Outside my front door and my home office window the gifts of a flower garden bless my days with endless joy. The flowering plants and art objects I have placed there are intentionally set to soothe and surprise anyone who comes to my front door and everyone who passes by the house. In this small way, providing a burst of visual delights, I make a difference in my neighborhood and in the lives of those I am honored to greet and serve in my home.
Just as this intentional spot of beauty reaches out to bless the lives of unsuspecting passers-by, so too can the consciousness of peace within each one of us bring calm into the lives of those we interact with on a daily basis.
Peace in one of us brings peace to all of us. This is a promise in A Course In Miracles and something that is being scientifically studied and proven in the work of organizations such as the Institute of HeartMath (www.heartmath.org) and The Global Coherence Initiative (www.glcoherence.org).
When we are calm and peaceful, we not only change the vibrational patterns within our own body, we radiate the magnetism of our peacefulness to others too. In altering the energy within and around ourselves, we send out a signal that invites resonance with everyone else on the planet.
Does this sound too simple? Well it is often the things that are most simple which the reasoning mind likes to dismiss in favor of something complicated and unachievable.
I have personally witnessed the immediate and dramatic effects of the presence of peace upon those who are in stress or pain. I have watched as shoulders relax and faces soften when words of peace and sincere caring are spoken. Even the silence of a peaceful person changes the atmosphere in a room. The effects are often beyond what can be explained with reason but are never beyond what can be experienced in the heart.
Changing our world, shifting the course of our personal and planetary future, may be as profoundly simple as choosing peace above everything else; to breathe peace, to speak peace, and to act in peace every day.
Planting a garden of peace in our individual hearts is the starting point. Growing a garden of peace across neighborhoods, cities, nations, and continents is the work we are all responsible for.
Louise became a student of the Course In Miracles in the late 1980's. She started facilitating classes, retreats and discussion groups on Course teachings almost immediately, as a way to immerse herself and others in the life-changing principles of this beautiful and practical spiritual path. From there, her work blossomed into serving as a minister, life coach, retreat facilitator, author and presenter. Louise engages her students in deep spiritual dialogue that supports complete miracle-mindedness.