Showers of Peace

I know many of us are feeling helpless and fearful as innocent people in Ukraine are suffering from the Russian invasion. The ego wants us to react with anger and judgment, but the only way to create peace in the world is to cultivate inner peace. Once we feel peace in our minds, we can extend peaceful energy to Ukraine and anywhere there is conflict. When we remain angry and fearful, we send that energy to situations that are already filled with fear and anger. That’s like pouring gasoline on a raging fire and expecting it to go out. It only fuels the fire.

Understandably, if you consume the images and video footage coming out of Ukraine, the temptation to send angry, fearful energy to the aggressors is very strong. I encourage you to limit your intake of those images and find healthy ways to diffuse that energy and come back to a place of peace. Turn off the news and go outside and get some fresh air. Take ten intentional, deep, cleansing breaths. If it’s too cold outside, observe nature from your window. Meditate. Spend time with a good friend, your spouse, your children, or a beloved pet. Play soothing music and paint, write, or engage in another creative endeavor. Watch something that makes you laugh. Play uplifting music and dance around or clean your space. Do whatever works for you to come back to center.

Then, imagine blessings of peace and love falling down on Ukraine like gentle rain on a dry, scorched patch of earth. Let’s use the power of our minds and hearts to drench any situation where there is fear and conflict with showers of love and harmony. That includes situations closer to home. I’m doing my best to extend peace to my neighbors on the other side of the wall when they have occasional “heated discussions” at 3 AM. As A Course in Miracles teaches, everything is either an “expression of love” or a “call for love,” and the appropriate response is always love in some form. It’s simple, but not always easy. 

Let me be clear. This is not an invitation to ignore what is happening in Ukraine, or anywhere there is conflict and injustice. This also does not mean we condone the choices or behaviors of individuals causing harm to others. It does mean we want to be part of the solution, not the problem. Once we create the experience of peace internally, we will be more open to receive clear guidance as to what, if anything, we can do in the world of form. We might feel inspired to attend or organize a candlelight vigil or prayer circle. We might donate money to one of the organizations helping Ukrainian refugees fleeing cities under attack. Combined with our peaceful prayers, these actions will be much more beneficial than yelling at our screens or letting fearful thoughts paralyze us.

I trust something I shared here will help empower you to return to peace. If you would like more opportunities to experience peace, please join us on Monday or Friday evenings for our weekly online A Course in Miracles study groups. For one-on-one assistance, please consider giving yourself the gift of a series of Spiritual Coaching sessions or a Private Family Constellations Session. Information about both can be found on my website

Until next time, please be gentle with yourself and find ways to return to peace so you can extend blessings of love and harmony wherever they are needed.

Miracles fall like drops of healing rain from Heaven on a dry and dusty world…

A Course in Miracles ~ W-pII.13.5:1

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