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Peace and its many aspects

The Peace Pilgrim

Here is an very interesting story:

“From 1953 to 1981 a silver haired woman calling herself only “Peace Pilgrim” walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. She vowed to “remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.” In the course of her 28 year pilgrimage she touched the hearts, minds, and lives of thousands of individuals all across North America. Her message was both simple and profound. It continues to inspire people all over the world”

As you would imagine many people are interested in her example and there is a site on her and her ideas.  There is all kinds of information here, and I encourage you to look around.   Since I am starting to gather material for the next Peace Prayers meeting, which will focus on Inner Peace, I was particularly interested in the “Steps to Inner Peace” page.   Again, there is a lot of information here, and I can only provide some “teasers” to get you interested.

Basically, there are four preparations, four purifications and four relinquishments:

FOUR PREPARATIONS

1. Assume right attitude toward life

2. Live good beliefs.

3. Find your place in the Life Pattern.

4. Simplify life to bring inner and outer well-being into harmony.

FOUR PURIFICATIONS

1. Purification of the bodily temple.

2. Purification of the thoughts.

3. Purification of the desires.

4. Purification of motives.

FOUR RELINQUISHMENTS

1. Relinquishment of self-will.

2. Relinquishment of the feeling of separateness.

3. Relinquishment of attachments.

4. Relinquishment of all negative feelings.

This is a bare bones outline, and you need to go to the page to read the eloquent explanation of each one of these elements.

“But”, you say, “there’s nothing really new here”.  True but remember, this lady got started in 1953!  Also, the fact that these are the great truths of just about every faith tradition I know, is itself a great truth.  The “ways” when viewed with insight really do converge toward a Way.

What a great example!

IGBarb says:  “Let’s all be pilgrims for peace!”

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April 11, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Peace Pilgrim was indeed a great example for all of us and I agree with your belief that her acts and words do converge toward a Way. They also show how one person can in fact make a difference in today’s society. Thanks for sharing the Friends of Peace Pilgrim website in your blog.

    For those interested in reading more about Inner Peace I invite you to checkout http://www.WholenessInLiving.net to review a newsletter and book written by a Friend of Peace Pilgrim.

    Comment by Robert Kline | April 12, 2010 | Reply


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