Creating Harmony and Peace for Ourselves and Others

Peace on Earth. It lives in our hearts and everyone has a hand in it.

by Michael Corthell

We like to say that to change the world we must change ourselves first. Therefore if we want peace on Earth we must find it inside ourselves first.

We do this by changing our way of thinking and then we will change our lives and the state of the world. 

In other words in order to change your situation in the world, you must first change your inner world. Your thoughts, both positive and negative drive your behavior. 

Underneath the beauty, we see around us there are fixed natural laws that govern the existence of everything. When we obey these laws, we are in harmony or balance and can create our own beauty and harmony, but when we don’t abide by these laws, there will be disharmony, chaos, and even destruction.

Harmonic Laws

Be 'holy', that is complete. We are all 'holy', but most of us don't even know it. The universe is whole and it wraps around us and we are part of it. The Universe is all there is, it is complete. Realize that we are complete and whole as well. When we live in accordance with natural law, we live in harmony. This means to live within the truth or true reality.

Live your life from the inside out. How we run our lives is a reflection of our inner thinking. When we create harmony in our mind and body, we experience harmony in our outer world too. This means to be constantly aware and let go of negative thoughts and negative patterns of thought that may block harmony. Harmony fosters love, success, and abundance so they all can flow into our life easily.

About Yin and Yang (translated: dark/bright). Duality is found in many belief systems. Yin and Yang make up the 'oneness'.  In our Western, success/consumerism culture, yin and yang are out of balance. In American culture particularly it takes extreme dedication to balance our lives, find inner peace, and harmony. We all have to balance work and play, activities and rest, excitement and contentment, ambition and acceptance, materialism and spirituality in order to have stable, happy lives.

Live in Einstein reality: manipulate time. We feel rushed, we don't have enough time to do all the things we want to do. We feel bored with too much time on our hands. We create the perception of time. We can compress time by doing what we love and spending time with the people that we love, or we can expand time by doing the opposite. We must understand time to create harmonious lives. One of the keys of time is to be fully present in whatever you’re doing. It is to live in the present moment – not the past, not the future.

Know this: Expect and accept change. The number one, immutable law of nature is that things change. If you don't like that, change your mind! If we expect and accept changes in our lives, we’re are much more likely to live in a state of balance and therefore harmony.

'Roll with it baby' ― go with the flow. There are cycles in nature. The sun rises and it sets. The moon gets full and then it wanes. Seasons come and seasons go. There’s a time for everything. To live in harmony is to learn to live with the flow of life rather than to go against it.

The Universe always seeks balance. The Law of Compensation states that for every action (cause), there is an equal and opposite reaction (effect). If the pendulum swings one way, it must swing back the other way.

''The person who enjoys great pleasure will also be subject to great suffering.
The person who feels little pain is incapable of feeling extreme joy."

Happiness is not a matter of rushing through a life of intense activity, it is a life of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony.

(after listening to this lecture you will join me in being a fan of Alan Watts, his style, and his teachings) 

Your Universe: How to achieve Peace of Mind by Alan Watts
Alan Wilson Watts was a British philosopher who interpreted and popularized Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the then-burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism. In Psychotherapy East and West (1961), Watts proposed that Buddhism could be thought of as a form of psychotherapy and not a religion. He considered Nature, Man and Woman (1958) to be, "from a literary point of view—the best book I have ever written." He also explored human consciousness, in the essay "The New Alchemy" (1958), and in the book The Joyous Cosmology (1962).