In the moment, the fog is tucked in close, though last night the moon and planets were sparkling brightly.
I participated in an Inner Journey retreat yesterday and woke to a wonderful chain of dreams about pearls and friends and water and helping and healing. I am staying with the dream state even as I honor the experience of yesterday and the beauty of today.
Much of the day is confidential, so I wonder what to share. Perhaps what I will say is this, in listing what I am grateful for, once I got past the obvious, my family, what came up is that what I may have perceived of as conflict or difficulty is actually what guides and strengthens my path. Those perceptions of difficulty are like pylons on a slalom course. I saw how I could ski the slopes, smooth out my ride and accept it all more joyfully. Perhaps that is what I feel this morning, contentment and bliss.
I continue to believe the path to world peace is through each of us. We have to deal with our own demons first, and not, project them onto others, onto an "out there."
A woman I know who was raised as an Orthodox Jew and has now formed and found her own path, was just on a three week peace mission to Israel. She saw the complexities of the region, of reconciling Arabs whose families have lived in Jerusalem for 14 centuries, and those who came from deep loss and pain to build a country of their own. How now does the area find peace, and there are many organizations and people working thoughtfully for that.
"I go to war to defend the Truth,
but I will never find it,
as long as I am fighting."
Ah, December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day. Around here the armaments put in place to defend the coast if the Japanese continued marching across the sea, are removed. It is a park. Today is a day to honor peace, to tune soft bells of light within and savor the bells of light without. I think no matter what our religion or beliefs, there is something about the month of December with its precious brew of light and dark that makes each of us believe. We see the nights getting longer and the red berries blooming, and then, one day, like that, the days lengthen again and meanwhile we've had a chance to peek within a little more intently and savor what rests.
Let peace be our flag for a day, and then, perhaps another and on and on we will go to understanding and growth.
Let's melt the pain of conflict within and see boundaries dissolve in solutions that flow.