Dear Peaceful Readers,
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek,
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying of the self that we are born
to eternal life.
In a few sentences, this prayer is poignant and profound. St. Francis of Assisi hits the nail on the head.
But can I clothe myself with this truth and characteristics?
I resonate with the first line “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.” Can I be a vessel of healing? A beacon of light radiating peace. Peace doesn’t come from the external world but our internal world. I had to go within my violent mind to secure the peace that I was always seeking.
My intention is to live in the vibration of peace and love. And truly it begins with me. No one can give me those attributes until I discover them within myself. It’s taken me years to embrace that I have to go within to unlock the freedom of my soul and heart. I’ve been enslaved and chained to archaic beliefs, fears, self-doubt, and trauma. You name it! But I don’t need to stay there. I can move forward in life beautifully, magnificently with new compassionate truths and expanded awareness. I can understand myself and my pain to understand others and their pain.
I realize that my life has been ambushed by a wealth of experiences. Before I would hide them. But I realize that they made me unique. I can connect easily with others. I see beauty and solutions everywhere. I can sense things easily in my environment. I can see other’s soul journey. I can bury myself in learning and reading to discover deep truths hidden in my heart. I can freely sing and dance in the rain. I can run naked in a field. There is no shame. I can co-create with the Creator. Oh, how I seek to be that instrument of peace and let love flood my heart.
What parts of the Serenity Prayer resonate with you? What attributes would you like to clothe yourself in… to be vulnerable, authentic, and beautiful? We are not a victim of circumstances, conditions, our past, fears, or even our present. We are truly alive! Enjoying this journey of healing and clarity!
May your doubt be turned into faith! May your tears of sadness turn into the sparks of joy. May we die to old patterns, old beliefs, old conditioning to discover the eternal Being that we truly are. Namaste.