My friend in Toronto, Canada, now in his 80's, has yearned for a world of peace for as long as I have known him. I admire Austin Repath greatly for his relentless search in how find a way to make a difference. Here is a small extract from his essay A Call to Love.(http://www.acalltolove.ca)
"Think of love as an energy and not just an emotion. "What we call 'love' is a radiation that pervades the whole cosmos....Think of it as the basic energy of the universe. Surely this is what spiritual teachers East and West have continuously taught: that the purpose of living is to become a source of loving energy. ... Love is infectious, a benign virus that can be passed from one person to another. When it happens there is often an awakening of something profound and powerful. The heart opens and starts pouring out love. This is what the human heart at its very best is all about."
What if every person who longs for a better world made an intentional effort each day to bring more love into the space in which he or she lives and works? Imagine the flow of peace that would circle around our planet. The following adapted reflection is from my book, Prayer Seeds, due out next February. I hope it will encourage you to join me in praying for world peace.
Sending Peace Forth, Joyce Rupp
Place your hands over your heart. Move your attention toward your spirit. Slowly go inward until you reach that place deep inside of you where abiding peace dwells, the core of Enduring Love. Hold this peace as you bring to mind the suffering ones of our world, especially those who live in fear of being harmed. Then open your hands and extend them outward, palms up. Send forth the deep peace in the center of your being to these suffering ones.
Place your hands again over your heart. Bring to mind those whose presence, personality, ideas, attitudes or actions create judgmental, hostile or irritating feelings within yourself. Focus on one particular person or a group of people who challenge your ability to love. Open your hands and extend them outward, palms up. With as much true intention as will arise in you, send forth the indwelling peace at the center of your being to this person or group.
Place your hands over your heart once more. Think of those known or unknown who consider you an enemy. Open your hands and extend them outward, palms up. With as much true intention as will arise in you, send forth the deep peace in the center of your being to those who consider you their enemy.
Close with the following prayer:
Peace Bringer, create in me a heart filled with the kind of love that reflects your own. Send this love to those I care about and those I do not. Open my mind to those I want to reject. Open my heart to those I prefer to avoid. May my thoughts, words and deeds be devoid of violence in any form. Soften whatever hardens my heart so that I bring your peace and kindness wherever I go.