Someone recently gave me book called Peace Pilgrim, about a woman who called herself Peace Pilgrim, devoted her life to service, left her material possessions behind, and walked more than 25,000 miles for peace. Included with the book is a little pamphlet called "Steps Toward Inner Peace" and Peace Pilgrim actually encourages us to reprint any part or the whole of the book and specifically states that the book is not copyrighted. A very different way to be in the world, wouldn't you say?
I have been reading short snippets from this pamphlet right before I go to sleep. Her first preparation for taking a step toward peace is to "Assume right attitudes toward life" which she further explains by stating, "Stop being an escapist or a surface-liver…Face life squarely and get down below the froth of its surface to discover its verities and realities." These words have been reverberating in my soul ever since I first read them. My whole calling has been to go deep and to "get down below the froth", and yet somehow, I still hover at the surface of my life.
Afraid to take the plunge. Afraid to risk losing everything and everyone I hold dear. Afraid of my own shadow. Afraid of my own power.
My decision and commitment to descend to the Dark Goddess is my sacred action to "get down below the froth of its surface to discover its verities and realities."
And perhaps this just may be my path to peace, true deep inner peace.