The Symptoms of Inner Peace
In my childhood home, there is a wooden picture frame displaying the Symptoms of Inner Peace, which is a numbered list of 12 symptoms that beautifully points towards the truth of our experience. I have always liked this description of Inner Peace, but it has become even more meaningful to me now that part of my work is to help people awaken to the innate peace-of-mind that is always available at the core of their being; often innocently hidden by all the noise of personal thinking, which some might call ego thinking or superstitious thinking.
Reading this list before, it always felt like it was a beautiful ideal or some distant goal for my personal development. I would reflect on these 12 symptoms and think about how nice it would be to one day be able to live with these symptoms of inner peace as a natural and normal part of my day-to-day life.
I grew up in a home with many spiritual and inspirational sayings and quotes. Even if I resonated with the beautiful message and could sense the truth in the words, it often felt like it was reserved for the special few people who were very spiritually advanced. Little did I realize that this understanding is much more ordinary than I ever imagined possible.
Having come across the work of Sydney Banks and others in the Three Principles field, which I am proud and grateful to be a part of, I now understand how these symptoms of inner peace are pointing towards our normal, natural and default state of mind. It is how we are when we are not caught up in the noise of our thoughts and thinking.
Inner peace is not reserved for the special or extraordinary people, it is not something that needs to be attained, because it is a very ordinary part of every single one of us. It is who we already are, regardless of who we are, our circumstances or our history. As I have come to understand the Principles that create our experience of life, I am able to get out of my own way and live in my default state of well-being and inner peace more easily and more often.
The original text for the Symptoms of Inner Peace, written by Saskia Davis in 1984, is below with permission from the author. You can learn more about her and about the Symptoms of Inner Peace on her page.
SYMPTOMS OF INNER PEACE
by Saskia Davis
Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many already have been exposed; and it is possible that people, everywhere, could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what, up to now, has been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.
Signs & Symptoms of Inner Peace
A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences
An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment
A loss of interest in judging other people
A loss of interest in judging self
A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others
A loss of interest in conflict
A loss of ability to worry
Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation
Contented feelings of connectedness with others & nature
Frequent attacks of smiling
An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen
An increased susceptibility to love extended by others and the uncontrollable urge to extend it
WARNING: If you have some or all of the above symptoms, be advised that your condition of inner peace may be too far advanced to be curable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk. © Saskia Davis 1984
Soar & Explore w. Love, ❤️
Daniel Martinez Stahl works with people who want to improve the quality of their current life by deepening their spiritual intelligence and exploring their spiritual journey. He believes that by developing an understanding of how our mind works, of the mechanism behind our experience of life and of the relationship between our body and spirit, we are all able to connect more easily with our higher self, our innate well-being and inner wisdom.
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