Inner Peace in Turbulent Times
Preface – Please Remain Calm
There are two main elements to what you are about to discover in the following chapters. At first, some of it could seem a little scary. But it is all vital and true. Please keep an opened mind and no matter what, do your best to remain calm. The first element is the written narrative which holds a very special message. The second . . .
~ Go In, 2012
The preface to a book I wrote a number of years ago was titled “Please Remain Calm.” I gave it that heading knowing full well that despite my caveat, what readers were about to learn might frighten and upset them. (Maybe that’s why the book was only a Best Seller for less than a week.) The idea was that by being forewarned, perhaps they could also become mentally forearmed.
My words alone won’t change how you react to events. I can only point in the right direction. Once you become excited I might say, “Remain calm” until I’m blue in the face. But that won’t do you any good if you don’t know how to do that. It just becomes an empty, inadequate mantra. So let’s address that for a moment. Because the how is really very simple.
You know that little knot you feel in your stomach right now? It isn’t nothing. World events, news, political actions, can have a destructive effect on every human being that gets drawn in emotionally. It is the negative charge of resentment that does the harm. Anger, rage or even its little sibling ‘disappointment’ cannot be reasoned or rationalized away. But love, no matter what, is the most profound protection against all offensiveness. It’s automatic, perfect peace.
Becoming still within calms the stressed psyche by allowing consciousness to rise above thinking, thereby separating you from the harmful energy that others transfer through projection. It is equivalent to raising an invisible shield of graceful resilience in the face of evil.
Stepping back and watching, free of all emotion is the only way to survive the stress. It brings safety and over time, strength. As upsetting events continue to present, protection from the stress is found in remaining emotionally unruffled. It’s a neutral state that is only possible via consciousness. It takes a little practice. But with it, we are automatically led away from the temptation to hate—staying safe and protected from mental and emotional harm. The serenity of stillness is our most powerful defense against evil in the universe. It is how God enters so that His will be done.
Of course, just knowing this isn’t enough. Justifying rising resentment for offensive people doesn’t either. Only by observing, apart from becoming upset, annoyed, or angry does. It’s ‘putting first the Kingdom,’ within. If you are committed to your Creator, to finding God, then news events and politics cannot phase you.
So you might be asking, “Great! How do I do that?”
Simply come back from the abyss in your head into which thought has pulled you. Stop learning and begin knowing.
That lump of energy you feel is the throbbing force of resentment. Something inside you feasts on it. Be aware of it. Observe it. Don’t struggle with the thought of it. If you could just practice standing back and watching, your entire deportment would change. You would find you could just see events as they unfold, with getting caught up in emotions.
If you’ll do that, you will remain immune to the harmful energy, the temptation to judge. And that little knot, that uneasy feeling you have about the future of the country, your life, the lives of others will fall into proper perspective. God’s will shall be done in you, while you remain safe and protected . . . calm, for real.
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