What Peace Is and How to Spread It

Lawrence and Rita Gelber, founders of I Declare World Peace.

As we sat at breakfast this morning discussing the coming week’s blog, we wandered into a discussion about the current political situation. Everyone is living under such tension, distress and divisiveness, and none of us really want that! It is crippling and destructive. Have you, like so many of us, asked yourself what you can do about it?

This brought us to the thread of today’s blog, and that is our message, our goal if you will; to spread peace one relationship at a time. We are dedicated to this goal and we want to talk today about what that means in our life and what it can mean in yours!

Peace is a palpable presence that we live within our relationship. It is not a concept. Peace is not the absence of conflict, strife or disharmony. However, many people think of peace as an absence: your spouse takes the kids to the zoo and you have the house to yourself, the internet is down and your argumentative neighbor is on vacation. In reality, peace is an actual state of being of its own, not just defined by what it is not.

As with most things, it is something that must be experienced to be known. Peace in our relationship is a tangible reality of tranquility, love, unity, connection with each other and with the world. An object can be still or moving; they are co-equal attributes. We might think of stillness as an absence of movement, but equally so, movement is an absence of stillness. In a similar way, peace has its own attributes; it is not merely an absence of conflict.

Peace is a state of being, not just an absence of conflict. #relationships #quote Click To TweetBy living our daily life together and practicing what we have written about, like total acceptance, presence and love, we reap the benefit of these practices. The benefit is that sublime, transcendent and often elusive quality we call peace. When you tap into this, you will become filled with a joy which cannot be contained. It becomes a solid foundation for walking through life, making decisions, handling problems and growing in the ways of peace.

Once you actually experience this state, you can do nothing but take it out into the world. It has a momentum of its own. Once you have the slightest taste of the flavor of peace, you can take that and offer it in every relationship: friends, family, strangers. Wear that warm silent zone like a cape around you. Surprise, it’s really hard to do! It’s so easy to react to other peoples’ drama, to play the roles we’ve learned and the roles other people expect from us. Yet every failure is a lesson for next time.

Face all relationships, starting with your intimate ones, with the qualities that lead you to peace. Get to know and love yourself. Treat others to your presence. Listen to them, hear them, acknowledge them, treat them with respect and honor. Love them.

The world needs this now more than anything else. Make your relationship a living hothouse of peace. By offering peace one step at a time, those steps will add up to millions of millions, and that is how peace spreads throughout the world.

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6 comments on “What Peace Is and How to Spread It
  1. Maude says:

    Lynelle Paulick wrote:
    You two,

    I really love your blog — moreover, your passion, tenacity, consistency, and utter commitment to keeping alive the torch you’ve chosen to carry. Together. It’s just great.

    All the very best to you both,
    Love,
    lynelle

  2. Maude says:

    Jane Jacobs wrote to Phil:

    Hi Phil, It’s Jane Jacobs.

    I just listened to your blog reading for this week. I could listen to it over and over again and will!
    Your reading of it is like the warm cloak of love you described. As in the best of all teachings, I could feel your voice embodying harmonically what you were saying. I thought, “I’d like to hear this every day”. Listening to this is the most beautiful way to start the year!

    I believe that to exhort us to love each other and create peace is a mitzvah (commandment, good deed, blessing).
    For this most blessed Jewish evening, I say thank you for the Mitzvah you performed in writing and reading this.

    Jane

  3. Maude says:

    Lawrence R. Gelber of #IDWP said “Thank you so much for linking to the I Declare World Peace project.
    Maharishi always made a point that individual harmony leads to relationship harmony, which leads to community harmony, which leads to national harmony, which leads to world harmony.
    So in a very real sense, World Peace depends on us as individuals and harmonious couples.
    Thanks again.

  4. Maude says:

    Gylian Solay wrote: Mahalos…how apropros for 9-11, as I sent out A Global Voice of Peace….

  5. I’m reading this just after Rosh Hashanah, so it seems seasonal. I like the idea that peace can be spread person to person. That’s a kind of contagious I can get behind.

    • Maude says:

      Happy New Year! It is not only Rosh Hashanah, but also my birthday time, so I really feel like the start of a New Year of possibilities! Also September 21st is World Peace Day. We want to be spreading that contagion all year round, but it is very apropo now too. Thank you for joining us in this effort!
      love Maude

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