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Peace Consciousness

Peace Consciousness

Instead of languishing as an ideal that will never come true, a vision rooted in consciousness must come true. The proof of this always arises in hindsight.

Anyone who knows how to move consciousness in an evolutionary direction is part of the peace movement. I find this immensely encouraging because there canít be a living human being whose makeup doesnít include at least a fraction of devotion to evolution.

Our innate desire for more happiness ensures that this is true. Another portion of the self may believe that happiness will increase by building a new weapon, discovering a new technology of death, living in a country that is hugely militarized, and so forth.

The old order is extensive and powerful; it has materialism on its side. Let that be as it may. The livelier part of awareness is always the leading edge, the part that wants to evolve. It takes time for the leading edge to convince the rest of the self to give up its old outworn habits, but the evolutionary impulse is irresistible.

The best thing you can do for peace today is encourage the evolutionary impulse in yourself. Developing peace consciousness is a practical project, and the more of us who engage in it every day, the more momentum we add to the future.

The future doesnít exist in time; it isnít a place over the horizon of tomorrow. The future is the next shape that consciousness takes. A flower is the future of a seed. It takes time for the seed to turn into a flower, but in truth the pattern mapped out in the plantís genes controls time.

It uses it to bring about a reality already deeply imprinted. Peace consciousness, once imprinted on our minds, can use time in exactly the same way, as the stage for an unfolding that was fully shaped in advance.

Adapted from: Peace Is the Way, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2005).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.


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7:46AM PDT on May 1, 2013


4:29AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece.

3:47AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

I am deeply grateful to Deepak Chopra for this wonderful insight! I understood that peace is a seed in my heart - as in other people's hearts. We all must nurture it (heat, water, love), just as we do with a flower, to see it blossom.
Thank you, Dr Chopra!

1:31AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

There is no confussion regarding the peaceful logic.
It is the life experience that disturbs the inborn peaceful conscious. As we move on to the next level of being, we shall regain our peaceful nature of the spirit which we retain until the new rebirth, if necessary. Blessed are those who are not reexposed
to a war like enviroment, for they have truly achieved tranquility and they are the peacemakers.

12:44AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Wonderful and so beautiful. Thank you!

11:41PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Great idea.

6:08PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

"Give Peace a Chance."

5:55PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

'The future is the next shape that consciousness takes.' - I love that :-)

2:13PM PST on Jan 10, 2013


1:47PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

For inspiration on peace, google "Peace Pilgrim". Peace Pilgrim was a remarkable lady who walked throughout North America for nearly 2 decades. Homeless, with just the clothes on her back, a road,map, pencil and a bit of paper in her pockets, she became a profit for peace. She believed that the path for world peace began with inner peace. You can get her "Steps for Inner Peace" free online. It is available in several languages.

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