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).