The way of peace is filled with contentment.
At each stage, within each moment, we are content with who we are and our surrounding circumstances.
To be content is to be at peace. We progress through life by allowing peace to present the choices we make.
A choice is not deciding one action over one other; as though we lack more than two options in any case. But the choice of peace comes from knowing truth which dispels the multiples of non-truth options.
When we know peace, our peace is unshakable. To be moved away from peace by external forces is to be lacking in the knowledge and sight of peace. But the knowledge of peace is always within us, awaiting our reclamation of itself.
The external of the human being is at war with itself, as the armies of two nations are at war. War is wages from a desire for expansion; rather, a dissatisfaction with our present state. Therefore, when we know contentment we will no longer be at war – but at peace.
The mind at peace is liberated, therefore, it produces liberation. Not through force or violence, but through establishing an environment of non-expansion.
Within the environment of non-expansion members of that environment feel no threat from one another. Peace expands when we do not dictate or force its expansion.
Peace grows as the heart beats. As we are in tune to the beat of the heart, actions flow as naturally as we live.
As we do not force the heart to beat, we do not force peace to dwell within us. Yet as the heart still beats, peace still dwells.
Violence is initiated by the aggressor but is perpetuated by a violent response. If we respond to violence with violence we make ourselves just as the aggressor. There is no difference.
The violence initiated by the aggressor – the cause of the problem – infiltrates and works within the response we as the defender may use, and violence completes its work to destroy both the aggressor and defender.
If we respond to violence with peace and contentment then violence is severed. The severing of violence leads to a more peaceful world for us all.
What does it gain a man to protect his possessions yet end the life of another through violence? By that philosophy a man believes his security is enabled by violence; thus, if that man finds himself in need of possessions for security, violence is used for circumstantial gain, but eternal folly.
If a man’s security is anchored in peace – free from attachment to possessions – there is no act of violence that poses a grave threat to that man. If another seeks to plunder the man’s possessions, but finds a man at peace, the aggressor is at the mercy of peace and may become dismayed by their own aggression without the acceptance by a victim. But returning violence with violence provides no opportunity for true peace at all; thus, the world continues in its current state of war.
We may fear that living and acting in peace may lead to the violent’s domination of earth. But of course, this end result would also be seen if we were to respond with violence, even if we may believe that our violence is in the right.
Peace to be realized must always behave by means of peace. A peaceful being subjected to violence, but remaining at peace, expands peace beyond their being.This is how peace becomes more widely known in the earth.
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