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Inner peace leads to outer peace
External peace is always a reflection of people's inner peace. Only people who are in harmony with themselves, who work on their spiritual development, are able to convey peace impulses to the outside world and contribute to world peace. Inwardly torn people will also carry their conflicts outwardly, even if they do not want to.
"Blessed is the man who is at peace with himself. There is no greater happiness on earth" (Matthias Claudius, quoted from Hettinger 1987:44).
God is peace -
"Gandhi went from village to village in Bengal in 1946 to get Hindus and Muslims to stop their atrocities against each other. People full of hatred not only against the other religious group, but also against the peacemakers, scattered broken glass and excrement on M.K.Gandhi's path. 'His reaction: he took off his simple sandals and walked barefoot. The moral impact was enormous'" (Arnold 2011:133).
All religions represent visions of peace -
"For as much as you are in God, so much you are in peace, and as much out of God as you are out of peace. If something is only in God, it has peace. How much thou art in God, as well as whether it be not so, know it by this: whether thou hast peace or strife. For where you have strife, therein you must necessarily have strife, for strife comes from the creature and not from God" (Meister Eckehart 1979:100).
"You know, indeed, that every day, every hour, indeed every moment, by an unkind word, or even already by an ambivalent thought expressed by your words, disharmony can vibrate toward and fill your brother or sister. If you say, 'This belongs to our life,' it is completely incorrect. Because it does not belong to your life at all, because by life I understand your God spark and your spirit soul. They live eternally and to them certainly no disharmony belongs" (Weidner 2005a:64).
"Therefore, let it begin with each one of you that peace may reign in him, that peace may create a vibration of light in him and spread in his aura, so that you may pass it on. Make an effort to do this with your thoughts. Go within yourselves as you connect with the Father and Jesus Christ. But be honest with yourselves, at evening prayer think carefully about your thoughts and about your actions in the course of the day and ask yourselves: Did I send out thoughts of peace or did I create discord? If there is discord in your family, the vibrations you are sending out are also to blame. ... Therefore, they [all, note CJ] should receive a peace radiation from you. Do not demand peace from others, but radiate it to your loved ones in the family -
"If you want to try to put an end to war, ... [then] teach ... [people] to love God and trust in him; then they will learn to love even those whom they cannot trust and dare to make peace with them, not because they trust them but because they trust God. For only love-
"And peace will be with all men who are of good will and thereby contribute helpfully to the building up and contribution of human salvation. They will have peace already here on earth. And they will be able to multiply peace in the hereafter" (Weidner 2009a:80).
"If people really wanted peace, they would ask God for it and he would give it to them. Why should he give the world a peace which it does not really desire?" (Merton 1954:76).
"For the spiritually awakened one who thinks in the Higher I consciousness, a bringer of peace is that awakened person who radiates peace from within, that is, from the spirit soul, wherever he encounters all kinds of discord. ... In order to become such an awakened bringer of peace, you should first unleash the forces of peace and love in your own spirit-
"With most people the relationship to the outer nature -
"You earth brothers and sisters must give yourselves peace, that is, all your striving and striving should be attuned to inner peace, to peace with God and with His spiritual entities. If each one of you were exactly conscious of his beingness, he would have a much easier time in attaining peace and truth, but how far the majority of people are still from this joyful and glad frame of mind, and how easily they are brought into a completely opposite frame of mind! ... Peace must ... first radiate from the inner man, it must have seized the inner being, the mind, the thoughts, the good will, along with many good virtues, but above all charity, so that also here the expression of Jesus becomes truth: 'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall obtain peace!'" (Weidner 1988:158/159).
"Many ... people have asked God for what they thought was 'peace' and could not understand why their prayer was not increased. But God simply let them have what they desired, because their idea of peace was just another form of war. So instead of loving what appears to you to be peace, you should love your fellow man and above all other things love God" (Merton 1954:77).
We suffer when something stands between us and other people: "I want to bridge the gap; I want to change, I want to forgive. How many times can you say that without losing face? Jesus answered a similar question: Not seven times, but seventy times seven is to forgive!" (Kuhn and Kuhn 1988:32).
"All too easily people are impressed by the outside. ... The innermost is ... far too little mature to understand the actual life, all too easily the outer impressions overpower the inner, in which case one cannot speak of 'God-
"The soul should unfold, it should ultimately come to the transfigured state in which the spark of God has become the image of God. The goal is the direction and necessity that God has given to each one of us in life. So, dear brothers and sisters, when we advise you to pay attention to the emotional expressions of the soul in the future, check whether it is the external circumstances that whip up your feelings or whether it is the gentle whispering of God, the guardian spirit, who wants to move you to reconsider the situation that the feeling indicates to you: an inner world of tenderness, sweetness, building and striving for development. If you can examine this, then the degree of maturity of the world of feeling in your soul is already developed to a degree of consciousness that we so gladly wish for you, because whoever stands there examining on the basis of reason, moves home to the Father House of God" (Weidner 1982b:39).
Inner peace precedes outer peace -
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