“Inner Peace – step by step?” (Part III)

Now, how to get to our innate core, our divine essence of our pristine being in order to find inner peace?

First, we need to come to a rest, to a change of perspectives: away from the predominant external societal "THEY-expect-me-to-act-so-and-so"-view…..

Let’s start with rising self-approval. Instead of expecting or even being depending on the approval of others. Stop being a workaholic in ticking off all those to-do-lists, physically or mentally. Stop being a rushaholic in constantly doing and achieving. Drop the need for acceptance, approval, appreciation and esteem by third parties, which only finally ends in a spiral downward self-fullfilling-prophecy….

Secondly, we need to self-reflect our for so many years "socialized" and thereby thought-to-be our "own" way….

Forget the past! Just BE as you are now! Don’t try to invert, reverse or “change” the past, rather accept it as a has-been adventurous challenging journey to unknown islands, now heading towards peaceful shores…. Stop searching, fleeing, resisting, rushing – just accept your floating……

Thirdly, we need to find a way to de-tangling our sails and ropes, heading “back” to our pregiven divine safe haven (before we started to set our sails for the socially wanted and accepted sail racing cups!!)….

Take some time out! Look who you really are and what you are supposed to be by others. Descry your social, ethnical and religious entanglements and look for the “sponsorship brands” you are racing for…
Are you reeling and cranking on an external crew boat fully adhering to the commands of a medal-maniac skipper? Or is this rather your own “life-boat”?
Reserve your SELF some moments of calm. Float. Don’t sail on a too close reach…..

The more we are exploring these inmost sail routes – Caution: including temporary doldrums! – the more we get safe and secure with ourselves…far-off the dead-straight straits of modern societal hover speed boats which only run us over (and all other life too)…..

Finally, we will arrive at our inner confidence, if not wisdom, that our inmost core of being and our dignity (as well as the ones of our friends and partners) are truly proper and our virtous actions are thereby sage. And we will be confident that our solid inmost core can not be diminished by the indifference of others….

Rather we will find that true love is to respect the uniqueness of each other person, to learn from each other and to help each other in thriving and prosper in dignity and virtuous actions.

This will help to distinguish us as unimitable personalities from just being anytime replaceable persons.

Hence, just BE your SELF. Comtemplate and ponder on the questions which life poses you – not vice versa. Build your own response.ibilities and you will start living meaning.fully. Stop listening your socially and educationally “trained” consciousness, rather follow your own quiet conscience….

Fight your inmost war of self-a.war.eness (see my respective other blog) instead of fighting subliminal futile wars of intellectual, ideological, ethnical, social or religious supremacy, because even if you might temporarily "win" some fights you will the same time lose your SELF, i.e. your divine identity..... You will eventually lose everthing: your dignity, the innate meaning of your life and by that your ability to disseminate loving light as a true lighthouse……Because each lighthosue needs a firm rock to rest on - ant that is your humble yet positive self-appreciation as a unique personality......

It surely is a long, winding and stony yet worthwhile path, so always remember:
Soul-eyes which do not cry, do not see….. ;-)

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Comment by Paul Sanchez-Navarro on March 7, 2009 at 6:57pm
Thanks, very well written, and a great way for me to enjoy my saturday coffee, contemplate and mellow into my day. Thanks for the gift.
Comment by Jale on March 5, 2009 at 8:41am
Thank you
Comment by Dirk Boehmer on February 26, 2009 at 11:20pm
Thank you Ali,

very very true!
Comment by Ali Afifi on February 25, 2009 at 10:21pm
Dear Dirk,
I did not mention the meaning of Islam religion except to explain to u that Islam wanted to prepare the individual first with himself as self spiritual being then translate this believing to actions which are essential to complete believing then there is a higher degree of believing where the one worship and obey the God as if he is seeing Him and if not seeing Him, he must be sure that He see him.
Comment by Dirk Boehmer on February 25, 2009 at 3:31pm
Dear Ali,

thank you for your kind compliment on my writing and adding the profound meaning of your islamic religion....

You say: "....through wholly giving oneself God and accepting His guidance..."

I fully agree, since all humans have an innate pristine divine kernel of essence in us and it is only our soul which is able to truly connect with HIM, provided that we ignore our socialized ego and rather focus on our SELF....

Be it in Salah (prayer) or in direct inmost communication with him, i.e. letting him ask us the questions and letting us give the answers - instead of us posing the questions and hoping HIM to give the answers..... There is only one answer of him: I will love you always and you will find out, if you believe in me and your SELF....

This is at least how I see and live it and so far HE provided me all my life long with the insight that my (socially misinterpreted as) "weaknesses" are actually my divine strenghts and that staying "down to earth" is the key to a meaningful life, full of Love, Trust and Grace.

Since we are not finally happy, only when we have achieved highest affluence and status - but rather we are already rich just be BEING (happy) as we are....

(see also my blog "The Rich and the Poor")

Be blessed
Comment by Ali Afifi on February 25, 2009 at 2:47pm
Dear friend Dirk,
U are a philosopher and good writer and I am very poor in comparison to u.
I agree with u that self awareness and self love is the way to love the others and I am with u that spending your life to fight the others is a time waste.

Our Islam depend first on to believe in; God, His angels, His scriptures, His messengers, the last day of Judgment and the Fate, whether good or bad. Quran said:

"O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His messenger and the Scripture which He hath revealed unto His messenger, and the Scripture which He revealed aforetime. Whoso disbelieveth in Allah and His angels and His scriptures and His messengers and the Last Day, he verily hath wandered far astray."

If this is established in our minds and hearts, we should accept with good faith all that He does, although we may fail to understand it fully, or think it is bad. Faith without action and practice is a dead end as far as Islam is concerned, for faith by nature is very sensitive and can be most influential. When it is out of practice or out of use, it quickly loses its liveliness and motivational power. So, then comes the actions:

1. Shahada (Testimony): To bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah (The Creator), and that Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) is His messenger, with the Prophethood of Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) essentially professed to oblige the Muslims to follow his exemplary life as a model.
2. Salah (Prayer)
3. Zakah (Charity)
4. Sawm (Fasting)
5. Hajj (Pilgrimage to Makkah)

In briefly:
"What is Islam and who are Muslims?"

Islam simply means to achieve peace - peace with God, peace with oneself, and peace with the creations of God - through wholly giving oneself God and accepting His guidance. Islam is not a new faith. Muslims believe that it is the same truth that God revealed through all His prophets to every people. For a fifth of the world's population, Islam is not just a personal religion, but a complete way of life.

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