Strenthening Our Inner Firewalls

In a world of what William Gibson described as “deliriously multiple viewpoints, shot through with misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories and a quotidian degree of madness,”[i] we need to cultivate the power of discernment – conscious attention and conscious inattention. In a hyper-stimulated media world, silence clears the “memory buffers.” Mind clarification must precede mind expansion. Our gullible consciousness responds to any software we put into it.

These moments of silence are the “inner firewalls” against the waves of cultural spam that threaten to inundate us. From this place of deep quiet we can begin to perceive the whole web of illusion, beyond appearances and habitual concepts, to the true state of non-duality which modulates all reality. As media scholar Marshall McLuhan told us 60-years-ago, pay attention to the underlying medium, not the message.

By Steven Vedro author of Digital Dharma. See the full post at Digital Dharma: Metaphors of Consciousness in the Infosphere blog.

Worldwide meditation for a better world on 12/12/12

Next Wednesday, December 12, at exactly the same moment, the entire world will be uniting in a global meditation to uplift humanity and bring about a positive shift as we enter a new age.

There will be two worldwide, synchronous guided mediations on the The Master Shift website to wish goodness and happiness for the world. The first meditation is set to 9:30 pm Tokyo (JST), the second set to 9:30 pm New York (EST).

On 12.12.12 we are asking the entire world to be a part of a global meditation where everyone can focus on positive thoughts for our planet and ourselves at the EXACT SAME MOMENT.

The entire world will slow down for a moment to share in love and peace for the planet and each other. Anyone can participate. There’s no special discipline required nor is any specific religious belief or philosophy. All that is asked is that you be present.

To the reader who arrived here googling “come on inner peace i don’t have all day”

Dear reader,

Thank you for your query. I am sure you did not find the answer you were looking for here, but I hope you will come back and see this post I am writing especially for you.

Seeing your query reminded me of times when I searched the whole web for similar keywords, and answers to the meaning of *my* life. It wasn’t long ago, around 2008/2009. I was desperate, and I wanted inner peace quickly. I didn’t find any solutions anywhere in the whole web, but all that despair did lead me to the conclusion that I would have to work out the solutions on my own.

A while after that, I started my own journey of self-knowledge. I still have a long way to go, but right at the beginning, I realised it very clear: inner peace was not something that I could find anywhere in the world. I could not trade or buy it, nor could I find it on google. It does not come ready. Nobody can give it to me. It is not external. I need to find my own, inside myself. Well, it is called inner peace, after all.

It requires sowing and reaping a variety of seeds. In my own experience – and hope it can be of some help – one of the seeds for inner peace is to have a clean and clear conscience. To have a clean conscience, you need to be free of guilty. To be free of guilty, you must watch your actions very carefully – each and all of them, every minute – and check with yourself if they are OK with your own conscience.

Know your own values, ethics and principles so that you don’t run against them. Ask yourself why you are doing this or that. What for? Check your real intentions. Are they what you would expect of yourself? Think how your actions will affect other creatures. How would you feel in their place? Try to foresee the consequences of your actions. If at any time you find that the act in question will leave even a small red mark in your conscience, reconsider you actions.

With time, you will find your conscience will be clearer, guiding you towards your real self, and then you will start to notice the first symptoms of inner peace. Remember, with time. Be patient and kind to yourself, forgive yourself for past unconscious acts and start again fresh, these are good seeds too. You may need more than a whole day, perhaps a whole life time, but inner peace will come a little each day, or rather, be awakened inside yourself.

In other words, the path to inner peace requires mindfulness. It requires you to become more conscious of yourself. And again, it requires time. There is one thing that you can do quickly though, and it is to get started. Meditation and cultivating a contemplative attitude towards yourself and life will help you with that. It has helped me. I am slowly getting there. Hope you will too.

Light and love,
P.

PS: In case you were just looking for UberDian’s rant, see it below:

Symptoms of Inner Peace

I found this image in a post published in lforlazarus blog (The disease you should want to catch). The image says the author of the text is unknown, but with a little research I found Saskia Davis’ website, in which she explains how the original text about Inner Peace Syndrome came to be. There is also an original poster with the “symptoms” of the disease that everyone ought to catch! Saskia says:

Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many already have been exposed;  and it is possible that people, everywhere,  could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what, up to now,  has been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Signs & Symptoms of Inner Peace

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences

An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment

A loss of interest in judging other people

A loss of interest in judging self

A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others

A loss of interest in conflict

A loss of ability to worry

Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation

Contented feelings of connectedness with others & nature

Frequent attacks of smiling

An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen

An increased susceptibility to love extended by others and the uncontrollable urge to extend it

WARNING

If you have some or all of the above symptoms, be advised that your condition of inner peace may be too far advanced to be curable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk. © 1984