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).


Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago


John B.
John B5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece.

Valentina Sarateanu

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!

Patricia G.
Patricia E G5 years ago

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.

Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago

Wonderful and so beautiful. Thank you!

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson5 years ago

Great idea.

Heather M
Heather Marv5 years ago

"Give Peace a Chance."

Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider5 years ago

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

Ken W.
Ken W5 years ago


Lori A.
Lori A5 years ago

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.