Peace Closer to Home

by Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light
This newsletter is a general response to several emails I have received in the last month from folks who are very worried about the state of the world. Their concern is understandable...the peaceful world we thought we knew seems to be changing too rapidly in ways many of us didn't anticipate.

Note: if you are feeling despair, depression, and hopelessness right now, I urge you to reach out to a behavioral health professional in your area (social worker, psychologist, etc.) or perhaps a chaplain or other faith-based leader. I know some of you are struggling. If life feels too hard, seek assistance whether from a psychologist, physician, or chaplain. They are trained to help in ways I cannot.

Dear Readers,

You ask about what to to make a difference in the nation or the to survive this seemingly crazy time where people seem to be at odds and in conflict more than ever to to create peace, all when you feel powerless to make a difference.

Truly, I cannot give you or anyone else peace. That comes from inside of you. It can be hard work but it is something you CAN achieve. I will only say that perhaps instead of focusing your efforts outward (to national/international politics), move your focus closer to home for a time. (I write a lot about this in my book Awakenings from the Light ( I understand why this was stressed so much to me during my NDE.)

My guides have asked me to pass along to you all that now is the time to strengthen your spiritual life and focus a little more on being of service closer to home.

A few ideas:
  • Pray, meditate, send good thoughts outward. It does help.
  • If you don't have one, create and maintain a spiritual practice for yourself. It doesn't have to be complicated, just consistent.
  • Strengthen your bonds within your local community (whatever those bonds are for you).
  • Go on a video/audio news fast for 3 weeks (instead, get your news ONLY by reading online or in newspapers).
  • Be of service in your circle of family, friends, neighbors, or community (not politically though, if that causes too much distress).
  • Be of service in ways that stir your heartstrings, not your anger. You need a heartwarming experience right now. Go cuddle babies at the local NICU, or walk dogs at your local animal shelter. Bring groceries to an elderly neighbor, or knit hats for the homeless. There are many other ways to help locally.
  • Practice gratitude for what you DO have in your life instead of focusing on all of the "bad" stuff happening "out there."
  • Learn to connect with the Divine, your own spiritual guides, or Higher Guidance (but remember to ALWAYS protect yourself first).
Yes, I do have quite a different perspective than many, but I understand why some of you are having difficulties. I am not really shaken by the negative stuff as much as many of you are. Things DO seem crazy and people DO seem at odds. You are right to hold a level of concern not just for your nation, but for global welfare. But that doesn't mean you can't achieve some level of peace in your own life. It's a challenge to learn to be IN this world, but not OF it (quoting Jesus), but it's extremely valuable to try bring some peace into your life. Try some of the things I suggested above and you will be off to a healthy start. Remember, though, to never become complacent as humans often do, and try to avoid sinking into the same kind of tactics as others are using (fear, intimidation, name-calling, lies, etc.). For those in the USA, our freedoms and rights are spelled out in our Constitution so if the US is your country, hold yourself to the standards set out there. Many have died to protect those freedoms and rights that you now enjoy...let's work to keep them in place. Above all, stay true to who you are. Be bold. Be brave. Be Love. On a cosmic scale, what is happening now actually needed to happen. None of what is going on in the world somehow magically came into being in late 2016. It was there before, just hiding out in the shadows. We see the problems, and now that we see them we can work through them. You have probably heard that sometimes people have to hit rock bottom before they make a change...well, cultures or societies are sometimes like that too. Now the problems are being exposed which then allows us to (over time) transform them. I was wonderfully amazed at the huge outpouring of solidarity for peace and human rights that I have seen recently. We need to keep that momentum of peace and love going, and growing, not just in the USA but across the world. Each person alone likely cannot change the world individually but we each can have a HUGE impact on the lives of those close to us. And when we put our individual circles of influence together, when we band together, we CAN positively change the world. But it will take much patience, perseverance, solidarity, and love. I hope that helps, even if a little. Blessings, Nancy

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