Make me a channel of peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by surrendering that one awakens to the great mysteries of life as a human being.
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Make me a channel of peace,
I have faith – not as defined as a belief that is not based on proof but as a confidence based on some degree of warrant, justification, a guarantee. i have positive assurance that when i remain present to the moments in my day the experiences of life reveal a path filled with solutions, filled with answers to the challenges i will face.
I have come to rely upon my intuition. i didn’t always. For many years i was deluged with unrelenting fears. I was fearful about what you thought of me. I wanted you to like me. I wanted to be successful. I walked through the world at moments believing i was on top of the world and the next moment feeling like an ant that had been run over by a bulldozer.
Over the years through developing some discipline through different forms of daily practice i have come to experience life very differently. My first response is rarely to get angry – although it can still happen at times! My primary coping skill is not found in a bottle tall, short, fat or skinny! My next coping skill is not to take off to the high country and stay away for long periods of time, although I have to say that remains an appealing dream solution at times!
My first response usually is to take a deep breath in – deep breath out and remember it will all be okay – AND if I am not feeling as though it is okay in this moment, to remember this feeling will pass and if it is not okay this particular journey is not yet done!
This little practice comes from years of experience, that experience provided me with the best training and education of my life. These experiences in my life have provided me with the security, the guarantee – The experiences ground my faith!
So as i traverse this latest phase of my current journey – i have faith that i will learn new lessons. That some of my rough edges will be smoothed out.
thanks for traveling this journey with me, annie loyd
This past Saturday marked a call for human beings from all tribes, cultures, clans and nations to take note of the change in the season and express a desire, intention, contemplation for a prayer for peace in their native manner.
We stand at a commanding crossroad that is visibly different than times before. A stargate is open and, through this new perspective, we have an abundance of talent, resources, and opportunities coming forward to take a part in this global transformation. Remain focused on what you can do. Remain present to how you BE.
Nothing is impossible, now.
As Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka battled each other — and the circling whipping wind — in
yesterday’s women’s championship during the US Open final, Williams emerged by finding a way to gain control of the match, using her own power and using the hardcourt to her advantage, rather than allowing the wind to defeat her. A great tennis match is less about the winner and more about witnessing the culmination of practice and the application of that practice coupled with the art of consistency, persistence, tenacity and ability to make readjustments, to regroup and finally, persevere. We also witnessed that same tenacity this week as Diana Nyad, age 64, overcame an ocean of obstacles to complete her heroic fifth and successful attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida.
It is easy to get frustrated with elements that “are out of our control.” In reality, nothing is in our control. Our ability to find the groove, to get into the flow of the energy force, our willingness to be persistent and not give up is what propels us forward.
I spend time meditating, walking, swimming, writing, reading, contemplating and in long conversation with depth and breadth because, over the years, it has become a recipe that has provided a substantial foundation from which i have received amazing insights through the revelations of ancient wisdom. I have learned how to respond rather than react.
During this campaign of a “Give Peace A Chance – Change for Peace,” we have provided a multitude of opportunities for you to explore new possibilities, exercise your strengths, talents and wisdom, and discover different beloved communities that are striving to discover a different way of “being.” Be sure to check our calendar out at http://thefusionfoundation.org
Peace to all — everywhere.
annie loyd, founder the fusion foundation
When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.
Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument.
That is my experience.
No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding.
If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
Thich Nhat Hanh
the lesson of the day: i have a friend, a dear friend whom I have traveled this journey of life with for nearly four decades – in the light of the overturn of DOMA she has expressed an intense perspective about how the Bible supports the judgement of people who are have a different world view then her perspective.
What I love about my friend is her beautiful heart – the depth of her desire to be of service in the world. I have witnessed this in so many friends who are held in captivity by the pronunciations of damnation and judgement, by the limitations of living in fear. Their exceptional desire for all to be “saved” is born out of their desire – their sacred calling, their need for sacred purpose. I get it and I honor this in them.
I am fully present to the immeasurable amount of fear so many are living in today. Western society exploits this fear, feeds this fear. The greatest challenge to living a fully liberated life is contingent upon the extent of our willingness to embrace our capacity for love and acceptance. Our flexibility for change.
It has been said that once the pain of not making the change becomes greater then the fear of changing we will make the change. Okay, that has been true in my life AND what is more prevalent today is that when i willingly seek to go deeper in my realized journey of life on planet earth – to use love as the powerful force of walking through fear i come to a greater understanding of me and of you and the world. And, frankly i don’t have near the amount of bruises!
My response to her and others i am encountering along the journey: “Obviously you have a profound judgement about me that I do not share about you – i choose to stay with you on this journey, for someday, you will have an experience that will bring you to a place that will rocket you into such a profound change in your life – when that happens i want you to know – beyond a shadow of a doubt – that i have a deep and profound love for you and your journey of being released from such crippling fear, your journey to freedom – may peace be with you my friend
Powerful self reflection on recent school shootings, anger, violence, redemption and a road forward thanks for the depth and weight of your powerful insight Peter Brown Hoffmeister!
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“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profundity. Kindness in giving creates love.” Lao Tse