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At yesterday’s A Course in Miracles meeting we discussed the purpose of the Course and I concluded that the main goal of the Course was to learn to be at peace with oneself and the world about. This is, of course, my opinion that has been derived from twelve on-and-off years of study and discussion. I look at the people about me and to world in which we dwell and it seems that so many are not at peace and do not know what it might feel like to be at peace.

I know people who are so unhappy because their circumstances are not what they believe was meant for them. Their car is not nice enough, their house is not big enough, their bank account is not fat enough, and their job is not powerful enough. It is impossible task to find peace in the face of all the not enough’s that creep into the thoughts and dreams of those running the maze that is often referred to as the rat race.

There was a short time in my youth where I was at peace with who I was and where I was going but then I was seduced by the dark side of life – overwhelming ambition and devotion to career. I was a chain-smoking, coffee-guzzling, accountant who became an Accounting Services Manager for Xerox at the tender age of twenty-six. I was not at peace and I did not even realize it until I met the teacher who had been waiting for me to take tutelage with him. Graham was a man who had found peace with himself and with the world around him, which is not to say he was perfect for he was a man like any man and had his vices and foibles like White Owl cigars and tall cans of Budweiser’s. Yes, Graham became my Peace Tutor and the best friend I ever had.

Graham died of lung cancer in 1982, the year my world went into a spiral so violent that by the end of 1983 my marriage had ended and I walked away from Xerox to accept a Corporate Vice-presidency. At that time of my life I remembered Graham’s lessons but failed to practice them and for the next two and a half years I suffered with the undulating economy until the day of my rebirth in September of 1986 when I was given the opportunity to be let out from my employment contract. It was as if the weight of the world had been lifted from off me. I went on to become a Senior Consultant for a small consulting firm and spent the next twenty years creating software solutions for companies about the United States. In that capacity I was at peace with who I was and mostly at peace with the world about me.

Yesterday’s message in the Course was: To have peace, teach peace to learn it, and yesterday I had the opportunity to practice a real-time lesson with one of our co-students who is having a very difficult time finding the peace within himself. One of the exercises many of us engage in is focusing on the good and beautiful aspects of our world thereby limiting the negativity that is the destroyer of peace. I opened the window shades of the hall in which we meet, which overlooks a garden area between the hall and the church, and asked him what he saw. His reply was the aged wall of the church and the ugly power lines draped between them. Had he lowered his eyes into the garden he would have seen a variety of green plants and a single red rose that was tucked among them. I believe peace may be found in the petals of a flower should one choose to focus there.

Peace is such a powerful desire that much of the world’s population uses it in greeting one another in much the same way American’s say How’s it going and Catch you later. Peace, you can look for it everywhere and find it nowhere or you can look for it within and find it everywhere.

As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu.
(May Allah’s peace, mercy, and blessing be upon you.)

Do All Things With Love

My daughter has a t-shirt on which the phrase “Do All Things With Love” is screened. It’s a wonderful sentiment to say the least but it struck me that the message has been around for thousands years and we still all haven’t learned it.

Way back during the Vietnam War we were bombarded on the television screen by footage from the battlefield. People died every night on the six o’clock news and there were so many of us were terribly outraged and so sit-in’s where orchestrated, Peace Marches and Rallies like the Freedom Marches that preceded them. Some of us marched, some of us sat-in, some of us rallied, some of us burned our draft cards, and some of us died in the crossfire – but one thing I remember that we all did was sing.

At one Peace Rally at an Inglewood park we sang Country Joe’s “I-Feel-Like-I’m-a-Fixin’-to-Die-Rag,” and we sang: “One Tin Soldier,” “Turn! Turn! Turn,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” and, of course, Bobby Darin’s “A Simple Song of Freedom.” We also sang the old camp songs that we learned as Boy Scouts like; “Michael Row the Boat Ashore,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” and Woody’s “This Land is Your Land,” to which we composed endless verses. But we also sang the songs of love like the Jackie DeShannon hit “What the World Need’s Now is Love.” And there was “San Francisco,” “Get Together,” and “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.”

My all time favorite song from that era was the aforementioned “A Simple Song of Freedom” written by Bobby Darin and first recorded by Tim Hardin. Thee is one verse in particular that I’m especially fond of. It’s:

Now no doubt some folks enjoy doin’ battle
Like presidents, prime ministers or kings
So let’s all build them shelves where they can fight it out among themselves
and leave the people be who love to sing

We’ve had Freedom Marches, Peace Marches, Million Man Marches, Anti-Nuclear Marches, 99% Marches, Suffragette Marches, Gay Rights Marches, Fair and Living Wage Marches, and who can count how many more types of marches have occurred in the past 2,000 years.

Maybe it’s time for some Love Marches and address all of the above under the same envelope.

I hope you “Do all things with love” – and sing.