Most of us have at least encountered moments of peace and even pure bliss.
Some of us feel peaceful most of the time.
Others of us vacillate between feeling peaceful and being worried, stressed, or even fearful. While others of us can rarely access feeling peaceful – never mind feel blissful.
Whenever we experience life from a peaceful place, we are living connected to our soul – to our True Self.
Connected to our soul, we are in touch with our emotional world.
Peaceful Honesty is a concept from my first book, Your Journey to Peace …,
Connected to our True Self we are in touch with our emotional world and are open, honest, and fearless. We are authentic.
We have no need to hide our feelings, desires, dreams, hurts, pains, or fears. Nor do we feel the need to defend, react, or attack. We trust life and the insights that come to us.
Disconnected from our True Self and our honest feelings and emotions we cannot tap into feelings of peacefulness, as we are living life at a surface level – and at the beck and call of our Unconscious Influences.
Any negative or hurtful experiences we are still holding onto or any from our past we that we keep buried influence how we approach life.
Unconscious Influences cause us to live mind-centered
and from a place of fear, suspiciousness, and protectionism.
Living mind and fear-centered, we are disconnected
from our TRUE feelings – and are afraid
to show – or even acknowledge our vulnerabilities.
being mind-centered causes us to bring echoes of the past into present circumstances. These echoes of the past created stories in our minds about how life should be and how others should be towards us.
We then create expectations based on these stories that have nothing to do with what is happening in the present.
We may be afraid to show our vulnerabilities, but they come out anyway in covert ways – by our reactions and behaviors. We, therefore, navigate life from a closed, limited, superficial, reactionary, defensive, and dishonest place.
To access that feeling of Peaceful Honesty, we must be open and able to express our fears and vulnerabilities.
Once we acknowledge, look at, and work through the real cause of our current anxieties, disappointments, or anger and we clear away the cobwebs from our past that are causing these, our fears dissipate and we open the door to living in Peaceful Honesty.
The term Peaceful Honesty came to me one morning about 10 years ago, as I awoke with an intensely peaceful feeling. It was as though every breath I took that morning went deep down into the core of my being.
For years I had worked on acknowledging, accessing, and releasing much of my old, buried hurts and feelings.
By the time this feeling of Peaceful Honesty came upon me that morning, I had unraveled many layers that lay between me and my True Self, and the peace that was lying beneath them started to reveal itself.
My True Self and the inner peace it held simply enveloped me that morning. The strong feeling stayed with me for days, and its essence is now with me whenever I look for it.
What precipitated this huge shift was that for a little over a month I had been doing the lessons of A Course in Miracles – a profound spiritual 365-day self-study aimed to undo the ego and its propensity to hold onto – and exaggerate any fear or negativity buried in our psyche.
I had fully embraced these lessons, as I understood, and had opened myself up to the purpose of the process: to look at and remove barriers to the love and peaceful feelings held within me at my core.
I felt the shifts within my being and the benefits quite quickly, and this allowed me to further acknowledge the misperceptions I had long-held about myself, others, my life experiences, and how life and others should be.
The fears these had created within me started to dissipate. My reactionary state improved. My neediness lessened. My propensity towards defensiveness diminished.
As we delve into and gradually release old, buried hurts, emotions,
and conflicts, we develop a stronger connection to our True Self.
We start to feel lighter – emotionally and physically.
As we start to clear away the cobwebs of the illusions our mind created and their related expectations of how life should be and how others should be around us, we make way for astonishing changes.
Most of us have lived half-lives, existing from the surface level, as what was below the surface seemed too frightening to look at.
There are many practices and programs that can help us unravel what is held in our minds that is negatively affecting us. On my journey to peace, I was guided to many, and finally to A Course in Miracles.
All of our journeys to peace are and will be, different. (To help you pinpoint what may be keeping you from Peaceful Honesty, I invite you to check out my Connecting the Dots Worksheet)
Although we may have encountered moments of peace and even pure bliss, we often returned to our comfortable, superficial living. However, once we acknowledge, look at, and clear away the cobwebs of the past, we open the door to living in Peaceful Honesty daily.
Rosemary McCarthy© Jan 18th, 2021, updated 2021, March 2023
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