Make me an instrument of peace. It begins with knowing the Self and serves not just the individual, but society at large. Just as each cell in the individual body must be whole for optimal health to occur, so too must each individual be whole for the optimal health of the collective body of society.
“Make me an instrument of thy peace.” Make me whole. Render in me the capacity to sew wholeness where there is separation, fractionation, sorrow, division, suffering. This is a prayer of the heart desired and whispered by many good sincere loving beings of every persuasion, culture, orientation, religious or not. It is not owned by any one group. This is a universal desire.
As we look out into the world, we yearn for it to be more than a wish, more than a prayer sent out to to the heavens. There is much to be done outward but first, go in and know your Self. Mediation is the journey of awareness into the depths of being, to the silent yet dynamically alive source of every creative impulse. It is not a foreign destination, it is the journey to your very own self.
Each day go in to that source and emerge refreshed, energized. Know your Self more fully, completely and in that knowing, be supported. We have forgotten there is a Self to know as our minds swirl with the sum total of our experiences and the bright, loud, achingly beautiful and often devastatingly sad events of day to day life. And in that, we are mesmerized into thinking, by our very own mind, that this is the entirety of who we are. We have an inkling this is not true, that we are more. We catch glimpses of light here and there but they are fleeting. There is a promise made at birth, a promise that we may become fully realized human beings achieving our heart's desire. But we have forgotten the pathway to the heart, we have forgotten a pathway even exists!
Make me an instrument of peace is a prayer to our very own Self. We are calling to our very own selves, render me refined, transformed, whole in both body and mind so I may act in accordance with my deepest highest desires. Not as a wish but as the truth of my experience.
Now, right now, make me an instrument of thy peace. There is work to do and not a moment to waste. Meditate for yourself, your loved ones, your community, the world. We are the very fabric that weaves the web of society together. We have a say in the quality of that fabric.
Make me an instrument of thy peace. It begins not outside, but in the interior spaces of our deepest heart- know thy most sublime Self.
What is the state of peace?
When have you experienced true peace?
How can you become an instrument of peace?