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Find inner peace in your own pure presence

Soon after the Germans began bombing London in 1940, I was evacuated, like many London children, to the safety of the countryside. I was sent to live with my Aunt Eva, who lived at the end of a country lane near a tiny hamlet called Yelland Cross in North Devon.

I didn’t really know my Aunt very well. But one of my jobs in this strange new life separated from my parents was to fetch a jug of milk each morning from a farm a couple of hundred yards or so down the lane. I would carry the empty jug down to the farm, and Mrs. Wicketts, a warm but rather shapeless woman, her face deeply worn and lined by years of hard work, would pass the jug back to me filled to the brim with warm, fresh, frothy milk.

I share this little story because as I sit here at my computer this morning, I realize vividly that although my outer expression and appearance has changed since that lonely, unhappy period of my life, my spirit has not changed at all. The pure, timeless presence that is the source of my existence — and the source of your existence — is the same now as it was when I lived with Aunt Eva and walked home each morning with a jug brimming with fresh milk.

A door to find inner peace

We live in a time of trauma, tragedy and hardship that can break your heart. A time in which one in every four US women aged 45 to 59 is taking antidepressants. When one in ten of the overall population is on antidepressants. And when two-thirds of the US is obese or overweight.

But hardship can be a door to find inner peace. This is a time when a sea change is possible in our lives. It is not only possible, it is beating at our doors. It is knocking louder and louder at the door of our heart every day – the call of our own inherent greatness.

It doesn’t demand some great achievement, though.  We don’t have to be special as the world rates these things. We don’t even have to be enlightened.

All we have to do is to be still for a moment, and look. There it is. The feeling of our own pure, pristine presence. The sheer happiness and joy of our own eternal presence that is always here. It never changes. It is always the same. It is always at peace. It is always free. It has no part in such earthly phenomena as aging, or death.

Fear dissolves as we reconnect with that part of ourselves that has no part in the whirlwind of change ripping through our lives and through this world.

Tips and resources

If we love our body, we will treat it well and feed it well, as well as possible at least. We will give it the essential nutrients it needs to function at its best and support our spiritual being in these difficult times.

In this regard I continue to be very impressed with the efforts of a company called Wholefood Farmacy, of Tennessee, to assist our general health and well being. The ingredients to health, happiness, vitality, and longevity are no secret. Every major nonprofit health organization in the world has been offering the same advice for many years. Eat more fruits and veggies, drink more water, exercise on a daily basis, lose weight if you need to, don’t smoke, avoid toxins, and reduce stress.

“We have seen the future of medicine and the future is food,” said Dr Mitch Gaynor, of the New York Strang Center for Cancer Prevention. The Wholefood Farmacy combines delicious, organic, healthy foods with convenience and affordability, along with non-toxic personal care items. (Please note I am an affiliate of this company).

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Patti Foy | Lightspirited Being October 24, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Oh, Christopher, this is beautiful! How confusing and strange that must have been for that little boy.

But I love how you talk about that very same “you” being there as is here right now. Your words conjure up such a vividness of that. Of course you know it reminds me of one of the exercises John Sherman recommends to help people find that “you” that he speaks of (i.e. to recall a childhood experience and notice the same “you” was there as is here now).

And the idea that doing this helps dissolve the fear we so often feel in this world that is so perceived as being threatening. Thank you for sharing that. Really, I think it’s one of the best possible things to share in the whole wide world. :-D

Lots of blessings to you. I enjoyed my visit, again!
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Patti Foy | Lightspirited Being October 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm

P.S. Oh! Since I mentioned John Sherman in my comment above, I want to choose a different commentluv post that consists of a one-minute video by him about this idea of feeling your presence to dissolve the fear. I think it’s a relevant addition to what you just said in this post and something your readers might want to check out. Hope that’s okay! (If not, I won’t be offended if you want to delete this.)
(Oh darn, it doesn’t let me change. :-( Well, here’s a link to it instead. Thank you!)
http://lightspiritedbeing.com/2011/10/60-seconds-to-freedom/
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Christopher Foster October 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

Patti, it’s so thoughtful of you to include a link to Sherman’s video. I’m going to watch it right now. I hope it travels far and brings new hope and courage to many. Come back and visit again, you hear? PS Thanks for your new post in aid of animals.

Christopher Foster October 25, 2011 at 9:06 am

Always a huge pleasure to hear from you Patti. Thank you for these supportive and encouraging words and your buoyant spirit. I love John Sherman’s message, what a blessing he is to this anxious world. Hugs.

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Madi October 25, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Have to say too that usually a large pleasure to hear from you Patti. Thank you for these supportive and encouraging phrases and your buoyant spirit. I adore John Sherman’s message, what a blessing he is to this anxious world.
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noch October 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm

its quite cute, i imagined a mini you skipping down the path for milk :)
i like the story!!
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Christopher Foster October 28, 2011 at 11:40 am

Thank you noch. Always a real pleasure to hear from you. Take care.

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natharn October 30, 2011 at 11:13 pm

i agree with Patti, so cute.
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Timaree November 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I like your statement “It doesn’t demand some great achievement, though. We don’t have to be special as the world rates these things” a lot. As my daughter needs my advice less and less on child rearing or other matters, I feel as if I matter less and less at times. Then I get totally immersed in my art working and it flows away and I am just me, whole and good. Great post to keep in mind at all times!
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Christopher Foster November 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Beautiful Timaree. I think there’s a fair possibility these kinds of troubling feelings will come up in all of us for some time to come. But they come and they go. I think that’s the important thing for us to realize, while all the time, as you indicate, the simple truth of who we are is present. “Just me, whole and good.” Much appreciate your taking time to comment and wish you all the very best with your art and everything else.

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Adventurer February 5, 2012 at 12:34 am

Coming home that is what it felt like; the moment I became aware that I had found the place within where inner peace resides. It is nice to meet others who have also become aware how to access their inner peace, and live in the presence of it.
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