In Conversation with Gregg Braden and Doreen Virtue
We live in a time that is threatened by war. Around the world there is a cry for peace. There are anti-war protests, peace rallies, men and women in the buff spelling out peace, and millions online praying for peace together. One name stands tall in this call for peace. James Twyman brings his musical prayers for peace to many corners of the globe that are threatened by violence. Now, along with Gregg Braden, an earth scientist, and Doreen Virtue, a spiritual psychologist, peace is explored in a slightly different context.
When is our cry for peace just words and when does this cry become a life changing, world changing experience? Praying Peace, not "praying for peace," points to this nuance of understanding. Praying peace means that we are the vessels through which peace is being formed. Praying for peace means that we have stepped back from the experience. Although we are participants, it is as if we are observing what is happening, rather than being the act of peace itself.
Perhaps you have been a recipient of a recent email suggesting that we must become peace in order to see peace in our own personal lives. As we become a personal experience of peace, we bring that same experience into the world. For many, this may be a foreign way of thinking about peace. We have been taught that peace is a lack of war or peace is a feeling we have. But is that enough? What does it mean to become peace, not just peaceful to become peace incarnate?
Praying Peace suggests seven pathways to becoming peace. Each of these pathways may challenge what you have been taught. Praying Peace encourages us to accept our place in a new world that we consciously co-create with the Divine Mind, to accept responsibility for what we create, even unconsciously. These seven pathways show us a new way of understanding the world, or perhaps a reawakened way of looking at our world. As James Twyman, a mystic; Gregg Braden, a scientist; and Doreen Virtue, a psychologist consider the seven pathways, they begin to see how each of their disciplines comes to the same conclusions.
When I was training to become a Spiritual Guide and Healing Facilitator, our teacher/guide would often ask us, "Do you want to do it the hard way or the easy way?" The hard way was what our minds thought we must do; the blueprint for the easy way was deeper within the subconscious connection to the God Self. The easy way was less about thinking and doing, and more about being and becoming. I believe the hard way to peace is what we have been trying for so long that has not brought lasting peace. The easy way (though it may at first not seem easy because it is different) requires that we use our innate co-creative powers to bring about what we have so long sought. Praying Peace is an important guide to this new way of being.