Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Perfect Peace

 In Tune with the Infinite
The moment we come into harmony with the Spirit of infinite peace, there comes to us an inflowing tide of peace, because peace is harmony. A deep interior meaning underlies the great truth that “to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” To recognize the fact that we are Spirit and to live in this thought is to be spiritually minded and so to be in harmony and peace. Oh, the thousands of people all around us weary with care, troubled and ill at ease, running hither and thither to find peace, weary in body, soul and mind, going to other countries, traveling the world over, coming back and still not finding it. Of course they have not found it, and they never will find it in this way because they are looking for it where it is not. They are looking for it without when they should look within. Peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there, one will never find it at all.

Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one’s own soul. We may travel over many different avenues in pursuit of it, we may seek it through the channels of the bodily appetites and passions, we may seek it through all the channels of the external, we may chase for it hither and thither, but it will always be just beyond our grasp because we are searching for it where it is not. In the degree, however, that we order the bodily appetites and passions in accordance with the promptings of the soul within will the higher forms of happiness and peace enter our lives, but in the degree that we fail in doing this, disease, suffering and discontent will enter in.

To be at one with God is to be at peace. The child simplicity is the greatest agency in bringing this full and complete realization, the child simplicity that recognizes its true relations with the Creator’s life. There are people I know who have come into such a conscious realization of their oneness with this infinite life, this Spirit of infinite peace, that their lives are fairly bubbling over with joy.

- From Ralph Waldo Trine's In Tune with the Infinite, one of the most influential and popular books of the New Thought philosophy.

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