trying to maintain a calm attitude. But it's like I'm being bombarded, you know?

    What makes my soul happier is this work we are doing, on the intent of spreading dear Michael's message to the world, healing the world.. Having Michael's fans as a family is very comforting, there are so much nice and wonderful people =)

    Thank you for your post, it was inspiring and I'll try to follow this advice, to live a better life..

    And I'm praying for the Jackson family, and the fans all around the world who are still very sad.. God bless all

    Much love to you,
    Mayra

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